Fantastic Truths (About Fulfilment) and Where to Find Them
Dec07

Fantastic Truths (About Fulfilment) and Where to Find Them

By Fatima Olumee The new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald film has taken the magical world by storm, so of course, we couldn’t help but pull some valuable lessons from it! For a franchise that is so baffling in its complexity, you’d be surprised that there are some vital career tips that subtly underscore this much-awaited sequel. If your career journey so far has proved to be as, as the plot of The Crimes of Grindelwald,...

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Key Ingredient in Maximising Your Productivity
Nov30

Key Ingredient in Maximising Your Productivity

By Simon Jaeger Productivity in the workplace is extremely important. The quantity and quality of our contribution to the organisations we work for, the companies we run, and/or the clients we do business with, are two of the most important factors in establishing career success. When it comes to MAXIMISING your productivity, exercise is an essential ingredient in helping you to attain optimum output. Here’s why: Alertness and Energy...

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How Mentorship Can Fuel Your Career Journey
Nov23

How Mentorship Can Fuel Your Career Journey

By Sophie Olorenshaw Career journeys: we’ve all heard about our career journeys or pathways, but the reality is we don’t normally realise when we’re actually on one until we spend the time thinking back on how we got to where we are. For me, I’ve come to realise that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the impact and influence of my mentors, each of playing a pinnacle role in my life’s major decisions. Although mentors have been a...

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UX and Your Online Presence: 3 Strategies for Digital Success
Nov16

UX and Your Online Presence: 3 Strategies for Digital Success

By Katerina Pijaca User experience (UX) is a multidisciplinary concept that often refers to web, but more expansively can refer to any human focused strategy that shapes pleasurable journeys between product and user. Consider yourself as your main product and your industry as your user. These three strategies can help you build your online presence, by breaking down the ‘why’, ‘what’, and ‘how’ of UX and connecting them with your...

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The Where’s Wally Career Map You Never Knew You Needed
Nov09

The Where’s Wally Career Map You Never Knew You Needed

By Claudia Cowell Wally finds himself lost all over the world. His whole life is centred around his passion for travel and adventure, and seeking extremely crowded places to explore (crowded beaches, airports, ski slopes, towns, railway stations, and safari parks… just to name a few!). But unlike Wally, no one REALLY likes to feel lost. So if you are feeling overwhelmed in a world of too many jobs and not enough direction, come on a...

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Are Employers Really Going to Say Yes to Someone Who is a Self-identified Entrepreneur?
Nov02

Are Employers Really Going to Say Yes to Someone Who is a Self-identified Entrepreneur?

By Dave Lt The data shows that 40% of students at UTS want to be their own boss at some point. In the UTS landscape, we are hearing about startups, opportunities to learn entrepreneurship, places where your startup can be fostered and grow – what benefit is there to industry if we are constantly ‘teaching’ these startup principles to students? Surely it’s a risky thing to be doing? The vast majority of graduates are going...

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Why the Phrase ‘It’s Who You Know’ is Vital for International Students
Oct29

Why the Phrase ‘It’s Who You Know’ is Vital for International Students

By Esita Sogotubu ‘It’s who you know’, that’s what they say, right? This is particularly true for international students, and was the focus of an event by the same name held in August 2018. The event gave international students the opportunity to network with former international students who now work in Sydney after they graduated. This was the first time (as far as I know) that we have had such an event, specifically for...

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6 Career Lessons Learned from My ‘Lame’ Part-Time Jobs
Oct26

6 Career Lessons Learned from My ‘Lame’ Part-Time Jobs

By Sarah Marlor What do dogs, CDs, and Christmas elves all have in common? You’re right! They are all a form of nostalgic entertainment! For me, however, these words bring up specific memories of my interesting history of part-time jobs. Although you will no longer find ‘Dog Walker’, ‘CD Shop Sales Assistant’ or ‘Christmas Elf’ on my most up-to-date resume, they all played a very important role in setting me up for my current career!...

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How to Decide if You’re Qualified Enough to Submit a Job Application
Oct22

How to Decide if You’re Qualified Enough to Submit a Job Application

By Steph Miller You’re scanning LinkedIn, Seek, CareerHub and find your dream job. But wait—they’re looking for someone with 1-3 years’ experience, and there are a few other bullet points in the job description that you’ve never done before. You don’t tick all the boxes. Should you apply? Decipher the Level of the Role Your first step is to attempt to decipher just how underqualified you are. Job ads can make this tricky. Don’t assume...

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What are the Benefits of Interning with a Startup?
Oct19

What are the Benefits of Interning with a Startup?

By UTS Innovation & Entrepreneurship Unit Studying at university isn’t just about the knowledge you learn in the classroom and making sure you graduate with that valuable piece of paper, it’s also about making sure you’re learning the essential skills for the future of work. Our latest initiative supporting this is Startup Internships, a program helping you to become the real MVP by facilitating mutually beneficial internship...

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Career Lessons Learned from Crazy Rich Asians
Oct15

Career Lessons Learned from Crazy Rich Asians

By Ryan Abednego Crazy Rich Asians has become a cultural phenomenon and I for one am jumping aboard this Crazy Rich Asian hype train. For a rom-com, this movie had a surprising amount of takeaway messages. As a ’Crazy non-rich Asian’ myself, I feel like I am 66.6% qualified to interpret some of the lessons from the film into a careers perspective. Don’t just say you respect someone – show it! At the beginning of the film,...

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Is The Future of Work Full-time?
Oct12

Is The Future of Work Full-time?

By Rachel Yasmineh Yes? Carry on then. Nothing to read here.   No? Okay, so what?   I have no idea. So let’s set people up on how to deal with the ambiguity. It’s a hot topic that makes the rounds. Most articles talk about robots and technology automating a number of administrative roles and how in ten years at least 40% of job types will be gone. Most articles throw a bunch of stats at you and then criticize some for...

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Back to the Future of Work: Myth-busting Entrepreneurship
Oct08

Back to the Future of Work: Myth-busting Entrepreneurship

By UTS Innovation & Entrepreneurship Resilience, courage and focus were some of the skills marked for entrepreneurial success by innovative founders, students and teachers at the UTS Postgraduate Expo. “See failures as a learning experience, and have the resilience to keep going after what some people might see as a failure. Entrepreneurship is all about getting back up again,” said UTS alumna and startup founder Annette...

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5 Tips for University Students to Help Kick-start Your Career in Digital Marketing
Oct05

5 Tips for University Students to Help Kick-start Your Career in Digital Marketing

By Kim Ngan Le Having been born a first-generation Australian with immigrant parents who value good education, I was always pushed to perform the best academically. Against their will for me to study Medicine or Law, I’m currently completing my double bachelor’s degree in Business and Information Technology, majoring in Marketing and Enterprise Systems Development at the University of Technology, Sydney. At the age of 14 I got my...

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Do You Hate Your Degree? Don’t Worry, You DO Have a Career Ahead of You
Oct01

Do You Hate Your Degree? Don’t Worry, You DO Have a Career Ahead of You

By Georgina Barratt-See Towards the end of my chemistry degree, I got a bit sad. I didn’t think anyone would ever employ me, and I felt like I had no options. I hadn’t done particularly well during my degree, and I didn’t like my degree either. I felt like a future career was a hopeless dream I would never achieve. Flash forward 20 years, and I am in my dream job at UTS and I don’t know if I’ll ever leave.  How did I get there? Here...

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How to Get a Job with Basically No Experience
Sep28

How to Get a Job with Basically No Experience

By Tess Hobbis It’s a time old problem: you need experience to get a job, but you need a job so you can get experience in the first place. And there seems no end to the ridiculous amount of previous work experience employers expect for roles that, in themselves, offer on-the-ground training. Is two years of experience really required for the casual bartending role you’re hoping will get you through uni? And if this is what it’s like...

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Do You Have Career Envy?
Sep21

Do You Have Career Envy?

By Sam Berry It’s that uncomfortable feeling of desiring something that someone else has; a resentful longing, an emotion that we associate with a destructive green-eyed monster. It’s something we’ve learned we shouldn’t admit to. But envy is something we have all felt, and it has the power to help move us in a positive direction if we choose to examine it. It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others, and in the context of our...

