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Where are the future jobs in Australia?

The understanding of where the future jobs can be vital in preparing for vocational or career development purposes. 

Let’s sit back and ponder the big picture : where are the future jobs in the Australian labour market in the next five years ?

Key Summary (if you can’t wait to chew on the details)

In accordance with the Employment Projections for the five-year period from 2018 to 2023, prepared by the Department of Jobs and Small Business (updated in June 2019), the key summary is:

  • Total employment is on a growth of 7.1 per cent with additional 886,100 jobs over this period.
  • Almost two-thirds of this growth is contributed by four largest industries:
    • Health Care and Social Assistance (250,300 new jobs)
    • Construction (118,800)
    • Education and Training (113,000)
    • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (106,600)
  • The expected occupations with highest growth:
    • Aged and Disabled Carers
    • Registered Nurses
    • Child Carers
    • Education Aides
    • Waiters (Growth in hospitality sector!)
    • Software and Applications Programmers

Projected employment growth by industry

Below is the snapshot of the projected employment growth by industry to 2023 which provides a clear indication of what are the future jobs.   

           Source : Department of Jobs and Small Business, Australian Government

Projected employment growth by state and territory

It is expected that New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland as the top three states in terms of population size, these are places with the most employment growth correspondingly.   

Projected employment growth by state/territory – five years to May 2023 (’000 and per cent)

Source : Department of Jobs and Small Business, Australian Government

There are some interesting details that we should take attention of:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest contributing industry to projected employment growth within all states and territories.
  • The employment growth in Construction and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is stronger in New South Wales and Victoria than elsewhere.
  • In Queensland, Education and Training plays the second largest contributing industry to projected employment growth.
  • In Western Australia, Accommodation and Food Services plays the second largest contributing industry to projected employment growth.
  • Mining employment is forecast to have an additional 4000 jobs, supported by a favourable exchange rate in Australia dollar and improved commodity prices.
  • The employment growth of Health Care and Social Assistance in South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory is well above the national average rate.

What’s Next?

Inevitably all projections are based on certain assumptions and past trends. However, they are subject to unforeseen factors and uncertainty in a wider political, economical, social cultural and technological environment. In addition, there are job opportunities for other occupations which are not discussed above due to constant movement of labour market.

The key is preparation to future proof your career. I recommend invest in the service of a qualified career professional.

© Lydia Lily 2019

Lydia is a HR professional with over 20 years of experience in HR Consulting, Recruiting and Career Development. She has gained much valuable experience in corporate restructuring, career transitioning and professional development. 

Lydia appreciates the challenges of building a rewarding career and business success, and most happy sharing her insights, experience and know-how, guiding individuals and providing organisations with professional, practical and personalised solutions.

Contact Lydia at lydia@risingstrongconsulting.com.au

Perspective

It’s not what you’re looking at but rather from where you’re looking.

Perspective plays a powerful role in how you experience life.

What do you see when you look ?

When was the last time you took a moment to reflect on your life experience ? appreciate where you were at and still have the hope for a better tomorrow? say a word of affirmation to yourself while you were facing the enormous critics as if you were so much alone in the wilderness?

A friend recently shared with me these beautiful words “Live Life with Passion and Energy”.

It couldn’t be more helpful at the time when I needed this refreshing understanding the most that life comes just once, make it shine and live life as fulfilling and meaningful as it can be. Inevitably, all of us deal with challenges, struggles and regrets at some point of our life journey.

I had not said enough how much I love the person till I lost sight of him, I had not laughed freely during those moments I should have just let go and be myself, I had not cried hard and be truly seen my authentic self when I was deep in the thick of confusions. Indeed, all of us have been through so much in life yet there is always tomorrow. These life lessons should not in a slight chance hinder us from believing in yourself, doing what is right, living your passions. Rather, we press on, set on the right path, awake the hero in ourselves and live life wholeheartedly. Again, wholeheartedly.

In whatsoever circumstances you are in, when you wake up the next morning, there are countless opportunities and blessings lie ahead.

