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Rejection happens to everyone all the time and no one likes it. A particular event of rejection creates and triggers a lot of emotions that leave us feeling very vulnerable. Some people bounce back quickly after experiencing rejection while others seem to take a lot longer to get over extreme sadness, find peace and recover mentally and emotionally.

 


“Rejection can disappoint you, depress you and may even stop you in your tracks. Learn not to take rejection so personally. If you're honest with yourself and believe in your work, others will too.”



― Bev Jozwiak



Deal with rejection in a healthy manner

 

We naturally want to avoid distressing situations at all costs so it's just normal for us to protect ourselves after suffering from rejection. We get so traumatised and we tend to let fear and anxiety consume us. But even though it hurts so bad, it’s really important for us to undergo the stages of grief after being rejected to be able to fully deal with it the healthy way.




“Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don't base your self-esteem on their opinions.”



― Harvey Mackay



What are your core beliefs? Studies show that our beliefs contribute to how we react to painful rejection. To establish core belief system, start by doing regular daily reflection because it helps a lot in shifting to a mindset that focuses more on growth and personality development. Also give yourself positive affirmations everyday as a reminder of your self-worth. This will surely give you enough strength to cope in case you would be rejected again in the future.

 


“It is necessary to put yourself out for rejection, and accept that you will be rejected.”



― Robert Genn



You may hear others say to you “Hang in there! It’s not the end of the world.” Although you would think that it’s easier said than done because they don’t have any idea what you’re going through but never let negative feelings get the best of you. Just take all the advice you can get. Always remember that your feelings are only temporary - may it be anger, sadness and self-pity. Have the courage to move forward, knowing that you have learned valuable lessons from this experience.




“A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.”



― Bo Bennett




“Do not waste yourself in rejection; do not bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.”



― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 


 

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Everyone’s ultimate dream is to find a job that relates to their passion and make this passion translate into their skillset. It has always been a hot topic especially among new graduates who are trying to get a foot in the door, but is it really possible for passion and career to align?

To establish your journey to career success, you need to have the right amount of passion and then let it develop as you go along. Envision the kind of life that you want to achieve. If you don’t know what it is yet, try your best to discern it. Sometimes the answer is not always obvious but when you dig deeper, you will uncover it one day. Click here to read more about discovering your true calling.

 

Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It's what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. 

Try to find a career path that you have a passion for.




Henry Samueli

 

Research shows that about 6 out of 10 employees are disengaged and disgruntled in the workplace, thus affecting their productivity and quality of work. One of the main reasons why this is happening is because they are not able to do what they’ve always wanted to do in life, thus, they feel bored, dread Mondays, and get the feeling that they’re “stuck in a rut”.

 

We have to start closing the gap between passion and work! The workplace is where we spend the most time on a daily basis so it has to be a conducive environment where we can enjoy doing what we do best. We need to develop not only a mindset focused on growth, but also on values formation. These values will then shape our mind, improve our behaviour and serve as an excellent guide in the way our thoughts, words, and actions are formed.

 

The path to achieving the ideal career is never simple and was never meant to be simple. But the best part is that whatever path you choose, the effort and hard work that you put into building a career will all be worth it because the hard-earned fruits of your labour will outweigh the difficulties and challenges you experience.

 

Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams.




Donovan Bailey


If you still haven’t realised what you’re cut out to do, perhaps you need to begin creating ideas wherever you’re planted and run with whatever tools you have at the moment. You don’t have to go anywhere; you can start where you are right now! It’s about time to align your work and passion. Financial security is important but you will feel a million times better if you get to do what makes you happy every day. Steve Jobs once said “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
 

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Have you ever considered to turn your favourite hobby into a real career? In this day and age, technology is much better, faster and cheaper so this allows us to make use of tools that can help us explore different ways of doing things that we love. A lot of people have generated income from their hobbies, perhaps you can try that too?

“A hobby you really enjoy can be an important part of choosing a career because your hobby is a window into what you love and value and do most naturally, which are all important components of a career where you’ll flourish.”


Phyllis Mufson, Career Coach

 

“The earlier we are able to observe our personal tastes as they show up in hobbies and outside activities, the more powerful a lead these things will provide in steering us to meaningful professional and career choices.”


Joyce K. Reynolds, Expert Business Coach

 

According to a survey we conducted, their number one stressor is work. It seems like career burnout is becoming more common these days and going on a holiday is not a solution. Click here to read more about career burnout. As the old saying goes “Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” This simply means when you’re doing something you’re passionate about, work won’t feel like a burden in your life and you will be happier and emotionally healthy.

Start in believing that you can succeed in doing something you enjoy and make sure it truly reflects who you are as an individual. Here are some ideas on how to make your hobby a career:

Writing

Do you write for fun? If you like expressing your thoughts into words, then you might be able to practice the art of shaping words and make use of your talent in writing and establish yourself as a Creative Writer, a Subject Matter Expert Content Writer, a Technical Writer, a Speech Writer or any type of writer you want to be!

