Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is crucial to career success - identifying them may seem like a difficult exercise but it is worth it! Perception and reality are two different things. Often we think our strengths and weaknesses are in one area, whereas in reality, they are in totally different areas. So how do you identify what your true strengths and weakness are?
Identifying your strengths comes easy to some, in many cases, your friends, family and colleagues will be quick to point them out for you. Is there something that comes particularly easy to you? Or something that you really love doing? Did you excel at a specific subject while studying? Maybe these are the areas where you have strengths. Once you have identified what your key strengths are, make sure to use them.
• Have confidence in your strengths! The ability to identify your special and unique qualities will serve you well throughout your life.
• Spending your career doing something that comes naturally to you is going to make you an incredible resource to a company – and you’ll also genuinely enjoy what you do!
• Continue to develop your strengths – Great at public speaking? Find a way to become even better. The more you do something the more confident and proficient you will become.
We all have areas for improvement. Unlike your strengths, people are not as forthcoming with pointing out your areas for improvement. You may need to proactively seek advice on what these areas are. After you have finished a project, ask what you did well and what you could have done better. Think about the areas in life and at work that you struggle the most with, these may be areas of weakness. No one is perfect, once you have identified what your weaknesses are, try to look at ways of overcoming them.
• Take your weaknesses into account when making career decisions. Choose a career path that doesn’t heavily rely on being strong in that area. It will make your life easier.
• Every “weakness” can be turned around into a strength (and vice-versa). Identify your weaknesses and look at implementing strategies and techniques on how to develop skills to overcome them. This may include formal training or study.
• Don’t be too hard on yourself: Everyone has weaker areas. Spending time repeating why you’re not perfect is not productive and puts out a negative energy to those around you. Acknowledge mistakes, constantly seek to improve, but don’t put you done.
With both your strengths and your weaknesses, it is important to always evolve. Be open to new experiences and things that will change you. Your strengths and weaknesses will change and evolve over time. Embrace that constant change and don’t be afraid of what’s to come.
Every year the clocks go back in October and forward in April to mark the beginning and end of Daylight Savings. The change ensures that there’s more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings (except those in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia).
Most smart phones automatically change the time but manual clocks still need to be adjusted. The clocks will go back again on the first of April 2018.
1 October 1850
Australia’s first university, the University of Sydney, is founded
6 October 1862
Australia's first zoo opens in Melbourne
10 October 1774
Captain Cook discovers Norfolk Island
15 October 1953
Britain conducts the first atomic test on the Australian mainland
18 October 1909
New South Wales agrees to surrender 2400 square kilometres of land for the creation of the Australian Capital Territory
Buchi Christopher Okafor- Human Resources
Name: Buchi Christopher Okafor
Field: Human Resources
Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?
Travelling is like a passion to me, I spent 5 years studying in Asia, Thailand to be precise, where I obtained both my bachelors and master’s degree in human resources. As Thailand was my dream country in Asia, so also Australia is my dream country in Australian continent. I naturally like Australia and it is very tough for me to explain why I admire the country so much. If I’m asked to go on with the explanation, I will categorically say that I opted for an internship in Australia because the nation is a hub for foreign and multinational companies. It’s also a country with nice environment where one can’t be denied his fundamental human right.
What made this experience unique and special?
More importantly, my experience is special for me because I see the opportunity of doing my training here to be a thing of privilege. In addition to this, the experience I am gaining from this internship is more than enough to say how special I am because there is nothing more special than converting a theoretical knowledge into practical.
How has this experience impacted your future?
I do believe that this internship program has a great impact for my future career due to the fact that it offers me a real-life opportunity to execute any human resources or business-related task in any company.
What was the highlight of your experience?
It's hard to pick just one highlight, as there are so many to choose from, but I suppose the time when my supervisors let me run the experiments for their project independently was one of the biggest highlights of my internship.
What advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Australia?
Australia is a very nice country with nice atmosphere, well developed economy, a country of opportunity and above all, it is a country with nice people. Doing an internship in Australia will be a wonderful experience for anyone because it will offer you a great opportunity to land yourself your dream job in the future. On the other hand, there is no super easy country to either live or study, every country has its own pros and cons. If you are planning of doing an internship or study in Australia, you should be more concern with the cost of living here because it’s highly expensive to live in Australia, particularly in Sydney. However, cost of living shouldn’t dissuade you because it worth spending for. One thing about life is that ‘if it can’t challenge you, it will never change you’ and that’s a clear picture of what moving to Australia will offer to you. It will challenge you, that is no doubt and it will also change you for good. So, take the Bull by the horns and just do it.
Ania Preston – MARKETING EXECUTIVE
Originally from Poland, I came to Australia in 2009 and started working at Australian Internships the same year. I also lived in London for 5 years – started as an intern, which then turned to a long lasting position. Therefore, I believe I am well equipped by my own experiences to be able to advise international students on internship opportunities, career development and living abroad.
How would you describe your work?
As a Marketing Team member, my main job is to develop and maintain business partnerships. I also talk to a lot of young professionals interested in coming to Australia. I communicate with a wide range of people from across the globe. It is fascinating and very rewarding. My job is very diverse and interesting. I deal with international students, educational providers, agents and universities in Australia and all over the world.
What do you like the most about your work?
International Education and Travelling are my passion. It is such a fantastic industry to work in. I love dealing with young professionals from different cultures. Being an international myself and starting my own career as an intern, I know how challenging it can be to leave home and start your life overseas. Helping young professionals, providing them with opportunity, assisting them in making their dreams come true is what I love about my job – what is there not to like? J
Your message to the interns?
Embrace this opportunity – this is a one in a life time chance! Not only you are growing professionally and becoming an expert in your field but you are doing it in the best country in the world. In your internship, give it your all, always stay positive, don’t be scared to ask questions and try new things. This is why you are here – to experience something new and something different that will make you grow and will help you mature. Living overseas really teaches you a lot about yourself. Make it the best lesson you can.
Rottnest is a small island just a ferry ride from the mainland. It has 63 stunning beaches where you can hike, surf, fish and explore beautiful landscapes. The island is also home to the biggest colony of Quokkas, a nocturnal mammal that is very cute! A must see!
Karijini National Park
This is the Western Australia's second largest park, located approximately 1400km north of Perth. The park is full of picturesque landscapes: waterfalls and rock tunnels and pools, and plenty of picnic and camping areas.
Cable Beach is world famous for its 22 kilometres of pristine white sand, and renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beach is also famous for its iconic camel rides and beautiful sunsets.