  • You breathe the fresh morning air and smell the little daisies as you stroll along the nature strip
  • You give a warm hug to those people close to your heart and know that you are loving and be loved
  • You have a second chance to make good of the mistakes of yesterday
  • You stretch your emotional muscles to be stronger and wiser
  • You share your stories to inspire, encourage and support one another
  • You allow space to nurture your inner child growing to be a better person

And much more…

To all my dear friends, it is only my sincere prayer that we find our inner peace and joy, explore the world through the lens of hope, see others with their good, and most of all – live life wholeheartedly. 

© Lydia Lily 2019

Lydia is a HR professional with more than 20 years of experience in HR Consulting, Recruiting and Career Development. She has gained much valuable experience in corporate restructuring, career transitioning and professional development. 

Lydia appreciates the challenges of building a rewarding career and business success, and most happy sharing her insights, experience and know-how, guiding individuals and providing organisations with professional, practical and personalised solutions.

Contact Lydia at lydia@risingstrongconsulting.com.au

Life’s Choices

People change with time, so do their aspirations.

Half of the year has quickly gone passed, some of us may reflect upon our New Year Resolutions made in the beginning of the year. Whatever the self-reflection is, we are making life’s choices each day for the betterment of our future. Here I’m sharing some encouraging points for all of us.

Where you end up in life is not determined by where you start. It’s what you choose to do with the seconds you have, it’s what you choose to do with your potential. You can choose to make a difference …about Your Choices and Your Commitment to those Choices. Your choice will make or break you

  • Be kind to everyone. Even the ones that don’t deserve it
  • Smile at challenges. There’s a divine gift hidden in them
  • Embrace change. Resisting it will only lead to frustration
  • Always take responsibility. When you blame, you give your power away
  • Believe in your dreams. If you don’t, nobody else will
  • Strive everyday to become just a little bit better. Soon you will be a master at what you do
  • Don’t let anybody steal your dreams. They are your greatest assets
  • Be part of the solution, not the problem. The bigger problems you are willing to solve the bigger rewards you will get
  • Open your heart to strangers. They are just friends you haven’t met yet
  • Do what you fear and you will overcome it
  • Choose to make a difference. Most people just choose to stay alive
  • Don’t let yourself be influenced by negativity
  • Constantly seek advice from people that have more experience knowledge and success than you do. It will speed up your journey to success tremendously
  • Don’t focus on the past. It doesn’t equal your future
  • Always Always Always keep your word
  • Complain less and take more action
  • Don’t accept mediocrity choose excellence
  • Forgive and let go. It will liberate enormous amounts of energy and creativity
  • Stand up for yourself and your beliefs
  • Hug someone everyday

 It’s Your Choice.  

© Lydia Lily 2019

Lydia is a HR professional with more than 20 years of experience in HR Consulting, Recruiting and Career Development. She has gained much valuable experience in corporate restructuring, career transitioning and professional development. 

Lydia appreciates the challenges of building a rewarding career and business success, and most happy sharing her insights, experience and know-how, guiding individuals and providing organisations with professional, practical and personalised solutions.

Contact Lydia at lydia@risingstrongconsulting.com.au

Happiness At Work

During my recent business trip, I had an interesting conversation with a new friend, Dr Masou, a university professor from France. She asked, “What do you do ?” This question is often thrown at me whenever I meet new friends. This time, I thought of being a little ‘out of the box’ and so I politely answered with a smile, “helping people to find happiness at work”. And I found grins in her eyes.

According to a research conducted by Curtin University Australia in 2017 < Happy workers : How satisfied are Australians at work >, an average Australian man can expect to spend half of their waking lives at a paying job and an average Australian woman about 38%. Given this significant time spent at work, it is only meaningful to have a happy work life, amidst many facets of life, which ultimately contributes to a satisfying life as a whole. 

The enormous benefits of a happy workforce are beyond debate : higher productivity, greater innovation, progressive community, and the list goes on.

While organisations at the macro level may implement various business strategies to enhance employee engagement thus achieve a higher level of happiness at work, on a personal level, there are many little steps each individual employee may take to contribute to the same purpose.

Among others, here is what I would like to share :

1.     Show appreciation no matter how trivial you may think.

2.     See the perspective of others. Learn to listen and slow to judge.

3.     Help others grow. It is more blessed to give than to receive. 

4.     Be sincere. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

5.     Less complain, more problem-solving. Complaint is self-limiting; Problem solving is expansive, inclusive and constructive.

