How to Manage Stress in the Workplace
Dec30

How to Manage Stress in the Workplace

By Dr Happy (www.drhappy.com.au) Article originally posted on HIF Healthy Lifestyle Blog   Let’s face it, we all feel stress at work. And if you don’t, you’re probably too busy to notice it! If nothing else, it might be reassuring to know that you’re not alone. According to research published by Beyond Blue, most (91%) employees believe mental health in the workplace is important but far fewer (52%) believe their workplaces are...

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Start 2017 the Right Way: New Year’s Resolutions
Dec29

Start 2017 the Right Way: New Year’s Resolutions

By Mia Casey Starting a new year is always a daunting prospect (although after 2016, many people might be happy for a bit of a change). Regardless, the start of a new year is usually when we start making some big plans. Whether it’s to go traveling, actually save money, or learn a language, the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions is still going strong. Unfortunately, only 8% of people are actually successful in achieving their...

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Surviving Work as an Introvert
Dec27

Surviving Work as an Introvert

By Ryan Abednego If you have ever attended a career-related workshop or session, you will be told to network and make yourself stand out from the crowd. If you’re an introvert like me, just the thought of doing these things causes anxiety. It seems like the working world is more suited for the extrovert. As someone who works for the UTS:Careers team, I am often in a meeting, running an event or meeting new people. Though everything...

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Start Planning Today: How Proactive People Stay On Top
Dec26

Start Planning Today: How Proactive People Stay On Top

By Mia Casey With 2017 literally days away, it may be time to start thinking about your career. Now before you freak out, you don’t have to do anything huge! Even watching a few videos, reading some articles, or chatting with people in your network can help inspire you to begin your career journey. Sharron Xiao, winner of the Festival of Future You challenge competition, agrees! During August, we ran our first ever Festival of Future...

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The Survivor’s Guide to Assessment Centres
Dec23

The Survivor’s Guide to Assessment Centres

By Candy Jenkins If you’ve made it to this stage of the recruitment process, then you’ve written a great resume, completed a lengthy online application and possibly spoken to a real person for a phone interview. The assessment centre is usually the last and most gruelling test to achieve the holy grail of graduate jobs: the ‘Big Company’ Graduate Program. A survival of the fittest, no-holds-barred test of endurance – this is where...

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Launching A Startup and Tackling Employability: A Chat with Rewardstudents’ Dana Achrafi
Dec22

Launching A Startup and Tackling Employability: A Chat with Rewardstudents’ Dana Achrafi

By Mia Casey Being a parent of two, studying a Masters in Interactive Multimedia, and taking part in (what feels like) almost every extracurricular program available at UTS, may make most people feel more than a little stressed out, but this has been Dana Achrafi’s life for the last couple of years. On top of this already heavy workload, she has completed a program at UTS Hatchery, landed a job at AUSTRAC as a User Experience...

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How to Achieve a Great Work and Study Balance
Dec21

How to Achieve a Great Work and Study Balance

 By Winnie Yip Living the #unistudentlyf is an awkward phase between high school chills and adulting for real. Perhaps some of you have read Bernard Salt’s article where he stresses that millennials should stop eating #smashedavo toast for brunch if they want to afford a house in the future (or you have read the oh-so-many critiques of that article from frustrated millennials in response). Either way, as most of you have figured, the...

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Dealing with Career Setbacks
Dec20

Dealing with Career Setbacks

By Monique Ryan We’ve all had to deal with setbacks at work. I can remember my first job as an eager employee at a bakery. I had turned up early for my first shift, excited and ready for the day. What unfolded was a series of embarrassing events which included (but were not limited to): dropping a tray of bread rolls, getting the loaf of bread stuck in the slicer, miscounting change and forgetting customer orders. Cut to today: I’m...

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Is Freelancing the Way of the Future?
Dec19

Is Freelancing the Way of the Future?

By Mia Casey The nine to five slog isn’t what it used to be. Across the world, more people are calling out for flexible work hours as new technologies are introduced, and working remotely becomes a more achievable reality. This means that we’re now seeing the expansive rise of the ‘freelance economy’. So what does this mean for those of us still studying and preparing to enter the workforce? The push for more flexible work In a recent...

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Know Where You Want to Go and DON’T Plan How to Get There
Dec16

Know Where You Want to Go and DON’T Plan How to Get There

By Aaron Ngan When I ask “If you could be doing anything at all in 5 years’ time, what would it be?” I usually get one of two common responses. Think about your own answer to this question for a moment – do you know answer straight away? If you do – good job! Only a few people come back with a confident answer. The most common response I usually get is a blank stare, while the person fumbles for an answer  or idea. It’s a big...

