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With many universities pushing back census dates, it may be tempting to defer your current semester. But just think...how awesome will it be to tell future employers that you were able to overcome the challenges as they arose.
We want to emphasise that its okay to feel a bit concerned and panicky about your career. But trust that though it is crazy now, the world will return to order, the opportunities will return, and we will all get through this.
In thirteen years of recruiting university students, I have experienced some ‘gems’ over the years, and I’m not talking about the awesome grads I’ve met and hired, but the scratch your head ‘I can’t believe they just did that’ kind of gems.
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...
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!).
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.
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.
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.
There is more than one way to get from A to B and just because your route is different doesn’t mean that you won’t end up in a similar place. At the end of the day things work for some people and not others.
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 […]
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!
For some reason, no matter how much advice we give - most of you seem to think that you need to know how to do absolutely everything successfully before graduating.
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.
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.
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!
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!?
I want to help you consider where the best places are for you to SHINE and to build an epic online #PersonalBrand are, including some neat tricks, tips and hacks that I've learned myself along the way.
Don't measure 'strongest connections' by how many other people they know or if you could potentially land a job through them (that mindset does not mean you approaching this genuinely).
Let’s look at a few ways we can harness our emotional intelligence and communication to become stronger team players (and leaders) as we move through our careers.
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!
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!
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! 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.
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.
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 to work together and might be able to help each other out.
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.