USC has signed up for a national employment support program with the aim of improving job opportunities for university graduates with a disability.
The University Specialist Employment Partnerships (USEP) program is a collaboration between universities, disability employment services and the National Disability Coordination Officer program.
Nicola Wilson from AccessAbility Services at USC’s Student Services and Engagement helped facilitate the program at the University’s Sunshine Coast campus.
Ms Wilson said the need for USEP was highlighted by a recent national Graduate Destinations Report that showed graduates with a disability were twice as likely to be unemployed and seeking full-time work as those without a disability.
“Through USEP we partnered with Mylestones Employment at the start of Semester 2 and they offered free and confidential on-campus consults to assist current USC students and recent graduates who identify as having a disability find work related to their fields of study,” she said.
“USC is really proud to be part of USEP and confirm that the program will be available to eligible students across all campuses from the start of 2020, both in person and via phone or webinar contacts.”
National Disability Coordination Officer for Southern Queensland Debbie Rooskov said USC should be commended for working to boost the career outcomes for students with disabilities.
“This is a brilliant additional level of tailored support that will be a huge advantage to USC’s present and future students with a disability, in ensuring they enter the workforce with confidence,” Ms Rooskov said.
“Importantly, the disability specialist recruitment officer will have up-to-date relationships with organisations who are already leading the way with diverse workplaces and advocate for equal opportunities.”
Recent USC graduate and recipient of a Chancellor’s Medal at her September graduation, Belinda Harris has taken up the offer of one-on-one consultations.
“It’s a very confronting reality that if you have a disability, you’re less likely to get a job,” Ms Harris said.
“It’s a topic I’ve always felt really passionate about and had spoken to USC about the need for specific career assistance for students with a disability. So I’m so happy to see USEP introduced at USC,” she said.
For more information visit the USEP website at www.usep.com.au or contact USC AccessAbility Services via AccessAbility@usc.edu.au
Providing Queensland’s first direct international data and telecommunications connection to global markets is another step closer with the completion of the cable landing station at Maroochydore.
The cable landing station will house the connection point for the international submarine cable with landside communication networks and is a vital piece of infrastructure in a project that will deliver much needed diversity for Australia’s international communication needs as well significant economic benefits for the Sunshine Coast and Queensland.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson was joined by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick today (26 September 2019) to mark the completion of this $7.2 million facility.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the completion of the cable landing station marked another milestone in the delivery of the Sunshine Coast international broadband network.
“Unlike traditional cable landing stations that are normally non-descript buildings out of view from the general public, our landing station is designed to reflect Council’s design vision for the Maroochydore city centre,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Our Sunshine Coast will offer the fastest data and telecommunications transmission from the eastern seaboard of Australia to Asia once the submarine cable comes ashore and is in service next year.
“It will help to position our region to become Australia’s first Digital Trade Hub – taking a region-wide approach to data and digital connectivity which will benefit a wide cross section of businesses and industries.
“Projects such as the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network enable our region, its economy and our community to be well-positioned to respond to the rapidly evolving demands of the 21st century.
“When completed, this network will provide direct international data and telecommunications from the Sunshine Coast – the only location in Australia outside of Sydney and Perth to provide this direct international connectivity.
“This will afford a significant step-change to the Sunshine Coast’s attractiveness as an investment location.
“As the first local government in Australia to secure an investment in an international submarine cable, our council is yet again at the forefront of thinking outside the square, securing new revenue sources and pursuing opportunities to generate economic and employment growth as a major dividend for our residents, thus ensuring we continue to be Australia’s healthy, smart, creative region.”
The landing station is part of the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Cable Network being delivered thanks to $15 million from the Queensland Government’s $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund and $20 million from Sunshine Coast Council.
Almost 865 jobs are a step closer as the landing-station for the $35 million Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network is completed.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the project is facilitating the direct landing of a new undersea internet data cable at Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast and will generate almost $1 billion for the state economy.
“This $7.2 million cable landing station is the gateway to better internet connectivity for Queensland businesses,” the Premier said.
“Better connectivity means faster processing times for bigger data and more jobs.
“The cable will be able to provide Australia’s fastest data and telecommunications transmission speeds to Asia and the second fastest to the USA.
“It pitches Queensland firms to the forefront of the digital economy and will be a major drawcard for businesses and investment.
“We announced $15 million in funding to support this project in 2017 and we are now seeing the benefits.
“This is an investment that plans for the future and opens the opportunity for the jobs of the future here on the Sunshine Coast.”
Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the Palaszczuk Government was pleased to partner with Sunshine Coast Council to deliver this transformative project for the region and the state.
“Our data needs will only increase as we continue to attract new investment to Queensland and further diversify our economy,” Mr Dick said.
“Landing this international broadband cable directly on the shores of the Sunshine Coast will ensure we’re able to maximise every opportunity the digital era presents for our state.”
Robert Linsdell, Managing Director of Vertiv (Australia and New Zealand) said through the development of the cable landing station, Sunshine Coast Council is taking a huge step towards future-proofing the region’s digital future.
“The importance of investing in the right internet infrastructure cannot be overstated, particularly as we enter a new era of IoT and smart cities, where reliable connectivity will be paramount to all aspects of our daily lives,” Mr Linsdell said.
The international broadband network is exactly the kind of infrastructure needed to continue that growth, enable increased connectivity and enhance the Sunshine Coast’s and Queensland’s position as a leading technology and business hub.
“Having a vision for these new technologies is one thing, but council is going further by making this important investment and bringing its vision to reality.”
The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its innovative region-making projects including:
• The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm – which has enabled the Sunshine Coast Council to become the first government in mainland Australia to offset 100% of its electricity usage through renewable energy
• The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project – which includes delivery of a new longer, wider runway which will enable direct access to new markets in Asia, the Pacific and other locations in Australia when the runway is completed and in service in 2020
• Maroochydore City Centre – Australia’s only greenfield CBD and the nation’s truly smart city with technology and digital infrastructure solutions built in from the ground up
• The Automated Waste Collection System at the Maroochydore City Centre – Australia’s first CBD-wide underground automated waste collection system
• Establishing Australia’s first tripartite blue carbon initiative which will provide new opportunities and a sustainable future to our Blue Heart – over 5000 hectares of largely agricultural land in the Maroochy River Catchment.
The Palaszczuk Government’s successful $365 million Building our Region’s (BoR) program has entered its next phase, with details of the $70 million Round 5 revealed.
Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Cameron Dick said regional Queensland councils will have until Friday 30 August to submit expressions of interest for shovel-ready projects.
“Regional infrastructure development means more Queensland jobs, and more jobs means a stronger Queensland,” Mr Dick said.
“That’s why our government committed another $70 million towards BoR in the 2019-20 state budget, because we want to create more employment opportunities for Queenslanders in our rural and remote towns.
“Through BoR, the Palaszczuk Government has invested $295 million towards 223 infrastructure projects across regional Queensland.
“This has supported more than 2400 jobs, while attracting additional investment of $487 million from councils and other organisations.
“Building our Regions demonstrates our commitment to working in partnership with regional councils, to deliver the vital infrastructure these communities need to grow and thrive.”
Local Government Association of Queensland President and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the beginning of BoR Round 5.
“The LGAQ has seen firsthand the economic injection and jobs for regions this program provides,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“By working with councils to identify projects that will deliver local growth, support local businesses and create more liveable communities, the Palaszczuk Government is supporting investment and opportunities across Queensland’s regions, which is welcomed by councils.”
Councils have four weeks, from Monday 5 August, to submit their expressions of interest via the Building our Regions portal.
The new BoR guidelines are now available, and representatives from the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning will soon begin conducting information sessions around the state.
Projects shortlisted to progress to the business case stage under Round 5 are expected to be announced in late September 2019.
Councils with shortlisted projects will then be invited to prepare and submit a business case with detailed supporting information for each project.
When your job search seems to be stuck and you’re not getting the contacts from employers you were expecting, it’s even more important than usual to make sure that you stand out from the job searching crowd.
You will need to show the hiring manager—at a glance—that you are a candidate who definitely should be selected for an interview.
What can you do to get noticed? It’s not as hard as you might think. Your application materials have to be perfect, of course, and you will need to use your connections to help get an “in” at the company. You’ll also need to actively market your candidacy and yourself, rather than waiting for a new job to find you.
Write a Targeted Resume
Taking the time to edit or rewrite your resume so it matches the qualifications for the job you’re applying for will show the hiring manager that you have the credentials for the job and should be considered for an interview.
Write a Targeted Cover Letter
Write a cover letter that shows, at a glance, why you are a strong match for the job. Don’t repeat your resume, rather link (list or use bullets) your relevant skills to the skills the employer is seeking. Highlight your professional qualifications that match the hiring requirements. You only have seconds to catch the hiring manager’s attention, so use them wisely.
