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Category Archives: Youth

The eSports workforce: a game with a $500m industry

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eSports, it’s a multiplayer gaming experience that’s played competitively for spectators, by professional gamers. Whilst some might think that video games are just child’s play, the eSports workforce proves otherwise – that it’s a real career opportunity and future jobs.

In 2016, eSports generated almost $500 million in global revenue and many companies are getting involved in this new arena.

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Emerging jobs and tips on avoiding skill redundancy

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New jobs, careers, and industries are being introduced by the day, literally.

Recent BRW and Deloitte reports suggest major cultural shifts and an ageing populace in the next 25 years, with a forecast that some industries will boom and some will die.

IT, aged care, tourism, and food processing are a few on the list set to skyrocket.  While technology is evolving fast and we’re seeing more jobs becoming computerised, this is also an exciting time. As a result, there are new job opportunities being introduced. Read More

Adelaide becomes first Internet of Things (IoT) region in Southern Hemisphere

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It seems there’s an app for everything. But with Internet of Things (IoT), interconnectivity is about to explode across a new realm of everyday devices.

Described as the reinvention of the internet to an unprecedented level, a recent report, there will be 35-50 billion connected devices (not smartphones and laptops) by 2020.

IoT will transform our lives and our economy – US $4-11 trillion per year to be exact. From wearable technology like Google (and more recently, Snapchat) glasses to Uber’s autonomous cars, IoT can benefit everyone, especially businesses. Read More

Future-proof your job – understand the impact of automation & tech

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There is much debate and discussion about jobs being taken over through automation, technology and outsourcing.

When new technologies were initially emerging, proactive, intuitive workers were starting their own businesses or broadened their skillset so, there was no job ‘loss’, per se.

But, now, with technology evolving and impacting on everything exponentially – to the point where Artificial Intelligence is being taught to think for themselves the labour market is struggling to keep up. Read More

21st Century Capabilities to prepare for the future workforce

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Work is no longer about stability.  Youth of today change jobs regularly, building their experience and career resilience.

Capabilities for the 21st Century

We’re in at the beginning of a growing global movement, which focuses on capabilities, rather than skills. It’s important to be aware of new capabilities, so you can prepare for success in a quick-changing, digital world. You need to be able to think analytically and creatively, solve complex problems and find solutions, work in teams and independently.  And there is much debate about skills and capabilities for the 21st Century. Read More

Are Career Expos dead?

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Maybe not dead but they can be dead boring.

Bland stands lined up with the obligatory banner, papers piled high that are only discarded later- surely this is a thing of the past?

So what is the alternative?

Firstly the stand needs to look attractive and appeal to your target cohort.  For Career BluePrint this means a cross between pop up event, a favourite coffee stop and/or hang out space.  With a theme and/or colour palette that connects accessories such as signs with sayings, chalk boards, a table cloth, flags, pot plants, furnishings, music and items that make sense like a globe and wooden people.

Next, any display space needs to make sense, for example information on 21st Century Capabilities, Career Trucks and future job roles.  Social media should be prominent with accounts and hashtags on display for selfies, pics and videos.

Draw interest and people in with mints (fresh breath is a must for meeting people), a vision board where you can post your goals and/or future job, and a competition that is relevant.  Here Career BluePrint asks, what is the job role that will provide you with most career resilience, and offers a prize from Gorilla Pizza.

Now to make your stand have a point of difference and for Career BluePrint this is achieved by having relevant images (Sophia the robot, IBM Watson, Gary Vee) with Augmented Reality triggered videos as this demonstrates exactly what you are saying about technology and jobs of the future.  You can use your smart phone or ipad to demonstrate and it is an excellent talking point especially with parents.

As your takeaway here are 5 key points in summary:

  1. Think of how you can have activities on your stand that demonstrate your careers, courses, industry sectors and opportunities and make them practical and immersive.
  2. Use technology so you integrate the digital and physical world with social media postings, signs, your competition, videos and/or activities.
  3. Consider how an activity like a treasure hunt might work but with activities at each stop and a social media post required.
  4. Make your stand look anything but boring, instead appealing and interesting with things happening.
  5. Match who is on the stand with your target cohorts like young people, parents, teachers or principals, entrepreneurs and/or business people.

If you would like assistance with you stand to really make a difference and your careers or course promotions strategy overall, please contact Jessica Perry via jessica@careerblueprint.com.au or call 0433 574 253, thank you

P.S Jobs expos seems more the thing but this takes some organising and focuses on workforce attraction and recruitment.

July 2016

Why Youth Entrepreneurship is important

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A recent team member experience on the eve of SXSW in Austin, Texas at a round table discussion on impact innovation with the Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill, local business leaders, colleagues from Tech Ranch and the New Venture Institute, Flinders University highlighted the importance of building an entrepreneurial mindset.

This opportunity to exchange experiences between Adelaide and sister city Austin meant that alongside a very warm welcome, there was a sense of common purpose particularly thinking about entrepreneurship to solve big environmental and social challenges.

For example, South Australia has begun a search for solutions for South Australia’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize.  Adelaide will become the world’s first carbon neutral city, looking for ideas to reduce carbon emissions in energy, transport, waste and livability.  This goal also aligns with the smart city or smart community approach.

Austin has a thriving local startup and business community plus hosting an unbelievable event like SXSW every year means their networks, connections and leadership is world leading.IMG_9029

Some of you may perceive entrepreneurship in a different light, perhaps images of the Wolf of Wall Street, pure profit making and seeing young people become survival entrepreneurs is your current frame of reference.

But here was are talking about entrepreneurship applied in a business, community, environmental and social sense. Read More