6.     Love what you do. It’s contagious and a powerful virtue.

Regardless our role in the organisations, let’s do ourselves and our fellow colleagues a great service by offering genuine help, care and encouragement, in a small or big way, to make each other’s life better at work.      

© Lydia Lily 2019

Lydia is a HR professional with more than 20 years of experience in HR Consulting, Recruiting and Career Development. She has gained much valuable experience in corporate restructuring, career transitioning and professional development. 

Lydia appreciates the challenges of building a rewarding career and business success, and most happy sharing her insights, experience and know-how, guiding individuals and providing organisations with professional, practical and personalised solutions.

Contact Lydia at lydia@risingstrongconsulting.com.au

Grit

A new season begins, so to speak. As I was reading the book “Grit : The Power of Passion and Perseverance”, authored by Dr. Angela Duckworth who is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, new insights and sparks moments came into my thought, so profound the impact that I must say this is a new beginning of season in my life.

I am a self-motivated person; I have the quest for on-going learning and self-improvement. I would like to share with you what I have learned from the book.

Effort Counts Twice

It is true that no matter how talented a person is, without unrelenting effort, his or her talent is nothing more than the unmet potential. According to Dr. Duckworth, “Talent is how quickly your skills improve when you invest effort; Achievement is what happens when you take your acquired skills and use them”, in short :

Talent  x  Effort  = Skill

Skill    x  Effort  = Achievement 

My take is : With effort, everyone can achieve something !

Grit

From the sharing of countless interviews conducted by Dr. Duckworth, I realized the element of “perseverance” in taking the effort, and thus produces…grit.

Here’s the good news, grit grows. Dr. Duckworth suggests the 4 psychological assets :

  1. Develop a Passion

nobody is interested in everything, and everyone is interested in something

2.  Deliberate Practice

full concentration and effort on a defined goal, open to continuous improvement

3. Hope

spirit of resilient, optimistic, growth mindset

4. Purpose

seeing the greater sense of purpose

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In Chinese translation, interestingly, “Grit” also means “砂砾”, small loose particles of stone or sand.

It is the grit that makes us stronger, rise up to occasions, move forward in face of adversity. May all of us one day become the paragon of grit and achieve a greater purpose in life.   

© Lydia Lily 2019

Lydia is a HR professional with more than 20 years of experience in HR Consulting, Recruiting and Career Development. She has gained much valuable experience in corporate restructuring, career transitioning and professional development. 

Lydia appreciates the challenges of building a rewarding career and business success, and most happy sharing her insights, experience and know-how, guiding individuals and providing organisations with professional, practical and personalised solutions.

Contact Lydia at lydia@risingstrongconsulting.com.au

Why Cover Letter is Important to You – As a Job Seeker

Do you need a cover letter along with a resume to submit for a job application? If your answer is no, think again. Even if your answer is yes, you should know how to use it to best serve you.

As the Head of Department for HR/Talent, I enjoy the art and science of searching for the right candidates and bringing them onboard. I recruit various roles from the entry level to the senior management. Interestingly, I have come across candidates from different levels who make mistake of not submitting a cover letter despite the job advertisement clearly articulated it.

As recruiter, we sift through hundreds of applications on daily basis. What makes a candidate stands out before we proceed with an interview is that : does the candidate follow the requirements to submit a cover letter and resume?

Here’s why the cover letter is important to you as a job seeker:

1.      It is an effective tool to market yourself

Each cover letter should be tailored to the individual job. Take the opportunity to impress your prospective employer with your uniqueness – skills, personal attributes and experience that best fit for the job.

2.      It is a personal letter from you to create engagement

Tell how much you are attracted to the employer branding and what you know about the organisation, its service or product, its success and challenge. Indicate explicitly that you can make a difference in the role you are applying for. Create a genuine engagement with your prospective employer right from the initial steps.

 3.      It is a confirmation of your understanding of the role requirements

Address the key selection criteria and why you are qualified for the role. In a distinctive way, explain your key competencies matched to the role requirements. Most recruiters are time poor, put your best foot forward to help yourself and the recruiters.  

 4.      It is a reflection of who you are

When you are capable to talk about yourself and relate it to your audience (of course no lying or misrepresentation), in this case, the prospective employer, you truly reflect who you are. Highlight your passions, interests and values. It is not all about just hard skills and experience.  