Strengthen your skills by studying a Writing Course with Australian College. You will learn the tools of the trade to achieve your writing and publishing goals. Explore our Writing, Film and Television course online.

Reading

If you are a bookworm, you can turn your passion into a career by becoming a professional proofreader or editor. Editors and Proofreaders play a vital role in the publishing sector. Have a masterful grasp of the written word by studying a Journalism, Editing and Publishing Course online and you will be ready to enter into any number of positions involving writing, editing or journalism.

Design/Photography

Nurture your creativity and use your passion for art to make beautiful things. There are actually a lot of industries that are in need of artists and designers so start creating your portfolio to launch your career.

Decorate homes

Do you have the eye for interior design? If you enjoy decorating and arranging furniture in your own home and have earned praises for a job well done, then you might want to start monetising this hobby. Enrol in the Interior Design & Decorating online course to gain more knowledge required to design and decorate a space in a balanced and informed way.

Take photographs

Photography is probably one of the most popular hobbies in the world. If you can picture yourself doing this full-time, this is the right time for you to advance and nurture your creativity and practical knowledge to thrive in your chosen field. Our photography courses can help you jumpstart your new career.

Fitness

The Fitness industry is currently blooming as a lot of people want to adopt a fit and healthy lifestyle. If you already go to the gym with your pre-planned workouts in your head or written down on your phone and great with your diet, you could do really well when you complete a Fitness qualification.

Consider studying to develop skills as more than just reading books, memorising words, and having good grades - it’s also gathering practical knowledge and wisdom that you can certainly benefit from in your daily life... Read more

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What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word education? Do you think about books, teachers, exams or being inside a classroom with other students? These things are all related to education, however, it actually goes a lot deeper than we realise.

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

 

 – Nelson Mandela

 
Aside from basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter, education has also become a necessity in life. From the moment you reach a certain age, it’s important for you to start your journey to getting an education.

You might recall when you were younger, adults around you would say “Education is a treasure that can never be taken away from anyone.” This statement is crystal clear, it means we have to prioritise and give value to education. Consider it as more than just reading books, memorising words, and having good grades - it’s also gathering practical knowledge and wisdom that you can certainly benefit from in your daily life.
 

“Education makes you less dependent upon others and opens doors to better jobs and career possibilities.

Solomon Ortiz

  
Why do we need education?

  • Encourages us to think deeper and makes us more innovative
  • Gives us the confidence to handle different types of situations and become effective at problem-solving
  • Helps us become leaders and to create leaders that make an impact by means of living a values-driven life
  • Enables us to close gaps, to eliminate inequality
  • Allows us to practice our passion
  • Improves our standard of living and quality of life
  • Lets us pursue our preferred career
  • Helps us create a sustainable planet
  • Promotes economic progress
  • Education is the foundation of peace

 

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

Kofi Annan

 


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There are probably a million things that you can do to build strong team rapport. Whenever you participate in and complete a team building activity, you will have a better understanding of your teammates’ interests, strengths, and weaknesses and learn the importance of teamwork. Aside from that, a great level of trust and accountability will be developed within your team that’s why it’s an integral part of establishing a more positive and conducive working environment.

 

“Individual commitment to a group effort

- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

Vince Lombardi

 

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

Henry Ford

 

“Unity is strength... When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

Mattie Stepanek

 


Here are some team building ideas that can work as ice-breakers and help create a culture of teamwork in the workplace:

Charades
This is a simple and fun game suitable for all ages and encourages engagement and fosters healthy competition.

Team size:
4 players or more. 2 teams.

How to play: Choose interesting topics such as songs, movies, celebrities or long phrases to put on pieces of paper. Fold the paper in half and put in a container. A player from each team will draw a piece of paper and act out the words and let the other member of the team guess what’s being portrayed. The team who gets the most answers right wins.

Heads Up! (What’s my name?)
This is also another type of guessing game and the questions should only be answered by “Yes” or “No”.

Team size:
4 players or more.

How to play: Write a word or words on a sticky note and stick it to the player’s forehead. The player then asks the group yes or no questions in the attempt to figure out what’s written on the sticky note. Set a time limit to keep each round short and succinct.

Various Board Games
Nothing beats traditional board games! You can now enjoy the ones that were based on television shows such as Family Feud, Deal or No Deal, The Amazing Race, The Price is Right, Trivial Pursuit, Pandemic or Battleship.

These types of games are not for everyone, so ask your team what they have in mind and be open to ideas. You can even try and organise physical activities such as sports games, wall climbing, hiking or fitness boot camp classes!

 


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When you feel that you’ve already given your best and still have not seen the results that you’re after, don’t be discouraged! Self-improvement is a never-ending journey.

 

“Practice is everything. This is often misquoted as Practice makes perfect.”



