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The job industry has become more competitive in current years now that applicants can go job hunting from the comfort of their own home with websites such as Linked IN and Seek.

With vast quantities of people online and marketing themselves to prospective organizations, it has become a requirement to be digital savvy to stand out above the pack.

For older generations who are accustomed to seeking work the traditional way, this has the potential to leave them out of their element and overlooked by employers.

“I believe it’s my age, I’m in that age bracket, in my 50’s, where a lot of companies are not interested in taking on somebody in that age bracket,” said Denise Docker, who has been out of work for two years now since the Government made her last job redundant.

Age has been shown to be a handicap in certain fields due to an assumed  lack of technical competency, the business image or physical requirements.

Older people, who have been out of work for a while, are now finding prospective employers are expecting basic skill sets involving digital technologies.

“If I was employing for a role that needed knowledge in certain technologies, then if an older candidate had the same aptitude with those technologies as the younger candidate, they certainly wouldn’t be discriminated against,” said Ray Pascoe, a small company owner.

For people such as Denise, who was let go from her last job due to Government budget cuts, it is fitting that the Government assume responsibility for providing her with training to make her more employable in the current job market.

Denise said that she was contacted by Seek to study for a certificate four in business free of charge, as they received Government sponsorship for people who were struggling to find work.

This is yet another example of the benefits which some people may be unknowingly forgoing as they have yet to step foot into the cyber world.

Online job hunting does pose its flaws as well as its advantages however.

Whilst it makes it easier for people to network and get in touch with the right people, it also floods the job market and dilutes the talent pool when employers are forced to sift through dozens, or sometimes hundreds of online job applications.

Like with most elements of day to day life that have integrated themselves online, society will need to find its balance with the new and the traditional to find synergy.


Geelong is a city going through a turbulent transition, stranded between its history and its future. Its modern legacy as a stronghold of heavy industry – led by Ford, Alcoa and Shell – is fading fast.

Ford has been closing its Geelong manufacturing works for some time, with the final jobs to go by 2016. Alcoa has announced that its ageing aluminium smelter and rolling mill would close in August, at a cost of 800 jobs. Last year Qantas axed just under 300 maintenance jobs at the nearby Avalon Airport and Target sacked 260 workers from its Geelong head office.

Geelong has a long history as a city, and with that, a long history of being able to rebuild itself from problems past. There is little doubt Geelong will reinvent itself as a smart city of the future on the back of its tourism, agriculture and, service industries, as well as its role as a port, and  its role as a hub for new industry, such as carbon fibre manufacturing.

The inevitable and immediate pain of future uncertainty looms for Geelong’s recently unemployed. One of the major problems with widespread job cuts to similar industries to an area in a short period of time is that it creates a situation where there are too many workers looking for what little work is still available. As Professor Louse Johnson explained during my interview with her, about one third of workers will find work in a similar industry, maintaining a similar standard of living; another third will find work in lesser jobs, reducing their standard of living. For the other third, it’s unlikely that they will work again. The question of whether to remain in Geelong, the bedrock of many workers’ lives, beckons also.

Fitter and turner Jay Craven, 24, was made redundant by Ford in Geelong in an early wave of job cuts. The atmosphere of redundancy is not a good one. The media seem to know information before the workers do, and there’s a general sense of despondency in the air as colleagues and friends turn on each other in a battle for job survival.

Whilst many of his colleagues tried to find work in and around Geelong to varying degrees of success, Jay decided to apply for a jobs in Melbourne. After a period of applying for jobs without luck, a family friend suggested he apply for a maintenance job at Yarra Trams. When he found out that he got the job, the decision to head down the highway was an easy one. Unlike some of his colleagues whom were rentrenched in Geelong with homes and young families, Jay’s only attachment was a sentimental one, having lived in the area his whole life.

Jay now lives in Preston with his sister, who also works in Melbourne. He is really enjoying the change, believing his fresh start will allow him to better develop a career and grow as a person. No one likes seeing people lose their jobs, but for Jay, redundancy was was the catalyst for a positive change in his life.

