Career Hacks
Welcome to Career Hacks, an online hub loaded with tips, tricks and hacks just for YOU. We frequently release new articles centred on your career, personal development and helping you stand out from the crowd. Crafted by the team and some of our incredible partners, these articles will help you #getsh*tdone! 

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Embrace the chaos.

If we don’t have a ‘plan’ or feel lost, it can cause us to become quite tight-lipped in conversations about what the next few months look like … or it can lead us to avoid the chance of those conversations ever happening and slowly decline all social invitations until we find ourselves holed up for the 4th weekend in a row watching re-runs on Netflix...
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genYOU Story 39 – Irina Stavrou

As someone who wasn't able to speak until they were three and a half years old, it was very frustrating to communicate with others when I was younger. However, my parents helped me find avenues where I could improve my communication abilities, fuelling confidence in myself. Thanks to them, I became a national public speaker and qualified drama teacher.
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genYOU Story 38 – Riley Thiedecke

My biggest inspiration is my parents. With special mention to my dad who despite all the adversity he faced in his life, he always stayed positive and didn’t let the situation define who he was. This has really shown me that regardless of the situation we may be facing, we can always control our actions. It’s important to not let the situation define who you are, instead let your actions speak for themselves.
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genYOU Story 37 – Ellyse Sainty

After having it drilled into us in grade 12 and then having the question of what you want to do after your degree posed to you every 5 seconds, can you blame me? Whilst goal setting is important, there will always be unforeseen setbacks. Don’t waste your time beating yourself up for not knowing quite what you want and keep working toward what you do know you want.
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The real impression is made during the role.

So you’ve taken in all of our #NoFilter advice and you’ve landed yourself an epic internship, volunteer position or job role. Yas! Kudos to you! We’re stoked to have been part of your journey. But is there maybe one tiny detail that you have forgotten? The hard work isn’t over yet. In fact, I might argue that this is truly where it begins. Because it’s one thing to sell yourself on paper in an application and during an interview.
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genYOU Story No. 36 – Adekemi (Kemi) Omomo

I recently landed my first internship with Griffith International where I’m undertaking a project to optimise the department’s purchasing processes. It’s exciting to have been given the opportunity to test out my knowledge in the field. Ultimately, I’m striving to advance the feasibility of sustainable procurement practises and purchasing decisions within large firms.
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genYOU Story No. 35 – McKeeley Makin

I went through my quarter-life crisis at 18. I was at the end of my first year studying musical theatre when I realised the dream I worked so very hard for (and was on the way to realising) was not truly my dream. Bugger. Looking back, ‘crisis’ might have been a strong term. Whatever you want to call my experience, I can safely say I’m now in a really positive space.
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Criticism does not mean you suck.

As a boss one of the things I actually hate most is having to give someone feedback on their work. Well let me explain. When their work is awesome … it’s great … I get to big them up and make them feel like a giant. But when things aren’t up to scratch, no matter how well intentioned my feedback is, I know there is a good chance I am going to make the person receiving the feedback feel a little bit sh*t.
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Why you should be at generationYOU Adelaide 2019.

So you’ve stumbled across generationYOU Adelaide through a friend, your University club, on Facebook or it’s the event your Mum keeps nagging you about. But who exactly is generationYOU and what happens at our events? Let’s get REAL. University is a big deal. So is the piece of paper you get after years of hard work and study! But in the real world, your degree is only half the story.
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Finding an internship while you’re studying.

Managing your studies and maintaining a job (which many uni students do) is a job in itself, let alone trying to find an internship in your field of choice. And if you don’t think you’ll struggle at any point, then honey, you’ve got a big storm coming. On top of all of this we want to gain as many skills as we possibly can before venturing into the “real world” (*insert gasp here*), and internships can be just as challenging to find.
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genYOU Story No. 34 – Diana Tantaeva

I remember my first genYOU event that I attended almost 2 years ago, namely 'Learn how to network like a pro' (genYOU Inspire). That one was exactly what I needed as I was aware of the important of the phrase "It's not what you know, it's who you know" in theory, but couldn't play that game myself.
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When sh*t hits the fan, keep your cool.

