Feeling insecure is no fun in its own right, but to top that off, many people feel ashamed of their insecurities. Young professionals face three main threats in their career and to their overall sense of happiness and well-being.
The world is constantly changing and the global employment market is more competitive than ever. Young graduates quickly realize that large companies are not safe options anymore. Those days are gone where working for large companies meant a career for life. After the financial crisis, the large-scale, immediate layoffs at financial institutions and large corporations shattered prevailing expectations of job stability.
Secondly, Facebook and social networks are increasing anxiety. This is a generation of social media junkies. As Facebook gets better at connecting the world, it has also become much easier to peer into one another’s lives and see what others are doing.
Young leaders and professionals have more career choices than ever. This can be overwhelming and adds to insecurity about whether or not they’ve walked through the “right” door and makes them more afraid to fail.
BUT there is good news. Individuals can overcome these new threats. If you are a young, ambitious individual feeling hesitant and hollow, here are three ways to combat those pesky doubts:
1. De-emphasize prestige and compensation. Money is important, but not at the cost of doing something you love. Taking a job just for the plush office and expense account might be a short-term strategy that compounds feelings of unhappiness further down the track. Without a doubt, the individuals I met who emphasized meaning over money tended to be happier overall than those who did not.
2. Start experimenting. Commitment is important, but so is flexibility and intelligent experimentation. Try new things; try hard things. Ask your manager for a chance to lead a new business. Speak at an industry conference. Go on a secondment to another country. This way, you will keep challenging yourself and avoid that feeling of being locked in.
3. Spend time defining your passions. It is a difficult psychological achievement to find what we want. The pursuit itself is hard, and it takes time. Spend an hour a day thinking about what things you’re passionate about. You’re allowed to be passionate about different things, so consider more than one option. Adopting a portfolio of passions, rather than racking your brain for that one answer, will help you move away from impossible optimization and enable you to move forward.
These are just some of the techniques we have seen young professionals adopt to move forward with confidence. With some focus and effort, there is every reason that our next generation of leaders should be happy and ready to act with purpose.
Good luck in making all your career dreams come true.
6 June 1859
Today is Queensland Day, marking the day that Queensland separated from the colony of New South Wales.
7 June 1825
Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) officially separates from New South Wales
8 June 1856
The first free settlement is established on Norfolk Island
11 June 1863
New South Wales sees the first public demonstration of electric lighting, to honour the marriage of the Prince of Wales.
13 June 1816
Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens are founded.
13 June 1923
Australia sees the introduction of Vegemite
Galip Tunca Arkan
Why did you choose to complete an Internship?
After I had completed my studies I wanted to improve my skills in the field in a foreign country with a multicultural society and I believe every new working venue will help me to develop new abilities. Another reason is that nowadays most of the employers are looking for employees with strong CV and I know mine will be strengthen with this internship.
What have you learned the most during your internship?
Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world. In the hotel I work there are chefs from India, Phillipines, Nepal and other nationalities which gave me a chance to learn their food culture as well as the their technique. I have also learnt new cooking techniques and improved my current culinary skills.
What benefits do you feel AI contributed to your internship and time in Australia?
AI was part of the process all the time. My questions, even the most ridiculous ones, were answered by them any time I have sent them an e-mail. During my internship period the letters they sent me and the discounts which have been provided by them to certain companies made my stay more comfortable.
What advice would you give future interns?
The first month of the internship will be an adapting period with lots of homesickness. It will be better for future interns to go out, try to make new friends which will improve their view of life. For the working purposes, I would suggest them try to learn as much as they can, ask questions all the time and take notes or take photos of what they do if they are allowed to use their mobile phone. Do not think that Australia is always hot. Try to bring some winter clothes with you too.
What do you enjoy most about Australia?
I love the society of Australia. As a metropolitan city Sydney is a big city, which politeness is not expected for crowded city people. However Sydneysiders are kind really helpful to foreigners. I also like the scenic beauties of Australia with beaches, mountains are fascinating. It is easy to reach to those scenes by public transport.
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM SUPERVISOR
Hi my name is Allan Bell, I am 23 years old and currently live in Brisbane, Australia.
I have a keen interest in foreign culture and travel! I have been to 20 countries globally and will visit South Korea and Philippines later this year.
Before I started with Australian Internships, I spent my days flying through the skies as Qantas Flight Attendant. I got the opportunity to discover the vast majority of Australia, made so many amazing memories, while exploring our wonderful country. I have 9 years of customer service experience and I strive to provide excellent service for all of my interns. I enjoy getting to know people on a personal level and my main goal is to ensure students are happy and comfortable with themselves and their environment. I believe that being an IPS is both challenging and rewarding and this is what drives me to succeed.
How would you describe your work?
Being a part of the IPS team gives me the opportunity to communicate with students on a personal level. It requires a range of interpersonal skills including; problem solving, empathy, patience and accuracy. Being a part of the IPS team can be challenging at times but nothing beats assisting others in achieving their goals. Our team is given the opportunity to communicate with students from all walks of life - each with their own story. We are encouraged to interact with our students as much as possible for various different reasons and this enables us to build a friendship. My job is both diverse and extremely interesting and I look forward to speaking with my students every day!
Your message to the interns:
I would like to say how proud I am of my interns. Hearing so many wonderful stories about their experiences gives me so much inspiration for my future. I wish all of you the very best and I hope that you are delighted with your decision to come to Australia. It’s been so great getting to know my interns and I look forward to watching each of you succeed!
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Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
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Perth Upmarket is Perth’s original quarterly market for local handcrafted wares. The market brings together over 180 of Perth’s most talented artists, designers, craftsmen and gourmets all under one roof at The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall, with a gourmet section and a dedicated Junior Upmarket.
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The Sunshine Coast, located 100km north from the state capital Brisbane, offers a range of natural wonders and facilities for both visitors and residents to enjoy. It is a place where you can experience a laid-back lifestyle centred on beautiful beaches, subtropical forests, freshwater rivers & lakes, and warm sunshine. The Sunshine Coast hosts a variety of major regional events so there is always something to stay entertained throughout the year. It is a place where you will feel like a local from the moment you arrive.
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