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Startup Your Career: How to Make a Startup Experience Work to Your Advantage
Sep18

Startup Your Career: How to Make a Startup Experience Work to Your Advantage

By Kaye Carr Participating in a startup appears to be the complete opposite of working for a large corporation – but is it?  Let’s look at how your experience in a startup can literally start your career.  Here are the top 5 startup skills you need to leverage at your next interview. YOU GET STUFF DONE At a startup if you don’t get the job done, no-one else will.  You have to be tenacious, a self-starter and persevere.  ...

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Self-care: Before and After a Job Interview
Sep03

Self-care: Before and After a Job Interview

 By Sarah Marlor Let’s face it: interviews are one of those rare life moments that are equal parts exciting and make-your-palms-sweat levels of nerve racking. If you have just landed yourself an interview and you’re starting to perspire, or you’re currently reflecting on the suspected blunders you made in your last interview, OR perhaps you’ve never been to one and the concept is so farfetched that it seems as scary as a mission to...

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Using the Subject Outline to Your Career Advantage
Aug31

Using the Subject Outline to Your Career Advantage

By Elyse Popplewell In conversation with Careers Consultant Claudia Cowell, we look into how the time you spend at university can be maximised to get you job-ready. Through Claudia’s experience in working with students in a one-on-one capacity, and liaising with recruiters, she makes the point that the university’s curriculum is something you can leverage to become industry ready.   How competitive is the workforce at entry-level...

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How to Build Your Skills While at Uni (feat. The Peer Network)
Aug24

How to Build Your Skills While at Uni (feat. The Peer Network)

By Sarah Graham While your time at uni is normally spent dashing to and from lectures and tutorials, partaking in the deliciousness that is a snack pack from the Underground food court, complaining about the lengthy coffee queues, and chatting with your mates, it also offers the opportunity to be so much more. It may not feel like it, but while you’re at university you’re actually in the perfect position to start working on the skills...

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Jobs You Didn’t Know Existed but Could Have The Skills For
Aug13

Jobs You Didn’t Know Existed but Could Have The Skills For

By Courtney Sue Transferrable skills. You have probably heard of this term before, but what exactly are they? Transferrable skills are skills and abilities that are relevant and helpful across all areas of your life. In your social life, at university and throughout your career: Being able to communicate with people (written and verbal communication skills), Building relationships (interpersonal skills), Working as part of a team...

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2018 K-pop Moments That Will Cure Your Career Depression
Aug10

2018 K-pop Moments That Will Cure Your Career Depression

By Isaac Garcia Once in a while we go through those career-ready moments, when suddenly we’re so ambitious and career-fuelled that we might even change our LinkedIn photo. These moments can be fleeting, so it’s a good idea to take advantage of it when it arrives. But what do you do when you get stuck? When you want to make that career start or change, but metaphorically (or physically) you run into a wall. The solution? K-pop. From...

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Interning at “the Greatest Governance Institute in Existence”
Aug03

Interning at “the Greatest Governance Institute in Existence”

By Rosalin Kuriype As a Communications and International Studies student, majoring in Social Inquiry and in my final year at the University of Technology Sydney, the Aurora Internship Program provided me with the perfect opportunity to combine my interest in social sciences with my motivation to work in the Indigenous sector.   The Program provides Indigenous sector organisations with the assistance of motivated and skilled...

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Juggling Work, University, and Life Admin Without Losing Your Mind
Jul27

Juggling Work, University, and Life Admin Without Losing Your Mind

By Maria Markoulli I am one busy bee – for the past few years I have juggled work, study and personal commitments. Currently, I work at UTS Careers, volunteer at a Community Legal Centre and study a Juris Doctor degree. Kind people sometimes tell me, “Maria, I do not know how you do it.” Truth is that there is no real secret to share – my only “secret weapons” are staying organised, being transparent, and showing up. Is it hard...

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Thriving in the Weird WEIRD World of Australia
Jul20

Thriving in the Weird WEIRD World of Australia

By Joe Miao You might not realise it right off the bat, but Australia is a really weird place full of Vegemite, bin chickens and giving things a ‘fair shake of the sauce bottle’.  Australians drive on the left side of the road, they don’t eat rice with every meal and have toilets that aren’t a hole in the ground.  All big surprises for little 4-year-old me flown over from China.  All of these things were quite easy for me to pick up...

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Benefits of Becoming Friends with Your Co-Workers
Jul13

Benefits of Becoming Friends with Your Co-Workers

By Domonique Delgado The world of work is constantly changing. While your working hours may be 9-5, technological advancements mean that people are still able to work remotely: checking emails, responding to client enquiries or rescheduling important meetings outside of contracted hours. Work never seems to end. However, these blurred lines don’t only apply to hours worked, but also to relationships formed at the office with our...

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What Has Anne Hathaway Taught Us About Careers?
Jul06

What Has Anne Hathaway Taught Us About Careers?

By Sarah Marlor Pop culture has taught us many things about our careers. In various cases, it has also taught us what not to do. However, when it comes to shining examples of success, nobody comes as close as Anne Hathaway. I know I may be a little bias (I have always wanted my occupation to embody a combination of being Catwoman, a princess and an astronaut). However, I think we can all agree that the characters she plays often...

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5 Ways to Bulk Up Your Resume Before You Finish Uni
Jun29

5 Ways to Bulk Up Your Resume Before You Finish Uni

By Samara Dunn Have you ever sat down to apply for a role and realised that your resume is as empty as it was when you were 15-years-old and applying for your first job? Yeah, me too. These are some of the things I did in my final year of university that probably helped me get this very job. Look at me now – semi-professional blog writer and employed! The millennial dream. 1. Get involved in extra-curricular activities on campus...

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Those Interview Questions We All Hate and How to Handle Them
Jun22

Those Interview Questions We All Hate and How to Handle Them

By Cerys Rogers If you’ve made it to the face-to-face interview stage, congratulations! But now for the hard part… the interview. Interview processes have gone through some major changes over the last ten years and some employers now adopt a more informal approach to interviews and assessment. Innovative organisations like the Attlassians and Googles of the world have been behind some of these changes, but some of the old rules...

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How great would it be if we had an UNDO button IRL?
Jun08

How great would it be if we had an UNDO button IRL?

By Chandani Tuladhar  I actually think it would be awesome if we could have an “undo” button in real life, so I could re-do some of the things I missed or ignored when I was a student. I guess many people would feel the same way – when you are my age, you’ve finished your degree a few years back and have been working for a company, and you realised you missed many things during your student life. I wish I could go back and fix...

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Discussion Topics and Questions to Ask a Mentor
Jun01

Discussion Topics and Questions to Ask a Mentor

By Steph Rogers Have you thought about seeking out a mentor? Ever feel like you can’t solve a problem when you’re too close to the source? A mentor is a great third-party resource! Asking family, friends and peers for advice can be helpful, but a mentor is likely to give you an entirely different perspective from anyone who knows you personally. They can provide outside advice from a professional perspective, which may help you see...

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5 Things You Must Do AFTER a Job Interview
May25

5 Things You Must Do AFTER a Job Interview

By Stephanie Gonzales  “Thanks for coming in. We’ll be in touch soon”. The elevator doors shut and you let out a big sigh of relief. The interview is officially done and dusted and you’re feeling confident. All you can do now is sit back and wait for the company to make their decision… right? Not quite! When it comes to job search, most people put a lot of thought and energy into preparing for interviews – what to wear, how to...

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Follow your passions… Actually no, don’t!
May18

Follow your passions… Actually no, don’t!

By Nicole Papworth Have you ever been asked the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” What age were you when you were first asked this? Maybe 5 or 6, right? It seems that we get asked this question from such an early age. And, the truth is, at this age no-one really cares what you say. When I was 5 I wanted to be a ballerina, so that year for Halloween I got to be a ballerina. Easy! It seems the intention is to inspire...

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Work-Life Balance: A Mum’s Guide to Achieving It… Sometimes
May11

Work-Life Balance: A Mum’s Guide to Achieving It… Sometimes

By Candy Jenkins Whether you’re a mum who is working full-time or part-time, studying or staying at home (or any other combination) we can all agree that our children come first and, above all, we want them to be happy, healthy and well-adjusted. But we also want to ‘lean in’ to our careers, contribute something back to society and experience professional fulfilment. This is where the illusive “work-life balance” comes up again and...

