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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Want To Be Recognised By Your Industry? Here’s How
Sep11

Want To Be Recognised By Your Industry? Here’s How

By Mia Casey After being bought by Microsoft at the end of last year, LinkedIn is seeing an increase in popularity amongst businesses. “That’s all well and good,” I hear you say (implicit eye-roll included), “but how is that helpful to me?” Well, as a university student who is (hopefully) looking to land an awesome job in your future, start your own business, or just be informed about the industry you’re in, this makes LinkedIn a very...

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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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Cringey (and Illegal) Interview Questions, and How to Get Past Them
Sep04

Cringey (and Illegal) Interview Questions, and How to Get Past Them

By Mia Casey (Note: read on to the end to learn about an awesome opportunity for students looking to kick-start their careers!) Interviews are tough enough already without the interviewer asking you super uncomfortable (and sometimes illegal) questions. I mean, it’s just a teensy bit intrusive to ask someone whether they plan to have children within the next few years, or if they were born in Australia. If you’re in the middle...

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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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The Changing Journalism Landscape: An Interview With Student Journalist of the Year Finalist, Emily Jane Smith
Aug14

The Changing Journalism Landscape: An Interview With Student Journalist of the Year Finalist, Emily Jane Smith

By Mia Casey Change isn’t coming, it’s here I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: the career landscape is changing. And this change is becoming increasingly apparent in the Communications, namely Journalism, sector. According to the Department of Employment (2015), the number of people employed as journalists or writers is set to grow to approximately 30,300 by 2020. Yet the growth of employment for such professionals...

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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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Positive Psychology in the Workplace
Jul31

Positive Psychology in the Workplace

By Mia Casey Of all the soft skills you’ll likely accumulate in your lifetime, teamwork is one of the most important. It often incorporates several other transferable skills, including interpersonal communication, time management, delegation, and emotional intelligence skills. One of the most important elements of establishing successful teamwork within the workplace, is making sure positive psychology (or more specifically,...

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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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4 Jobs That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago
Jul24

4 Jobs That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

By Mia Casey With technology the way that it is, it’s no surprise that the career landscape has changed over the last few years. But the impact these changes have had on available career paths has been intense. There are dozens of jobs available today, that didn’t even exist more than 10 years ago – and some estimate that close to 65% of kids starting school now ‘will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that aren’t...

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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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When It’s Alright to Say No
Jul17

When It’s Alright to Say No

By Mia Casey If you’ve ever seen Jim Carey’s Yes Man then you know that saying yes to everything isn’t always the best idea.  Yet we are often told that saying ‘yes’ is the key to progression – to opportunities, relationships, career success, or general life achievements. While this may be true in many cases, this particular mentality has led to an influx of people whole feel guilty for saying ‘no’. Whether it’s to opportunities or to...

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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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3 Ways to Shut Down Career FOMO And Feel Like A Total Boss Again
Jul10

3 Ways to Shut Down Career FOMO And Feel Like A Total Boss Again

By Mia Casey We’ve all felt it before – that sick drop at the base of your stomach when you see your friends and colleagues on social media, living the good life, and getting promotions or dream jobs left, right, and centre. Not only are you more than a little jealous of their successes, but you also feel like a horrible person for not being completely over-the-moon excited for them. That’s Career FOMO. And it sucks. Symptoms of...

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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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Networking Shouldn’t Be A Dirty Word (And Here’s Why)
Jul03

Networking Shouldn’t Be A Dirty Word (And Here’s Why)

By Mia Casey Networking gets a bad rap – people often see it as a sleazy way to make ‘fake friends’, all based around this idea that you’ll one day be able to help each other out career-wise. Well, it really doesn’t have to be that way. Networking, when done right, is a great way to surround yourself with people passionate about your industry, who can provide encouragement and support throughout your career. Ever ace an important...

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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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What Is Background Stress, And How Do You Overcome It?
Jun26

What Is Background Stress, And How Do You Overcome It?

By Mia Casey Some causes of stress are obvious – an increased workload, exams and assignments, family or friend drama, or a hectic workplace. But sometimes, it’s a lot of little things that build up without us even noticing, and suddenly we’re stressing out without really knowing why. So what sorts of things could be causing this background stress? And how can we minimise its effects? Read on! Causes of stress Lack of weekly stability...

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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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Treat Yo’self: A Chat With the Winners of the Million $ Challenge
Jun19

Treat Yo’self: A Chat With the Winners of the Million $ Challenge

By Mia Casey (Interview conducted by Jocelyn Airth) They’re not always talked about, but competitions are a fantastic way to increase your employability and build your network. There are new ones running every year for different organisations and they allow students and graduates alike to work of their skills, win some awesome prizes, and make a name for themselves in the process! Recently, a couple of UTS teams took part in the...

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Career Advice With Colleen
Jun16

Career Advice With Colleen

By Jocelyn Airth As I punch in the string of digits belonging to my Grandparents’ landline up in Old Bar, I know exactly what my Grandma is doing. She’ll be perched on a beige leather arm chair, knitting to the beat of Phil Gould’s commentary of this afternoon’s NRL Bulldogs game. Grandma answers the phone with a warm, “Hello love!” I ask about Grandpa, my cousins, and her ginger cat. She rants about how terrible the Bulldogs are...