Young manufacturing boss by Candy Huang

Posted: June 1, 2014 by ivoburum in Economics, mojo, Rural Events
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This young manufacturing boss was a student two years ago, he has had some special experience that others cannot imagine. He realized his dream, created his own brand “AUMORE WOOL”, and became a factory owner in Australia. His name is Clark, and now he is the founder and managing director of Chuanxin international Pty Ltd.

When we made an appointment for an interview, I waited outside his factory for him and notice the large sign, “AUMORE WOOL”. The neighboring factory worker Chris told me Clark was a really excellent young man, worked very hard, and that everyone who worked in this street knows him. I began to image what sort of a person he is.

During the interview, Clark told me a long story about his personal life, and how hard he worked in order to start this business. I found that this young man was very passionate for his own business, he showed me his factory and the products and told me the story about the machine. Although he had lot of pressure and stress on business, this young man was still calm and had a serious plan. I supposed that was the real difference between him and all the rest.

David, who is a boss form Mobile Essential says, “in today’s market competition, product quality is most important.

Clark said that, he flew to different places hand-picked wool in every season, and chose the best wool in the world used to make a quilt. Every time a product was sold to a different country, he hung the national flag of that country in the factory. “I want to hang the national flag of different countries in whole of industry,” Clark says proudly.

Now, his career going very stable, and he has more long-term goals. That is, to make his brand “AUMORE WOOL” a world leading luxury brand.

From a student to a young manufacturing boss is not the end of Clark’s story, it is just beginning, he has a long way to go to realize his dream.

More and more person chose to adopt animal when they want to have a pet. In my hometown, Taiwan, government and celebrities are beginning to support this issue in recent years.

When I came to Australia in 2013, I found lots of pet owners in Australia especially in Melbourne chose adoption than buying. This is because most of them think pet shops or puppy farms are making profit through animal. For the people who love animal it is so unethical.

Through I chatted with my friend, Emily, she talked to me some cruel situations of pet shops happened, like inbreeding program. And she also talked to me something about RSPCA because she adopted two dogs last year.

RSPCA Australia (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is an Australian government funding organization. In Australia, each state has an RSPCA organization. RSPCA Victoria was established in 1871, it located in Burwood Highway, near Deakin University.

I do an interview to test about the awareness of adoption in RSPCA.I interviewed people who walked around RSPCA to ask them some simple questions such as ‘Do you know how to adopt an animal in RSPCA?’ But most of interviewees think to adopt a pet in RSPCA is a hard task.

Thus, I came to RSPCA and ask them how to adopt an animal in RSPCA? The answer was surprised me! The staff told me they knew choosing the pet for people are takes time. So, to make this process easier, RSPCA has introduced a national website called ‘Adopt A Pet’ that will let you view some of the animals waiting to be adopted at RSPCA locations across Australia.

Besides, if you prefer come to RSPCA directly, they are also welcome. You just do three steps: find a pet, fill the form and wait thee phone call.

The reason why you can take the pet directly, this is because they have to do some survey on your family background. The staff told me they want to make sure every pet find a right home. It is very important for these stray pets. They do not want to they ever come back again. They want to they stay and be happy and live for their rest lives in their new homes.

In the future, if you or your friends want to buy a pet, think about adopting in RSPCA. They are as same animals as you see in pet shops. Please, support adoption, because love does not come with a price tag.

KELLY Gannon is a woman of many talents. A mother, wife, qualified horse riding instructor, riding school owner, mental health rehab and recovery worker, mature aged student and qualified equine assisted growth and learning therapist.

L-R: Kelly Gannon-Mental health specialist
Ellen Gannon-Equine specialist
Shannon-Mental health student/volunteer

Having worked in welfare for over 25 years, Kelly was inspired to combine her experience in dealing with a variety of mental health issues with her passion for horses, upon commencing her employment at Aspire in Portland.