Periander

 

 

"Success comes through rapidly fixing our mistakes rather than getting things right the first time." 




Tim Harford, Adapt: Why Success 

Always Starts with Failure

 


Always be committed to delivering the highest level of excellence, even if no one is looking because everything you do every day is practice until it becomes your expertise.


Check out our other blogs about self-development!

Click here to read about some effective ways you can use to work smarter (not harder). You can level up your life by practicing these high-performance habits.



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Do you think age is a factor when it comes to pursuing your dreams? Oftentimes age is used as an excuse and we always hear other people say they are too young or too old to do what they want to do. If you can relate to that, then it’s not too late for you to change your mind!

 

 

“There is not a right or predetermined age for success; only people who finally decide to succeed. Age is in your mind!” 



― Mauricio Chaves Mesén,

12 Laws of Great Entrepreneurs



If you dedicate yourself to something, you can achieve it. It's simple, but it's true, and your age is just an excuse.” 



Herschel Walker, Athlete

 

Here are some people who you can draw inspiration from:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing when he was 5.
  • Magnus Carlsen was only 13 when he became chess Grandmaster. He achieved the highest classical rating in history in 2014.
  • Missy Franklin was only 17 when she won five gold medals In her Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Mark Zuckerberg was 19 when he launched Facebook in 2004.
  • Albert Einstein, the most influential physicist of the 20th century published four groundbreaking papers (one of them is the Theory of Relativity) at the age of 26.
  • Oprah Winfrey was already 32 when she officially debuted her show in 1986.

  • The Mona Lisa painting, the most well-known piece of artwork in the world was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci when he was 51.
  • Colonel Harland Sanders’ recipe was rejected more than a thousand times and after many years of failures and misfortunes, he finally hit it big at 61 when he started the KFC franchise.
  • Peter Roget invented the thesaurus at the age of 73.

 

“Age is an issue of mind over matter.

If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Mark Twain

 

On Career Transitions

 

Believe that you can live the life you want no matter how young or old you are! You have to be flexible and adaptable. These are two very important skills that employers value in a candidate. You might not have enough experience in the role that you want to apply for, but your attitude can make a difference. Have an agile mindset. Read more about our blog post Your Guide to a Successful Career Change.

 

“Age is no barrier. It's a limitation you put on your mind”

― Jackie Joyner-Kersee

 



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It feels great whenever we hear compliments or good feedback from others. We know that our work is being noticed and appreciated and also gives us the green light to continue whatever we are doing. Constantly receiving praise and positive comments help build our self-confidence and self-esteem. But what if you know that you are doing quite well but still don’t get any approval or recognition you believe you deserve?


It’s so easy to give up and be disheartened due to lack of appreciation from the people around you especially when you know you make an extraordinary effort and always give your best in everything that you do. If you don’t get any form of validation at all, you worry more and feel unimportant. But don’t let this bring you down! Not everyone is wired to be naturally appreciative so it’s best to not expect too much. Try to avoid relying on others for confidence. Know that you are good enough, whether others approve of you or not.

“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward.

If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

 

“Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily.”

― Tia Walkert

 

Practice positive self-affirmation. Do not base your self-worth on what authority figures tell you or think of you. Develop long-term positive thinking to reach your goals and back it up with positive action. Consider your strengths as a person or certain skills that you value and are meaningful to you. Then make it a daily habit to continue exploring your other talents and capabilities that you don't know about but other people do.

You may progress slowly but surely and once you’ve restructured your mindset, you can move beyond the issues then further into self-development. Do more things that you love and you know you can benefit from.

The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning "to make steady, strengthen." You will indeed find the strength to uncover your true potential from affirmation and it’s more effective if it starts with you.

Here are the lasting benefits of self-affirmation:

  • It motivates you on a different level
  • It increases your energy to perform daily tasks
  • You will establish mental clarity and become more self-aware
  • You work well even under stressful situations
  • Your cardiovascular health will improve
  • You will get a happier outlook on life



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Communication is an essential skill that plays an important role in any organisation and it’s something that has to be taken seriously.

“Communication - the human connection

- is the key to personal and career success.”

― Paul J. Meyer.


When there is lack of communication, a lot of things can go wrong. Like for instance, in a dynamic multicultural and multigenerational work environment where polarised opinions, office politics and ostracism are particularly common, there would certainly be a high chance of unclear or inadequate communication.

Conflicts continue to arise not only in the workplace but everywhere we go due to misalignment and miscommunication. Failure to acknowledge and fix this problem may cause mistrust, low morale and worst case scenario, broken relationships that seem too difficult to repair. Take a moment to really see what the issues are and examine more closely to gain full understanding of the situation. The sooner we know what the root of the problem is, the sooner we can fix it.