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Say “Yes” to Mentorship
May04

Say “Yes” to Mentorship

By Ryan Li As your career progresses, it is common that you will have different answers if asked the same question, depending on where you are at in your career. This is because you have progressed mentally and physically, and your experience and knowledge have opened your eyes and enriched the way you look at the world. Sharing what I have learnt from my experience throughout my life – some knowledge that is not instantly available...

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What You Need to Know About Applying for Work Interstate
Apr27

What You Need to Know About Applying for Work Interstate

By Richard Laycock (finder.com.au) Applying for a new job is both scary and exciting. Whether you’ve got a lot of experience working in your field or none at all, it’s always going to be a learning curve. There are often plenty of opportunities outside of where you live, and whether that’s interstate or even overseas it’s always worth applying for the role you want. So what do you need to know if you’re planning on working in another...

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Career Fears and How to Shake Them!
Apr20

Career Fears and How to Shake Them!

By Katerina Pijaca Career fears: we all have them. Whether you’re thinking about applying for a specific role, have been offered a job or have been working part-time and are set to transition into a full-time gig, career fears can often be debilitating and send you on a rollercoaster of emotion. The truth is, navigating through job search or an ever-changing career direction is a scary thing, but you are not alone! These are some...

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Why Searching For Jobs on Seek Just Isn’t Going to Cut It
Apr13

Why Searching For Jobs on Seek Just Isn’t Going to Cut It

By Nicole Woll Is it time for a new part-time job to cover your recent rent rise, or to help you fund your next ASOS haul? Is it nearing the time in your uni career when you need to look for an internship to cement your university knowledge? Are you in your final year and thinking that you better get your act together and land a graduate role, to show all the haters that five years at uni was worth it? No doubt you’ve already...

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The Census Date is Almost Here! But What Does It Have to do with Me?
Apr06

The Census Date is Almost Here! But What Does It Have to do with Me?

By Helena Asher-Chiang Monday 9th April 2018 is the Census Date for Autumn 2018 Semester. Did you know that the Census Date is the last possible date where you can withdraw from a subject or course without financial or academic penalty? You might be thinking: “Hmmm, I hadn’t really thought about it to be honest”. Well, let me take you back to my first year as an undergrad: the year that I failed 3 subjects in the first semester. I was...

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What Kanye West’s Career Breakthrough Can Teach You About Yours
Mar30

What Kanye West’s Career Breakthrough Can Teach You About Yours

By Matt Edwards What can The College Drop Out teach you about getting ahea – I’ma let you finish, but Kanye’s journey from the kid who wanted to be a rapper to releasing his critically-acclaimed debut album, has some career lessons for all time. All time. Kanye’s rise as an artist and struggle as a producer before his breakthrough is particularly relevant for today’s students who have to contend with a...

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Change In Career: 20 Non-Hospital Jobs For Nurses To Consider
Mar26

Change In Career: 20 Non-Hospital Jobs For Nurses To Consider

By Anna H. Nilsson As a child, I had always thought that nurses working in hospitals have the coolest uniforms in the world. I mean, who wouldn’t want to wear pleated skirts and a cap, right? Sadly, doctors came in second because they only wore robes. But growing up, I realized that the nursing attire is a hard-earned piece of clothing; you’ll never get it unless you’re determined to have it. Before becoming a full-fledged nurse, you...

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Extending Your Degree Isn’t a Terrible Thing
Mar23

Extending Your Degree Isn’t a Terrible Thing

By Isaac Garcia Oh Goodness, what have you done? You’ve tangled yourself in a web of UTS subject availabilities, inflexible work commitments and you even maybe, possibly failed that one subject you ‘accidentally’ missed all of your lectures for. Suddenly you find yourself in that dreaded position: extending your degree. You quickly say goodbye to the dream of taking group grad-gown selfies with your handful of uni friends, and find...

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It’s Ok to Not Love Your Job
Mar16

It’s Ok to Not Love Your Job

By Ryan Abednego ‘Choose a Job You Love and You Will Never Have To Work a Day in Your Life’ At some point in your life, you will have run into this quote (figuratively, not literally). It’s a charming sentiment and looks nice over a waterfall scene as a desktop background, but let’s be real for a moment: people who love their jobs are a rare breed. And the ones that do love what they do? You can be sure they worked hard to get there....

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Think You’ll Do An Internship?  READ THIS.
Mar09

Think You’ll Do An Internship? READ THIS.

By Adrian Buck An internship is about experience – your experience.  Here are 5 steps to take control and own it. Step 1 – Research Start early.  Very early.  The day you arrive on campus is the day you announce to the world: “I want to be somebody”.  But who do you want to be?  You probably don’t even know yet (no-one does), and that’s what an internship is all about.  It’s also about learning and skills and stuff, but it’s a...

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Leading Law One Competition at a Time: Top100 2018 Law Category Winner Talks Growth
Mar05

Leading Law One Competition at a Time: Top100 2018 Law Category Winner Talks Growth

By Jessica White I entered the Top100 Future Leaders competition in August last year after receiving an email invite by UTS. At that time, I didn’t appreciate just how far I would go in the competition, nor how much I would learn. The competition process exposes applicants to a standard graduate recruitment process. This was by having me submit a written application, complete Revelian testing, answer questions in a video interview,...

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You Can’t Sum Us Up With A Tweet
Mar02

You Can’t Sum Us Up With A Tweet

By Mena Basaly UTS Engineering student Mena Basaly is Chief Youth Representation officer of UN Youth Australia and helped manage the largest face-to-face consultation of young Australians to date. He shares his experience and insights from the report.   “I wish the Government knew that young people work incredibly hard to carve out their place in the world, and that they need support, not derision. We are a passionate,...

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The Lowdown on O-Week
Feb28

The Lowdown on O-Week

By Eliza Brockwell for Careerswithstem.com It’s tempting to give this whole week a miss. Who wants to sit through a lecture before the school year has even started? Once you read about what O-Week has to offer, you’ll be first in line to ensure you don’t miss out on the O-Week festivities. 1. Get to know your uni There’s nothing more awkward than stumbling onto campus on your first day of University, totally lost and late enough to...

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The Interview Flip: Questions YOU Should Ask A Potential Employer
Feb23

The Interview Flip: Questions YOU Should Ask A Potential Employer

By Sam Berry Most of the time when we’re job searching, we’re focused on how we can impress our future employer and get to the top of their candidate list. We present all the information they may need to know about us, and do whatever we can to put our best foot forward and secure that job offer.  But how do we know if the job we’re pursuing is a good match for us? The key is to see the recruitment process as a two-way street. Yes,...

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We’ve Got Your Back This Session
Feb21

We’ve Got Your Back This Session

Your career begins when you start uni, so making sure you settle in and know what services are available to you is super important to make sure you’re on the right track. So, whether everything’s going fine or your world has blown up, we can help make your uni experience a success! 1. Timetable Enrol in your subjects on My Student Admin and choose classes via myTimetable. For the more complicated stuff, submit an eRequest to the...

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Career Cupid: Find Your Bae
Feb16

Career Cupid: Find Your Bae

By Meagan Solomon Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and whether you like it, love it or hate it, it tends to give you a certain renewed awareness of your current relationship status. A recent trip to the beach with friends led to an interesting (and detailed) break down of the current dating scene, in all of its cringey glory. The beach, with all of its relaxing, sandy goodness, also happened to be the ideal spot to get that...

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Is Your Nomophobia Damaging Your Career Prospects?
Feb09

Is Your Nomophobia Damaging Your Career Prospects?

By Michelle Maarhuis Do you suffer from Nomophobia? Don’t worry you are not alone! We all know Nomophopia (the ‘fear of being away from a mobile phone’) is real and affecting everyone, especially Millennials. But you shouldn’t let your Nomophobia ruin your opportunity for employment! You may not realise it, but your general habits (like continuously checking your phone) can affect you scoring an internship, casual...

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5 Books You NEED to Add to Your TBR Pile for a Better 2018
Feb02

5 Books You NEED to Add to Your TBR Pile for a Better 2018

By Simon Jaeger Just in case you’ve never heard of the acronym TBR before (me – about 30minutes before publishing this post) it stands for “to be read”. If you’re searching for inspiration and greater insight in 2018, below are my recommendations of 5 books that will transform the way you think, act, work, communicate, lead, plan, eat, move, sleep and so much more. I can confidently say that these books have done this for me. Whatever...