Kelly wishes she found the equine assisted growth and learning (EAGALA) model 20 years ago. Since establishing EAGALA in Portland eight months ago, Kelly has run three programs – all of which have been a huge success.

“We have seen really good outcomes,” she said.

“It’s very much about being client driven and solution focussed.”

There are two types of equine assisted growth and learning; one model focussing on mental health rehabilitation, the other designed for educational purposes.

EAP and EAL: The differences between the two equine assisted growth and learning models is clear.

A two person facilitation team is required to coordinate the program; a mental health specialist and an equine specialist. The behaviour of both the humans and the horses is observed; particularly how they interact with each other and how behaviours relate to real life experiences.

“We look for certain things like patterns, discrepancies, unique shifts that happen,” Kelly said.

So why is EAGALA so appealing and what exactly is involved?

But it’s the horses that make this program unique.

“The reason why this program works is because of the horses,” Kelly said.

“They’re big, they’re powerful, they’re dynamic; they have their own brain and mind and how they approach things.”

Kelly believes it is the way in which each individual reacts to the horses that is most powerful.

“Everyone has a response to a horse of some form, whether it be positive or negative,” she commented.

“The horses get the messages home better than what we can.”

EAGALA can target a range of issues such as; mental health rehabilitation, leadership and teamwork, self-esteem, as well as bullying. But therapy sessions work best when all members of the group share common goals and targets.

“There is no more effective way of getting people to set boundaries than to have them work with horses,” Kelly said.

“The horses are very dynamic when the clients are working with them.

“If they are push push push push push and the horse doesn’t like it, the horse lets them know.”

Kelly believes the best outcomes are achieved over a six to eight week period, depending on the goals of clients within each group.

  • Week 1 & 2 – Introduction to EAGALA. Discover client expectations & how they feel about the experience.
  • Week 3 & 4 – Focus on the changes taking place. Are clients resisting change or starting to move forward?
  • Weeks 5-8 – Encourage clients to move forward & overcome issues. Finish the program with a celebration of their journey.

Whilst Kelly has found that clients initially think EAGALA is “poppycock” or “witchcraft in the bush”, by the end of the program they think everyone should do it.

“One client said to me that she hates EAGALA,” Kelly laughed.

“Because now she only ever sees solutions, never problems”.

Clients are required to complete a self-directed questionnaire, pre and post completion of the program for evaluation purposes. With the overall success of the program measured according to the Rosenburg Self Esteem Scale.

But for Kelly, the biggest success is to see how people progress throughout the program.

“There is always positives,” she said.

“A psychologist said to me after one of the programs, that she saw more movement in eight weeks than what you do in two years of therapy.”

Kelly was recently approached by Heywood and District Secondary College to develop a program focussing on leadership skills for a group of year seven and eight girls. After months of planning and negotiating with the school, in terms of how they wanted the program to look and what sorts of subjects they wanted to tackle; the three week program is under-way.

“We are basically looking at self-esteem, effective communication, teamwork and problem solving,” Kelly said.

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Adolescent Health Nurse from  Heywood and District Secondary College Leonie said that it was the first time they had tried the program so it was a bit of an “experiment”.

“It’s something different,” she said.

“It gets the kids out of the school and classroom environment, giving them room for personal growth.”

But it doesn’t stop there.

EAGALA has actually changed the operation of our riding school,” Kelly smiled.

“We are focussing more on relationships and recognising the importance of the connection between humans and horses.

“It can be an amazing experience.”

Dog owners speak up about the new dangerous dog legislation

The Greater Dandenong City council has refused the permit to build an Aldi supermarket in Springvale South, stating that the development does not meet parking requirements.

As Klaudia Miziolek reports, the refusal has affected both local business owners and residents with many of them hoping for the development to go ahead.

With the closure of Borders, many readers are beginning to fear that this could be the end for hard copied books, book stores and libraries. Caroline Beaney, a reporter for Deakin News investigates this issue by talking to staff from Dick Smiths (who supply the eReaders) and to Mornington Peninsula Library who discuss their upcoming plans to modernise their library with the arrival of eBooks.