At genYOU HQ, we're getting ready to enter the busier end of our 2019 ... we also know that you've just come back from what was probably an epic - and well-deserved  - uni break! So what better time to chat to you about all things #timemanagement? Most of the time, you can't fight the crazy ... instead you have to embrace it, and be as prepared as possible, so that you can keep your cool when sh*t hits the fan.
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genYOU Story 33 – Hamza Ansari

I love politics and am currently the vice president of my local party branch, as well as being a former member of the Queensland Youth Parliament. I spend a lot of time volunteering for my local member of parliament. Even more than politics, though, I absolutely love cars - as strange as it may be, they are pretty much all I think about - oh and food too!
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There’s no generationYOU without Y-O-U.

How do you plan your career if you're not sure what you want to be? First of all - no one really has a 'plan'. And if they do, I guarantee you, it's going to change at some point. Think about it. How often does the nature of a 'workplace' change? How often do new technological advancements impact different industries? It's 100% OK to not know what you want to 'be'.
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genYOU Story 32 – Sarah Anzalone

Do not compare your journey against someone else's. It can be very disheartening if you are mid-hustle and you see someone land an amazing job or have their internship turn into a permanent opportunity. Everyone is on a different trajectory and timeline. Be kind to yourself. Do not beat yourself up just because you have not achieved "success" yet. The merits of your hard work will come in time.
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Help! I’m stuck in a personal branding rut.

Here's the thing about building a personal brand. When you first decide you're going to give yourself a professional makeover by going to ALL the events; connecting with ALL the right people; writing new articles for a blog EVERY week; cleaning up your social media (and maybe even joining NEW platforms) ... it can be quite exciting, right!? And then it can get tiring.
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genYOU Story 31 – Zac

Talk to people about things that dive beyond the surface level stuff, be vulnerable with others and get to know them. Being vulnerable is not a weakness, our real strength as human beings comes from being confident enough to be our true selves. We are all unique, and we should live by being all of who we are in these lives we've been gifted with.
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Never underestimate the value of a small vs large network.

When you first hear the term ‘networking’ it tends to come with a lot of expectations, pressure to execute it perfectly and to have a HUGE set of contacts that you can show off. Most people tend to forget that it’s not the quantity of contacts, but the quality of those contacts and your relationship […]
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Job application tips, tricks and hacks.

Whether you are looking for your first job, a part time role, internship or tips to progress onto your second role – securing a job always starts with the application. Following on from our epic and very 1st genYOU Inspire session for 2019 on April 10 "Mastering job applications", we've put together the key tips, tricks and hacks from our legendary speakers to help you write your very best job application yet!
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Our own expectations hit the hardest.

We ALL have expectations of ourselves - and so we should - because they go hand in hand with our goals! The important thing to remember from the stage you're at now, and as you move ahead, is that not everything will fall into place exactly as you planned it. In fact, sometimes your expectations and the reality (outcome) of a situation will be completely different.
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Workplace Communication 101.

In fact - when it comes to navigating communication in the workplace, it's entirely up to you how prepared you are to handle and execute your best verbal and non-verbal self in the boardroom, lunch room, coffee cart, at your desk, on the phone and on email ... yep there really are that many!
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genYOU Story 30 – Thomas

generationYOU has been a great help to my career development! Having a wide range of panellists and speakers ensures that you get to hear a huge variety of different perspectives. Best of all, you get to meet so many like-minded people who just want to learn, improve and see new perspectives.
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Your network is worth its weight in gold.

View your strongest connections as those who inspire you both personally and professionally. Ideally, these are people who you have also had a genuine interaction with, and with whom you have touched based occasionally with (if not more) since meeting them in real life or connecting with them online.
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A #NoFilter chat on success.

A lot of you will know that a huge part of generationYOU is our events (hopefully you’ve attended one or two)! It means that the generationYOU Team get to meet a lot of you face-to-face (yes the #genYOU team really do exist in real life hehe). What I’m constantly astounded by is how humble most […]
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Classic networking myths busted.

The practice of ‘networking’ is a difficult tool to master. As is wading through the mounds and mounds of information from website, speakers, friends, colleagues and family on how best to do it and what you 100% should not do. To try and help with this influx of advice, we’ve narrowed down 5 classic #networkingmyths […]
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5 things that drive me nuts when networking.