Aside from exchanging or passing of information through speaking and writing, another way to overcome communication barriers is by means of listening. By being an active listener, you are showing your respect to other people’s opinions and you are making an effort to see their point of view. Be attentive and let others talk and finish what they have to say. Show that you genuinely want to help resolve the dispute and do not make hasty judgements. When it’s your turn to share your thoughts, choose your words carefully to prevent further conflict.

Build bridges instead of walls! Break barriers and smash bottlenecks through effective communication. This doesn’t only build confidence but also lets you open yourself to new possibilities and all the extra time and effort you put into this will be well worth it.

 



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How is your workload? If you currently have a lot of things on your plate and your deadline is fast approaching, one of the practical solutions for this difficult situation is delegation.


The act of delegation, then, involves conferring (some of) your functions or powers on another so he or she can act on your behalf.

― thebalancesmb.com


If you are a part of a team and taking on the responsibility of a leader or perhaps a similar position of authority, delegation plays an important role in boosting your productivity.


Giving a level of autonomy definitely increases morale and promotes collaboration and innovation. When you delegate the right way, it doesn’t only help you become efficient but also give your team members a chance to develop their individual skills and look for other opportunities to grow.


"If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you've got to learn to delegate."

― Richard Branson.


“Are we limiting our success by not mastering the art of delegation? It’s simply a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”

― Oprah Winfrey


“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.”

Ronald Reagan


“The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.”

― Vince Lombardi



This is a part of our
Effective Ways to Work Smarter series:

 

Sharpen Your Time Management Skills

Establish Workflows To Streamline Processes

Delegate Work Effectively

Learn How To Manage Stress - Stress Poll Results

Do Regular Daily Reflections


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“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

– Annie Dillard

Every day you wake up, get up and go on with your usual routine. Is your mind geared toward self-improvement both professionally and personally? If not, then perhaps it’s time for a full self-assessment to determine whether you are evolving with the times, stagnating or going backward.

We have shared a blog post about simple yet high-performance habits that can significantly change your life and let greater opportunities come your way. Click here if you have not read it yet. You will surely find great tips to help you get to the next level and live life to the fullest.

Now is the perfect time to think about your plans before the year ends. Make growth your number one priority. When you become growth-conscious across all areas of life, you focus more on your journey - your venture experience rather than just the destination or outcome of your goals.

While personal development and maturity vary with gender, age, race, and genes, what matters most is the chance you are given every waking day. You just have to start by making small, specific changes and you will eventually evolve into the person you want to be. You have 24 hours in a day and it’s up to you to make everything worthwhile and use each hour the best possible way.

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The most common factor of highly-successful people is they choose growth over comfort. They are passionate leaders and strong advocates that demonstrate commitment and always do their work with energy and enthusiasm. They are extremely resilient and unshakable amidst of all the chaos, bustle and noise around them.

Self-improvement doesn’t only lead to one’s success but can also help people to succeed. It’s good to be competitive, but it’s also lonely to be the only one at the top so work on reaching your goals and at the same time, try to influence others around you to reach their full potential.

“When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.”Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience




If you want to know how you can truly become the best version of you, here are some useful tips to get you started:

 

Put yourself first

Aside from getting enough sleep, eating right, and constant exercise, you also need to look after your emotional well-being because it’s a part of your holistic health. Safeguard and strengthen it to be able to cope with the ups and downs of life.

Stop pleasing other people! Every time you try so hard to please others, you lose yourself. Learn how to say NO. If you constantly play the role of the doormat, you will always be taken advantage of and eventually feel your stress levels skyrocket and could experience an episode of burnout. Click here to learn more about burnout and what you can do to stop it.

Take care of your mind

Your thoughts can consciously or unconsciously influence your actions. If you’re constantly feeling down, you need to reprogram your thoughts in order to stay positive. Try to visualise and make your visions concrete by creating an action plan. This will serve as your guide and help you make more mindful decisions. Positive thoughts can also help you in choosing your words wisely so you can communicate with others a lot better.

Be Kind

Every person in this world is unique and every life is a unique journey. Be kind to others. Create a paradigm shift in how you treat them. Do not be quick to judge without knowing them first. Criticisms are only okay if they are constructive and not destructive because this can potentially damage another person’s self-worth and self-esteem. Most importantly, be kind to yourself!

Constantly develop your skills

Learn something new. Education has a positive effect on an individual. It brings a greater depth of understanding, theoretical knowledge, and analytical skill. A professional qualification can help you gain confidence, improve your career prospects and overall status in life. Nationally recognised and accredited training is definitely highly valued and can be extremely rewarding on so many levels. Click here to discover online courses that can help you get your career in gear.

Surround yourself with stellar people

The circle of friends you choose to have in your life speaks volumes about who you are. Acquire wisdom from the proverb “You are the company you keep”. No matter how good you are as a person, bad company can still influence your good behaviour so it’s better to hang out with friends that will support and lift you up rather than drag you down.


