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

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Staying Agile
Apr12

Staying Agile

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

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

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

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

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The Power of Podcasts
Apr07

The Power of Podcasts

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

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Are You Hired for Your Degree?  
Apr07

Are You Hired for Your Degree?  

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

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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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