#FutureofWork: 10 Things to Consider

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By Sarah Binney

It probably won’t come as a surprise to hear the job landscape is significantly different from what it was ten – or even five – years ago. Rapid technological change, innovation, automation, generational shifts in the workforce and the economic downturn are just a few factors shaping the ‘new economy’ where new skills and digital literacy are overtaking traditional education and knowledge as employer ‘must haves’.

As a young professional looking to land my dream job, my entire job search strategy has been shaped by the implications of this new economy, where tech skills reign supreme and ‘Internet Explorer’ competencies matter as little as yesterday’s newspaper. This is further amplified by my impending move to the ‘concrete jungle where dreams are made’, a city of intense competitiveness with an uncanny knack for soul destroying rejection. I’m guessing Alicia Keys and Jay Z have never had to contemplate taking on a job that pays as little as $10 an hour just to meet the demands of astronomical rent prices and an overwhelming penchant for gourmet bagels.

Whether in New York or Brisbane, one thing remains the same. Traditional career paths have been irreversibly shaken up and all students and graduates must now consider how to sell themselves to potential employers through knowing their skills, establishing their personal brand and becoming a valuable commodity in an age of decentralised workplaces and digital disruption.

Here are the 10 things you should do now to prepare for the #futureofwork

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Five things you need to consider before taking on an internship (in Australia)

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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.

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International student workers deserve better than this.

This 7 Elevenweek’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’.

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How to land a government job

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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 More

Adapting to the Australian job market – for international students

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Are you one of the many international students who will graduate with the opportunity to remain in Australia to undertake employment? Are you seeking Australian work experience or an internship during your studies? Discover proactive job search strategies that work for international students and graduates and learn the skills and information you need to present yourself with confidence.

If you have ever felt frustrated by Careers Fairs and employers advertising roles for ‘Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents only’, then this seminar is for you. International students and graduates can experience success in their Australian job search, but will benefit from looking for work differently than local students do. This seminar will assist international students who are considering remaining in Australia post-graduation on the 485, 517, 462, 457 or similar visas, as well as those who are seeking Australian work experience or an internship during their studies.

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