Writing professionals email is a daily task in most workplaces, as a matter of fact it might be one of the first exercises you will have to do during your internships. There are some easy rules to follow to when writing professional emails - here are the basics to help you become an expert in the art of email writing!

  • Open and close you emails: Start your email with a welcoming “Dear XXX” or "Hi XXX” and close it with at least your name added to a polite “Kind Regards” for a more formal email or “Cheers” for an informal email.
  • Don’t use slang or shortcuts: The dialect used in your emails should stay a formal language. The use of slangs or shortcuts such a “Gr8” for “Great” has to be avoided. This is not a professional way to communicate.
  • Limit the use of exclamation points and emoticons:b> Punctuation matters. They exist to make your email easier to understand, but an overuse of exclamations marks and smileys make your email too emotional and unprofessional. One exclamation mark per email should be enough. In the same way capital letters should be avoided in full sentences, as it looks like you are shouting to your interlocutor.
  • Keep your conversations professional: Emails using your professional email address must stay professional. If you want to chat with your colleagues about private matters, use your own email address or your phone.
  • Do not write angry emails: Remember that email last forever, think twice before sending one, and if you feel frustrated, the best might be to talk in face to face, or have a chat to your supervisor about the problem.
  • Keep emails short: really long emails can become messy, and might not be read until the end. If there is a lot to say, write a synopsis and close the email by a nice “Feel free to call me if you need more information”
  • Use clear subjects lines: The subject line should help the person you are speaking to have a clear idea of the content of the email without having to open it.
  • Read before sending: Even if English is your first language make sure you re-read your email before hitting the send button. There is nothing worse that sending an email that is riddled with grammatical errors, spelling mistakes or incomplete!

October 1, 1850:

Australia’s first university, the University of Sydney, is founded.

October 6, 1862:

Australia’s first zoo opens in Melbourne.

October 19, 1872:

The largest single piece of reef gold ever discovered in the world is found at Hill end, in New South Wales.

October 20, 1973:

The Sydney Opera House is formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

October 23, 1976:

Much of southern Australia experiences a total solar eclipse.


Name: Tejal Narotam
Age: 25
Field: Hospitality
City: Melbourne
Nationality: South African

My relocation from South Africa to Melbourne has been an amazing experience thus far. Starwood has given me the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally and I’m thankful to have met such amazing people. Moreover, Sheraton has taught me that hospitality is more than just an industry, it’s a personal experience for guests in which we are able to make a lasting impression. With the knowledge and expertise that I’ve acquired thus far, I am excited for where the rest of my journey will take me. My utmost gratitude to the amazing team at Sheraton Melbourne for providing me with the means and most importantly, the support to flourish within my position.


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I grew up in a small country town in Victoria Australia where I always had a passion for video games and the creative arts. My dream was to see the worlds beyond the stars but I decided if I was unable to see them for myself I would create the places I envisioned for all to enjoy. With that in mind I went on to complete a bachelor in Interactive Entertainment majoring in Games Design to give myself the tools I needed. But if I’m not coding or sketching I love to go out and try new restaurants with friends or staying fit by going for a run around the bay!

How would you describe your work?
It’s true what they say, if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life! Being a graphic designer allows me to put my ideas into the material that I create. Whether it’s a brochure, webpage, video content, or image editing, I love seeing the end result of my designs.

What do you like the most about your work?
What I like most is that it is forever changing. There is always a new technique or a new piece of software that allows for even more creativity. Secondly I love the people I work with, everyone has their own unique ideas which helps me think outside the box and create designs I would have never considered.


Your message to the interns?
Being in one of the more difficult fields to make a career in I understand the struggles of trying to find work. If it’s what you’re passionate about nothing will stop you achieving your dream. Being idle is what you want to avoid, don’t be afraid to take the opportunities that comes your way because every step will bring you closer to your goal!



Sydney – Night Noodle Market

October is Good Food Month in Sydney and this means the Night Noodle Market is back! This year is expected to be bigger than ever with over 40 food stalls and nightly entertainment. Entry to the market is free and it is running from Thursday 06 October to Sunday 23 October, so make sure you head to Hyde Park North to see what this market is all about. 

For more information about the Night Noodle Market, visit 









Melbourne – Discover Sailing Day

Ever wanted to give sailing a try? Well now’s your chance! On Sunday the 16th of October, head to Melbourne City Marina to get on board a Trailable Yacht with an experienced sailor for free! This event is running from 12 – 5pm and you’ll need to register. 

You can find more information about this event as well as details on how to register here:









Brisbane – Medibank Feel Good Program

Head to the South Bank Parklands all month long for free fitness classes! Classes including yoga, pilates, Zumba, and more are designed to suit all fitness levels and there are classes offered Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays. No bookings are required, just show up and get active! It is suggested that participants bring a water bottle and towel or yoga mat.

For more information and class timetable, visit 





Canberra – The Canberra Highland Gathering & Scottish Fair

Kick off the Spring with the Canberra Highland Gathering and Scottish Fair for an afternoon full of bagpipes, drums, highland dancing, and more! Attendees can enjoy Scottish athletic events, craft stalls and much more! This fair has something for everyone and entry is free! This event will be at the Kambah Oval on Kett Street from 10am – 5pm on Saturday the 8th of October.

You can find more information about this event here:




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