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Former International Student Talks Identity
Jan25

Former International Student Talks Identity

By Esita Sogotubu You may have noticed that around Australia Day, the question of Australian identity comes to the forefront of discussions in the media. I don’t even remember my first Australia Day when I arrived as an international student one January, many moons ago. The many aspects of this new place that I would call home for the years of study was just overwhelming. Walking into my room at the first hostel I stayed in and seeing...

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10 Things Every Student Needs To Know About Recruitment
Jan12

10 Things Every Student Needs To Know About Recruitment

By Julieanne O’Hara I know recruitment processes can be horrible, you wonder why an organisation is putting you through such painful (and often slow) processes! If you have developed a strong network, you might be lucky to bypass the recruitment process, but with graduate employers on average receiving over 1000* applications, organisations rely on recruitment processes to help them find the needle in the haystack (YOU!)....

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Making New Year’s resolutions is easy, but keeping them … not so much
Jan05

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy, but keeping them … not so much

By Fiona Livy Check out some of the different ways UTS has got your back and how you can help turn your 2018 into Twenty Great-teen! Resolution 1: Be more mindful The easy answer is to take some time away from your laptop, pull up a lawn chair and enjoy some sunshine on Alumni Green. If you need more professional help though, you can speak with a consellor in the Health Services or book an appointment at the UTS Psychology Clinic...

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How to Make Best Use of LinkedIn While You’re Still in Uni
Dec22

How to Make Best Use of LinkedIn While You’re Still in Uni

By Abhyank Srinet In this fast-paced world, one has no choice but to be a part of the digital revolution that is taking place. As uni students, LinkedIn plays an important part in today’s world and making the best use of it – from finding better jobs to learning more from the experts in any field – contributes immensely to your professional networking. According to LinkedIn’s own reports, 80% of professionals consider...

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Put Some Christmas Cheer into Your Career
Dec15

Put Some Christmas Cheer into Your Career

Emily Edwards It’s Summer! You’ve finally reached the end of the year and you want nothing more than to relax in the sun, eat, drink and be merry. While it’s tempting to follow the call of those sunshine bevs and Christmas parties, there are ways that you can use this time wisely to help you get Career smart. Casual/Part-Time Work Don’t have any experience in your chosen industry? Your summer holidays are the perfect time to get some...

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview
Dec08

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

By Dara Braithwaite Job interviews can be a bit nerve wracking, but there are some easy ways to make sure you’re prepared and ready to impress any interviewers you may face! Research Hopefully you’ve done a bit of research on the organisation when tailoring your application and cover letter.  Revisit this research, and find out as much as you can about the organisation. If you know the names of your interviewers, search for them on...

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Guys, If You Haven’t Tailored Your Cover Letter then You Haven’t Got the Job
Dec01

Guys, If You Haven’t Tailored Your Cover Letter then You Haven’t Got the Job

By Dara Braithwaite As part of my job here at UTS, I often shortlist students on behalf of organisations for paid positions, which can be  exclusive to UTS.  Through this I have seen a disconnect in what students expect a cover letter to look like, and what employers expect to see in a cover letter for a specific role. We’ve been told over and over that we need to tailor our cover letters for each role to show the organisation that we...

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What is Temping? And How Can It Help You Travel the Globe?
Nov24

What is Temping? And How Can It Help You Travel the Globe?

By Sarah Graham In my last article I encouraged you young, adventurous and energetic young masses to finish your undergrad degrees and go away travelling as a form of professional development. Apply for that visa, pack that bag, and go explore – you can temp your way around the world! But some of you were wondering – what is a ‘temp’? How do I become one in the first place? And how do I become a good one? A temp is someone who gets...

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WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT (In An Intern)
Nov17

WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT (In An Intern)

By Veronika Vesela How to make most out of your internship Internships are no longer the equivalent to boring coffee runs and filing. More and more employers are utilizing internships as a pipeline (or pathway) into graduate-level roles, so making a great impression is a must! Of course, there are countless lists of do’s and don’ts available online, so today I’m not going to repeat that you need to be polite,...

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Applying for a Job: Your First Impression is Your Last Impression
Nov10

Applying for a Job: Your First Impression is Your Last Impression

By Chandani Tuladhar Working in Careers and dealing in the recruitment process means that I have to go through a number of submitted applications every day. One of the first things I came to realize was that the adage ‘your first impression is your last impression’ is highly applicable to the employability world – particularly when it comes to impressing your employer with a few tips and tricks in your first application. Don’t forget:...

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Which Bachelorette Contestant Would Be The Best Colleague?
Oct23

Which Bachelorette Contestant Would Be The Best Colleague?

By Katerina Pijaca Sophie Monk’s season of the Bachelorette could easily be one of the best seasons to hit our screens yet. While her quest for love sees her looking for the man of her dreams, the contestants of this season’s Bachelorette are strangely reminiscent of the types of people you find in every workplace. So, without further ado, here are the best and worst work colleagues of Sophie Monk’s Bachelorette!   Apollo The...

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Working Students: Here’s What You Need to Know About Health Insurance
Oct20

Working Students: Here’s What You Need to Know About Health Insurance

By Richard Laycock If you’re studying at uni and have only just started thinking about getting a job, then it’s likely that health insurance hasn’t really crossed your mind. Besides, if you’re at uni and you’ve got private health insurance, chances are that you’re on your family health insurance policy already. But did you know that once you finish studying full-time, turn 25, or start full-time work that you’re going to be booted...

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Why Every Student NEEDS A Portfolio
Oct13

Why Every Student NEEDS A Portfolio

By Jessica Fernandez No matter what you’re studying, it’s important to have a portfolio. A portfolio gives you the opportunity to showcase your best work, build your personal brand, and develop personal awareness. You can use your portfolio as a tool during job interviews to really sell and explain all the work you’ve done. You’re probably thinking: “yeah cool, but I’m not a media or design student so portfolios don’t really apply to...

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How to Make the Most of Your Design Internship
Oct06

How to Make the Most of Your Design Internship

By Katerina Pijaca Whilst having out-of-this-world animating talent or hilarious graphic wit is great, more often than not a designer has to pull out all the stops to get noticed. Here is a list of the essentials to help you get over the line and land you the design job you’ve always desired. Communication is key. You need to communicate to your employer your design process, show them how you can work from a problem to solution, and...

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Avoid Career Free-Fall and Land That First Internship
Oct02

Avoid Career Free-Fall and Land That First Internship

By Isaac Garcia First year was a whirl, second year was a party, and suddenly you realise you’re up to your last year and the word ‘career’ is so dang foreign to you. You’ve adopted a jealousy for those go-getter types who’ve been climbing the career ladder since their fetus days in first year. But where do YOU start? Are you forever destined to be chasing after opportunities long-gone that you might as well give up and drown in the...

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Is Finding A Job Your Full-Time Job?
Sep29

Is Finding A Job Your Full-Time Job?

By Becca Cole From scrolling pages and pages of job ads, cold-calling employers, writing (and re-writing) your resume, cover letter and selection criteria, to the interview preparation and follow up, finding a job can easily turn into your full-time job.   Often when it comes to a job search, you get out of it what you put into it. Are you tailoring your resume for each job? Are you calling the company to follow up on your...

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Getting The Most Out of Your Extracurriculars While At Uni
Sep27

Getting The Most Out of Your Extracurriculars While At Uni

Featuring Mikhael Hammer-Bleich from Spacer It’s getting to that time of year where many students are staring down the barrel of graduation, and are starting to worry about their professional identity. At this point, many begin to see the benefits of taking on some extracurricular activities to build up their resumes. If this is you, then it’s important that you do your best to make the most out of any new experiences you take on!...

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How Can A Recruitment Consultant ACTUALLY Help?
Sep22

How Can A Recruitment Consultant ACTUALLY Help?

Cerys Rogers You have just graduated or completed your internship and are now looking to progress on to the next phase of your job search. Where should you go from here? In addition to hunting through online job boards such as seek.com you may find it helpful to engage with a Recruitment Consultant in order to maximise your chances of landing your dream job.  So who should you talk to, where should you start and how do you know which...