There is a lot of etiquette when it comes to networking. Do this, don’t do that … it’s a lot to remember and take in. At the end of the day … it’s important to remember that networking is nothing more than 2 people connecting because they like each other, have mutual interests, might want […]
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Navigating the treacherous post-interview waters.

There’s a few ways to manage the pressure and anxiety that often comes post-interview. The reality is that how you choose to follow-up an interview could be your one last chance to make a great impression! So how do you make sure it’s the best one? Key things to remember: You want to be front […]
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Interview questions to prep for and to ask!

Ahhh it’s interview day. YOUR day. Your time to shine. Two things you have to watch out for are a) Don’t get caught out by a tricky little interview answer that you forgot to plan for and b) Don’t forget to jot down 3 – 4 tailored questions that will help make your final decisions, […]
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genYOU Story 28 – Henry

Our awesome 28th genYOU Story comes from aspiring filmmaker Henry Raft! Henry has attended heaps of our generationYOU events, so we were stoked we could interview him for our genYOU Stories series and find out a bit more about his goals.
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Would your future self be proud of present you?

I know that a lot of you will be pretty close to graduating, maybe you even have a graduate position lined up (yay full-time job!!!!) … regardless of where you are in your study or career journey, I think we can all agree that we’ve entered the stage of the year due for ‘reflection’.
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An ode to our interns.

Late in August this year, our team had two interns start with us - Sarah and Nicole. Today is their last day in the office ... and never have I been so sad to have to say goodbye.
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genYOU Story 24 – Sarah

Our awesome 24th genYOU Story comes from one of our superstar Interns, Sarah Chlonta. Sarah will be graduating at the end of 2018, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her at #genYOU HQ before she brings her sunny attitude into the workforce!
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Cue the non-verbals.

When you are being assessed for a job or putting yourself out there, your entire persona becomes watched. Hiring managers are not just interested in hearing you tell them how much you love their organisation ... they will look for cues to see that it is genuine.
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#NoFilter Personal Branding.

Once you hit university you start to realise just how important building your personal brand is - your reputation online, offline and in person becomes one of the stepping stones to a successful career.
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#NoFilter Collaboration.

A key enterprise skill you will need before you enter a full-time role is collaboration. To give you a heads up on what this may look like, Lisa and Saara are giving you their #NoFilter stories on the collaboration experiences they’ve had throughout their career journeys so far!
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genYOU Story 23 – Dominic

Our 23rd genYOU Story features recent engineering graduate Dominic Burnet. Dominic has set his sights on a future role in a leadership position and hopes to create and design new technology that advances society!
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genYOU Story 21 – Kayla

Our 21st genYOU Story features Kayla Wren from the Queensland University of Technology ... and to be honest Kayla's extracurricular activities has us itching to go back to uni and be just as #motivated!
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My mentee just broke up with me.

We live in an impatient world and I feel like whilst everyone wants a mentor ... that comes with the expectation of instant gratification, and if you can't satisfy the expectations upfront ... then you are not seen as valuable.
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genYOU Story 20 – Monique

Our 20th genYOU Story features Monique Chow (pictured centre) from the Queensland University of Technology. Monique is an ambitious business student who is always looking for an opportunity to challenge herself!
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Introducing genYOU Inspire

We are incredibly excited to be adding a new event series to the generationYOU event line-up. genYOU Inspire is a series of free short events that bring together local legends to help you improve your career skills and help you unleash your potential at work and in life.
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Write your own script.

How much of our lives do we spend acting out a script that someone else has written? Working towards the ending that we think we should have? Are we actually in charge of our own destiny, or are we simply reading someone else’s lines?
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genYOU Story 17 – Hollie

We're kicking off 2018 with a genYOU Story from communications whiz Hollie Heales. We're envious of Hollie's dream work experience at Disney's Magic Kingdom and her ambitious attitude has given us the courage to jot down a few more #goals.
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genYOU Story 16 – Shehnaj

Flinders University Graduate, Shehnaj Akhtar is featured as our 16th genYOU Story! Identifying herself as a life-long learner, Shehnaj is working towards becoming an inspiring leader in the future.
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The Borings.

