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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Put the ‘Care’ Back in Career in Time for R U OK? Day
Sep10

Put the ‘Care’ Back in Career in Time for R U OK? Day

By Mia Casey R U OK? Day is this Thursday (13 September), and with it comes the reminder that, hey, you need to take care of your mental health – and pay attention to the people in your life when they may be struggling. Your career can be a big stressor, and when times get tough it can prove one of the biggest barriers to taking a step back to look after yourself. So, in time for R U OK? Day, here are a few quick tips to help you get...

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5 Resume Tips You Didn’t Know You Needed (Just Like China’s New Flavours of Oreo)
Sep07

5 Resume Tips You Didn’t Know You Needed (Just Like China’s New Flavours of Oreo)

By Mia Casey Okay so if you’ve heard about the new flavours of Oreo, then it may be hard to define them as something you would ‘need’ per se. But still, they’re interesting and not what you would probably expect. At the end of August, Oreo announced new flavours being released in China, the most shocking being Wasabi flavour and Hot Wing flavour. What a weird and wonderful world we live in, hey? You know what else can be weird and...

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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 Look Cool While Networking
Aug27

How to Look Cool While Networking

By Mia Casey I know what you’re thinking: ‘Ew, networking! I don’t want to schmooze with people I don’t know! It’s so uncool!’ Well friends, I’m here to let you know that networking can totally be cool and YOU can totally look cool while networking. Trust me. So, here are a few quick tips to get you networking with the best of ‘em, and looking cool, calm, and in control while you do. Know what you’re talking about (aka yourself) Guys,...

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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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Let’s Get Down to Business to Defeat Career Challenges
Aug20

Let’s Get Down to Business to Defeat Career Challenges

By Mia Casey Guys, big news! 1: Disney is making a live action Mulan remake (albeit without Mushu OR Shang, which is a travesty), and 2: they have cast China’s Liu Yifei to take the leading role! The film is slated to be released in March 2020, but to celebrate our first look at who will be playing Mulan, here are 5 pieces of career advice straight from the dragon’s mouth (so to speak). Get outside of your comfort zone Sometimes life...

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5 Skills Employers are Killing Just like Millennials are Killing Mayonnaise
Aug17

5 Skills Employers are Killing Just like Millennials are Killing Mayonnaise

By Mia Casey Phildelphia Magazine recently released an article by Sandy Hingston, entitled: How Millennials Killed Mayonnaise, following the popular trend of nostalgically blaming young people for cultural advancement and economic change. If you haven’t yet read the article you really should. It contains such gems as: “My son Jake, who’s 25, eats mayo. He’s a practical young man who works in computers and adores macaroni salad. He’s a...

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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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6 Soft Skills Brooklyn 99 Proves are Totally Important for Your Career
Aug06

6 Soft Skills Brooklyn 99 Proves are Totally Important for Your Career

By Mia Casey 1. Positivity Even when everything seems to be falling apart around you (or burning to nothing a la Boyle’s food truck), it’s important to try to have a positive outlook on how you’re going to move beyond whatever dire situation you find yourself in. Being positive can help you remain open to new opportunities, think of new solutions to whatever problem you’re facing, AND it can help minimise stress. 2. Honesty Being...

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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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How to Get Your Motivation Mojo Back
Jul30

How to Get Your Motivation Mojo Back

By Mia Casey Uni’s back in session and guess what that means? You get to start balancing work, a social life, AND study! Exciting right? So maybe you’re feeling a little bit like you really can’t be bothered, and that Netflix series you started bingeing two days before uni started back is really calling for you to sink back into your couch. And hey, you’re readings will still be there for the morning, right? Right? If this sounds like...

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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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Breaking Down the Cover Letter
Jul23

Breaking Down the Cover Letter

By Mia Casey Whenever you’re applying for a job, it’s important you write a tailored cover letter that’s specific to the role you’re applying for. Gone are the days of cookie cutter cover letters that you can trot out every time a new job rolls around – this thing needs to be customised out the wazoo or you’ve got no hope of wowing your (hopefully) future employer. So how do you write an awesome cover letter?  Well, what you say does...

