Volunteering: It’s worth your time!

You are already time poor and potentially money poor…I mean you are a student. So why would you volunteer? Well there are many, many advantages to volunteering which makes it very, very much worth your time. Learn Skills- I think one of the best ways to learn new skills is to put yourself in a new and potentially daunting situation. This can include ‘general skills’ such as public speaking (which I improved through my volunteer position as a netball coach which includes making speeches at presentation nights) or more specific skills such as telephone counselling skills (which I obtained through another organisation I volunteered for). These specific skills will generally be most beneficial if they are relevant to your intended career. Invaluable CV experience- The end game (for most of us students) is employment- and often that includes a ‘dream job’. To get this illusive job you need to develop an impressive CV/resume. Volunteering looks great! It shows that you are willing to give up your time, it gives you additional experience and skills (see point above), and it can also give you contacts for references. Meet people- One of my favourite things to do is meet new, interesting people and you will most definitely do this when volunteering. You will meet like-minded people whom you can share your passions with and successful people that can share their motivation and maybe even their secrets to success with you. Try stuff […]

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Why I stopped reading “those” articles I saw on Facebook

I, like a lot of people enjoy the odd scroll through my Facebook newsfeed and I used to make the mistake of clicking on those articles from the ‘gossip/news’ pages (which I won’t name but I am sure you know) which have a headline something along the lines of 10 signs that…. I am not talking about the articles filled with perfect ‘gifs’ to describe situations (I actually greatly appreciate these), or the list of movies you must watch (although I sometimes disagree with the list I also often find some great new options- plus I wrote one of these types of articles myself!) or the articles about the latest celebrity drama (Kayne vs Taylor, which I may find irrelevant but not an issue). I am talking about the articles that tell you “the 10 signs you need to know that you do not love your partner”, or “the 10 reasons why getting married in your 20s is leaving the party early”, only to be followed the very next day by “10 reasons why getting married young is the best decision you could make”, or the “10 reasons why you should quit your job and travel the world”. As a woman in my young 20s, I am still deciding exactly who I am and what sort of life I want for myself. This is why I have sworn off these types of articles. Just like horoscopes, you will be able to […]

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How to answer: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

The question “what do you want to be when you grow up” sends shivers down the spine of all senior high school students, as well as many, many adults! It is an important question and to answer it I think there are four things you need to do. 1) Really, really research your prospective career paths. This is particularly important if the jobs you are considering require courses (tafe, university etc.) which cost a lot of money and consume a lot of time. The type of questions you need to answer include; is there multiple job opportunities where you live (if you are not willing to travel), what do you actually have to do to get a job (for example to be a clinical psychologist in Australia you must complete a three year undergraduate degree, one honours year, two years of a masters degree + two years supervision- that is eight years of hard work and competition that many people are not aware of!), are there particular aspects of the job that will clash with your personality (for example academia research can be extremely critical, and if you are a person does not handle criticism well, that is something you would need to consider) and also what type of lifestyle does the job entail?… which leads me to my second point. 2) It is important to consider the type of lifestyle that you want. What I mean by this is your career has […]

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The end of June is time for reflection.

June is officially over (internal screaming!), how can six months of 2016 be gone already? Actually how is it even 2016? Was it not just yesterday that I was watching Finding Nemo for the first time? Nope… that was 13 years ago (more internal screaming!). Everyone looked at me sympathetically when I told them I was going straight from my […]

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