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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...
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.
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.
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.
Not to sound daunting or anything…but uni is full of stepping stones and, while skipping one stone might be easy (like missing a simple lecture), two or three becomes very difficult and suddenly you’ve rolled an ankle or broken an arm…metaphorically *please let that be metaphorically*
Whether you’ve compared yourself to your ex’s new partner, or that person at the gym with a bangin’ bod, we are all guilty of it… Comparing ourselves to others and subsequently getting down about our own level of success in comparison to theirs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So instead of highlighting your graduation date on your calendar and making it the ‘be all and end all’ indication of whether you have ‘#KilledIt this year, here are 5 things to consider before your graduation date instead.
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.
Most companies are quite transparent about potential opportunities which may be available at the completion of an internship or volunteer role. So it’s understandable that as a student, you’d rather apply for a position that has the possibility of on-boarding permanently.
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!
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'.
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.
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.
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.
Make an effort to leave a comment on connection's posts (and they will usually return the favour), follow Company pages of who you are genuinely interested in (anyone can see which groups/pages you follow) and at the end of a successful internship/volunteer position, as your Manager for a recommendation on LinkedIn.
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 […]
While some argue that you need to become hard to be a #boss … we think that having empathy goes hand in hand with being a leader! If you genuinely make an effort to see a problem/statement from another person’s point of view, it will go a long way in the boardroom. This is particularly helpful when diffusing tense situations … whether they’re in person, via email or over the phone.
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!
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.
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!
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.
One of the skills which is super important to have and to continue to build on throughout your career (regardless of what industry you choose) is leadership. We couldn't think of anyone better to learn the in's and out's of this skills from, than Army Captain Karina Harvey.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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’.
The boundaries that once distinguished personal and professional personas are now blurred. Which makes it more challenging to maintain a balance between the two.
You see, apart from being able to win every round of hide and seek, a chameleon is a pretty cool creature. We can take its MANY characteristics and use them to guide us through our career journeys.
Wow, we had an absolute blast at our recent generationYOU Live Events in Sydney and Adelaide! As a final wrap-up, and a special resource for those of you who couldn't join us, we've collected some of the best advice from our speakers and popped them into a blog post for you!
One of the reasons we love partnering with Defence Force Recruiting is because they encourage you to have an array of skills in your toolbox! It’s not just about hard skills, but also increasing the amount of transferrable skills you have.
If you are one of 100 or even 1000 applications for a single role, getting noticed, having a memorable application or leaving a good and lasting impression is pretty key to nabbing that dream role.
We recently caught up with Tim Rankin a lawyer at Ashurst to discuss workplace culture and how vast people’s different perceptions of workplace culture can be.
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!
We need to realise that most of us aren't learning how to build on skills that we also need to land a job (enterprise skills) and it's our own responsibility to work on these!
With heaps of conflicting information flying at you on the ins and outs of what makes a perfect final year - it can be hard to decide what is best for you.
I think we can all agree that communication is one of the most important elements in our lives!! And there are so many different factors that go into being a good communicator ... whether that be verbal, written or through our body language.
At generationYOU, we don't pretend to know it all when it comes to your career journey ... after all, there is only so much we can teach you ourselves! That's why for our generationYOU Live Events, we enlist the expertise of a huge range of industry professionals.
Our Co-Founder Lisa wrote down her 6 key interview prep tips to help you land your dream role! Once you've prepped and you know your stuff ... it's time to shine!
As I am interning for Bright Conferences (the company who runs generationYOU), I was lucky enough to attend my first generationYOU event. I was uncertain what I could expect from the day but I knew I was in for a unmissable experience and boy, was I right.
There’s a lot of pressure riding on your cover letter. How do you stand out from the tonnes of other applications? Let’s discuss three ways you can inject personality in your cover letter while still being professional!
Oxymoron. noun. A figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction. For example: Graduate role available. Minimum of 2 years experience required.
So you’ve stumbled across generationYOU through a friend, your University club, on Facebook, or from your mum. But who exactly is generationYOU and what happens at our events?
We kicked off the first day of Autumn (March 1) with the launch of our genYOU Inspire series. Read some of the best tips, tricks and hacks from the session!
Why is connecting with others so important, and is it a true purpose of networking? Well, despite getting yourself some awesome opportunities, you also get to know the stories of some great people who will no doubt have an impact on your life.
In 2018 generationYOU is once again proud to have Ashurst as our national career partner for our live event series. They know as well as we do, how daunting the prospect of graduating from University, finding a job and starting a whole new role can be...
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.
Whether we like it or not, life is a game ... as is work and our careers. We often think that games are trivial or that they rely on luck so we are hesitant to think about something as serious as our life as one.
Hopefully by acing your days with the zen of a yogi, patience of a teacher and determination of a body-builder: we can ensure that when Friday swings around, we’re not sipping on espresso martinis because of #stress but we’re celebrating #success.
We went out into the wild, and asked three industry legends "What's the one thing you do to make networking easy?" Here's what they had to say.
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.
We went out into the wild and asked three awesome industry legends "What do you do regularly to improve your online brand?" Here's what they had to say.
There are 5 mistakes people make without realising it when applying for a job. Don't let one of these be the reason you miss out on landing your dream job!
Royal Military College (RMC) Graduate and Adelaide local Major Genevieve (Gen) Rueger is not only a role model for young women joining the ADF, but a shining example of why being persistent is key to your success and what can be achieved if you set your mind to it.
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 […]
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. […]
It was 12.08am on a Friday night and I was sitting at the Beat (don’t judge me), with a gin and tonic in front of me and a certificate of participation on my lap, contemplating life and pushing hard when you want to win (sigh). We had just missed out on winning a big business […]
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 […]
The simple act of taking a photo – have you ever stopped to think how much that has changed in the last 20 years? Let’s time-hop back 20 years to 1997. Taking a photo went roughly like this. You set the photo up – you took the photo – and then somewhere in the next […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We have a tradition back home, where on your first birthday you are presented with an assortment of random objects and ’told’ to pick your favourite. That very important choice, which as a one year old, you would have considered greatly, will determine what you would likely do for the rest of your life. For […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We recently caught up with two of our awesome speakers from generationYOU Melbourne 2017 – Flight Lieutenant Jacqueline Killian who is an Air Combat Officer in the Air Force and Squadron Leader Jocelyn Williams who is an Electrical Engineers and Officer in the RAAF. As members of the Defence Force, both Jackie and Joce have […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Whilst others wait for opportunity to knock, YOU should be breaking the door down! We say that generationYOU is designed for Millennials like yourselves. Young people who are struggling to bridge the gap between school/university and the real world of work. Because let’s face it – life is tough when you are trying to adult. […]
We live in a society driven by desire. Sure there are the products and things we want (the house, the car, the latest tech gadget) … but there are many other things that we want that are not simply controlled by whether we have enough cash in the bank. > You really want to get […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We know that preparing for job interviews can be stressful. From figuring out the appropriate attire to knowing how to answer difficult questions with knowledge and confidence, there are a lot of things to consider. Thankfully, one of the many reasons why we love teaming up with our National Career Partner, Ashurst is because they’re […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Enterprise skills. In the world of careers – these skills are on fleek. You want them. You have to have them. You’re just not entirely sure what they are. What was once known as “soft skills” or non-technical skills, enterprise skills are skills that everyone needs regardless of their job. Think communication, problem solving, emotional intelligence, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We caught up with Cathy Riach, Recruitment & Resourcing Manager for BAE Systems Australia to gain her insights into some of the most common recruitment questions with the answers to make your job application stand out. 1 // Tell us a bit about your career path. Having commenced a psychology degree at Adelaide University, I […]