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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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Mindy Kaling and Confidence: How to Make it Your ‘Thing’
Jul16

Mindy Kaling and Confidence: How to Make it Your ‘Thing’

By Mia Casey Look, we can’t all be successful writer-actor-producer-directors like Mindy, but with her help we can sure as heck feel like it’s possible. (Maybe. Probably. In, like, a few years). It’s a little thing called confidence, and when it comes to using it to help your career, the girl knows her stuff. And it’s not the usual ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ advice that – while totally legit – we kind of hear all the time. Mindy’s got...

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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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Ghosting Has Hit the Workplace: How to Quit the Right Way
Jul09

Ghosting Has Hit the Workplace: How to Quit the Right Way

By Mia Casey Ghosting is no longer being relegated to awkward Tinder convos or Facebook messages from strangers; it’s now happening in the workplace. A recent LinkedIn article shed light on the issue, noting instances of people straight up not coming to work anymore with no reason given, candidates being offered roles but not replying, and new employees never showing up on their first day – all of which never to be heard from again....

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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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Give Your Career the Queer Eye Makeover it Deserves
Jul02

Give Your Career the Queer Eye Makeover it Deserves

By Mia Casey Guess what? Your career has been nominated to receive the makeover of a lifetime! Over the course of this blog post, the Fab 5* are going to take your career from drabulous to fabulous in five easy steps. So get ready to renew your love for avocados and learn how to French tuck your shirt, because it’s time to get to work! Fashion Now while your career does have one serviceable interview shirt, the bell bottom jeans and...

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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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‘Thank You’: How It Can Transform Your Career
Jun25

‘Thank You’: How It Can Transform Your Career

By Mia Casey When you’re a kid you’re usually taught to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ every time you either want something or someone has done something nice for you. But as you get older, and when it comes to incorporating this kind of politeness into your career, it can actually be more difficult than you’d imagine. How do you say thank you after leaving an interview? Or when someone’s asked if you’d like to do freelance work, but...

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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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4 Things You Can Learn From Aggretsuko About Nailing Your Career
Jun18

4 Things You Can Learn From Aggretsuko About Nailing Your Career

By Mia Casey If you’ve never felt a deep and spiritual connection to a 25-year-old, single, Scorpio, blood type A, red panda then you’ve obviously never watched Aggretsuko. Centered around Retsuko (said red panda), the Netflix show follows her as she struggles with the demands of her job in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm. From disrespectful bosses and annoying co-workers, to her work friends and addiction to...

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How to Prepare for Success: Expert Advice on the Future of Work
Jun15

How to Prepare for Success: Expert Advice on the Future of Work

By Mia Casey Guys, I’ve got something to tell you: you know the future of work? It’s here. It’s actually happening right now, while you’re sipping at your perpetually full cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate to stave off the well-and-truly-here winter weather, and struggling through that essay or shuffling through your exam notes as Netflix summons from the other room. How do I know it’s here? Well just last week UTS held a panel event to...

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Start Building Your Portfolio: A Chat with Vivid 2018’s Lester Chan
Jun11

Start Building Your Portfolio: A Chat with Vivid 2018’s Lester Chan

By Mia Casey (feat. Lester Chan) When you’re studying it can feel like assignments, exams, lectures, and having a social life (or at least some semblance of one) can take up every free waking hour, so the thought of taking on more work may feel a little daunting. But the best time to take on work and start building your portfolio is actually while you’re studying. This doesn’t have to be during the semester – a lot of organisations...

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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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4 Signs You Have Impostor Syndrome, and How to Overcome it
Jun04

4 Signs You Have Impostor Syndrome, and How to Overcome it

By Mia Casey Ever feel like your success is somehow a fluke? That everyone around you is smarter and more successful? Are you just waiting for the other shoe to drop and for your boss or tutor to pull you aside and ask you to leave? Well hi, that’s called ‘Impostor Syndrome’. Impostor Syndrome can effect pretty much anyone, but is especially prominent in high achievers, perfectionists, and workaholics. This feeling that you don’t...

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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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So You Want to Royally Change Your Career (or Degree)?
May28

So You Want to Royally Change Your Career (or Degree)?

By Mia Casey So it’s been a week since one of the most public career changes of the decade was televised: the royal wedding. On May 19th 2018, Meghan Markle made the shift from American actress to member of the British royal family, changing her job title to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Super casual. But making a huge career change isn’t easy, and there are a few things you should consider before making the jump to change degrees or...

