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 all have our hallmark #NoFilter stamp applied to them and are written purely to help you #getshitdone! 

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You define your managers style

Fundamentally, you define how I manage you. And I don’t mean that you get to sit down with me on day 1 and have a chat about how you would like to be managed. Whilst that sounds lovely, I would also argue it’s theoretical rubbish.
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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

Well for starters, my name is Irina, I'm 19 and I'm majoring in Public Relations at QUT. My biggest task so far; completing my second year of University, as well as keeping on top of work and an internship. I also really like Italian food and a good wine and dine with a few friends (hint: this is how to win me over always!).
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It’s ok to pave your own road.

Despite how hectic my life has become, I've noticed my choices have led me to drift apart from those who I was once close with. I scroll through countless posts on my phone and see many of them embarking on new and exciting journeys together, wondering whether I'm falling behind and should be keeping pace with their lives.
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genYOU Story 37 – Ellyse Sainty

Our genYOU Story No. 37 features Ellyse Sainty! Ellyse joined our team mid-year as an intern … and brought into the office a fireball of energy and enthusiasm that is unparalleled to anyone we know! We’ve enjoyed having Ellyse as part of our extended team, and can’t wait to continue watching her kick her #careergoals.
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How to avoid the struggle, when nothing is compulsory…

It is so easy to become complacent and stop checking in on yourself – realising just how comfortable your pillow actually is and reinstating your dislike for any time before 11am. As I’ve discovered, however, this is a dangerous habit and attitude to get into and it is important to realise that the ownership of our future careers is in our own hands.
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genYOU Story No. 35 – McKeeley Makin

genYOU Story No. 35 features McKeeley Makin, who is a go-getter, aspiring marketer and entrepreneur! McKeeley’s story reminds us that it’s okay to change study directions, to slow down and to take our career journey’s one step at a time.
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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 […]
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genYOU Story No. 34 – Diana Tantaeva

genYOU Story No. 34 features final year Kaplan Business School student Diana Tantaeva. Diana is a familiar face in our community as she regularly attends our generationYOU events! So we reached out to Diana to chat to her more about her career journey so far ... and what she is planning for her future!
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There’s no generationYOU without Y-O-U.

Around the 6-month mark of any year, most people tend to do some reflection. Yep - I'm one of those people. When I first started at generationYOU, I was technically still a student. No really. I was 99.9% sure I was going to get my degree in June 2017, but I hadn't graduated as of yet.
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genYOU Story 32 – Sarah Anzalone

Our 32nd genYOU Story features final-year University of Queensland student Sarah Anzalone! Sarah has been a part of our generationYOU community for a few years, so we were stoked when she agreed to share her story with us. Sarah's story reminds us that hard work is the backbone of any career journey, and every step (big or small) deserves a pat on the back!
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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!?
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genYOU Story 31 – Zac

Our 31st genYOU Story features final-year QUT student Zac Seeto! Zac's story reminds us that at any point we can take control of our careers and personal development, even if it's with a few small steps.
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Our own expectations hit the hardest.

Whether that's maintaining a certain GPA; passing all of your subjects; landing an internship; managing a side hustle; working on your networking skills, being on the executive team of your university club; graduating ... the list goes on. We ALL have expectations of ourselves - and so we should - because they go hand in hand with our goals!
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Workplace Communication 101.

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

Our awesome 30th genYOU Story comes from QUT student and a keen attendee of heaps of our generationYOU events - Thomas Beckerton! Find out more about Thomas including the awesome activities he gets up to in addition to his degree ...
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A #NoFilter chat on success.

Think about this: In our career journey or general lives ... when we have goals we set out to achieve or ANY task where we apply effort - regardless of the outcome - it means we didn't only or just do anything (these are common success-belittling terms). It actually reflects that we took small steps in our careers.
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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 to work together and might be able to help each other out.
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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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