Month: November 2018

Employment: Driving Buses

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By Warren Heggarty

Right now in Sydney, there are recruitment campaigns to try to get more bus drivers. You can tell the transport companies are having trouble getting enough drivers because their advertising is trying to SELL the very idea of driving a bus, making it look a little more glamorous than perhaps you thought it was!

Take Transdev’s Be a Journeymaker campaign. Hannah is not your typical bus driver. She used to be in retail. But now she says ‘I am a journeymaker.’ A ‘depot lead driver’ to be precise, which implies she has had some career progression beyond the position of a mere bus driver. 

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Jobs in the field of the law

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Employment Panorama looks at a profession where you can make some serious money. And work some seriously long hours…

by Warren Heggarty

Not all work in the legal field requires that you have a law degree. Solicitors and Barristers require double degrees, Paralegals require TAFE or University qualifications, Secretaries do not necessarily have to have qualifications, though it would be a help. 

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Working in Water: An employment pathway that will have you in the swim!

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By Warren Heggarty

It may surprise you how many employment opportunities there are in the field of sport. Leisure and Recreation is a major employment category and to give you some idea of what is out there, we will zero in on just one activity: SWIMMING. 

The ability to swim and to be safe in water (pools, inland waters and surf) is crucial in this country, especially as 90 per cent of the population live near the coast. Further inland though, you have the  40 degree plus summer days that are a regular feature of the bush and the outer Western suburbs of Sydney. 

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“Peer Work in Australia: A new future for mental health” book launched

book launch.jpgAbove: Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for Health at the launch as Anthony Stratford and Fay Jackson look on. PHOTO COURTESY OF JANET MEAGHER AM

The best way to understand the future, they say, is to understand the past. When you read through the 350 page book Peer Work in Australia, you will realise that the development of peer work has been a tough struggle. Having passed successfully through many trials, peer work is now in a strong position for the future. 

At every turn in its development there were obstacles. The traditional view of people with mental health issues has been centred on weaknesses, vulnerabilities and inadequacies, and maybe some of those opposed to the rise of peer work thought that such people would just drop the idea. 

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The difference between goals and dreams and the great value of both

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By Grant J Everett

Goals come in all shapes and sizes. They can be small, like getting out of bed before 1pm on weekdays, doing the washing up instead of leaving dirty dishes on the sink, or learning how to pay bills online. They can also be much bigger, like completing a TAFE course, finding employment, or living independently. But one thing that ALL goals have in common is they need to be attainable. Not necessarily easy or quick, but attainable. 

Dreams, on the other hand, have no limit. You might dream of living to 145, or to becoming a best-selling author, or emigrating to Mars. And while dreams don’t have to be realistic, their key benefit is that they can be used to work out what goals you need to attain along the way. So if you want to live to 145, quit smoking, eat right and exercise. Want to be a major author? Read lots of books and practise your writing. Want to move to Mars? Become friends with Elon Musk. Just keep moving forward one step at a time, and opportunities will naturally unfold.

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Women’s Health at Windsor a Priority

Angela Chrissy Liz Claire Rose.jpgLeft to right: Angela Coppack, Chrissy Gibbs, Liz Jones, Claire Henderson and Rose O’Ryan

Promoting women’s health at Flourish Australia’s Windsor service 

By Grant J Everett

The George Street branch of Flourish Australia in Windsor holds regular get-togethers for the people who access their service, and their morning teas are especially popular. The people who are supported at Windsor will often come up with new ideas for social groups that will help promote social inclusion and interaction, so the staff members are always sure to listen.

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