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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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5 Tips for Landing a Job After Uni
May21

5 Tips for Landing a Job After Uni

By Mia Casey When you wake up the day after graduation, the morning sunlight shining in through your bedroom window and your phone already in-hand as you scroll through the endless pics of your mates in their gowns on your Insta feed, it can feel like you’ve got the world at your feet. Finally, no more assignments, no more exams or early morning lectures. You’ll now actually have time to make yourself a proper dinner, rather than the...

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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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What Does the Future of Work Look Like for Grads?
May14

What Does the Future of Work Look Like for Grads?

By Mia Casey We hear all the time about how the rise in technology will lead to drastic job cuts and complete industry restructuring, but as we all know: predicting the future is not an exact science. If you look at these articles over recent years, half will say X industry will see massive job cuts, while the other half will say the complete opposite. It’s impossible to guess precisely what will happen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t...

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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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Accessing the Political Realm: A Chat With Recent Deputy Deputy Lord Mayors, Kate Dewick and Alice Rummery
May07

Accessing the Political Realm: A Chat With Recent Deputy Deputy Lord Mayors, Kate Dewick and Alice Rummery

By Mia Casey For many, a career in politics often seems to sit outside the world of job options available to young people. The process of entering the political sector generally feels external to the usual steps of applying for graduate roles, doing interviews, completing internships, writing a great CV, etcetera. When looking at the politicians you see on TV, the pathways to their positions can appear to be so vast and varied that...

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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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Workplace Sexual Harassment In The Wake Of The #MeToo Movement
Apr30

Workplace Sexual Harassment In The Wake Of The #MeToo Movement

By Mia Casey Since the #MeToo movement gained momentum last year, the issue of sexual assault and harassment has been brought into the mainstream consciousness on a level not seen in previous years. Workplaces in particular have been shown to be a difficult landscape to navigate for those experiencing sexual harassment, and a call for a change in workplace culture has seen many organisations reviewing their sexual harassment policies,...

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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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5 Reasons You Need a Houseplant in Your Work Space (+ 6 Plants You Might Actually Manage to Keep Alive)
Apr23

5 Reasons You Need a Houseplant in Your Work Space (+ 6 Plants You Might Actually Manage to Keep Alive)

By Mia Casey Beyond being great from an interior design angle, houseplants can actually keep stress levels low, help with respiration, and encourage productivity. Who’da thunk it? Do you even need any more reason to invest in some plant babies and start greening up your space? Well, regardless, here are 5: 1. Breathe easy NASA (the people who send other people to space, and apparently study plants in their spare time), have conducted...

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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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What to do When Entry-Level Jobs Ask for Years of Industry Experience
Apr16

What to do When Entry-Level Jobs Ask for Years of Industry Experience

By Mia Casey It’s something we’ve all likely stumbled across before: ‘Entry-level Graduate role – 5 years’ of industry experience required’. This barrier imposed by certain sectors of recruitment not only stifles the job opportunities open to students graduating and looking for work in their industry, but also supports an outdated and often exploitative model whereby graduates are forced to consider roles that are not only below their...

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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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How to Figure Out What Your ‘Dream Job’ Actually Is
Apr09

How to Figure Out What Your ‘Dream Job’ Actually Is

By Mia Casey We all go through life with aspirations – be it for that great car, a dream house, the perfect round-the-world trip. But when it comes to careers, few of us are blessed with the deep-rooted insight needed to know exactly what job we want, and how we’re going to get it. There’s usually a vague notion of the industry you wouldn’t mind working in, or a company you think your friend said had really good vacation leave, but...

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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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How to Revive Your Passion When Burnout is on the Horizon
Apr02

How to Revive Your Passion When Burnout is on the Horizon

By Mia Casey With Easter drawing to a close, it’s time to think about rebirth, growth, and personal development y’all. It can be easy to lose that motivational drive, that push to keep doing what you’re doing – be it with work or with your studies. And when you have that dreaded burnout looming on the horizon, it can be hard to persevere and get back to your happy place. So here are a few tips on how to revive your passion when...