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3 Tips To Surviving Your First Performance Review
Sep15

3 Tips To Surviving Your First Performance Review

By Kathleen Connolly Performance review: sounds scary right? Someone sitting opposite you making judgements on every single thing you have done at work and telling you what they think about it. Well yes, that is exactly what performance reviews are about, but the truth is, your manager is already doing this. Every. Single. Day. The performance review is just a formal way to capture all the conversations you have (hopefully) had and a...

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Get Internship Ready
Sep13

Get Internship Ready

By Georgia O’Connor (Originally posted on N2N Communications’ blog) Last year as I stared down the gun of my final year at university, I decided I needed more experience (and more confidence) before I attempted my entry into the realm of full time work. So, to save you some time, and potentially your sanity, here are five tips to help you stand out as a PR intern and land your dream holiday gig. 1. Create content One of...

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Cycle of Career Development
Sep08

Cycle of Career Development

By Ryan Li A common scenario we all face, whether we are an entrepreneur, director, manager, or employee, is that after all the hard work we have done we finally manage to tackle the major challenges that we were facing with a great finish. What a sign of success! This feeling of success may just be a single “MOMENT” but when you get it, it means that it is time to pack up, and move on. Two decades back, there was a bestseller, ‘Who...

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I Survived A Video Interview And You Can Too
Sep01

I Survived A Video Interview And You Can Too

By Matt Edwards Video interviews are slowly becoming part of the hiring landscape in Australia, and have been embraced by the team here at UTS:Careers. As my colleague Michelle Maarhuis explained in a previous blog post: “A video interview helps to quickly identify whether a person could be a good cultural fit within the company, as you get an insight into an applicant’s personality. It also livens up the recruitment process, which...

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Social Media and Employment: The Key to Curation
Aug31

Social Media and Employment: The Key to Curation

By Andreas Mertin It’s the usual story: you meet someone you think is ‘totes-amazeballs-awesome’ and want to know more about them. You want to get in touch, so you check if they’re on social media. They are. Woohoo! Not only can you get in touch, you can get a better idea of them (you never know, they could be a crazy cat person, and that wouldn’t work with your fur allergy). Now imagine you’re running a start-up, or a big law firm,...

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A Graduate’s Guide to Interviewing for a PR Job
Aug30

A Graduate’s Guide to Interviewing for a PR Job

By Lauren Magid (Originally posted on N2N Communications’ blog) It’s the beginning of the year and graduates around the country are wrapping up end-of-uni celebrations and turning their attention to getting a job. It’s a much more difficult employment market than the one I was lucky enough to graduate into years ago. Research released last year showed around a third of university graduates are still unemployed four months after...

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5 Elements of Effective Employee Management
Aug28

5 Elements of Effective Employee Management

By Gemma Reeves (From FindMyWorkspace) Some people think that managing employees of a company is not all that hard. Managers only need to ensure that the deadlines are met, employees are clocking in on time, and they are receiving the right compensation and benefits. What most people forget about, is that managers also have the responsibility to effectively bring out the best from their employees and improve their productivity. Most...

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How to Up Your Presentation Skills
Aug25

How to Up Your Presentation Skills

By Monique Ryan ‘Presentations are FUN!! I wish I was constantly given random topics to present on in front of hundreds of people. All the time. Please let me present more!’ Said no-one ever. Presenting in front of a crowd can be challenging, and if you’re new to the world of uni, you may find the whole idea of speaking in front of your class terrifying. This was me, and I often felt this way during school. Terrified that I would be...

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Video Game Obsession?! What’s that got to do with the Future of Work?
Aug21

Video Game Obsession?! What’s that got to do with the Future of Work?

By Joe Miao My Video Game Obsession I have a confession to make. I spend a bit of…. well honestly most of my free time playing video games. In fact, probably slightly more time than what’s best for my health. There are many people out there who would see this as a big waste of my time. It isn’t really immediately beneficial for me personally or professionally, and eats up my time being holed up in my room yelling...

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Why Law and PR Go Hand in Hand
Aug18

Why Law and PR Go Hand in Hand

By Camille Maciejowski (Originally posted on N2N Communications’ blog) I often get asked, ‘Why did you study law if you are now working in PR?’ Sure, combining law with media and communications is rather unusual. But you might be surprised to hear this combination is becoming increasingly popular amongst university students for a number of good reasons. What persuaded me to embark on a five-year degree which added a large debt...

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Stress: Is It Really Mind Over Matter?
Aug11

Stress: Is It Really Mind Over Matter?

By Ruby Simmons Transitioning into university can be an extremely stressful time in your life, with 80% of students experiencing psychological stress, and one fifth of these living with a more serious mental health issue.  Each student will experience stress differently, but what health psychologists have found, is that students with high-self efficacy tend to either experience less life stress, or respond to stress with positive...

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Take Control By Being A Lifetime Learner
Aug07

Take Control By Being A Lifetime Learner

By Martyn Shaw (Originally post on Digital Plumbing) I’ve never been someone who takes things for granted. For many reasons I’ve felt like the most fortunate person in the world (meet my beautiful pregnant wife and you’ll soon start to see what I’m talking about). One of the biggest blessings I’ve had has been my journey from starting out as a shy, 21 year old, Yorkshire lad with a degree in Business IT, to somehow stumbling into the...

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I Was Bullied at Work, and This Is What I Learned
Aug04

I Was Bullied at Work, and This Is What I Learned

By Ryan Abednego When I started one of my first full time jobs straight from university, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was a fresh-faced graduate, nervous but excited about becoming a grownup. Excitement soon turned into insecurity when I was thrust into an unexpected environment. Staff were criticized on a daily basis.  Name calling and demoralising behaviour was a common occurrence. This was all lead by the manager, who I came to...

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My Top 7 Tips for Winning a Vacationer Program
Aug02

My Top 7 Tips for Winning a Vacationer Program

By Emily Yu Every year, the gloves come off and the SHL testing comes out – last year was no different. During my seemingly unwinnable quest to land a vacationer program, I noticed how little content there was on this topic for young Australian adults. I would read pages and pages, articles and articles, just to close the window whenever I saw the word “sophomore” or “college”. It seemed like all helpful...

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Keep Calm and Career On!
Jul28

Keep Calm and Career On!

By Esita Sogotubu According to McCrindle, a school leaver today will stay in a job for 3.3 years on average thereby having 17 jobs, and 5 careers in their lifetime. A few weeks ago, I was creating a workshop on Online Portfolios for UTSoC when I had a “moment” of doubt – thinking, “What gives me the credibility (besides being a career practitioner) to be designing and delivering this workshop?” That moment quickly passed when I...

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Get The Most Out Of Your Casual Job
Jul21

Get The Most Out Of Your Casual Job

By Matt Edwards While some casual roles revolve around menial work and seemingly pointless tasks, it’s still an important step in your employment journey. Exploring casual employment with the attitude that it’s not worth your time really doesn’t do justice to the value you can attain from such roles as a precursor to your dream job. If you search for the right opportunities, not just wherever will pay you an hourly rate, you can...

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Have You Got Grit?
Jul14

Have You Got Grit?

By Lauren Robertson The other day I was reminded of a podcast I listened a few years ago that really stuck with me. The theme for the podcast was success; or more specifically, whether there is a common link between those who thrive in life and achieve their goals, compared to those who just never seem to quite get there. The podcast centred on research that looked at everyone from professional elite athletes, to newbie teachers...

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The Importance Of Active Listening Skills For Interviews
Jul07

The Importance Of Active Listening Skills For Interviews

By Domonique Delgado So after numerous applications for your dream internship or graduate role, you’ve now been selected for an interview. An often nerve-racking experience, it’s easy to become anxious about the prospect of attending an interview. Despite this, it’s important to remain calm and, most importantly, really listen to the questions posed to you by the interviewer in order to ensure success. General feedback from employers...

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I’ve Employed Over 550 UTS Students, and Here’s Where Applicants Go Wrong
Jun30

I’ve Employed Over 550 UTS Students, and Here’s Where Applicants Go Wrong

By Georgina Barratt-See I employ 116 people. 116 student leaders. Yes, that’s 116 this semester. And yes, they all report to me. Hi, I’m the Manager of the U:PASS program at UTS, which supports 60 early stage subjects with study sessions, run by trained student leaders, typically in upper years of university. Since I started at UTS in 2008, I’ve hired over 550 students and interviewed over 1200, if not more (crazy, I know!). That...

