The club offers students a transitioning to work a program on how to succeed and to be happy at Work. This is available in coffee - table book form or by presentations from the members by arrangement. We strongly believe that the youth and schools, universities of today will benefit from the practical support and mentorship of employers and employees. If you wish to receive the book, please click HERE or if you are interested in organising a course for your school, please contact the club through the home page address, RCAHsecretary@gmail.com and we'll take it from there. 
WorkLife
 
Following the fantastic response to the RDU article we now have Rotarians perusing the WorkLife book from all across Australia and Internationally. Its very heartwarming to see so many Rotarians interested in this issue, and many clubs using the exceptional skills of their members to help the youth be productive and happy at work. 
 
Many of the Rotarians receiving the book have been very positive in their comments about the content and presentation . Some have suggested payment, so the club is putting the book out there in "Social Media Land" on this link..https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k3ubhHAaCrf2PO36gwneDQ0qGlbxkghZ/view?usp=sharing  ...and asking for a small donation to cover costs be sent to RCAH Secretary, Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland, PO BOX 1066, Mooloolaba, Qld 4557. or email the secretary at RCAHsecretary@gmail.com
 
How many years of work experience are in your Rotary Club? Could this be used to make a difference to your community?
 
After realising how many decades of career know-how its members held between them, the Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland, Qld, developed the WorkLife program to help mentor and support people transitioning to work for the first time. Since it was launched, the club has presented to high schools, university undergraduates, Rotaractors and job seekers, ranging from their teens to their late sixties. 
 
“The program was borne out of necessity. We had heard businesses complain kids were not ready for work, and schools complaining in turn businesses expect kids to contribute straight away,” said President John Malloy. “Few businesses nowadays are able to offer any meaningful mentorship – they are under so much pressure.” 
 
“Yet when I searched for information to help shape the WorkLife program I was very disappointed,” said John. “There are hundreds of books on resume writing and interview techniques, body language. However, regrettably, mentoring books were largely irrelevant to kids. They speak about becoming CEO and climbing the corporate ladder - nothing about what to expect when you first start work. Many students simply do not have the tools and practical examples to help them be positive, productive and deal with work situations. So these kids get depressed, or learn the wrong behaviours, and never reach their full potential.”
 
The program has received widespread community support, including a grant from the Sunshine Coast Council to assist with the development of an easy to read book on beginning work. “Rotary has a unique advantage in this area and has credibility with the business sector and institutions and of course Rotary has extensive history with developing the young through RYLA and youth exchange,” said John.
 
Conscious they were of a different generation to today’s young job starters, the club was keen to ensure their message was relevant and appealing to the audience. The 175-page WorkLife book is filled with practical examples of real work stories drawn from the club members’ experience, with positive but realistic messages for the new work starter. The conversational style appeals to teachers, parents and students alike. It is also visually appealing, richly illustrated by a local art teacher Dean Jacobs and presented by a professional graphic designer. 
 
The program team has also engaged with the local Rotaract Club of Sunshine Coast, Qld, to help them assist students with school to work transition. The club has plans to expand the program throughout the Sunshine Coast, with support from the local cluster of Rotary clubs and District Governor.
 
WorkLife has further expanded to include older jobseekers looking for a refresh of their job skills.  Recently the club ran a program for 20 adult ‘fresh start’ workers, as well as a program for 180 high school students. “The response has been extremely positive although the two groups were very different,” said Past President Peter Darnell. 
 
“We have pitched the program as interactive learning and change it to suit each age group to grab their interest. We have been pleasantly surprised by the feedback surveys telling us participants are really interested in the messages and learning from real work stories delivered by Rotarians in a relaxed environment.””
 
Further details on the program and WorkLife book are available by contacting the Rotary Club of Alexandra Headland on RCAHsecretary@gmail.com
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