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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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Career Anxiety in Pursuit of ‘Dream Job’:  Sydney Millennials Losing Out
Mar19

Career Anxiety in Pursuit of ‘Dream Job’: Sydney Millennials Losing Out

By Mia Casey Growing up, we were always told that ‘we could be anything’. Unfortunately, as we got older this adage slowly began to translate to ‘we should be everything’, creating a pressure to not only know what we want to do, but also be versatile enough to fit into whatever industry we decided our ‘dream job’ was in. And while the intended meaning behind these ideas are all positive, something’s making me think that...

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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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You May Not Have One True Calling, and That’s Okay
Mar12

You May Not Have One True Calling, and That’s Okay

By Mia Casey Let’s face it guys, the world isn’t what it used to be. We’re hopping jobs and changing careers left, right and centre (on average, up to 4 times within your first decade out of uni), and for each role we’re in it’s likely we’ll be expected to have skills that span at least two other industries. What’s a millennial to do? And with this shift to changing jobs, it’s unsurprising that more and more people are finding...

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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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International Women’s Day: Smashing the Glass Ceiling with UTS’s Leading Ladies
Mar08

International Women’s Day: Smashing the Glass Ceiling with UTS’s Leading Ladies

By Mia Casey It’s International Women’s Day, and while women’s place in the workforce has come leaps and bounds in the last few decades, we still have a long way to go. “What do you mean?” I hear you ask. Well, dear reader, here’s a very quick rundown of a few stats for women in the workforce from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency:   Women make up 46.9% of the employed Australian workforce  They hold 13.7% of chair positions,...

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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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How To Deal When Someone Tries To Steal Your Crown à la Black Panther Style
Feb26

How To Deal When Someone Tries To Steal Your Crown à la Black Panther Style

By Mia Casey (WARNING: This post contains some spoilers for the Marvel film Black Panther. You have been warned.) Black Panther (also known as one of the best Marvel films of all time) is getting some crazy (and well-deserved) hype at the moment, which is super cool because one of the key plot points looks at how to deal when someone is in competition with you for your role. Alright, so most workplaces won’t involve ritual combat 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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The 4 Commandments for Successful Networking (+ WIN Exciting Employer Opportunities!)
Feb19

The 4 Commandments for Successful Networking (+ WIN Exciting Employer Opportunities!)

By Mia Casey We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: networking prep is ESSENTIAL. Each time you chat with someone new, you’re increasing your chances of discovering new opportunities and building your professional network which, in today’s world, is hugely important when trying to kick-start your career. So, in the lead up for our super exciting Careers Fair, here are your four commandments for successful networking! (PLUS:...

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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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Staying in the Career Loop: Five Sites for Advice and Industry Insight
Feb12

Staying in the Career Loop: Five Sites for Advice and Industry Insight

By Mia Casey In today’s world there is such a huge wealth of career options, but finding the time and motivation to really see what’s out there can be difficult, to say the least. But taking note of key blogs (aside from this lovely one you are reading right now) and online spaces where you can get quality career advice, industry insight, and keep up to date with what’s happening in your field is super important. Not only does it help...

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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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4 Simple Hacks for Surviving Your Next Presentation
Feb05

4 Simple Hacks for Surviving Your Next Presentation

By Mia Casey If you had asked my 8-year-old self what my favourite part of school was, it would be show-and-tell. Each week we got to bring in a new random object to stand up and tell the class about, and basically have a bit of a one minute brag-fest about our amazing new shiny Pokémon cards or that sweet mermaid Barbie doll whose hair changed colour in the water. Flash forward five years and you’ll find me fumbling with palm cards...

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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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Embarrassing Workplace Mess-Ups and How to Move on Like a Champ
Jan29

Embarrassing Workplace Mess-Ups and How to Move on Like a Champ

By Mia Casey We’ve all been there: you’re working your part-time job, someone approaches the cash register, and instead of saying the usual: “Hey, how are you today?” or “Hi, just over here thanks!” you say something wild like “Hey, how are you here today?” Which will then, of course, replay in your head right before you go to sleep every night for the rest of the week. Or maybe later on, in a different job, you’re in the office and...

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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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5 Signs It’s Time to Quit
Jan22

5 Signs It’s Time to Quit

By Mia Casey When you spend roughly a third of your life working, it’s important that your workplace is helping build you up rather than tear you down – both professionally, and mentally. Having a positive work environment is so important, and when we find ourselves in jobs that are verging on soul sucking, then there’s clearly a bit of a problem. But how do you know whether your workplace is a toxic one? And when is alright to run...