“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don't see it yourself.”  Edmund Lee

Don’t fear success

This might sound strange to you but the fear of success actually hides in some people’s subconscious. They get too overwhelmed and simply can’t handle success when it comes faster than expected. There are also other different scenarios such as added responsibilities, high expectations and living a totally different life than before. Always remember, great leaders, visionaries and game-changers are always ready and willing to step out of their comfort zone. Do not fear change. Even if you fail, don’t think that all your efforts are wasted. Just keep moving forward and you will soon be drawn closer to what you want to achieve.

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Why do people switch careers? There could be a hundred reasons why this happens but it’s just usually due to one thing - CHANGE. As the wise Greek philosopher, Heraclitus once said, “The only thing that Is constant is change.” We all face changes in different aspects of our daily life in some way and perhaps sometimes, we might not even see them clearly but these changes are occurring nonetheless. We get older, our needs and interests often change and this could trigger a domino effect of other related changes. It’s simply inevitable.

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You have seen the signs, and they are loud and clear. The fact that you’ve got the wrong job or the wrong field makes you constantly uninspired, unfulfilled and lacking enthusiasm. The stress you face at work makes you dread going into the office every day. You might also be taking sick days even when you’re not really sick. According to research, over 60% of working adults are unhappy with their career situation but the big problem is, they chose to settle. Don’t be one of them!

Here are practical tips for you to have a successful career change:
 
  • Start with an honest self-assessment. Have you truly discovered your true calling? Before you jump into a completely different career, make sure you have determined the type of work that you really want to do so you won’t regret your decisions.
  • Gain the necessary skills and additional qualifications by upskilling and/or retraining. Read more about upskilling or reskilling here. Professional qualifications matter - Nationally recognised and accredited training is definitely highly valued and can be extremely rewarding on so many levels.
"Qualifications reveal much more about a person than just academic prowess. It's not just about getting a job/career. The benefits affect all parts of life: intellectual, social sporting, personal, artistic, ethical and so much more." - ANDREW MAIN

You can read more about this topic here.

  • Brush up on your interview skills. Click here to view the essential job interview checklist.
  • Career transitions are possible at any age. No matter how old you are, you have to be flexible and adaptable. These are two very important skills that employers value in a candidate. You might not have enough experience in the role that you want to apply for, but your attitude can make a difference. Have an agile mindset.
  • Craft a sustainable career for yourself. Job search and career management are constantly changing and they are typically due to shifts in the economy, technology, and other key events. “A sustainable career is dynamic and flexible; it features continuous learning, periodic renewal, the security that comes from employability, and a harmonious fit with your skills, interests, and values. Read more about it here.
Be aware of your real goals and aspirations to create a brand new professional life. Pursue what you truly love and be willing to start over. It’s the season of change - a time for a fresh start!

Building a new career is not easy. It could be very scary at first and you may also commit a lot of mistakes, but it’s not impossible to achieve! If you don’t do it now, you could be stuck in the same spot forever! Is self-doubt holding you back? Try to overcome and conquer your fears, break out of your comfort zone, and eventually, you will gain the confidence you need to succeed.

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Motivation isn't one-size-fits-all. According to research, our brains are wired to have 2 types of motivation - internal (intrinsic) or external (extrinsic). Internal motivation is coming from within - our deep-rooted desires have the highest motivational power while external motivation is geared towards external rewards that a person can earn such as titles, recognition, bonuses, perks and many others.

There might be a huge difference between each type of motivation but the relationship is not entirely polarised. Although they are different, there could still be an intersection in between and this is called the motivational ecosystem.

Do you feel that you currently lack the motivation that you need in order to reach your goals? Try to tap into your bigger purpose. This gives a deeper meaning to the objective you seek. Visit this blog and social media channels for daily motivational quotes that will help push you forward on your journey.

You can also share our motivational quotes to spread positive vibes to others!

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Major restructuring within a company is required when there are market shifts, new technologies, and intensified competition. This is crucial for business growth and to maintain the company’s global competitiveness.

Although future developments may sound very positive, transformation and restructuring plans could also have negative effects on the workers. Managers who are in charge of business development always think of strategic ways to drive productivity and improve quality levels but at the same time cut costs, however, this often results in destructive layoffs.

Some examples of companies that would have job cuts throughout the year are Australia’s big 4 banks and the retrenchment rate is 12%. There are also global companies in the Automotive, Telecommunications, Information Technology and Internet industries that will undergo massive workforce reduction.

The future is uncertain. Retrenchments happen and they can be heartbreaking. If you feel that there’s an axe hovering above your head, you need to be prepared to land on your feet. There are a lot of success stories of other people who were able to turn a career crisis into opportunity. Here are some practical tips that you can use if you just experienced a layoff or if you are aware that you will be a part of a layoff. This could also be used as a future guideline to be able to thrive in case you experience a layoff at some point in your career.