Have you met The Borings? They are those annoying tasks and unexciting things you need to learn now, that won’t be part of University life … I’m talking about your finances and legal rights. Whilst boring, they are critical.
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genYOU Story 15 – Saara

Our 15th genYOU Story comes from our very own Saara Khan. Far from being boring and linear, Saara's journey to her dream job (yes we are that awesome at genYOU) has had more than one twist and turn!
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Your 101 Graduate Survival Kit.

How do I make the leap into a full-time job? Can someone please tell me what the hell ‘work culture’ means? We've got you. This is your 101 Survival Kit to living life as a graduate; written for you by a fellow graduate!
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Never read a book again?

I saw a random statistic today, it said that post-college, over 42% of people would never read another book! The notion that anyone with a good standard of education, could potentially go through their adult life without reading ONE book is absurd.
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The importance of ‘Yes’

We can see a strong message emanating from our content and our live events ... JUST SAY YES. Today, in October 2017, YES takes on an even stronger meaning. Its a nod to equality, to love, to family, to respect, to dignity - to a better Australia.
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genYOU Story 12 – Khairul

Our 12th genYOU story is on Khairul Razali. Coming to us all the way from Malaysia, Khairul is an ambitious, hard-working and insightful psychology student at Flinders University in Adelaide. Khairul brings an inspiring perspective to our genYOU stories series.
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Looking for a volunteer position?

  Do you believe in learning by doing? Do you want to work with a Team that is passionate about improving the skills and career paths of University students and graduates? generationYOU currently has volunteer positions available for their one-day Live event in Sydney on August 30. A key bonus of being a volunteer is […]
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Life as a graduate // Ashurst

This year, two of our speakers from our 2017 generationYOU Live Events in Sydney + Adelaide – Jo and Lauren – are Ashurst Graduate Program Consultants. Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a rich history spanning almost 200 years. With the Firm, Jo and Lauren are primarily responsible for managing the clerkship and graduate programs. […]
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genYOU Story 11 – Anastasiia

Our genYOU story is on Anastasiia (Ana) Kuleshova. Coming to us all the way from Ukraine, Ana is a passionate and driven QUT marketing whiz + administrative assistant and Founder + President of the EcoQUT club. Basically, Ana is #killingit right now, and with a ‘no limitations’ attitude, it’s easy to see why.  Name: Anastasiia Kuleshova City: Brisbane […]
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The Art of Hustling.

Do you have a hustle mindset? Whilst your parents might have been doing the Hustle in 1975, the term has a completely different meaning in 2017. Today, the hustle, translates to hard work, results and a commitment to #win no matter what the challenges or costs. Resilience, resourcefulness, strength and a clear vision lie at […]
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Graduating soon? 5 hacks to keep the doors opening

You’ve heard multiple times that you should just say YES. Your best friend’s Facebook feed is always full of exciting experiences they participated in. Your lecturer just told you that your degree alone won’t cut it anymore. You know you need to do more. Now you’re sitting here, post-graduation (or pretty close to it) thinking what […]
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Experience. You already have it… Now flaunt it.

Applying for jobs can be an on-going battle. You scan the job description and mindlessly tick “yes” to the skills you match and “no” to the requirements you don’t quite fit. You reach the end of the advertisement and feel quietly confident – this is it, the perfect graduate role – until you see the […]
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Backing Yourself 101

I want to talk 100% honestly for the next few minutes. As a 21-year-old who’s just completed her first university degree, is in her second week of a first full-time industry job and like you, has tasked herself with 100 ‘goals’, I’ve learned that my biggest competitor is not my friends, colleagues or other millennials- it’s […]
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Challenging the “work-life balance” myth.

Work-life balance. Like the mythical rainbow unicorn – it sounds impressive, is highly desirable and you’re pretty sure you want it… Or you should want it anyway. But now let me challenge you to define it. Does it mean you get to come to work at 9am, leave at 5pm, and switch off? I’m pretty […]
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How to figure out what you really want to do with your life.