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Penguins: They Exist and May Actually Help You PengWIN at Your Career
Jan19

Penguins: They Exist and May Actually Help You PengWIN at Your Career

By Mia Casey Well guys, you may not know it but tomorrow is THE most exciting day of the year: Penguin Awareness Day. That’s right – penguins exist, and we need to be aware of them. So all those Happy Feet fans out there can rejoice, because tomorrow is a full day dedicated to penguiny goodness. Now, because this is a careers blog, we of course could not miss the opportunity to take a note from our feathery friends (more feathery than...

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Does Music Actually Hinder Your Productivity?
Jan15

Does Music Actually Hinder Your Productivity?

By Mia Casey Study sessions, assignments, and workdays are often completed with earphones in place, music blasting. Nowadays, music is a common accompaniment to most everyday tasks, particularly for uni students and Gen Y workers, but how does bopping along to our favourite tunes influence the work we do? Music helps with repetitive tasks If your job or the task you are completing is repetitive in nature, involving an ongoing repeated...

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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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New Year, New Workspace
Jan08

New Year, New Workspace

By Mia Casey Guys, today is Clean Off Your Desk Day (yes, it’s an actual thing), so today it’s time to – you guessed it – clean up your workspace! Studies have shown that having a clearer workspace and maintaining control over your work or study environment, can increase your productivity and focus! So read on for three handy tips on how to get your desk in tip-top shape for that 2018 #NewYearNewMe productivity. Cables With the amount...

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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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The Top 5 Career Resolutions You Should Be Making for 2018
Jan01

The Top 5 Career Resolutions You Should Be Making for 2018

By Mia Casey Guys, it’s time to drag out the classic cliché of ‘new year, new me’ for yet another New Year! And with that, comes the classic New Year’s resolutions. Now, 2017 was a bit stressful for a large population of the globe, so 2018 may just be the perfect time to get back on track and focusing on some kickass career aspirations. Because it can be so daunting, below are some resolution templates you can use to ensure 2018 you...

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Get Organised! FREE 2018 Calendar and Planner Printables
Dec29

Get Organised! FREE 2018 Calendar and Planner Printables

By Mia Casey It’s basically 2018 and now is the time to start getting organised. Unfortunately, calendars and planners can be uber expensive, so why not use the Pinterest advantage and use some free, printable ones instead! (When clicking through to the links below, be sure to read the posts these creators have written so you don’t miss the download option). Calendars Minimal Calendar This calendar relies on simple black and...

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Christmas Movie Career Advice
Dec25

Christmas Movie Career Advice

By Mia Casey Christmas movies may be a bastion of social morality, festive sentiment, and family feel-good fun, but they are also a great source of career advice! As you watch your favourite Christmas films over this holiday season, discover what secret career messages you may be subliminally absorbing. Elf Buddy is basically the pure embodiment of positivity and wilful ignorance. While the ignorance part isn’t so great, the...

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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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Everything’s Ending So Let’s Look Back On 2017
Dec18

Everything’s Ending So Let’s Look Back On 2017

By Mia Casey 2017 has been a big year, both globally and on the UTS Careers Blog. Fortunately (for many) the year is almost over and, as no one has ever said before, and certainly never will again: ‘2018 is going to be our year!’ But before we say goodbye to 2017, let’s reflect on all of the stellar advice we’ve published this year – so here’s your go-to list of must-read articles to help cap off the year!...

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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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3 Cheap and Easy DIY Office Gift Ideas for Christmas
Dec11

3 Cheap and Easy DIY Office Gift Ideas for Christmas

By Mia Casey The festive season is upon us and workplaces around the globe are getting stuck in to their office Kris Kringle buying spree. But what happens when you have next to no money and get Alison from Accounting who you’ve never even made eye contact with, let alone spoken to? Well guys it’s time to start digging into the wonderful world of Pinterest and making those cute, quirky, office gift ideas an affordable reality! For the...