Prepare Your Next Move

Sometimes companies give obvious signals that layoffs are on the way, but there are also the subtle types that just come out of nowhere. It will surely help if you stay vigilant and always keep an eye on the layoff indicators. The moment you see them, you can start preparing for your next move. Some of the things that you can do are to update your resume, dust off your interview skills, start assessing your cash situation or try to find out how to receive unemployment compensation.

Have the Right Attitude

Losing a job is one of the most traumatic things that can happen to any individual. Having a positive outlook will surely help you get through the feelings of grief, loss, and confusion. There are plenty of self-help methods and techniques that can help you improve your mood and eliminate your worries.

Network With Other Professionals

Studies have shown that the majority of people find jobs through networking. Think of the other people in your social circle that can introduce you to their friends who work in your industry. Linkedin is one of the tools that can help you in your networking efforts. It’s a great way to connect with other professionals in the same background. You can also try to seek help from some recruitment agencies.

Share Your Story

Do not be afraid to tell the people you trust about your layoff experience. Layoffs can be very tough. sharing your story could somehow empower you and help you get ready to face the new challenges that may come your way.

Learn Something New

Tapping into self-awareness to find out what your strengths are and leveraging them in your next career move will surely help. But aside from that, expanding opportunities by developing new skills can also help you bounce back and thrive.

Learn soft skills, look for professional development, training, certification, education courses to boost your resume and self-confidence.

Today’s economy is fluid, unpredictable and extremely challenging. The key is to move forward, be open to innovation and always be proactive in achieving your goals!

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Success and confidence go hand in hand. However, a lot of people struggle with no confidence or very low levels of confidence. How can we overcome our fear and build up our self-confidence to achieve success? Learn how to solve the confidence gap.

Celebrate all your achievements

You might experience good and bad things in your daily life but don’t let the bad things pull you down. Believe that you can overcome obstacles and then celebrate your achievements no matter big or small. Find your silver lining!

Focus on exercise & fitness

"It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Studies show that there is a strong connection between your brain and your body. Movement can influence your brain in a very positive way - it improves the way you think and feel, gives you higher self-esteem, reduces stress, feelings of confusion, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Exercise more to improve your health and well-being.

Always be positive

One of the most important keys to success is positive thinking. In order for a positive mindset to yield great results, you also have to take positive action to ensure you achieve a good outcome even if your current circumstances are not as you wish them to be. Effort and hard work are necessary.

Seek support

Ask your family and friends for help or join a support group. It’s great to be surrounded by people you trust and get the acknowledgment and affirmation that you need. They can help you gain courage and self-assurance.

Follow through

You gain respect from other people if you say you’re going to do something and you do it. Believe in yourself that you can do it and make it a habit and you won’t be afraid to do things in order to accomplish your goals.

Study & learn something new

"As long as you keep going, you'll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is success." -Tamara Taylor

 

"Through my education, I didn't just develop skills, I didn't just develop the ability to learn, but I developed confidence." -Michelle Obama

Keep your mind well nourished and active! Studying gives you a great advantage and can improve a lot of things in your life such as your communication skills, critical-thinking and problem-solving. It could boost your confidence in your own abilities and eventually opens doors of opportunities.

 

If you are looking to improve your career prospects or an exciting new career opportunity, Australian College will help meet your educational and career needs. Find a course in our extensive online course catalogue.

 

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In this digital age, Australian College focuses on innovation and progress. We are committed to delivering the best technology possible to our current and future students, that is why Creatine was developed. It’s basically our virtual campus! This makes it a lot easier for students to view course materials such as readings, lectures, practice worksheets and answers, quizzes, course calendars, forums, FAQs, current news, assessment materials and so much more.

It’s a cutting-edge approach to web-based education and a great way to carry out your learning wherever you have access to a computer and the internet. If you're living in a remote location or far from a campus, you will find this online platform extremely useful.
 
Explore our range of online courses. Enrol Now and have access to a nationally accredited, professional and personal development course without attending a traditional classroom setting and enjoy the flexibility of studying anytime and anywhere you like.

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Knowing what the growth industries are could increase your chances of getting your foot in the door and land a job you really like if you are currently in the process of making decisions about your future.

Based on data from an employment website, these are some industries that have experienced employment growth and are rising the fastest.

Services such as:
  • Childcare & Education Support
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Finance & Business
Sectors that will be the next hot spots of growth:
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Administration & Office Support
The economic and markets outlook in 2018 is very positive and these sectors definitely have massive growth potential over the next two decades. Full-time job employment is also on the rise and will stay that way until 2022.

Start building a strong career foundation. It’s best to develop a proactive approach by constantly improving your talents & seeking more knowledge to be an in-demand candidate for a job. If you are currently employed, consistent personal & professional improvement could give you a higher chance of job security.