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4 Common Types of Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
Dec15

4 Common Types of Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

By Mia Casey When you’re researching practice questions before an interview, you’ll often come across ‘general’, ‘behavioural ’, ‘motivation’, or ‘accomplishment’ questions. These terms divide common interview questions into distinct categories that, if you know how to use them, let you figure out the interviewer’s motivation, which in turn lets you formulate the best answers. But what do these terms actually mean? And how do you...

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4 Essentials Every New Intern and Graduate Needs to Know
Dec14

4 Essentials Every New Intern and Graduate Needs to Know

By Peter Tran Article originally posted on LinkedIn Prepare yourself! It’s that time of the year again when the library is crowded, it’s still sunny at 5 pm, and there’s a queue at the nearest convenient store filled with students impatiently waiting for the go-to self-serve coffee machine. This can only mean one thing. Finals week. You’re standing in the queue and for that brief moment, time stands still. You begin to contemplate...

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The Confidence Gap
Dec13

The Confidence Gap

By Lauren Robertson Some of our talented interns here at UTS:Careers recently ran some focus groups so we could find out what students really think about the careers service, internships, CareerHub, the world of work and how prepared they feel to enter it. It didn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that the one thing many students wish they had more of is confidence. I feel like I hear this from people all the time (and not just...

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Tips for Winning at Secret Santa
Dec12

Tips for Winning at Secret Santa

By Mia Casey Most people look forward to the end of the year because it means getting some rest, time off work, and catching up with family and friends. There is, however, another benefit: work’s Secret Santa! Alright, it may not seem like such a benefit at the time, and many people find it quite stressful, but it can actually be a really great way to get to know your fellow co-workers. So we’ve put together a quick guide to help you...

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Most of My Previous Jobs No Longer Exist… and That’s Ok
Dec09

Most of My Previous Jobs No Longer Exist… and That’s Ok

By Julieanne O’Hara When I reflect back on my career to date, and think about my previous roles, I’ve realised that most of my previous jobs either don’t exist, or if they do the typical tasks have changed a lot!  And no, I’m not reaching retirement – I’m in my early 30’s. Jobs always have, and always will change. So my advice is: don’t focus on what you want to do, focus on who you want to be.  If you have a clear...

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Surviving Your Work Christmas Party
Dec08

Surviving Your Work Christmas Party

By Mia Casey It’s that time of the year again – workplaces are getting ready for the holiday season, and what better way is there to celebrate than with a work Christmas party? While it’s all a lot of fun, navigating the professional minefield this presents can be exceedingly difficult. To help you out in your time of need, here are a few tips to help you survive your work Christmas party, so you can come out with your career intact!...

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Nurses Eat Their Young
Dec07

Nurses Eat Their Young

By Deanna Rowe Originally written for Vertigo magazine  “Nurses eat their young”, I was warned, ominously, before starting my nursing degree. It brought to mind images of snarling ladies in starched white, Florence Nightingale–esque uniforms, fangs bared, dripping with blood. What horrors was I to expect? I was terrified before my first clinical placement. I wondered if the lab sessions, textbook readings and videos on subcutaneous...

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The 7 Biggest Interview Mistakes You Can Make
Dec06

The 7 Biggest Interview Mistakes You Can Make

By Ellen Rodger  Congratulations, you’ve got an interview! Just be sure you don’t make these common interview mistakes. 1. Stressing about things you can’t change You’ve landed the interview and now you’re worried about how you’ll compare to other candidates. What if they’re more experienced? Have better skills? Got higher marks at university? Don’t waste your time and self-esteem by worrying about things you can’t control – instead,...

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What is a Pain Letter and Should You Write One?
Dec05

What is a Pain Letter and Should You Write One?

By Mia Casey Ever heard of a Pain Letter? No? Well, me neither. Regardless, Liz Ryan has claimed (in an article she wrote for Forbes), that a Pain Letter is going to replace the traditional Cover Letter. So, what is a Pain Letter? According to Ryan: The document is called a Pain Letter because in your letter, you’re going to talk about your hiring manager’s biggest problem. How will you know what your hiring manager’s biggest problem...

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Why the Age-Old Question: “What do you want to be when you’re older?” is Obsolete.
Dec02

Why the Age-Old Question: “What do you want to be when you’re older?” is Obsolete.

By Jae-Hee Park You’ve probably heard it before and you’ll probably hear it again, chances are that you’ll change careers at least 5 times during your working life.  Speaking from personal experience this rings true to home. Over the last 8 years of my working career I have worked in an eclectic range of roles in several industries including law, fashion, branding, production, project management and graphic design. At each stage of my...

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Work Stressing You Out? Here’s How to Deal
Dec01

Work Stressing You Out? Here’s How to Deal

By Mia Casey No matter where you work, chances are you’re going to go through a rough patch every now and then. The Australian Human Rights Commission supports this, noting that ‘around 45% of Australians aged between 16 and 85 will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives’. And, unfortunately, work-induced stressed plays a pretty important role. Workplace stress is so common in fact, that on average a total of...

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