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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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5 Fun Skills You Can Work On This Summer to Help Get You Job-Ready for 2018
Dec04

5 Fun Skills You Can Work On This Summer to Help Get You Job-Ready for 2018

By Mia Casey Well guys the end of the year is nigh, and if 2017 has been a bit tough for you (as it has been for many) you may be a tad behind on building those marvellous skills that employers are on the hunt for. If this is the case, here are 5 quick soft skills you can work on over the summer break that won’t cause you too much stress (and hey, some of them are actually kind of fun!). 1. Teamwork Say goodbye to the textbooks and...

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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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The Top 5 Skills Employers Want In Interns
Nov27

The Top 5 Skills Employers Want In Interns

 By Mia Casey We recently attended the massive AAGE (Australian Association of Graduate Employers) Conference and had a chat to a few employers about what they look for in an intern – and seriously, you might be surprised by what they said. There’s an overarching idea amongst many students that employers are only after interns who are at the absolute top of their game in terms of technical skills, uni grades, and professional...

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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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Why Big Business Is Hiring Arts Grads
Nov20

Why Big Business Is Hiring Arts Grads

By Mia Casey When you start uni, you usually have an idea in your mind about how your career is going to go: you’ll go to uni to learn all the technical skills you’ll need in your industry, maybe do an internship or two along the way, then score a graduate position in your chosen industry. Boom – all done, you’re set until retirement. One of the problems with this assumption, is that it means you’re putting a ton of pressure on...

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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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Try Something New: Resume Inspo For The End of 2017
Nov13

Try Something New: Resume Inspo For The End of 2017

When you think ‘resume’ what words come to mind? Now I could be wrong, but I’m going to guess that the first words you think of aren’t always going to be things like ‘fun’, ‘exciting’, ‘colourful’, or ‘cool’. Well everyone, I’m here to let you know that resumes can not only be ‘cool’, but they can also provide a fair amount of design inspo! So, without further ado, here are 5 awesome resumes to get you inspired in time for the New...

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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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The Benefits of Getting Involved: A Chat with 2017 Law Interview Challenge Winner, Farah Al Majed
Nov06

The Benefits of Getting Involved: A Chat with 2017 Law Interview Challenge Winner, Farah Al Majed

By Mia Casey When you’re at uni, it can be hard to get a true idea of what working in your dream industry will be like, let alone what area you’d like to work in. We all build up ideas in our minds about what our workplace will be like – maybe it’ll involve large corporate offices, open plan seating, and the latest in swivelly desk chair technology – but unless you’ve undertaken extensive internships across industry, it can be hard to...

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5 Ways to HalloWIN at Your Career: Resources to De-Spook Employability
Oct30

5 Ways to HalloWIN at Your Career: Resources to De-Spook Employability

By Mia Casey When you’re looking at starting your career, it can seem like a pretty scaaary process. I mean, where do you even start? Well my freaky friends, here is your quick and easy break down of top tips for some of the more spooktastic elements of the career process. RIP: Resumes Induce Panic Honestly it’s true: people freak out about writing their resume. And sure it can be tricky, and sometimes uncomfortable, but crafting your...

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Surviving Your Job Search
Oct27

Surviving Your Job Search

By Mia Casey When you’re in hard-core job search mode, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. After sending off countless applications, hearing nothing back or being turned down, and repeating the process again and again, it’s easy to fall into a bit of a funk. If you’re currently in the job search black hole, here are a few quick tips to get you feeling your amazing, motivated self again. Keep the work-life balance...

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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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How To Keep Your Badass Vibe While Meeting Employers
Oct16

How To Keep Your Badass Vibe While Meeting Employers

By Mia Casey In the past, people were able to land amazing jobs without a university degree. This has changed, and now having a bachelor’s degree is almost standard. This creates a strange generational divide where university is largely normalized amongst younger generations (at least in large cities such as Sydney), but pressure is still being put on students to achieve excellent results and land a successful career right after...

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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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The Rise of Fenty Beauty: What Rihanna Can Teach You About Mastering Your Personal Brand
Oct09

The Rise of Fenty Beauty: What Rihanna Can Teach You About Mastering Your Personal Brand

By Mia Casey The other day I stumbled across an article on Entrpreneur.com entitled ‘The 7 Key Elements of an Effective Personal Brand’ by Mark Orlic. Here, Orlic listed the factors around which “effective personal brands are built”: authenticity, packaging consistency, story, expertise, visibility, value proposition, and connections. Naturally, my first thought after reading the post was: ‘Rihanna’. While Rihanna was already a...

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