Becoming relevant regardless of age and constantly seeking the skills needed to continuously thrive in this ever changing world will give you the greatest advantage over the ones who are not open to growth and development. Consider re-skilling to transfer your existing skills and gain the qualification you need in order to stay ahead of the pack.

This is the best time to start! Find a course to meet your needs in our extensive online course catalogue.

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Sports Journalism is certainly never boring. If you start a career in the sports communications field, there is no regular 9 to 5 work structure. It’s not a routine work so no two weeks are completely the same! You can be in the office today and in the field tomorrow. Traveling is also a big part of the job and constantly working outdoors in different weather conditions.

Here are a few tips to break into sports journalism:

  • Find your niche
    Focus on one sport that you are passionate about. Finding out your niche will make a huge difference in the competitive world of sports journalism.
  • Ask the experts
    There are a lot of sports journalists out there that you can reach out to. They have various career experiences that you can learn from and they can give you advice on what route to take.
  • Practice writing
    There are many ways to strengthen your writing skills. Start blogging about sports, contribute to community papers or publications or simply write on your journal. Read articles of your favourite sports writers and observe their writing style to help you develop your own.
  • Get qualified
    A Diploma of Journalism (Sports Journalism and Match Reporting) can surely open a lot of doors of opportunity if you still don’t have one. A qualification will give a competitive edge when applying for a job.
In order for you to develop an awareness of the different forms of sports and an understanding of the current practices and procedures in sports reporting, studying a related course such as Sports Journalism and Match Reporting SPJ can definitely help you succeed as a sports journalist. This course will teach you how to write structured articles, conduct interviews, prepare features, write match reviews and submit your work to editors.

The study mode is completely online so you don’t have to worry about leaving the comfort of your own home or anywhere you choose. Enrol now and take 20% off* your Sports Journalism and Match Reporting course.

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"I think there are more good sportswriters doing more good sportswriting than ever before. But I also believe that the one thing that's largely gone out is what made sport such fertile literary territory - the characters, the tales, the humour, the pain, what Hollywood calls the arc." -Frank Deford
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Get a glimpse of what it’s like to be an Interior Designer and Decorator in the real world! There isn’t actually a ‘typical’ day because projects are unique and handled in different ways, however, there are also noticeable patterns that commonly occur on a daily basis.

We have gathered information from different sources and here is a list of the activities that are usually done per project:

  • Design Brief
    The brief is basically the written summary of all the requirements and specifications of the project. This must be defined based on the client’s style preference. The information gathered from the face-to-face meeting with the client would also determine the budget and the time it will take to do the project.
  • Research
    Get ideas from existing designs, current trends and suitable materials that can be used for the project.
  • Collaboration
    When you work in a team environment, collaboration is always an important process. Working as a team enables everyone to pitch in their creative ideas to help each other provide the best result to clients. Weekly staff meetings are needed to get updates regarding ongoing projects.
  • Design mock-up
    This is an important step for the client to understand and visualise the outcome of the project. Design mock-ups could be in the form of 2D or 3D graphics or it can also be shown through traditional perspective sketches/drawings or floor plans.
  • Client Presentation
    This is the time when the boards, mock-ups or drawings are shown to the client in order to get some feedback. Once everything is approved and signed off, the project will move to the development stage.
  • Execution
    This is the phase when construction begins and see ideas come to life! Regular site visits should be done in order to liaise with architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and clients. Tasks and deliverables are closely monitored to make sure the site is in compliance and the whole project is on track.
  • Completion
    When the final set-up is done, a walk-through is needed to see if there are small issues that may need attention.
Aside from that, there are also a lot of things happening in between especially when designers are handling a number of projects at the same time and each project has various stages that need to be monitored a few times a week. Time is also spent on admin work such as making phone calls, answering emails and organising appointments.

Working in this industry is definitely fun and rewarding so if you are interested in becoming an Interior Designer and Decorator, gain the skills that you need to get started. Apply now or click here to learn more about Interior Design and Decorating INTD. To take up a broad selection of advanced modules that will further enhance your knowledge in Interior Design, have a look at the course Advanced Interior Design and Decorating INTA.

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New technologies are now reshaping the Accounting & Finance sector. Let’s take a look at some of the trends that are important to know especially if you are pursuing a career in that industry.

Customer Service Optimisation

The relationship between organisations and their customers are now ever-present and open-ended. More agile methodologies are being introduced, and as a result, the pace of change is faster than ever. There will be customer journey mapping and the data gathered will be used to provide insight. This starts with asking questions like what the customers are thinking and feeling. Digital innovation is implemented together with physical organisational changes and is facilitated by enablers of the business in order to be sustainable and to deliver seamless and more effective customer service.

Automation and Cognification

More organisations and businesses will now be using artificial intelligence fuelled by software advancement to service their clients. This technology minimises or eliminates the need of high-volume manual data entry and other redundant tasks therefore, decreases financial risk, saves a lot of time and lowers production costs making it easier for business owners to expand to new locations.