Build Your Professional Brand
Sometimes, recruiters Google candidates even before they schedule an interview so be sure to build your professional brand. You will want to make sure that everything they find when they search and everything related to you on the professional and networking sites (like LinkedIn and Facebook) is information that is presentable to the public. Also, be sure to edit your profile on LinkedIn so your connections know you are available for career and/or job opportunities.
Use Your Connections
Do you have connections at the company you just sent your resume to? If so, use them. They may be able to give your resume a boost and help you get an interview. You can also use your connections to find out more about the company. I know one job seeker, for example, who was able to connect with an employee at the company he was interviewing and get the inside scoop on the job and the company — before he set foot in the door.
Remember that old saying “He who hesitates is lost” — it’s true. Employers don’t wait forever for applicants to submit their resume (I know more than a few people who have waited too long to apply and lost out on what could have been a good job), so when you find a job listing that’s a good match, apply immediately. Set up job search agents on the job search engines and/or job banks so you get new positions via email as soon as they are posted online. Again, don’t wait to apply.
Unstick Your Job Search
If your job search seems to be stuck, try some new initiatives to get it started, so you can get back on track to find a new job, sooner rather than later.
Practice Makes Perfect
Practice before you go for an interview. Review typical interview questions and research the company so you are well-prepared to interview. Have interview clothes ready (dry cleaned, shoes polished, etc.) so you’re ready to interview professionally at a moment’s notice. That way, your first impression will be positive and that’s the impression you want to make on everyone you meet when you’re job searching.
Send a Thank You Note
Don’t forget to follow up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the job. Most candidates don’t bother, but those that do are more likely to get hired.
Kenilworth Dairies will conquer new markets and create up to 24 direct and indirect jobs thanks to grant funding from the Palaszczuk Government.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said Kenilworth Dairies was one of 15 businesses in Queensland to receive a Rural Economic Development (RED) Grant to help fund the expansion of their business.
“Kenilworth Dairies is a well-known local dairy producer in the Sunshine Coast area with a strong reputation for producing high-quality dairy products and the funding will go towards establishing their own bottling plant,” Mr Furner said.
“The project is expected to create five jobs through the construction phase with another 24 direct and indirect jobs upon completion to carry out business operations.”
Kenilworth Dairies owner John Cochrane said the RED grant would help cover set up costs and the purchase of equipment for the bottling plant.
“We will use the money to purchase equipment used to pasteurise the milk and set up a laboratory to monitor the milk for quality and safety purposes,” he said.
The bottling plant will help Kenilworth Dairies complete their product line, which includes yoghurt, cheese, mousse and ice cream.
“We want to become a completely independent local dairy provider and the new equipment will help us achieve this by adding bottled milk to our product range,” Mr Cochrane said.
“The plant will process approximately 12,000 litres of milk per day, sourced from our current dairy production and will be distributed to local consumers in the Sunshine Coast area.”
The Rural Economic Development Grant program offers emerging projects up to $250,000 in co-contributions to build industry and grow employment opportunities across the agricultural sector. The $10 million grants program provides for three funding rounds over a three-year period ending 2021.
A total of 15 businesses have received $3.3 million under the first-round of funding for the RED Grant program. Overall these 15 projects are expected to create more than 600 jobs across the agricultural sector in regional Queensland.
Funding for Round 2 of the RED Grants will be announced later this year.
The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) administers the RED Grant scheme on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
While it’s tempting to measure career growth and success solely according to the number of rungs we scale on the corporate ladder, management isn’t the only path to a satisfying career. Being a manager comes with responsibilities that don’t appeal to everyone. Even worse, managerial work could take you away from the aspects of your job you love most.
But just because you don’t have any interest in presiding over a team doesn’t mean that you’re destined to stagnate—or that you have to grudgingly heave yourself up to the next level. In other words, you don’t always have to move upward to move onward.
We asked professionals who’ve blazed a trail off the management track to fill us in on four ways you can continue to evolve professionally—minus the supervisory duties.
1. Look for Opportunities That Offer In-Role Advancement
Not all growth involves taking a step up. Certain roles offer opportunities to stretch yourself within the same position, through a greater variety of projects, more prestigious assignments, deeper work, or more responsibility. When hunting for your next non-managerial job opportunity, consider point-blank asking about what growth looks like within the role rather than what’s beyond it.