Feeling confused on how to find your purpose? Here are our five questions to help you get unstuck! Don’t fixate on the words. Look beyond to the purpose of the question and don’t worry if it takes you off on a tangent. They are designed to get you thinking and to help you find answers. Try writing or […]
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genYOU Story 10 – Nick

Hailing from Moscow, Russia Nick Smirnov (or as his friends like to nickname: Smirnoff), is a trendsetting creative focused on helping start up companies to reach their full potential. In the future he aspires to launch his own marketing agency and come up with an innovative business idea. For which industry? We can’t wait to […]
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genYOU Story 09 – Andrew

Our genYOU story No. 9 comes from our good friend Andrew Quinn. Andrew has been a long time supporter of generationYOU – in fact, he was one of the speakers at our very first event! Name: Andrew Quinn City: Brisbane Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your career journey? When I look back on my career […]
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13 ways to become unemployable

It’s not only the jobless who become unemployable. There are many educated, 20-somethings who are invisible & struggling to win at work. If any of the below sound too familiar then it’s time to re think your approach!  1 // You are not putting your hand up for new opportunities or responsibilities. Step out of […]
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How to actually enjoy networking

Being a student, who also happens to be on the executive team of a student society and working as an Event Assistant, I am thrust into networking opportunities all the time. Many people (myself included) get flustered with even the thought of having to network. In fact, I remember when a friend within the committee […]
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How to ninja through the job application process.

A job seeker’s conundrum is the balance between wanting to stand out of the crowd and the need for efficiency. You want your application to shine amongst 100s, however, you also need to apply for many roles and have limited time. So, how do you tailor-make an application efficiently? 1 // Make sure your foundations/basics […]
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genYOU Story 08 – Amelia

Focused, gutsy and brave (yep, she jumps out of planes), Amelia Hough joined the team as our first intern in Melbourne. Inspired by her travels, friends and the people she meets she is not afraid to take risks and challenge her potential in a fast-paced world.  Name: Amelia Hough City: Melbourne Current role: Working and completing […]
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Are you future proofing your career?

Let’s start with a quick reality check. If you are in your 20s now, you can expect a good 50 years of work ahead of you. That’s 50 years of change you need to be ready for. To put it in context – if you were to look back 50 years, that takes us to […]
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genYOU Story 07 – John

Name: John Gappi Current role: Graphic Designer, online student and ex Marketing Coordinator of generationYOU How did you get involved with generationYOU and how did you find this experience? This is pretty crazy, but I was there from the very start. We’re talking back in November 2014 when Nadine and Lisa first floated the idea of […]
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It’s a wrap – generationYOU Brisbane and Melbourne

It’s hard to believe that the first two generationYOU events for 2017 have come and gone. With over 330 attendees across 2 cities and 32 outstanding speakers, it is not an understatement to say that 2017 has had an explosive start. Everyone knows that I love the generationYOU Live events, but when a colleague challenged me to sum […]
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genYOU Micro Stories 02

genYOU micro stories are a collection of special snapshots from millennials that are on their way to unleashing their potential. Part 2 of our genYOU micro stories series takes a look at another four millennials from Melbourne – each on their journey to a career and life that makes them happy. Read their answers below.   >> “I think […]
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genYOU Story 06 – Celene

At just 20 years old, Celene Pretorius has a maturity and determination that not many people can compare to. Talented, intelligent and charismatic, she is on a creative journey to becoming a Theatre Director.  Name: Celene Pretorius  City: Brisbane Current role: Final year university student studying a double degree in Business and Entertainment and works […]
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How to love this tricky interview question

Last week my colleague and I were talking about tough interview questions. I told her that I wasn’t a fan of the infamous, ‘Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?’ conundrum, and I wasn’t surprised that she shared the same feelings. First of all, can anyone be THAT organised? Well actually, I know there […]
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genYOU Micro Stories 01

Our generationYOU micro stories showcase a collection of people who are on their way to unleashing their potential. And with only a few weeks to go until our live events in Brisbane and Melbourne, our talented intern Amelia took to the bustling Melbourne streets, asking individuals: ‘What does unleashing your potential mean to you?’ Each […]
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Hustle and bustle the future of work

How many times do we hear “what you learn today will be obsolete in x years” when it comes to the future of work? Isn’t that the most annoying sentence ever? Like my brain is thinking “then why am I here when I could be binge watching Friends back back?” I read an article today about […]
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Find your best self // Suncorp

In my job I’m constantly interacting with people at different stages of their career journey. Whilst everyone starts on a fairly even starting point (i.e. university degree, first full-time job etc.) there are some who have been more successful than others.  So it made me think about why were some more successful than others. The […]
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Are we really going to run out of jobs?