Cyber Security Awareness

Due to an increase in privacy and security breaches all over the world, cyber attacks were found to be the biggest concern in 2018. Data is considered to be a valuable financial asset and therefore organisations should increase awareness and make data protection a number one priority to prevent financial losses and damage to reputation.

The Rise of Millennials

There will be an increase in Millennial tax-payers in 2018 and they expect to get strategic insight and more customised service from their accountants. These younger generation entrepreneurs have a significant share in the SME sector and are more focused on growth and digital platforms. Their working habits are entirely different from their predecessors. They crave for freedom and flexibility so they prefer to use online portals that simplify workflows and enhances productivity. To be able to help them succeed in their business, accountants need to diversify services and use the proper technology to gain competitive advantage.

2018 is actually a great time for you to study Accounting & Finance because it’s a great industry to tap into. The economy is getting better and jobs continue to grow strongly in the next 5 years.

Click here to get started today, or contact us for a complimentary consultation with a course advisor.

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Customer Support can be a very rewarding profession with a wide range of career options. There are a lot of leadership opportunities to explore. You can move up the corporate ladder from being an entry-level customer support professional to becoming a team leader and eventually manager of the support team. You can even work towards securing a directorship.

If a people leadership role is not your cup of tea, then consider domain leadership. You can still achieve career growth without managing people by means of becoming a subject-matter expert or specialist (SME) and play a vital role in other areas of the business. This is, in fact, a very practical way to move up a notch. Horizontal growth is also a great option. There’s a possibility to advance into other roles such as development, sales, QA and many others.

To establish a career path in Customer Support, the Certificate II in Customer Engagement will serve as your stepping stone then the Certificate III in Customer Engagement can help you develop the ability to handle a range of complex customer service scenarios and be qualified to apply for higher industry roles.

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A lot of companies and organisations are already innovating and embracing agile methods of working so it’s very important to always learn and develop new skills, processes and also a positive attitude that will see challenges and issues not as roadblocks but as an opportunity to improve.

Start designing your Customer Support career roadmap. What do you see yourself doing? What is your ideal working environment? Determine what you really want to pursue and which direction you want to grow in by listing down all the things that interest you and you will soon get there.

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Job search and career management are constantly changing and they are typically due to shifts in the economy, technology, and other key events. Many people welcome change, thus making transitions successful, but not all the time. Even though change is widely accepted, there would always be resistance and negative impacts of unexpected consequences. Setbacks happen even in the presence of change management and coping strategies because sometimes they are not implemented well and there is a lack of necessary tools needed for this to become effective.

It could be difficult to deal with complex changes and make them sustainable especially when they are career-related. However, this is something that we need to face and we have to start with ourselves first. When our roles, perspectives, and priorities change and everything is not what it used to be, we must focus on the new opportunities these changes create. Leverage what we have as best as we can to generate value. We need to give maximum effort to create and manage a sustainable career.

According to an article by Monique Valcour on Harvard Business Review:

“A sustainable career is dynamic and flexible; it features continuous learning, periodic renewal, the security that comes from employability, and a harmonious fit with your skills, interests, and values. The keys to crafting a sustainable career are knowing yourself — what interests you, what you do best and not so well, what energizes you — and being acutely attuned to the fields and companies you’re interested in so that you can identify places where you can add value. The “follow your passion” self-help industry tends to under-emphasise this key point: all of the self-awareness in the world is of little use if you can’t pitch your passion to a buyer. A sustainable career is built upon the ability to show that you can fill a need that someone is willing to pay for. This holds not only when you’re starting a business or looking for a new job; it’s also an important springboard for refining your current job and your career trajectory to make it more ideal.”

Based on this statement made about sustainable career management framework, these are the positive steps to take:

  • Deepen your self-awareness and self-directedness. Be aware of the values that drive your decisions. Make a list of the things that you can do and what you are good at. Keep track of your progress and accomplishments. Then reflect and put this all together to understand yourself better and to know what career direction best suits you.
  • Do not focus on a single occupation. Consider having an alternate career path, something that would eventually evolve to reflect growth and accept that this is a dynamic and continuous process.
  • Always be updated to the developments in the industry you relate to.
  • Be proactive and have a contributing role in society - work not only for yourself but also to make a better world!
  • Maintain a positive relationship with others who can give you access to new opportunities.
  • Surround yourself with people who have the same mindset as you so you will continue to be energised and inspired.
  • Have a long-term vision. Anticipate for the future.
  • Be curious, read, listen, learn new things and always be engaged. Lifelong learning is a necessity to be able to adapt to change.

Be committed and accountable. You have the power to craft your own career. You are totally in charge! No one cares about your success more than you do. Start by taking action and believing that a rewarding and sustainable career is definitely achievable. This may take some time and work but it will all be worth it.


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