While working as a media agency VP, Nathanael Yellis realized managing a team came with some emotional costs. Being on-call as a resource for his direct reports—as well as being beholden to his own manager’s schedule—took away from the time and energy he was able to spend with his family. So he set out to find an individual contributor role that still offered in-role growth.
Yellis ultimately found it within his current position as an Inbound Consultant for HubSpot. There, not only does he have more direct control over his time, but he can still develop his career without stepping up to a managerial role. “I have promotions available to me that come with increased status or customers who are more critical to HubSpot’s success,” he says. “As I continue to grow in the role, I’ll have the opportunity to work with larger companies in a wider variety of industries.”
Because he’s customer-facing, he’s able to establish clear boundaries for when and how he interacts with clients, such as deciding he isn’t available for conference calls between 5 and 8 PM. “Beyond that,” he says, “not having to make the emotional commitment to managing people frees emotional bandwidth I have at home.”
2. Make a Lateral Move Somewhere Bigger or More Prestigious
If you’re not interested in becoming a bigger fish in a small pond, consider bigger ponds, whether that means a larger company, a greater swath of sales territory, or a more prestigious brand. In the case of Danielle Radin, the digital correspondent for NBC San Diego, the puddle-to-lake leap meant a bigger broadcast market.
While Radin had a master’s degree that primed her for the managerial track, she found that she liked being a reporter, and didn’t want to deal with the office politics that came with managing others in the newsroom. Instead of hopping up the ladder, she’s been hopping to larger markets. “In broadcast the goal is to move up to bigger markets, which are ranked by population from 1 all the way down to 209,” she explains. “I started in one of the lowest-ranked markets, 195, and was able to jump to San Diego, ranked 28.”
Of course, few fields offer quite the concrete ranking system by which to measure your growth, but other indicators, both quantitative (think: company size and potential number of clients) and qualitative (think: influence or reputation) can be your guide when you’re looking to make a lateral move.
3. Go Solo as a Consultant
Once you become an expert in your field, you can deploy your skills and experience in a consulting role. That’s what Stacy Caprio, founder of Accelerated Growth Marketing, an SEO/SEM consulting company, did.
Caprio previously worked as the search marketing manager for a finance company, but didn’t like the idea of having to be responsible for anyone else’s work but her own. She tested the waters by consulting as a side hustle and eventually made it her full-time career. When you go it alone, you can chart your own career growth with the same metrics you use to measure your consulting business’ success, such as reach and revenue.
Though the freedom of consulting is a huge perk in itself, Caprio says it’s also been more financially lucrative than her previous position. “I like that it has given me the opportunity to learn so much and be hands on in what I do, instead of just a supervisor who has no idea what her employees are doing,” she says. “It has also allowed me to make a lot more than I would have been able to make in a managerial role.”
4. Deepen or Broaden Your Skill Set to Become an Expert
If you’re not devoting time and energy to cultivating managerial skills, you can focus on honing other skills, whether that means perfecting your sales pitch, becoming a financial-modeling wizard, or mastering every project management tool under the sun.
In addition to having the tangible metric of market size by which to gauge her growth, Radin says her non-management path has given her the opportunity to improve her writing, editing, shooting, and presenting abilities on a daily basis. “Find a niche in your job that you truly thrive in, and improve it as much as you can so that you are considered one of the top in that skill set,” she advises.
While a deeper skill set is satisfying in and of itself, you can also establish a few key performance indicators to assess growth more objectively. Alex Tran, a digital marketing specialist, opted out of management to focus on the more hands-on aspects of her career. Instead of measuring her performance according to how close she’s getting to a head-honcho title, she uses other metrics relevant to her industry.
“In marketing I am measuring our brand visibility and reputation. If we are getting more leads than we can handle, that is great,” she says. “That means we will need to expand and hire more, which is what every growing organization wants. I am a grower, not a leader.”
Stepping outside of management may give you a chance to expand your skills outward as well. When Caprio made her move to consulting, she found that she was able to extend her expertise beyond the parameters of her in-house role. In those 9-to-5 jobs she held, “my focus was 70% running paid Google and Facebook ads,” she explains. “Once I was consulting full-time, I really dove into more than just theoretical SEO, which enabled me to develop a new skill set driving more unpaid traffic to sites.” she adds. “I used this to further expand into buying my own sites and growing them, so one thing led to another.”
Workers have returned to the former Carter Holt Harvey timber processing facility to begin manufacturing again following an agreement with the Queensland Government and Laminex Australia through the $150 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Palaszczuk Government has worked with two local businesses – Corbet’s and Laminex – to reopen the Carter Holt Harvey timber processing facility, after the business announced earlier this year it would close the facility this month.
