Ten things to learn from your Christmas casual job
By Alex Hargreaves
With many stores currently recruiting for Christmas Casuals, it’s a good idea to stop and think about how seasonal holiday work can be a major boost for your career. Although Christmas casual work can often entail standing on your feet for endless hours while customer after customer asks you the same question and beads of stress form on your brow at the thought of meeting your sales targets, joining the work force over the Christmas period can teach you many valuable things about yourself, and can help you prepare for your future career.
Employment Mega Trends
By Alex Hargreaves
Employment mega trends – what are they and how do they apply to you?
Megatrends can be defined as changes that effect societies, governments and economies permanently over a long period of time (CSIRO, 2016). VicHealth have commissioned CSIRO to carry out research for the purpose of identifying what opportunities and challenges may arise for young people’s future employment prospects. Throughout the course of this research, CSIRO identified five megatrends which will all undoubtedly contribute to the well-being, emotional stability and employability of young people of the future. As YOU are the young people of the future, it may be worth reading up on these 5 megatrends so that you may assess how they could apply to you.
In today’s competitive employment market, it’s no surprise that job seekers need to ramp up their efforts to stand out from the crowd. It can be tough to land that dream job and a seemingly endless stream of rejection emails can be discouraging (to say the least). Luckily, there is so much you can do to nail the job search and achieve those #2016careergoals!
This year why not change the way you approach your career? In the age of digital disruption, workplaces are increasingly decentralised – and competition is fiercer than ever. In our parent’s or grandparent’s day, a job search may have consisted of sending out a standard resume and cover letter, landing an entry level job and working your way up the corporate ladder. However, the rise of the freelancing economy and other innovations means our career is a lifelong investment that may consist of multiple job changes and unique pathways. It’s time to get creative when thinking about your career, starting with these three tips…
This month at Careers, we’re focusing on internships and work experience. As an official partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), Griffith students will have the unique opportunity to be part of the lead-up and staging of the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade. The GC2018 Games Interns program will allow you to take part in special internships with GOLDOC, the Games organising body, and be part of the largest sporting event the Gold Coast has ever seen. For more information, please see bit.ly/GC2018interns. We are advertising a range of fantastic work experience opportunities on CareerBoard, including at Brisbane City Council through their Tertiary Work Experience program.
These work experience opportunities have been advertised by the Careers and Employment team, but what happens if you want to source your own internship? How do you know which ones are the right opportunity for you and how do you ensure you know your rights?
Here are the five things to consider when applying for unpaid work experience.
This week’s exposure of the illegal work practices in Australian 7-Eleven stores struck a very raw nerve in me. Having worked most of my career in the employment sector for tertiary students and graduates, I find this
exploitation of international students abhorrent.
Unfortunately the news of such mistreatment was not a total shock to me as over the years I’ve heard other stories from international students about low pay, no pay, long hours and other forms of workplace abuse at the hands of unscrupulous and manipulative ’employers’. Thankfully these stories have not been numerous but the fact that they occur at all is of grave concern.
A quick search on the billionaire owners of the 7-ELEVEN franchise in Australia informs us that they are on BRW’s top 200 rich list and reveals dozens of articles praising their business acumen and labelling them as ‘successful’.
In today’s fiercely competitive job market, it’s more important than ever to ensure your application is hitting all the right notes with employers.
Today, the Careers service were lucky enough to hear exactly what employers are after from one of Queensland Government’s graduate recruiters.
Shockingly, last year’s application pool for one graduate program turned up 4,100 eligible applicants. Of those, 2,000 were invited to apply for available positions. 1,800 responded to the call and were considered for a grand total of 10 available positions.
The fact there were so many applications for one graduate program may come as a huge surprise to students. However, the competition for highly coveted roles isn’t exclusive to the government sector. Read the rest of this entry »