My morning started (pre-coffee) with a Big Think article on a study by Oxford University that says that 47% of jobs will disappear in the next 25 years and apparently no, they are not going to be replaced by different jobs (e.g. the blacksmith making way for the mechanic). We are just going to be reliant on […]
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genYOU Story 05 – Linh

Linh Diep is an inspiration. Juggling many different roles and responsibilities, she is intelligent, young, and hardworking. Her journey has already taken her to great heights and she is showing no signs of stopping.  Name: Linh Diep City: Brisbane Current role: Works full time in a Big 4 company; a Board Member at UQ’s Young Alumni […]
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Why you can’t put a price on clarity

I once read a quote that hit me as hard as an Adele song. It was by Steve Maraboli, who said: “It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.” Suddenly, I thought to myself, ‘Hello, John where are you? Why are you on so many […]
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genYOU Story 04 – Jacob

Oozing with charisma and energy, it is safe to say that Jacob Aldridge is one of a kind. Having chaired one of our most memorable generationYOU events, his unique approach to doing business and life is what sets him (and his story) apart. Name: Jacob Aldridge City: Brisbane Current role: Director of Advisory, businessDEPOT Could […]
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The importance of collecting people

Networking. It’s all about making contacts. Right? Wrong. ‘WTF. How can that possibly be wrong?!’ I hear you saying. Well okay, its partially right, but I would argue that the true point and value of networking is not about making contacts. If that is your focus then you will never progress past 1000’s of LinkedIn […]
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genYOU Story 03 – Melanie

Young, driven, and passionate are just some of the things you can call Melanie Duffy. Hailing all the way from the beautiful city of Adelaide, her genYOU story is something that resonates with anyone who is on a journey to unleashing their potential. Name: Melanie Duffy City: Adelaide Current role: Working two jobs, studying full time […]
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Three ways to build experience without a job.

You need to build experience to apply for a job but you need the job to get experience – where do you start? How can you up that first step? So let’s think through this logically. The trick isn’t to only get experience but to leverage on the experience you already have (especially if you […]
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genYOU Story 02 – Lisa

Our second genYOU story comes from one of our amazing Co-Founders, Lisa Renneisen. Before you tuck into her genYOU story, let’s just say her career journey has been anything but linear (good thing she likes rollercoasters)! Name: Lisa Renneisen City: Brisbane Current Role: Co-Founder of generationYOU and Bright Conferences Could you tell us a bit about […]
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genYOU Story 01 – Bella

Our first story comes from the amazing and quirky Bella Quaid. We first met her back in 2015 when she volunteered in our first generationYOU event. Name: Bella Quaid City: Brisbane Current role: Marketing Assistant and Founder and Director of MIMA WTH LOVE “generationYOU was my first work experience gig and introduction to the world […]
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generationYOU Live Events

The world is a tough place when you are trying to adult. You can put so much pressure on yourself to find your purpose and lead a successful life that knowing where to start gets tricky. While getting an education is a step in the right direction, this isn’t enough. You need to have a […]
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Owning your personal brand in 2017

Your personal brand i.e. who you are, what you stand for and how you are perceived by others can significantly impact your career. Let’s back that up with a true story: Once upon a time I applied for a job, got a call for an interview, went to said interview and thought, ‘I really want this […]
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The importance of not following advice

Everyone has an opinion! From small things like the t-shirt you’re wearing through to huge life decisions – people LOVE to give you advice. In fact chances are your Mum, Dad, BFF, significant other, barista in the coffee shop and even your 5-year-old cousin will have an opinion that they are super enthusiastic to share […]
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How to identify your double or triple threat!