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9 Quotes For When You’re Having A Bad Week
Jun12

9 Quotes For When You’re Having A Bad Week

By Mia Casey It’s one of those weeks: it’s raining every day, the buses are packed full of wet, irritable commuters whose bags keep bumping into your head every time you turn a corner, and all you want to do is curl up in bed and pretend this week never happened. Instead, you’re heading in to uni or work, battling with your dollar store umbrella, while last night’s leftovers slowly leak in your bag because in your rush to leave the...

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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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Phone Etiquette: 3 Easy Ways to Improve
Jun05

Phone Etiquette: 3 Easy Ways to Improve

By Mia Casey Sometimes in life, it’s the little things that count – and having proper phone etiquette is one of those little things. If you’ve ever worked in a customer service role, chances are you’ve been required to answer the phone from time to time, and know that you should be talking on the phone with the same (if not more) enthusiasm than if the customer was there in person. Even in non-customer facing roles, being able to...

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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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3 Key Factors of Startup Success According to Founders
May29

3 Key Factors of Startup Success According to Founders

By Mia Casey Let’s face it, the career landscape has changed since our parents’ time. Technology has made the world a smaller place, with the dynamics shifting almost constantly between traditional and emerging industries. One of the growing changes in the career space is the rise of startup companies – organisations built around people’s passions, to provide our society with solutions that classic business structures might not yet...

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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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5 Reasons Dropping Everything to Travel the World Can Actually Be Good for your Career
May22

5 Reasons Dropping Everything to Travel the World Can Actually Be Good for your Career

By Mia Casey Ever woken up, knowing you have uni or work that day, and just thought to yourself: “This is it. Today is when I get on a plane and never look back”. Well, it turns out that that idea may not be the worst you’ve ever had. Travelling offers a range of benefits and skill-building that can be hard to come by. So what are the benefits of travel for your career? Increased cultural intelligence If you’ve never travelled, it can...

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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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Keep Calm and Carry On: Workplace Wellness and the Work-Life Balance
May15

Keep Calm and Carry On: Workplace Wellness and the Work-Life Balance

By Mia Casey Many companies have workplace wellness programs, designed to help staff stay healthy and maintain a high level of productivity in the workplace. Unfortunately, many employers (and employees) see these programs as a ‘ticking the box’ exercise that undermines many of the benefits of such initiatives. And this comes at a time where ‘76% of the world’s workers still admit to struggling with their overall wellness’. This...

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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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Benefits of Bilingualism: How Being Bilingual Can Make You More Employable
May08

Benefits of Bilingualism: How Being Bilingual Can Make You More Employable

By Mia Casey Australia is a largely monolingual culture, regardless of government initiatives to increase the level of language learning in schools. As Professor Clyne, author of Australia’s Language Potential, has noted, Australia is “a nation rich in language resources, yet characterised (at government and community level) by monolingual thinking”. Unlike Europe, where 54% of the European population speak at least two languages,...

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How to Land an Internship (and Be Amazing When You Do)
May05

How to Land an Internship (and Be Amazing When You Do)

By Mia Casey While internships are essential, landing one can be difficult, particularly if you’ve never approached the task before. Luckily, there are ways you can easily overcome these difficulties. Career Consultant, Helena Asher-Chiang, gave us some advice on how simple it can be to carve a place for yourself in the industry, and what you can do to discover new opportunities. You’ve got to be proactive While finding a job or...

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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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Are Students Suffering in a Changing Job Market?
May01

Are Students Suffering in a Changing Job Market?

By Mia Casey If you’re studying you don’t need to be told that life can be stressful – chances are, that’s a reality you’re already dealing with. Still, reports that over 70% of students are experiencing ‘high or very high levels of psychological distress’ were met with shock, with some blaming parenting techniques or rehashing the ‘millennials have it easy’ debate. There doesn’t seem to be a single factor that can be blamed for these...

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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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Resumes: Writing Your Employment History
Apr24

Resumes: Writing Your Employment History

By Mia Casey When it comes to resumes, the employment history section often trips people up. How far back should you go? What roles should you mention? Does formatting even matter that much? How many details should you include? With so many questions circling the topic, we thought we’d provide some guidance and help you create an awesome resume! What to mention If you’ve had a lot of previous experience, it can be difficult to...

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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 Julieanna 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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What Are Soft Skills and Why Do You Need Them?
Apr03

What Are Soft Skills and Why Do You Need Them?

By Mia Casey If you’ve been in the job search realm for a while, you’ve probably stumbled across the phrase ‘soft skills’. It’s a term that’s bandied about quite regularly, and can include a wide variety of skills and attributes that employers look for in their employees. So what are these ‘soft skills’, does your industry require them, and how can you build yours? Soft skills definition Soft skills refer to the personal skills you...