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Living and Working Abroad: The London Life
Jun23

Living and Working Abroad: The London Life

By Nicole Woll All throughout my latter years in high school and university, I dreamt of travelling Europe and the UK. I couldn’t wait to throw on my (huge) backpack and create memories on the other side of the world. The idea of not knowing who I would meet, where I would work or where I would live was exhilarating! A few weeks prior to jumping on the plane, reality set in. I realised I’d be on the other side of the world… where I...

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No Experience? No Problem! 3 Tips to Boost Your Job Search When You’re Just Starting Out
Jun09

No Experience? No Problem! 3 Tips to Boost Your Job Search When You’re Just Starting Out

By Stephanie Gonzales You’ve settled into university life and now you’re ready to find your first job or internship. You browse through job boards and notice that most advertised positions (even the entry-level ones) expect applicants to have experience. You start to wonder “…but how can I gain work experience when no will hire me without prior experience?” As a Careers Consultant, this is a common dilemma that I observe amongst...

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The Benefits of a Professional Mentor
Jun02

The Benefits of a Professional Mentor

By Dara Braithwaite Professional mentors.  Everyone seems to have one, and it sounds like a good idea, but what does having a mentor actually achieve? And where can you find one? Benefits Insight A professional mentor is able to give further insight into the profession that you’re aspiring to be in, and any emerging trends that are developing.  It’s one thing to be hearing about trends in lectures or reading about them in journal...

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The Video Interview: Really? Do I Have To?
May26

The Video Interview: Really? Do I Have To?

By Michelle Maarhuis I recently had my first dabble with video interviews from a recruiter’s perspective, and I’m a convert. We’re using a web and app platform called Vieple to shortlist candidates, rather than using traditional methods like phone screening. A video interview helps to quickly identify whether a person could be a good cultural fit within the company, as you get an insight to the applicant’s personality. It also livens...

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How to Network Like a Natural
May19

How to Network Like a Natural

By Candy Jenkins When looking for a job you’re constantly told “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”, or “you need to get out there and market yourself.” It’s a constant reminder that you’re not doing enough to tap into potential job opportunities and develop new relationships. Studies show that only 20 percent of jobs are advertised, which means that 80 percent of jobs are filled through internal promotions, contacts from...

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A Note for Students and Grads: Let Life Surprise You!
May17

A Note for Students and Grads: Let Life Surprise You!

By Chiara Alloggia   Let’s be honest about uni: the struggle is real. Enough said. We dedicate all this time to reading journal articles, writing essays, and managing those gruelling group assignments, whilst simultaneously trying to earn some sort of income to support our smashed avo fetish, whilst also coordinating 3 web browsers to make sure we secure those concert tickets. And then, during my degree (and especially since I’ve...

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Can You Handle Rejection??
May12

Can You Handle Rejection??

By Cerys Rogers Getting the right job at the right company can be a difficult process. However, remember that good things take time and you’re not the only one to have received rejection. It is a common process many go through, and you can choose to make the best of the experience and show professionalism. Here are 4 tips on how to handle job rejection and learn from it: 1. Don’t take it personally Receiving criticism can be...

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From intern to editor: Latte magazine’s Rebecca Bodman
May03

From intern to editor: Latte magazine’s Rebecca Bodman

By Rebecca Bodman (Originally posted on Business Chicks) As part of my uni degree, I had to complete a six-month paid internship. As an 18-year-old who’d just moved from Canberra to Sydney, six months of full-time paid work that counted toward my degree, meant I was cheering. I also kind of felt like a character in Gossip Girl – an internship felt so chic – especially at a five star hotel. When an internship is good, it’s really good....

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How to Research the Company You’re Applying to
Apr28

How to Research the Company You’re Applying to

By Alex Sloane Researching a company is one of the first steps to creating a tailored job application, but it can be difficult to know where to start. If you rush into research without a plan it can make it more stressful and you may end up looking something like this: It is especially difficult when you have a strict deadline. Even if applications are due tomorrow, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have time to research (and let’s be...

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Work Overseas: It’s ‘one of the most rewarding things you can do’
Apr21

Work Overseas: It’s ‘one of the most rewarding things you can do’

By Vikki Banks Why you should consider gaining work experience overseas Let me start off by asking you a question: how many of you tick the box for ‘Sydney CBD” as the preferred location when you are searching for a position on jobsites or LinkedIn? For those of you that are brave, you might even opt to include the eastern suburbs and the inner west, maybe even ‘all Sydney?’ Then let me ask you another question: what do you do if you...

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Kickstart Your Career
Apr19

Kickstart Your Career

By Fran Molloy (Article originally posted on Careers with STEM) From the far reaches of space to the coolest places on Earth, and from running a hackathon to starting up a billion-dollar business, computer science leads to some amazing careers. Technology is advancing rapidly, so how do you skill yourself up for a career that may not exist yet? Or prepare for the perfect job – one that blends your passions with the needs of a changing...

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Why a Career in Sales Might Be the Right Road for Recent Grads
Apr17

Why a Career in Sales Might Be the Right Road for Recent Grads

By Ricky Huang (Originally posted on HubSpot) If you recently graduated from college or university, you’ve probably been reminiscing on the good old days, saying farewell to friends, and catching your breath after non-stop graduation festivities. Then, the real world sunk in. As you begin contemplating your future, one of Robert Frost’s most famous lines of poetry may be top of mind: “Two roads diverged in a yellow...

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Why Everyone Should Have at Least One Terrible Job
Apr14

Why Everyone Should Have at Least One Terrible Job

By Julieanne O’Hara I’m starting my post with a disclaimer, I think I currently have the best job I love it, I enjoy 90% of the tasks I complete, every day I work with inspiring people, and I’m lucky to be in a role where I believe in the work we do.  But that hasn’t always been the case… in fact I’ve had some shocking experiences, but they have all played an important role in helping me grow in my career:  Lesson #1...

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Staying Agile
Apr12

Staying Agile

By Fran Molloy (Article originally posted on Postgraduate Futures) Jump-start a stellar career and build the perfect skillset by forging your industry links early. Let’s face it, taking on undergraduate and postgraduate studies can sound like a slog. But that investment could pay off big time through a rewarding career. The ultimate destination of most postgraduates is with industry. Australia’s 2014 Postgraduate Destinations survey...

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Why Even The Most ‘Pointless’ Work Experiences Are So Worthwhile
Apr10

Why Even The Most ‘Pointless’ Work Experiences Are So Worthwhile

By Sue Mehana Apart from your first email address, most people’s first job would be pretty embarrassing to publicly admit. Well, at least on your resume or in an important graduate-level job interview. As I came to the end of my Bachelor degree, I found myself dreading the idea of applying for graduate positions in the ‘real world’, as though my previous retail experiences were a fairy tale (What, no… I don’t have haunting,...

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The Power of Podcasts
Apr07

The Power of Podcasts

By Lisa Harrison   I love listening to podcasts. I listen to them on the bus, when I exercise and even when I’m just relaxing at home. I can’t get enough – the more I listen, the more I learn and feel inspired. At the beginning of 2015, I started a new job with an amazing company that really prioritises gender diversity and gender equality. I had the opportunity to recruit for a digital technology team and take part in...

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Are You Hired for Your Degree?  
Apr07

Are You Hired for Your Degree?  

By Chandani Tuladhar This topic may seem strange, and even when I mentioned it to a few of my colleagues they were surprised and wondered ‘What is Chandani writing about?’ If you really would like to know what I’m talking about, please go read on. A majority of the people in this modern era think they will get a job or start their business through having a good degree. What do you think? I wonder if people have the right answer for...

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Can Volunteering Lead to Career Success?
Mar31

Can Volunteering Lead to Career Success?

By Sarah Steel Working in the careers space, I am often asked what piece of advice I’d give my younger self. Social action helps people to give back to the community and will enhance your job applications, whether you have interned before or are entering the workplace for the first time. Read on for tips to help you find the right volunteer network and determine which volunteering opportunity is a good fit for you. Look within There...

