About and Contact…

DSC09805About me…

My name is, Fay Scadden, Careers Practitioner at Numurkah Secondary College and Secretary of the proactive Shepparton and District Careers Association (SDCA).

In the beginning…

I was tossed, quite by accident, into the Career world in 2005. I was given the work experience coordinator role at my school. It was the best toss I have ever experienced because this role mutated into aiding students with their Career Development.  I have grown to love my job and all the challenges that it presents!

Many of the young people I work with now, weren't even on this planet when I began my journey (a somewhat sobering thought!)

Qualified…

I graduated in 2009 (in the top 10% of students), with a Graduate Certificate in Career Development from Swinburne University. Learning doesn’t stop there, however, as it is a continuous curve.

SDCA…

I joined the Shepparton & District Careers Association in 2005 and have been a Secretary (one of two) since 2009. I work with representatives from 24 schools from across the broader region, to benefit our youth – and make a difference.

Beacon…

Our College joined the Beacon program in 2011 (a nonprofit organization focussing on youth transitions) – and I became the Coordinator at our school. We won numerous awards (including National) in our first year.

Awards…

My work in the career sphere is recognised by my peers & colleagues across the State (Victoria) and further afield,

  • 2011 – David Osborne Award for Regional Career Practitioners
  • 2015 – Ruth Chapman Award (CEAV) for outstanding work in Careers.

Other…

The building blocks of Career Development at a school can be quite bamboozling and administratively involve many different systems. During my time at Numurkah I have dabbled, and continue to dabble in the mechanisms that every school uses to prepare their students for transitions: VASS, VETiS, SBAT/ASBAs, SARS, CAPS, MIPS, VCE, VCAL, VTAC, UAC, CASES21 – and the list goes on. (I apologise to those not familiar with this jargon!)

Blog…

My passion, apart from helping students, is writing. So I began blogging about careers in 2010 (approx). The blogs have morphed over time to settle into this one, Career-Junk. Career-Junk is still a work in progress, and will continue to be so, as the Career world buckles and sways with the times and technologies.

I write because I love it, there is no charge for you to read my musings, or to use the resources that I share. You probably think there has to be a catch, but I assure you, there is not.

Career Junk, in many ways, is my gift to other Career Practitioners. I know the majority of them are single-minded in their dedication to what they do – and yet they do this under enormous constraint (time and money). There should be some free perks in their quest, don’t you think?

networkingSubscribers…

It is humbling to acknowledge that I have a small band of loyal followers (380+). I believe (although I cannot prove) that the majority of these are secondary school Career Practitioners and/or those who work in the Youth sector.

I like to imagine that my wee blog helps them, to help others, to make a difference.

Rest assured…

You can, from my outline above, be rest assured that I know my topic well!

Contact

You can contact me for any old career reason and I will respond as soon as humanly possible.

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