Trust in God

Amongst the range of purposes of our learning communities is to support our young people in contemplating the next stages of their lives beyond school. Predictably, consideration of future career prospects and pathways is part of this contemplation. Things like meaning, purpose, enjoyment, work/life balance, financial security and professional development are tied up with the choices for a career. How society values a profession can also influence the choices people make.

Every few years, opinion poll specialist Roy Morgan, provides a snapshot into the most regarded and trusted professions in Australian society.

From the 2021 survey, they provided a summary of the percentage of people over 14 years of age who rated a profession as high or very high on ethics and honesty.

The bottom and top five rated professions were:

Bottom five: Car Salespeople (for 40 years in a row and at 3% in 2021), Advertising People (4%), Real Estate Agents (5%), Insurance Brokers (7%) and MPs (7%).

Top five: Nurses (88%), Doctors (82%), Pharmacists (76%), Teachers (74%) and Dentists (71%).

The full results and analysis can be found here

While these may just be interesting facts for some, how people perceive and receive you is critical to the development and sustaining of meaningful relationships. At a basic level – it is good for business, while at a much deeper level, it can underpin a person’s purpose and meaning in life.

As Term 3 begins, I have the privilege to be involved in the installation of two principals: Tom Brennen (Cornerstone College) and Wes Meurant (Yirara College). The talents and skills these leaders have will have true worth when the core values they show through their interactions come to the fore. At the heart of any quality interaction and relationship is trust.

Showing genuine interest, listening with care, being truthful, following things through, hold confidences, admitting mistakes and celebrating and affirming the success of others all contribute to building trust.

While I highly recommend and commend these habits for both our leaders and all within our learning communities, there is an essential element that enable these habits to be real and sustained.

In Proverbs, we read:

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

So, as we begin this new term, I strongly encourage you to trust in God and His word to direct, support and inspire you in making quality connections and wise and thoughtful decisions.

Craig Fielke
Executive Director


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