Orientation Lunch

Monday, 20 February 2017 marked the commencement of O-Week at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for academic calendar 2017. There was a lot of interesting events during the O-Week. One of the interesting events that caught my eyes was the $2 lunches. It was simply because you cannot get $2 worth of lunches anywhere near QUT. Because of that, this event was included in my must-attend events during the O-Week and in which I always had my lunch during the O-Week (of course because of the price). Read more

Attractions with amazing views!

Queensland has so much to offer and during the weekends or holidays, I enjoy travelling around for one day trip with friends. It has many destinations that offer spectacular views. These are some of the places that I have visited and really enjoyed these amazing views.

  1. Mt. Coot-tha

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Mt. Coot-tha offers a breath taking view of Brisbane CBD. If you are interested in bush walking, you could actually explore Mt. Coot-tha Forest. My friends and I drove to Gap Creek Road, Mt. Coot-tha and we hiked from Mt. Coot-tha Forest to Mt. Coot-tha Lookout. The hike took more than an one hour but it was worth it as the view is amazing during the day. After that, we hiked down to JC Slaughter and had picnic there! There are picnic tables and BBQ pits at the picnic area! I will definitely visit Mt. Coot-tha again and this time for the night view.

2. Glasshouse Mountains Lookout Circuit

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These are some pictures taken from the lookout. I really like the mountains view from the lookout point as it is so beautiful that it seems like a drawing! It was surreal lookout view that my friends and I stayed around an hour enjoying the view! On the way to Glasshouse Mountain, you will enjoy a scenic drive of pine forests on both your left and ride sides! There is a cafe nearby or you can enjoy BBQ as pits are provided. I love how most of the attractions here in Queensland are equipped with BBQ pits. Visitors can spend their day chilling and have good food at the same time!

3. Montville, Sunshine Coast

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Montville is a small town in Sunshine Coast and the drive to this town has such amazing view. I really like the town as it is unusual and has many quaint buildings and houses. There are restaurants and small shops that sell artistic and quirky crafts. It is worth a visit to this small yet unique town.

 

 

 

 

 

How to find an internship as an international student

One month ago, I was offered a paid internship as a tax accountant for two months during the tax season ( July to August). I was literally too happy I burst out crying when I got the phone call. If you are an international student as well, I’m sure you can understand why I feel this way. I know a lot of international students are struggling in finding an internship, so hope some of the tips I write in this blog can help.

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First let’s identify some difficulties when finding an internship for international students, taking me as an example:

• Language barrier

This obviously is a huge obstacle for me who have lived in China for most of my life. Coming to Australia last year and haven’t studied overseas before, I find it very hard when doing group discussion with domestic students and clearly conveying my thoughts.

• A lack of local working experience

When I started job seeking in October last year, most of my working/volunteering experience on my resume happened in Shanghai. I only put down one local volunteer experience (Robotronica @ QUT). This made me very unconfident as most companies value local experience.

• Unmatched information

This can be a lack of knowledge about resume format & recruitment process (it’s different from your home country), networking awkwardness (I have never attended any networking events before coming to Australia) and not taking good use of QUT Career Hub (which turns out to be extremely useful for me ).

Though these obstacles are very daunting, don’t let them define us and be positive! At the end of the day, you can totally overcome these difficulties. Yes, I guarantee! The following is what I did to improve myself and gradually be more and more confident as a job-seeker.

1. Start being active in uni

Join one or two clubs and get engaged with uni activities (aka connector, global cafe, LDI). I’m sure you want to build up your confidence and be a better communicator. Attending extra-curricula workshops is a good way to learn how to do team work and speak up your ideas. In addition, you can also meet people and expand your network.

2.Have a Linkedin profile and learn from other people’s career path

One of the things I often do is to check other people’s career path on Linkedin. It’s not stalking others (though my friends always say I like stalking people on Linkedin) but through reading other people’s work experience, you can see how they ended up getting a good graduate job. Some people may have great GPA, others, while not showing their GPA on Linkedin, have already got two or three major-related work experience before graduation.

3.Start volunteering, this will lead to a paid role eventually

Before I got this paid position, I have done lots of unpaid work ranging from being a QUT Connector in orientation week, being an executive in a uni club to volunteering outside uni in a non-for-profit for 7 months. This process is mainly about building up local work experience and get an idea of how it is like to work in Australian office environment.

4.Take good use of QUT Career and Employment resources

I attended lots of workshops hosted by QUT Career and Employment, most of them are extremely useful. If you want me to recommend you one or two workshops, I’ll definitely say: go for resume, cover letter and interview workshops, career counsellors will help you polish your skills.

5.Stay positive even though you get rejections

I know it’s very frustrating to be rejected. I have been rejected more than 20 times before getting this internship. Also I failed 3 interviews this semester out of 4 interviews. But that’s okay! You know what, one of my friends who’s also an international student applied for 60 positions on Seek, got lots of rejections but ended up getting a job eventually. So be positive and never give up.

6.Check Career Hub everyday and start applying

Why Career Hub is way better than Seek? Because most of the jobs on Career Hub is only targeted at QUT students  and only need entry-level experience while the job ads on Seek are available to everyone all over Australia and usually require many years of experience. So your chance of being successful is much higher. Everyday you will find new jobs posted on Career Hub as well. For me, both of the two positions I got so far were from Career Hub. So there you go, check it everyday and start applying!

Just found I have been talking a lot haha. Okay peace out and good luck! I’d like to hear back your good news.