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The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011



The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, September 10, 2011. NT NEWS. 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:10-SGE:405LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l CAREERONE.COM.AU Take the step of job start Bendigo Bank state manager SA/NT Craig Ralston at McDonalds I always say a university degree is not about the first job after university By LAUREN AHWAN GRADUATES are urged to grab any job that comes their way even flipping burgers to get workplace skills they need and make a start to their careers. Latest Graduate Careers Australia figures show employment prospects for new graduates have fallen to their lowest since 1994. Three-quarters of bachelor degree graduates last year were in full-time employment four months after completing their studies. That was down from 79.2 per cent in 2009. Research manager Bruce Guthrie says labour market uncertainty after the global financial crisis has contributed to conservative graduate employment levels. He says employment outcomes for graduates still are significantly better than those for non-graduates. I always say a university degree is not about the first job after university. Its about the second, or the fourth, or the 10th job. (A university qualification) is a long-term thing, he says. Be flexible, be prepared to take a job you hadnt imagined taking. It will give you a foothold in the labour market and demonstrate you are employable. Bendigo Bank state manager SA/NT Craig Ralston, 39, worked full-time for McDonalds after finishing his Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at Flinders University. He had been employed with the chain part-time while studying and increased his hours on graduation while he looked for work. My old man said to get a job that makes use of my studies. I started working at the Cooperative Building Society (now Bendigo Bank). He worked on computer programs then took on other roles. The connection to training, quality management and customer service was much more relevant to what I was doing back in burgers, he says. Dramatic increase in building jobs tipped Construction workers face a tough fewmonths but from next year employment in the industry is expected to rise significantly, write DEBRABELA and JENNYRINGLAND If youre in the housing or the commercial sector, the job situation is truly awful CONSTRUCTION is thesecond largest employment growth industry projected in Australia in the next five years, according to new figures. Reconstruction efforts following this years floods in Queensland and Victoria are still causing increased demand for construction workers from across the nation. The residential sector is recovering after taking a hit from rising interest rates and engineering construction employment remains at a high level for a wide range of infrastructure projects. Experts warn the remainder of 2011, however, will be challenging for many workers, thanks to the knock-on effect of the uncertain US and European economic climates, which has resulted in a loss of confidence in the local market. But from next year, employment in the industry is tipped to rise dramatically, with the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations employment projections 2011 report showing a projected growth of about 15 per cent to 2015-16. That equals 195,800 new jobs, or an annual growth rate of 3.6 per cent, over the next five years. Construction is Queenslands flagship industry but is in a downturn despite the Federal Governments stimulus package and training assistance. The Federal Government this month announced $25 million will be injected into training in the construction industry to compensate for the massive skills shortage. A further $47 million is be ing invested in training by Construction Skills Queensland after its own survey, which found that 42 per cent of construction employers had difficulty filling roles. Upskilling and training is expected to be the key for workers during down time ahead of the next surge. Infrastructure projects, such as the Airport Link tunnel in Brisbane that employs 4000 people, are coming to a close next year. Others, including the east-west link, have been delayed. The Federal Governments $16 billion Building the Education Revolution stimulus package, which funded 4500 projects, is also winding down. Project directors are concerned about the short to medium-term job prospects for tradies who have been employed by these projects over the past two years. BER southeast Queensland project manager Nicholle Sparkes, from Laing ORourke, says the next six months will be critical for these tradies who are struggling to find ongoing work. According to the Master Builders Association, it is the mining sector and ongoing work around the state to repair storm, cyclone and flood damage from the recent disaster season that is the main support for industry. The MBA says government money cannot help while confidence in investment in construction is low with banks reluctant to lend money to homeowners wanting to build or renovate. If youre in the housing or the commercial sector, the job situation is truly awful, says MBA Queensland housing director Paul Bidwell. In the medium term, there are few jobs, he says, so, when the industry does turn, there will be a renewed skills shortage because many people will have moved to other jobs for income. Mr Bidwell says jobseekers should be upskilling. Badmanagers cause resignations By MICHAEL LUND WORKING under a bad manager is the most popular reason people walk away from a job, research shows. Corporate education adviser Dr Lindsay Ryan says up to 35 per cent of people cite poor management as the reason they move to another job. There is an old saying that people dont leave good organisations, they leave bad managers, and time and time again you will find thats actually the case, Dr Ryan says. But bad managers are not necessarily the workplace terrors as depicted in the comedy movie Horrible Bosses. Dr Ryan says theyre more likely bad managers because theyve had little or no training on how to manage. Ive seen time and again organisations promote people because they are the best sales people the organisation has, so they say: We should promote them because well lose them if we dont promote them, he says. So they promote them to a managers role but theyve never been trained or devel oped or had a mentor to groom them for that role. So then they flounder in that role and the organisation also loses its momentum as far as sales are concerned, so its a bit of a loselose all round. Dr Ryan says bad managers are those who do not listen, try to micro-manage their staff and also fail to support them. The Australian Institute of Managements Queensland chief executive Vivienne Anthon says there are many warning signs employers should look out for. It can be that there is a high turnover . . . it can be that the results in the area just arent there even though there are many good people in the area, Ms Anthon says.