“We understand how important jobs are to regional Queensland and particularly in areas like Gympie,” Minister Dick said.
“That’s why we worked hard to facilitate the reopening of this important facility and ensure 42 locals could stay in work.
“Laminex has so far employed around 42 former Carter Holt Harvey employees, who started induction last week
“I am very impressed with the spirit of cooperation from all stakeholders and the collaboration between government and industry through Queensland Rail, Gympie Regional Council, Corbet’s and Laminex to help generate a positive outcome for employees.”
The Minister said the investment by Corbet’s and Laminex is important for not only Gympie but the entire Wide Bay region in terms of jobs, the timber industry and regional manufacturing.
“Securing new investment in this timber manufacturing facility is another example of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to creating and supporting jobs for regional Queenslanders,” he said.
10,000 jobs have been created in the Wide Bay region since January 2015, part of more than 192,000 jobs created in Queensland since the Palaszczuk Government was elected.
As a job seeker, your jobactive provider can help you to:
- write a résumé
- look for work
- prepare for interviews
- get skills that local employers need
- find and keep a job.
What help can I get?
jobactive providers have the flexibility to tailor their services to your assessed needs to help you get and keep a job.
Your jobactive provider will meet with you to help you find work and develop a Job Plan that could include:
- activities to help you get skills that local employers are looking for
- help for you to overcome or manage non vocational issues where relevant
- looking for up to 20 jobs each month—your jobactive provider can tailor this number to your circumstances and local labour market conditions
- Work for the Dole or another approved activity (such as part-time work, part-time study in an eligible course, participation in accredited language, literacy and numeracy training or volunteer work) for six months each year.
To help you get and keep a job, your jobactive provider can access funding to pay for work-related items, professional services, relevant training and support after you start work.
Your provider can also connect you to a range of other government initiatives. These include relocation assistance , employer wage subsidies, training, apprenticeships and help to start a business through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).
If you’re under 25 years and have been registered with your jobactive provider for more than six months, Youth Jobs PaTH can help you gain the skills and experience you need to secure a job.
Through Youth Jobs PaTH you can undertake practical face-to-face training, tailored to your needs, to improve your job preparation skills and better understand the expectations of employers. You can also undertake an internship placement of between four and 12 weeks with a business looking for new staff to show them what you can do.
If you’d like to know more about Youth Jobs PaTH, including the eligibility criteria, talk to your jobactive provider or visit the Youth Jobs PaTH page on the jobactive website.
Want more information?
- Call the Employment Services Information Line on 13 62 68 or talk to your provider if you are already registered with jobactive
- Search for a local jobactive provider on the jobactive website
- Read the jobactive—helping you find work fact sheet
The Jetty Specialist has today (March 5) opened their new $13 million purpose-built marine manufacturing facility in the Sunshine Coast Industrial Park.
Joining the business owner and founder, Neil Morris and his family, Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson praised The Jetty Specialist team for their tenacity and dedication to building the business to where it is today.
“From its origins on their back porch in Minyama in 1986 to this outstanding new facility here today, the Morris family is a great example of local entrepreneurs growing their business, providing employment opportunities and contributing to our Sunshine Coast community,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“This new purpose built factory incorporates state-of-the-art equipment, the latest technology, high-end fixtures and fittings along with a waterway specifically created to test marine infrastructure.
“It’s an impressive space and will enable The Jetty Specialist to boost production and continue building high quality pontoons, jetties and marine infrastructure from the new factory.
“When businesses like The Jetty Specialist have confidence to re-invest in the region, it has a flow-on effect of creating more jobs, better access to products and services and supporting other businesses to grow through their product and supply chain requirements.
“The Jetty Specialist currently supports 60 full time jobs and is predicted to grow to 75 full time jobs within the next four years.”
Owner and founder Neil Morris said he and his family were proud of their contribution to the Sunshine Coast.
“Spending time on the water, whether it be out on the boat fishing or enjoying lunch at one of the many marinas, this lifestyle is what we love,” Mr Morris said.
“So to be able to run a national business on the Sunshine Coast and service people across Australia is a real honour.
“In addition, as our business grows, we can offer more jobs to locals, giving families the opportunity to live and work on the Sunshine Coast, just as we have done.
“We’re excited about this new phase of our business and look forward to continuing to build high quality marine infrastructure for all Australians – shipped from the Sunshine Coast.”