 5.      Shine your personality

Your cover letter speaks even if it is in writing. How you write, present yourself and attentive to details, it speaks volumes of you. Needless to say, call your prospective employer to action by granting you an opportunity to discuss your application.

 First Things First – Get a Terrific Cover Letter Ready 

Much have been talked about the interview skills and social media profile to increase your success rate in the competitive job market. Nevertheless, you must get the first step right – get a terrific cover letter ready.

Copyright © Lydia Lily 2019

Lydia is a HR professional with more than 20 years of experience in HR Consulting, Recruiting and Career Development. She has gained much valuable experience in corporate restructuring, career transitioning and professional development. 

Lydia appreciates the challenges of building a rewarding career and business success, and most happy sharing her insights, experience and know-how, guiding individuals and providing organisations with professional, practical and personalised solutions.

Why Compassionate Leadership Matters?

“Recognizing our employees as human being with emotional vulnerability and in needs of trust and respect is the core of Compassionate Leadership.” 

My work brings me to different walks of life where I meet people from diverse cultural backgrounds. During my interactions with people, I pay close attention to various types of leadership such as “command and control” autocratic leadership, “power-sharing” servant leadership, charming charismatic leadership and the list goes on.

One of the leadership styles that I hold close to heart is “Compassionate Leadership”. A leadership of consideration, empathy and care.

People are the core of every business. With my years of experience in human resource management, recognizing our employees as human being with emotional vulnerability and in needs of trust and respect is the core of Compassionate Leadership.

Many argue that modern day leader needs to operate from both head and heart.

When leaders practice compassion at the forefront of leadership, that means, among others :

  • Leaders are exercising care for self and others in pursuit of the greater purpose
  • Leaders are mindful of the needs of the business and its people and put people as part of the equation in decision-making
  • Leaders encourage meaningful conversations and reflections and seek ways for beneficial solutions for both the business and its people
  • Leaders provides support to its people in times of challenging moments, even the toughest action is called in wake of corporate restructuring or redundancy.

Much needs to be done to bridge the gaps between the workplace and humanity, surely Compassionate Leadership is set as a new approach in leadership that transcends every generations, for our intrinsic needs of human remain!

Copyright © Lydia Lily 2019

Lydia is a HR professional with more than 20 years of experience in HR Consulting, Recruiting and Career Development. She has gained much valuable experience in corporate restructuring, career transitioning and professional development. 

Lydia appreciates the challenges of building a rewarding career and business success, and most happy sharing her insights, experience and know-how, guiding individuals and providing organisations with professional, practical and personalised solutions.

Should You Engage a Career Coach

Engaging a career coach is becoming a commonplace these days. Regardless you are a fresh graduate taking first step into employment or experienced executive in career transitioning, having a career coach goes a long way in life.  

In the competitive job market today, it is not suffice to just land a job. Building a rewarding career is an important part of our life. Engage a coach is the effective way to put your best foot forward.

In my over 20 years of experience in HR consulting, recruitment and career development, I realise that coaching helps identify your deeper motivations, understand your personal strengths and limitations, uncover future opportunities and risk factors, provide insights how to leverage your strengths and opportunities and manage skill gaps and risk factors in your career life.

It is essentially a personal SWOT analysis with an element of motivation that put together a plan, a plan helps you make a wise choice in professional life, gain clarity of what you want to achieve and lock in clear plans to get to where you want to be.  When you have a right coach, the benefits are far reaching.

So, what do career coaches do is to help you to:

  • Reflect and draw clarity from within you
  • Understand yourself, your value and motivation
  • Identify self-limiting beliefs and career blockers
  • Develop ways to build your ideal career
  • Identify a sensible career transition plan 
  • Discuss issues that impact on your career development
  • Hold you accountable for your goals

We understand that no one size fits all. If you are interested in discussing your career need, contact us today for an obligation-free consultation www.risingstrongconsulting.com.au  

Copyright © Lydia Lily 2019

Lydia is a HR professional with more than 20 years of experience in HR Consulting, Recruiting and Career Development. She has gained much valuable experience in corporate restructuring, career transitioning and professional development. 

Lydia appreciates the challenges of building a rewarding career and business success, and most happy sharing her insights, experience and know-how, guiding individuals and providing organisations with professional, practical and personalised solutions.