Life advice comes at us from different directions. I like to think that if we are open we will hear the right thing at the right time whether it is from a friend, Facebook post, article or just an ‘aha’ moment. Over the holidays I started reading Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. Tim is […]
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Creating greatness with gratitude and goals

With the holiday season in full swing, Christmas around the corner and a New Year approaching, there is only one thing left to do: contemplate. Nah screw that. Have fun, be merry and enjoy all the important people in your life! But if you do end up feeling nostalgic for the year that has been, […]
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How I scored my new job with doughnuts

Doughnuts. Yes, you did read that right. Three weeks ago, I landed my new dream role here at generationYOU as an Event Assistant. It was the greatest news I could imagine receiving and doughnuts helped me get here. But how, may you ask, can a round piece of sweet dough, stuffed full of ooey-gooey apple […]
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How to stay ahead of your game

Stay ahead of your game by doing 1, 2 or all of these things: 1 // Reconnect with positive people The saying ‘you are the average of the people you spend the most time with’ holds more weight to it nowadays, simply because a lot of us don’t have the luxury of time. Who you […]
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The one mistake that could cost you your job

“A mistake is only a mistake if it’s done a second time.” How many of you have heard or read that lately? What about – “fail fast and fail often” or “it’s not the mistake that matters, it’s the way you deal with it.” I’ll be honest, I hate making mistakes. I don’t like being wrong either, […]
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5 things you’re doing that make you more employable

Have you ever read a job ad for an entry-level role, and just thought, ‘WTH’. I have. Skimming through the description, this ‘entry-level’ job states that you need to have ‘at least 2 years experience in a similar position to be considered.’ Umm, where is the logic in that Mr Hiring Director? As tough as the job […]
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The power of YES

When was the last time you said ‘yes’ to something new, to an experience, responsibility, role, friend? A YES especially to an opportunity you did not feel up to? As people, we err on the side of caution. In fact I used to be a glass half empty kind of gal until a friend told me to […]
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Email Etiquette – 3 Golden Rules

Have you ever completely screwed up a professional email? Yep. Hit reply instead of forward and accidentally sent kisses to a client – guilty. Missed a key word in an opening sentence and said, “I hope this email ___ you well” – happens more than I’d like it to. And of course the classic, ‘please […]
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10 ways to take the ‘work’ out of networking

Networking IS tough! And awkward. For most of us, it can be a real struggle to take the work out of networking. Because it’s not just about meeting new people and making small talk – the real challenge comes in forming a genuine connection. But how do you keep nurturing a new relationship so that […]
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Why teamwork is important

This week, we’re delving into the topic of why teamwork is important. We’ve all been a part of a team/group/squad (whatever you want to call it). But how important is teamwork to your own success? Very important. So much so that I decided to cover my top 3 lessons when it comes to the T word. Here […]
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Let’s talk about personal branding

It can be difficult to grasp the term personal branding; you’re not a company, right? You’re a human. It seems unnatural to think about yourself in the same way as you would think about McDonald’s or Nike. But in today’s digital age, having a personal brand is inescapable, and whether you have consciously thought about it […]
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7 awesome tips for networking at events

Blah. Learning how to network at events is hard right? You know you need to do it but are not sure how or why or who. You are comfortable in social situations, but when it comes to strangers, even small talk is tough! I was having a chat with Jason Cross – an entrepreneur – who coincidentally […]
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The Fear of Missing Out

We often get stereotyped as the generation of rabbits. Why? Because of our fine hopping abilities. And to be more specific, ‘job hopping’ abilities. Let’s face it – the fear of missing out for millennials is all too real. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, by all means, if you’re two months into […]
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How to get your cover letter noticed

As a business owner, I have spent a fair bit of time looking at applicants’ cover letters. Each submission reminded me of a different something I want to talk about – points that will help your cover letter noticed… for the right reasons. However, the thing that has stood out to me most, is the […]
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8 tips to help you stand out and get hired

We recently caught up with Nicole Woodward, the National Graduate Programs Manager at Ashurst. Nicole has been working with graduates for the past 15 years and knows the type of edge you need to stand out during the hiring process and get hired. So it seemed an ideal opportunity to ask her some of the […]
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