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Making Super Super: Navigating the Superannuation Process
Mar27

Making Super Super: Navigating the Superannuation Process

By Deanna Rowe Superannuation Is there a more exciting word in the English language? While many of us don’t find superannuation exciting, it is an essential part of working life and it pays to spend a few minutes thinking about it. For many of us, our superannuation will be our largest asset – particularly with Sydney property prices meaning that we may never own a home, which traditionally has been one’s largest asset. So, what do I...

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Why Time Management is a Skill You Should Perfect Before You Get that Graduate Job
Mar24

Why Time Management is a Skill You Should Perfect Before You Get that Graduate Job

By Jessica Fernandez If you’re applying for a job and are lucky enough to secure an interview, you can be sure that the employer will ask: “How do you manage your time effectively and how do you handle a busy workload?” You sit there, wearing your new suit that you bought just for the interview, and think to yourself “YES! I know this one!” You then confidently tell the employer how great you are at time management, how you’re...

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Top 5 Things You Can Do At Uni to Get Work-Ready!
Mar20

Top 5 Things You Can Do At Uni to Get Work-Ready!

From the UTS:Careers Career Programs Team Hey you! The student over there thinking you have all the time in the world to look for a job after you finish your degree: our advice to you would be to start NOW. The earlier you start thinking about getting work-ready, the more confident you will feel when reaching out to employers for job opportunities after your degree. So here are a few quick tips on how to make that process easier…. 1....

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What I Regret About Going To University…
Mar17

What I Regret About Going To University…

By Rachel Yasmineh I don’t usually say that I regret much in my life because I think that all my experiences have led me to where I am as a person. Looking back at my university experience, there are certain things I regret not doing. So, if I could go back and tell my 19-21 year old self anything, it would be this: 1. Take your time If it takes 4 years to do your 3 year degree, that’s fine! You’ll be working until you are 65 (or...

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The Intern Diaries: Max Grieve
Mar15

The Intern Diaries: Max Grieve

By Max Grieve   I get a lot of emails, most of which I don’t open. In fairness, the majority are subscriptions to second-rate flight offers and system-generated messages letting me know that ‘the following activity you have selected and were allocated to has changed,’ and don’t require opening, much less a response. Sometimes, though, it pays to open and respond to emails. In 2013 I was sent an email by a...

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How to Succeed in Your Internship
Mar14

How to Succeed in Your Internship

By Michael Bellmore With applications for PwC’s 2017/2018 Summer Vacation Program officially opening, I thought now would be the perfect time for me to offer some tips on the recruitment process! I’ve worked across the Careers Engagement team at Chartered Accountants ANZ, as well as the Campus Recruitment and Private Clients teams at PwC. So, I thought I’d draw on my experiences to offer some advice on applications, interviews and how...

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Tips on How to Land a Graduate Position (from the Person Hiring You)
Mar13

Tips on How to Land a Graduate Position (from the Person Hiring You)

By Nicola Campbell Article originally published on Accenture.   The time has come to start applying for graduate positions and 2017 will be another tough year of competition for graduates. Employers are increasingly looking beyond academic results to find the best candidates, so students should find ways to differentiate themselves in a tough job market. With competition so fierce, the graduates who are well prepared will stand...

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Can you justify going travelling as “professional development”? I did (but I didn’t know it at the time)
Mar10

Can you justify going travelling as “professional development”? I did (but I didn’t know it at the time)

By Sarah Graham In early 2007 I stuffed my backpack in Minneapolis, Minnesota and left on a working holiday visa. I had just spent a year working and saving every penny to pay off my student loans, and I thought to myself: “It’s ok that you only have $800 USD – you will find a job as soon as you get there!” Living in a hostel, I found a café job, only to have it fall through at the last minute because my tax file number hadn’t arrived...

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3 Surprising Facts About Graduate Recruitment in Australia
Mar08

3 Surprising Facts About Graduate Recruitment in Australia

By Ryan Abednego Many students put getting into a graduate program as their number one goal upon graduation… and understandably so! Graduate programs allow you to receive training across the many different areas of an organisation. Knowing that there’s a job waiting for you after university can also take some weight off your shoulders! Despite the benefits of graduate programs, there are a few misconceptions held by students...

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Why I Did A Before 30 ‘Bucket List’
Mar06

Why I Did A Before 30 ‘Bucket List’

By Shadia Djakovic My 30th Birthday was looming, just levitating there in free space, taunting me. It was a constant reminder that three decades had passed and that certain societal pressures of what needed to be achieved by this age were impending. Approximately 84 days before, I panicked. I had 84 days to achieve some substantial milestones, 84 days to add wisdom and whatever else 30 year olds have achieved. So, I quickly started...

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Your Career: Destiny or Chaos?
Mar03

Your Career: Destiny or Chaos?

By Sam Berry Do we choose our career or does it choose us? Is it possible to find our one true calling, or are we at the whim of the unpredictable world around us? Rewind 60 years or so and it was common for people to work in the same occupation, industry, or company for the duration of their working lives. There was a sense that once you landed a job, either through choice or circumstance, you were stuck with it. The general...

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Gaming Your Way to a Grad Role
Feb28

Gaming Your Way to a Grad Role

By Jocelyn Airth In preparation for what may feel like ‘The Hunger Games’ of recruitment processes, students applying for graduate programs will do almost anything to gain an edge. Some will pick up extra-curricular activities, others will attend more employer-events. While these measures will certainly help you stand out in the application process, what if we told you that gaming (yes, GAMING!) could give your application the pizazz...

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Dress for Success: What to Wear for an Interview?
Feb24

Dress for Success: What to Wear for an Interview?

By Veronika Vesela You did it! You got through the initial selection rounds including your resume and cover letter, phone or video screening (or a combination of the two) and are invited for an interview. If you are diligent enough, now’s the time you probably start researching the organisation, re-familiarise yourself with the position description and prepare some questions for the interviewer. Your next step is to make a positive...

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Feeling Unemployable? Why the Accomplish Award is Right for You
Feb20

Feeling Unemployable? Why the Accomplish Award is Right for You

From the UTS:Careers Career Programs Team Over here on the UTS Careers Blog, we’re not big on sharing a lot of self-advertising. That being said, there is one program that I feel is worth breaking the trend for: The Accomplish Award. From my experience, this program is one of the best ways you can increase your employability, easily get some quality advice, and move that much closer to landing your dream job – all while you’re still...

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Cover Letters and Love Letters
Feb17

Cover Letters and Love Letters

By Steph Rogers Cover letters and love letters have more in common then you may think. I hear many people in the recruitment industry argue that the cover letter is now ‘dead’.  Having worked in the industry, I can understand why some might agree with that statement. A typical recruiter’s day is spent looking at hundreds of resumes, the last thing they want to do is open up another stock standard cover letter. However, when I came...

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5 Years From Graduation – 5 Life Lessons & Hacks
Feb10

5 Years From Graduation – 5 Life Lessons & Hacks

By Becca Cole 1. Be content with what you have If you are discontent now then finding a job, finding a partner, having a kid, or getting more friends, will not fill that hole. You will still be discontent. I see this all the time – people are discontent with being single, so they find a partner. But then they are discontent with not being married so they have a big elaborate wedding, only to still feel discontent so they think they...

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So Many Pies, So Little Time: How to Cope as the ‘Go-To’ Person in Your Organisation
Feb03

So Many Pies, So Little Time: How to Cope as the ‘Go-To’ Person in Your Organisation

By Kathleen Connolly I remember when I was in high school all of my friends would call me an ‘old soul’. Someone they could talk to when things got tough. Someone they trusted for advice when they couldn’t make a decision. And someone who mysteriously knew where to look to find the most obscure items. Funnily enough, I have managed to turn these qualities into a career and inadvertently become the ‘go-to’ person in many of the...

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Career Profiling: the Basics, the Bizarre and the Bleeding Obvious
Jan27

Career Profiling: the Basics, the Bizarre and the Bleeding Obvious

By Brian Horan There are a number of theories on how and why we like and choose different professions. These choices could stem from many things, including being in the right place at the right time, having connections, what we’ve studied, or even following on a family business. Career practitioners use a number of methods to help their clients discover careers to suit them. These methods are called career profiling tools. This...

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But What Do [insert job title] Actually Do?!
Jan20

But What Do [insert job title] Actually Do?!

By Sara Sullivan You might be sitting there with no idea what job you want to do, or you might be trying to choose between 2 different career paths.  Wherever you are up to, asking questions like those below will definitely help you to find out what a job is really like, or what you might expect from working in a particular industry or company: So what’s it like being a graphic designer? What do accountants actually do on a daily...

