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Why it’s not too late to change careers and how to do it

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Life is too short to spend your days being unhappy at work.  Now before you start coming up with excuses about how you can’t just leave your job and start something new, read the next few paragraphs first. If you then still are not convinced that it’s not too late to change your career, then that’s the choice you make.

Why it’s not too late

Even if you think it might be too late to start from the beginning, it’s not always necessary to start from the beginning.

You most likely already possess skills that can be transferred to other professional fields. Look at your transferable skills and assess the gaps between your current skills and the skills required for your career change. For example skills such as administrative tasks or computer skills are easily transferable to industries such as marketing or even finance.

How to change careers

You have already gained skills: In Australia, you can even get the skills you have earned through work experience officially recognised through RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) which can help you tremendously in applying for jobs in a new occupational field.

You want a big change: If you feel like changing your field completely and you can’t seem to find good transferable skills, you can simply study an online course and get experience and qualification through that. The good thing about online studies is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home and while still working and getting paid in your “old” job.

You have some skills but want work experienceIf you already have some work experience in your desired new profession (either through qualification or simply because you had the opportunity to do some tasks of that new position in your current job), then you can do further training to enhance those skills.

Australia even has a special visa that offers you that opportunity no matter how old you are or where you are in your life right now. The Training Visa offers people the opportunity to enhance their skills through workplace-based (paid) training. To do this kind of training in Australia, your occupation needs to be on the list of eligible occupations for this visa type.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to start changing your life today and make the best out of it.

 

A Message from Praveen Goyal – CEO, McKkr’s and Executive Director, Me Alliance

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Dear Colleagues,

McKkr’s is approved as a CPD and PRP provider under Regulation 9N of the Migration Agents Regulations – the new CPD Framework effective from 1st Jan 2018.

It’s that time of the year when we’ve got excellent news for RMAs, lawyers and other industry members; and the end of the year and the beginning of the new one couldn’t get any better.

I feel immensely pleased to inform you all that McKkr’s has been approved as a Professional Development Provider for the migration industry by the Office of MARA and will be offering CPD and PRP courses Australia-wide and overseas under the new framework effective from 1st January 2018.

I welcome the decision of the OMARA to provide an opportunity to McKkr’s to offer PRP (Practice Ready Program) for the new RMAs in the first year of their registration. While welcoming new RMAs into the ever-growing and ever-changing industry, I would also like to assure them that McKkr’s will also be offering PRP courses in 2018 in all major cities in Australia.

McKkr’s has been recognised as one of the top CPD providers in the industry with clear focus on learning and raising industry standards. We currently have one of the largest number of approved CPD Papers which have been regularly updated with legislative changes to maintain currency. Our CPD Workshops have been rated as the best in the industry by hundreds of RMAs and we are quite focussed in developing and delivering Professional Development Courses (CPD and PRP) reflecting highest possible quality to gain clear leadership in the industry.

While writing to you, I would like to highlight the major change in meeting your CPD requirements in 2018 under the new framework. RMAs will need to get minimum 5 of the 10 (or all 10) required CPD points by attending Workshops. Though completing a programme of education in migration law at a tertiary level (AQF Level 8 and above) can be used in place of Workshops but this may not be a suitable option for most RMAs. This means that all required 10 CPD points cannot be claimed through Private Study, Seminars or Conferences.

It is our members’ confidence in us and the quality of our workshops that our positive ratings continue to stand at 100%; and under the new framework, McKkr’s will only reciprocate this trust by offering one of the best CPD and PRP courses throughout 2018 and beyond.

I would also like to take the opportunity to thank you for your tremendous support throughout 2017 and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018.

Good luck and please do not hesitate to write to me whenever you are in doubt and need to discuss your clients’ cases to firm up your opinion. I assure you of my commitment of continuing support to you as my colleagues to help raise industry standards in terms of knowledge, ethics and professionalism.

Sincerely,
Praveen Goyal

15 migration agents sanctioned

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The Office of the MARA has sanctioned 15 migration agents since 1 January 2017 so far, as a result of 26 complaints. Of these, five registrations were cancelled, seven suspended temporarily, two barred and one cautioned.

Details of Disciplinary Decisions can be found at The Office of the MARA’s website, here.

Most of these sanctions were due to the violation of the Registered Migration Agents’ Code of Conduct. It is probably a good idea to have a look at the amended version.

What’s up with the November 2017 invitations round?

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Invitation rounds are held twice a month. The last invitation round results were announced on the 18th of October 2017 and while applicants and agents are eagerly waiting for the November roundup results, the Department has yet to announce them.

However, we know one thing for sure (thanks to the DIBP website) that the maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the November 2017 invitation rounds are as follows

9 November 2017
Visa subclass Maximum number
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 700
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 5

 

22 November 2017
Visa subclass Maximum number
Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 700
Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 5

VIC government announces grant for international students

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The Victorian government has announced 14 new projects worth $337,000 to help the state's international students through the International Student Welfare Program.

One of the key projects is a $75,000 grant for Inner Melbourne Community Legal to provide legal support for international students studying at universities, TAFEs and private education providers. The funding will go towards delivering legal education that will help nearly 600 newly arrived international students with important issues like practical legal knowledge, personal safety and common legal issues.

Access the press statement here.

Why there’s a need to communicate expectations to the employee

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We all want to work towards the success of the organisation but often, we fail to understand the route that we need to take to achieve the same. The Human Resources Manager plays a pivotal role in helping a new as well as an existing employee to understand what is expected of them in the organisation and about ways in which they can make themselves better.

Therefore, the employers and the HR manager, in particular must strive to communicate and make the employees clear about what is expected of them and how they can fulfil such expectations. It is also, extremely important that communication with employees is a two-way process where the employee is explained the expectations but is also given the freedom to express his opinion and suggest ways to meet these expectations.

A few benefits of effective communication of expectations to the employee are as follows:

Clarity of directions:

Communicating expectations lays down clear instructions and directions for the employee and the employee is able to understand the work that is required to be performed by him in the organisation. Employees do not end up wasting time in figuring out what they must do and what they must not.

Generation of new ideas:

When an employee is told about his role and what he is expected to do in the organisation, it enables him to understand his position and think of ways that would help him to make the maximum contribution to the organisation. It also helps the organisation to consider the ideas that are put forth by such employees.

A sound employer-employee relationship:

Effective communication is the key to success of any relationship and it also holds true in case of employers and employees. Communication of the expectations in a way that is easy to understand for the employee and working on ways to fulfil those expectations helps in maintaining the honesty and transparency between the employers and the employees.

The other side of the coin:

Communication of expectations between the employer and the employee also invites a feedback or an opinion from the employee and at times, it may prove to be a boon for the employer in certain decisions that he is required to take.

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