Finding Work

It’s a little bit scary to think about it, but this year is my final year of university. I don’t know how I feel about this because while a part of me kind of wants to graduate, the other part of me kind of wants to stay for a while longer. One thing I do know is that with university getting closer and closer to the end, I’ve really needed to find casual work so that I can finish the year with some sense of support behind me. To be honest, I’ve been trying to find a job since I left high school in 2012, and it was no easy task. But now, I’ve finally been successful in this adventure and because these things helped me out a lot when it came to getting the position, I thought that I would share the advice with all of you.

  • Make use of QUT’s resources — One of the many things that I love so much about QUT is that it’s always there to help in some way or another. I spent a long time trying to determine whether or not my resumes and cover letters were any good, so I was very excited when I recently stumbled upon this page, which gives excellent tips on writing resumes and cover letters. Better yet, QUT also provides resume feedback, which is a lifesaver if you can’t quite spot the spelling and grammatical errors that other people might see in your application.
  • Look at ALL the employment websites — There’s always some place out there that’s hiring people for work, and it’s just a matter of looking in the right places to find them. I highly recommend making a habit out of checking employment websites at least once a day, so that you don’t end up missing out on any opportunities that you might want. My top three favourite places to search for jobs are the QUT Career Hub, SEEK, and SpotJobs. They’re all very easy to use, and you can filter your searches so that it’s easier to find what you want.
  • Find volunteer work — Up until last year, I had never done any sort of volunteering, which made my resume look rather unimpressive. I never heard back after I sent in my job applications, and I think this may be to do with the fact I hadn’t done any sort of volunteering. Needless to say, I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that I’ve got work now that I’ve had two volunteering experiences. In other words, I highly recommend searching for volunteer work just as much as you look for paid work, especially if you want to build on your resume.
  • Do some research — Many of the places you apply for will most likely have a website, and it’s definitely worthwhile to look at the website before you start working on your cover letter. By looking at a company’s website, you’ll be able to determine whether you’ve got the skills that they’re searching for, and you can tailor your cover letter to show that you fit that description.

I have absolutely no doubt that the above points are what helped to land me a job in the end, and I’m sure that these tips will be helpful to other people out there who may be looking to find work. I plan to come back here in the very near future to post job interview advice but until then, if you have any other suggestions on finding work, feel free to leave them in the comments.

The Five Stages of Graduating

Progressing through university, the widely accepted and promoted mentality is “I can’t wait to finish”, “4/3/2/1 more years to go”, “Can’t wait until I’m done!” etc. There may be feelings of relief and pride that come with graduation, but there is also one slightly confusing feeling that no one warns you about: grief. I can vouch for that. Now, either I am a rare breed of nerd OR this is something others may be struggling with… the struggle is real in the real world (I’ll get my coat). Read more

Advice from a graduate

Well, here I am, I’ve finally graduated from a Bachelor of Business majoring in Public Relations (with a Marketing 2nd major). What a journey these past 4 years have been!  I managed to complete my personal goal of graduating with a GPA of 6 which felt so good to accomplish! I feel like I’ve really grown personally and professionally throughout my time here at QUT and I think I’m ready to take on the real world (even though I don’t have a job yet, but that will happen next year when I come back from a well-deserved holiday to Europe).

This will be my last ever blog *sniffle*, so I thought I’d give you some advice that I wish I had when I first started uni.

I’m so excited to become a real adult with a real job!

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How to live life (survive) on a student budget: Part 4

With uni finished for the semester and for some of us forevaaaa, it’s high time we start learning how to be adults. Or, at least, learn how to pretend we’re adults. “Adults” being those weird far-away specimens that can be found in their natural habitat doing adult-like stuff, you know, running errands, hitting up Coles and Woolies, banking cheques (livin the dream). Read more

Be a bro to your eyeballs

Recently I’ve been suffering from strained eyes as a result of easily avoidable all-nighters and marathoning The Wire (seriously good show).  My poor eyes have probably suffered a lot these past four years at uni, with the late nights, long gaming sessions and strain of staring at a computer for hours at a time with no breaks.  So I decided to drag myself along to the QUT Kelvin Grove Optometry Health Clinic for an eye test to see how my eyeball bros were going. Read more

How to live life (survive) on a student budget: Part 3

I was flabbergasted recently when a friend and I calculated how much money we each respectively spend on coffee (particularly during heavy assessment time- you know what I’m talking about). I won’t share the amount because, truthfully, it’s a little embarrassing… particularly when I scrimp so much on the necessities (see part 1 and 2- food and hygiene, and parts to come- the roof over my head and things to fill the roof over my head). Then again, it can be argued that when you’re a student, coffee is a necessity. 

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Regardless, it all adds up and on a student budget, coffee can start to dehydrate your wallet as well as your body. That’s why I turn to coffee loyalty cards, you know, those things you’ve collected but that sit unused in your wallet. Use them. Seriously. When you drink as much coffee as I do (and I know many of you do), these really do make a difference.

So here it is. My breakdown of the best budget bean offerings on campus.

  • Coco Cozy at Kelvin Grove does one free coffee- any size so go wild, kids!- for every nine purchased. They even offer a complimentary meal if you manage to fill 5×20 stamp cards- that’s one meal after 100 coffees (crazy if you think about it but technically still a free meal).
  • The gang at Pantry Gardens Point are incredibly generous and offer five free coffees for every 19 paid for. Props to you, Pantry.
  • Beadles at Kelvin Grove do the regular one free for every ten which sounds less awesome after Pantry’s impressive offer but hey, it’s conveniently close to the library so it still has that going for it.
  • Boys House of Coffee, Kelvin Grove serves up a quality coffee but don’t offer loyalty cards (yes, I asked). I sometimes deem the coffee that worth it and treat myself to one without a stamp though, so it’s up to you.

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Next week I transform into a magician and achieve the impossible, making furniture appear out of thin air for zero dollars. Yes, you heard it, folks. Stay tuned for part four.

Now for my disappearing act… Vamoose *disappears magically into thin air*. Cue applause.