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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How to Make the Most of Your Design Internship
Oct06

How to Make the Most of Your Design Internship

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

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Avoid Career Free-Fall and Land That First Internship
Oct02

Avoid Career Free-Fall and Land That First Internship

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

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Is Finding A Job Your Full-Time Job?
Sep29

Is Finding A Job Your Full-Time Job?

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

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Getting The Most Out of Your Extracurriculars While At Uni
Sep27

Getting The Most Out of Your Extracurriculars While At Uni

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

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How The Robot Uprising May Impact Your Career
Sep25

How The Robot Uprising May Impact Your Career

By Mia Casey Well it’s happening: the robots are here, and they’re taking over. New technologies including AI and automation are set to increasingly disrupt current workplaces over the coming years, with the technology becoming the norm in the coming decades. For students, this raises issues in career planning and education objectives, as automation is set to take over many of the tasks they are currently studying to be proficient in....

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How Can A Recruitment Consultant ACTUALLY Help?
Sep22

How Can A Recruitment Consultant ACTUALLY Help?

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

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3 Tips To Surviving Your First Performance Review
Sep15

3 Tips To Surviving Your First Performance Review

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

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Get Internship Ready
Sep13

Get Internship Ready

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

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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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