‘Who You Are is What You Do’ on ABC Radio

‘Who You Are is What You Do’ is out now

Heather McAllister, author of Who You Are is What You Do, has been interviewed on ABC Radio by Richard Stubbs about her book, released this month.

Heather’s book is designed to help teenagers plan for life after school.

‘One important thing is to get teenagers moving away from panic,’ says McAllister. ‘Once you’re away from panicking, you can realise: “Hey, I’ve actually got a decision to make here and that’s cool. And I’m not going to blow my life by making a wrong decision now.” It’s a step-by-step process. It’s not one decision: it’s many decisions.’

‘It really works,’ says Stubbs of the book. ‘There are lots of conversation starters here …’

You can hear the excellent conversation between Stubbs and McAllister here.

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Nine career tips to give your kids

‘Who You Are is What You Do’ is out now

Heather McAllister, author of Who You Are is What You Do: Making choices about life after school, has provided nine career tips for teenagers for the popular education website, Your Kids Ed.

She has this advice for parents seeking to help their kids:

Parents, try to avoid having preconceived ideas of what your school leaver should do.  Listen to them and ask them questions that will bring out their strengths and preferences … The best path to successful career development is to know yourself, be confident about your goals and be prepared.

You can read the full article here.

Heather’s book, which has just hit bookstores across the country, gives teens practical exercises to help them decide on their next steps after school.

Dolly features ‘Who You Are is What You Do’

‘Who You Are is What You Do’ is out now

Australia’s top-selling teen magazine, Dolly (readership: 318,000), has featured Heather McAllister and her book, Who You Are is What You Do: Making Choices About Life After School.

Finding the perfect career is serious business,’ says the teen bible. ‘But it doesn’t have to be as scary as it seems.’

The mag has listed McAllister’s top tips for making the best after-school decisions. They are, in a nutshell:

  1. Choose a career that fits with who you are
  2. Do the research
  3. Gain a qualification
  4. Develop transferable skills
  5. Don’t panic!

To read the full article, click here. Better still, you can buy the book from all good bookstores or our website.

Who You Are is What You do: campaign kick-off

‘Who You Are is What You Do’ is out now

In six months’ time, about a quarter of a million Australian teenagers will complete their Year 12 studies and enter adult life. Now there’s a book to help them make this challenging transition.

This week, life guidance counsellor Heather McAllister has kicked off her media tour to promote Who You Are is What You Do: Making Choices About Life After School.

Heather started with an upbeat interview on WA regional network, RadioWest, which you can listen to here, and the blogocracy is starting to take notice, with the Savvy Mumma parenting website stating

Who You Are Is What You Do is the sort of book I think all teens should have …

while, Vicki Stanton of twice-monthly book emag Buzz Words laments

If only I had this book when I was at school … This is not a book to flick through and shelve. It is a workbook that demands readers to really think about what makes them happy and fulfilled and to encourage them to take control of their choices and their life.