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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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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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Looking for a Job? Here’s Where to Look
Mar13

Looking for a Job? Here’s Where to Look

By Mia Casey Looking for a job? With so many resources available it can be hard to know where to look! Below is a list of job sites that you can use in your job search process. Regardless of whether you’re a student, experienced graduate, or anywhere in between, these sites can help you find your next dream job or internship! Student job sites: Student job sites advertise positions that are specifically targeted towards students,...

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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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7 Inspiring Books You Need to Read This Year
Feb27

7 Inspiring Books You Need to Read This Year

By Mia Casey How’re your career goals for 2017 going so far? Need a bit of motivation, or inspiration to get the ball rolling? Well, lucky for you I have just the thing! With such an array of books out there all purporting to help you find your purpose or change your life, it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth spending the time (and money) on. We’ve compiled a short list of book recommendations from around the office (and...

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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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Building a Creative Portfolio When You Have No Experience
Feb13

Building a Creative Portfolio When You Have No Experience

By Mia Casey Depending on the creative industry you’re trying to get into, creating a portfolio when you don’t have any paid experience may seem nigh impossible. Whether you want to be a writer, designer, or pretty much any sort of creative specialist, having a portfolio is important. Not all employers may ask for examples of your work, but many do, so having a collection of samples ready is a smart move. But what happens when you...

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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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Top Ten Tips for Mastering Your Elevator Pitch
Feb06

Top Ten Tips for Mastering Your Elevator Pitch

By Mia Casey An elevator pitch is a short (usually a minute or less) speech that draws people in and tells them about your work, your goals, and your interests. An elevator pitch is vital if you’re attending any sort of networking or industry event, but it is good to have one prepared even if you have no events planned – who knows when you’ll bump into an old friend who’s started a business, or get chatting to someone on the bus who...

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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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Starting Uni? Set Yourself Up For Success!
Jan30

Starting Uni? Set Yourself Up For Success!

By Mia Casey Starting university can be a scary prospect. Thankfully, Orientation exists. UTS Orientation helps you prepare for uni through a variety of events, workshops and tours. It can also help get you out of that post-HSC, post-high school haze that settles in after your final exams. While exciting, university is your first step into adulthood and the rest of your professional life (dun dun duuun!), so it’s important to start...

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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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3 Tips to Get You Interview-Ready This New Year
Jan23

3 Tips to Get You Interview-Ready This New Year

By Mia Casey The New Year is a popular time for people to start making changes in their lives, and a change of career (or career status) is a popular choice. This is similar for employers as well – a lot of companies use the New Year as a time to take stock and start looking at hiring new people. If this is you, and you’re currently in the process of applying for new work, then it may be time to start preparing for the next step: the...

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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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Failing Your New Year’s Resolutions? You CAN Get Back on Track
Jan16

Failing Your New Year’s Resolutions? You CAN Get Back on Track

By Mia Casey So if you’re anything like 92% of the population, chances are you’ve already failed at your New Year’s resolutions. Which is a pretty depressing thought – just over 2 weeks in, and things have already gone downhill. So what made you give up, and how do you get back on track? Here are a few quick tips to help get you reinspired for 2017, and ready to retake your New Year’s resolutions by storm. Read more: Redefining...

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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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Redefining Success: 20 Habits That Could Change Your Life
Jan09

Redefining Success: 20 Habits That Could Change Your Life

By Mia Casey When we talk about success, it’s easy to simply think of succeeding in one area of your life. Maybe success to you is achieving financial stability, becoming the best in your field, or living in a certain area. But maybe it’s time to start taking a wider view of success. James Altucher has put together an infographic (designed by Pamela Sisson), entitled The 20 Habits of Eventual Millionaires. Here, he details a number of...

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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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Some 2017 Career-Inspo
Jan02

Some 2017 Career-Inspo

By Mia Casey It’s now officially January 2017, and life can go on again. Did you survive your New Year’s Eve? Are your ready to get stuck back in to thinking about your career? Alright, after 2016 it’s understandable if you feel a little worse for wear. Chances are, the thought of planning for your career right now seems like an insurmountable task full of pain, suffering, anxiety… okay that might be a bit melodramatic, but making...

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

Start 2017 the Right Way: New Year’s Resolutions

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

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Surviving Work as an Introvert
Dec27

Surviving Work as an Introvert

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

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Start Planning Today: How Proactive People Stay On Top
Dec26

Start Planning Today: How Proactive People Stay On Top

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

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The Survivor’s Guide to Assessment Centres
Dec23

The Survivor’s Guide to Assessment Centres

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

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

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

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

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How to Achieve a Great Work and Study Balance
Dec21

How to Achieve a Great Work and Study Balance

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

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Dealing with Career Setbacks
Dec20

Dealing with Career Setbacks

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

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Is Freelancing the Way of the Future?
Dec19

Is Freelancing the Way of the Future?

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

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

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

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

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

4 Common Types of Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

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

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4 Essentials Every New Intern and Graduate Needs to Know
Dec14

4 Essentials Every New Intern and Graduate Needs to Know

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

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The Confidence Gap
Dec13

The Confidence Gap

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

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