We hope you enjoyed your end of year celebrations and summer holidays! Our offices are back open during our standard operating hours of 8:30am – 5:30pm AEST. If you have any questions or queries, please call us on +61 07 3305 8408.

 “If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two tongues and one ear.” Mark Twain.

Listening is not the same as hearing. When you listen you need to be focused and make sure you understand all the information that is communicated to you. Being a good listener is really important in professional life; especially during you internship. You are here to learn, and you have to make sure that you understand all the information that is provided to you.
Effective listening is a must have skill! It can help you to avoid conflicts, have a better understanding of the situation and earn the respect of your co-workers and superiors. 
If you have difficulties with effective listening, try to learn by staying focused when people talk to you! 
Quick tip: By taking notes you might be able to increase the effectiveness of your listening skills! 

 

8 January 1804:

The first recorded cricket match takes place in the New South Wales colony.

15 January 2004:

The first freight train departs from Adelaide, bound for Darwin, on the newly completed AustralAsia Railway.

19 January 1966:

Australia’s longest-serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, resigns.

26 January 1788:

Today is Australia Day, commemorating the arrival of the First Fleet at Port Jackson, New South Wales.

29 January 1957:

Danish architect Joern Utzon is named as the winner of the competition to find a designer for the new Sydney Opera House.

 

Name: Rina Patricia Limsico
Age: 21
Field: Culinary
City: Alice Springs
Nationality: Filipino

Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?
I wanted to try out a new experience. Something different from my usual work in my country.

What made this experience unique and special?
This experience is special because it opened my eyes to different cultures and made me a better and responsible person.

How has this experience impacted your future?
It impacted my future greatly since it made me more mature and more open-minded about other people's culture. The experience made me grow as a Chef because I now work faster and cleaner.

What was the highlight of your experience?
The highlight of my experience so far is doing three areas (the casbar kitchen, Room service kitchen and Tempo kitchen) all by myself in one of the busiest day in our casino. It pushed me to multi-task, be fast and prepare everything in advance. It was a feat I will never forget because after I finished the service, all I could do is do a small victory dance because I realized that I can do it.

What advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Australia?
Be social. Friends are essential especially in a new country. Get your own room because living with other people will add to your stress in the long run.

 

 
 

Keli McKenzie
Internship Program Manager

 

Introduction
My name is Keli and I am the internship program Manager in our Sydney office. I have worked for Australian internships for 2 years and 3 months now and I live in Wollongong very close to the beach. I travel to work each day by train and even through it takes me over a hour and a half to reach Sydney I am very happy and feel graceful to be part of such a fantastic organisation. In my spare time I love to walk to the beach, exercise, shop and I love travelling. I travelled  to  Europe last year  including the Greek islands and Positano  which were my favourite places and I am also visiting Tahiti  in January for my honeymoon as I am about to get marred in early 2017. 

How would you describe your work?
My work is very rewarding especially when we are able to find fantastic internship opportunities for our interns. Although it can be challenging at times I enjoy my work and working within a fabulous team of dedicated professionals who all thrive to work together and achieve collective goals as a team.

What do you like the most about your work?
I like the fact I can in essence change someone life by sourcing them a internship opportunity which can be a steeping stone to their future employment opportunities. So many interns have educational qualifications but minimal or no hands on experience and a internship allows a intern to experience a real work life experience in a supportive and encouraging environment.

 

Your message to the interns?
Make the most out of your internship every day you are there as what you put into your internship is what you will gain from the experience. Not only will you meet industry professionals who can help you possibly network, you will gain hands on experience in a real working environment. 

 

 

MOVIES BY THE BOULEVARD - Olympic park

Head to Olympic Park this month for Movies by the Boulevard! On Wednesday – Sunday nights this month, get your friends together to see a free movie at Cathy Freeman Park! The movies start at 8.30pm, but get there early for food and beverages!
You can find a listing of all movie showings here.
 

 

 
 
 

 

EAT STREET MARKETS - HAMILTON WHARF

Head down to Hamilton on Friday and Saturday nights from 4 – 10pm all this month to try delicious food from all over the world! This is one of Brisbane’s newest and most interactive market experience, something you don’t want to miss while you’re in town!

Find more information here.

 
 
 

 

AUSTRAlia day at docklands park

Head over to the Harbour Esplanade on Australia Day (26 January) for a night filled with food, entertainment, and fireworks. This spectacular event includes the Great Australian BBQ Food Truck Festival and concludes with a fireworks display. Find more details here and look out for more details as the day gets closer.

Find more information here.

 

 
 
 

 

lady luck festival

Spend the day taking a step back in time at the Lady Luck Festival. On Saturday 21st of January, the Carrington hotel will be host to this day with cars on display and a market open from 10am to 5pm, hosting a range of stall holders.
Find more information about this festival here.

 

SYDNEY TO BRISBANE EXPERIENCE

BRISBANE - TANGALOOMA ISLAND

Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime


Interested on any of the above tours? Click their picture for more information!