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Goal setting is a common aspect of our lives. Whether you’re saving for a holiday, planning your next 5 years, or looking at your career aspirations, goal setting can be the difference between success and missing out.

But how do you make sure you plan your goals in a way that sets you up for success? How do you chart a course that helps you realise your vision?

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For many people, the most dreaded interview question is, “Tell me about yourself.” Talking about yourself can be difficult, and doing so in a succinct yet compelling way can be even harder. Learn how to perfect your "pitch" - the 60 second explanation of who you are, what you do, and why it all matters.

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No matter what your chosen field of study is, as a graduate student you should ensure that you stay abreast of any changes in your industry. One great way to draw on all of those resources is to join a professional association.

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Teamwork can be defined as the combined action of a group, especially when effective and efficient. It is often a key component in business and I am going to explain why. I will highlight some of the reasons teamwork is so valuable in the workplace so you know why you should exercise it and highlight your ability to work well as part of a team, in an interview.

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Everyone has different approaches to learning. Whether you are a passive or active learner, remembering and applying information can be difficult. This is where taking notes proves vital especially in the workplace. 

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When you graduate, you have all the theoretical knowledge but may lack practical skills that are gathered through experience. Why not give yourself a head start and read these books by business leaders who have gotten where they are today through trial and error? Learn from them and you may be able to apply some of your new knowledge throughout your internship or first job.

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Transferable skills are the types of skills that you have developed in one type of role (i.e. Customer service assistant at a supermarket) but you are able to apply and utilise in a completely different role or industry (i.e. IT Helpdesk Support). Transferable skills include skills such as communication, time-management, team work and problem solving skills. The first step is to identify what transferable skills you have developed so that you can use them on your resume and when attending interviews.

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Dress For Success

Posted in Career Building,
15 Mar 2013

The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important of all.  It sets the tone for all relationships to follow and you cannot take back a first impression. One very important area is your appearance and how you dress. In the Australian business environment there are different dress codes that range from formal to business casual to casual. 

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