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Can You Land a Job When You Have No Experience?
Jan13

Can You Land a Job When You Have No Experience?

By Rory Burns At UTS:Careers Drop-In, a very common question to be asked is “How can I get a job when I have no experience?” Students often bring in their resume with their objective and education, and say that they have no experience but really need a job. If you are concerned about your lack of experience… read on! Everyone has experience First of all, everyone has some kind of experience. It is just a matter of thinking back over...

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A Story About Resilience and Adaptability from a Former International Student
Jan06

A Story About Resilience and Adaptability from a Former International Student

By Esita Sogotubu Picture the scene: gravel road, bus with floors you can see through to the road, passing corrugated rooves on shack-like houses with views of hills, and passing by a river every now and then. This was my journey every day to high school. Since I lived in a valley, there were mornings when the dew settled over us so the dusty bus ride to school included walking cross a bridge, clothes damp from dew, which resulted in...

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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House of Cards? More Like Travel Cards
Nov30

House of Cards? More Like Travel Cards

By Winnie Yip Pause the episode. It is time to invest that Netflix subscription into an international travel money card!   Studying abroad during university is one of the best opportunities for you to travel, learn and get out of your comfort zone! (Besides, Netflix will keep reminding you that they exist anyway and all your shows will still be there for you to binge on later). Don’t get me wrong, I love House of Cards (the...

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The Power of a Smile and a Good Handshake!
Nov29

The Power of a Smile and a Good Handshake!

By Nicole Woll First impressions are important. You know those people you meet that you remember? You remember their name, what they said to you and how they made you feel? Whether you’re at your friend’s birthday party, at the pub or at a networking event, chances are they used some valuable (but not so secret) secret weapons to butter you up – a big genuine smile and a winning handshake!  Why smile? It’s no secret that happy people...

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How to Utilise Your Strengths and Soar
Nov25

How to Utilise Your Strengths and Soar

By Simon Jaeger Despite what many inspirational quotes would lead us to believe, as humans we unfortunately cannot achieve anything and everything we want in life – no matter how hard we try. Don’t get me wrong – I pride myself on my positivity and optimism, and I wholeheartedly believe that each and every one of us has the ability to do amazing things in this world. However, our unique DNA construct means that we are all different;...

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Uncovering ‘The Hidden Job Market’
Nov22

Uncovering ‘The Hidden Job Market’

By Stephanie Gonzales Most jobseekers turn to online job boards like Seek.com and Indeed.com as their primary job search strategy.  They might scan the job listings every few days, submit a handful of applications and cross their fingers for a phone call. Does this sound like you? While some people may find work by solely relying on these websites, research suggests that up to 80% of available jobs are never advertised. This means...

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Transferable Skills: Being a New Parent and Returning to the Workforce
Nov18

Transferable Skills: Being a New Parent and Returning to the Workforce

By Michelle Maarhuis The next time you’re applying for a position, it’s a good idea to reflect on your transferable skills. Over the years I’ve held multiple positions and there has never been an instance where my skills haven’t been transferable, regardless the role I worked in. You just need to identify these skills and incorporate them into your next application (usually in the selection criteria). Before my current position as...

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Job Hunting Advice for International Students: Language
Nov15

Job Hunting Advice for International Students: Language

By Ryan Li International students: Are you currently looking for a job? Feeling confused? Directionless, helpless, hopeless, frustrated or filled with self-doubt? Then I may be able to help! Rather than addressing common resume writing and interview skills, this post will focus on overcoming the language issues many international students experience during the job search process. Each person has their own work experience,...

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Don’t Find A Job You Love, Go For One You Like.
Nov11

Don’t Find A Job You Love, Go For One You Like.

By Rachel Yasmineh You may have heard of the expression ‘find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life’. Well, call me cynical, or a realist, but that’s not true. Do you really think that people who have a job that they love never work a day in their life? I think you will find that they will profusely disagree with this, and in fact, you’ll find they have worked their butt off to get where they are today. I remember...

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The Psychology of Success
Nov08

The Psychology of Success

By Ruby Simmons Most of us want to succeed, especially university students. Whether you’re in your first or final year, I’m betting there’s a big part of you that really wants to be successful. But what’s the psychology of success? First off, to answer this question it completely depends on what your idea of success is, and as with everything in psychological research, it’s totally dependent on culture and most likely, the individual....

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When You DON’T Know a Guy Who Knows a Guy
Nov04

When You DON’T Know a Guy Who Knows a Guy

By Jocelyn Airth When it comes to securing work, it’s often not what you know, but who you know. We hear it all the time. But what happens when you don’t have any industry connections? It’s hard enough to get your foot in the door of a competitive industry – ESPECIALLY if no one is there to hold it open for you. Sound familiar? I hear you. Being an aspiring communications professional growing up in a science and education-dominated...

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Interviews: “Take a deep breath and relax”
Nov01

Interviews: “Take a deep breath and relax”

By Helen McNairney True story: When I was in my late teens, the local bank advertised a junior entry-level position and it was my parents’ belief that if I could secure a job with a bank I would “have a job for life.”   Eager to have their daughter on the road to self-sufficiency, they encouraged me to apply for the position and I was invited to attend my first formal job interview the following week. With little experience on...

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Why University Students Should Publish On LinkedIn
Oct28

Why University Students Should Publish On LinkedIn

By Katie Smith A career is more than employment, university students can enhance their careers by contributing to the online professional community with their innovative voices through LinkedIn publishing. I present workshops to university students to enhance their online professional identity and I thought it was time that I venture into the world of LinkedIn publishing. I’m excited to do this as I’m eager to learn and...

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Why You Should Always Prepare Questions to Ask at an Interview
Oct25

Why You Should Always Prepare Questions to Ask at an Interview

By Courtney Wright Interviews are a test to determine whether you’re a fit for the vacant role, right?  Wrong; that’s only half of the equation.  While interviews are an opportunity for an employer to assess your fit with the role’s requirements, interviews are equally a chance for you to assess your fit with the organisation so if you receive the job offer you’re in a position to accept or decline, armed with...

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Video Interview Preparation Tips
Oct21

Video Interview Preparation Tips

By Maria Markoulli  Increasingly, more firms are using video interviews to save time and reach a wider pool of candidates. While at first it can seem a little daunting, it actually can have several benefits to the candidates – the most obvious one being that your video interview is kept on file and can be referred to later on, so if you miss out on a role the first time round, chances are that you may be considered for other suitable...

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Don’t Let Addressing the Selection Criteria Scare You From Applying
Oct18

Don’t Let Addressing the Selection Criteria Scare You From Applying

By Katie Smith When an employer advertises a job, they usually provide criteria for it. This generally tells you the essential and desirable skills, attributes, knowledge, experience and educational requirements for the role. Often Government and many Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) will require candidates to formally address a list of selection criteria in their application. It’s essential to address the selection criteria to...

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How to Negotiate Salary: 5 Tips You Need to Know
Oct14

How to Negotiate Salary: 5 Tips You Need to Know

By Stephanie Rogers Salary negotiation can be daunting – it’s normal to feel nervous. But you can learn negotiation skills that will help you land the salary you want. Sharpening these skills will absolutely pay off in your career. Remember, negotiating your salary before you accept a role is the easiest time to talk about money. It’s much harder to negotiate your salary down the track once you’re already working in an...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Phone Interviews
Oct07

The Do’s and Don’ts of Phone Interviews

By Maria Markoulli If you are offered an informal or formal phone interview, this is your opportunity to show the Recruiter or Hiring Manager that you have what it takes to proceed to the face-to-face interview stage. While most interview anxiety often arises in face-to-face interviews, phone interviews need to be taken just as seriously. If you ask anyone who has had recruitment practice, they’ll be able to tell you about some pretty...

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The Importance of Passion in Your Career
Sep27

The Importance of Passion in Your Career

By Courtney Wright I love people.  Spending time with people, meeting new people, hosting people, sharing knowledge, learning new things, providing great customer service, collaborating with colleagues, networking, presenting to an audience, leading teams…..you name it, if there are people involved you’ll usually find me there. Looking at my career path, it’s difficult to identify a clear direction when it includes 6 industries,...

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