Life as an International Student

Moving away from home to another country alone to study is a significant milestone for every international student. Things are bound to get difficult and complicated, especially in the first few months, as ‘being independent’ is easier said than done. You realise everything you’ve learnt from ‘How to prepare yourself for uni in Australia’ Youtube vlogs only reflects very few aspects of life, which is clearly not enough to help you survive through uni. You might then feel extremely clueless and disoriented once your confident well-prepared know-it-all mindset got shattered. If you are an international student, or planning to be one, you’ll certainly relate to this blog.

 

Take time with your studying

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Different educational systems expect different skills and results from students. Therefore, it is very understandable if you feel overwhelmed to adapt at first. You may have a panic attack over your first 250-word submission, or a life crisis before your first midterm exam. The smallest things can bring you an unimaginable amount of stress as you really don’t want to mess things up, especially for your family back home; you want them to be proud of you. Deep down, you know for a fact that it is not because of your intellectual capability for the course you are taking, you are just at a loss on how your studying should be done in such a new study system. And things like these take time to adapt, there is no shortcut. A word of advice, especially for first-year students, is not to stress yourself out too hard academically and compare yourself to your peers. Chill out, put your best effort into every assignment and you will learn how to be fine along the way.

 

Be social and open for new friendships

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You will have numerous chances throughout uni to participate in social events and parties, especially if you stay in campus housing. Through these events, you can meet lots of new friends, from your own country, from Australia, or exchange students from all over the world. Different groups of people have different lifestyles, and it is important for you to not be pressured into doing anything you are yet to feel comfortable with. Enjoy new experiences at your own pace. Moreover, not every connection you make during an event will turn out to be long lasting friendships. It’s time to ‘grow up’ now and you will have to accept the concept of ‘social friends’. It might be hard and lonely from time to time since it makes you feel like you have no one to count on but yourself, literally. You know you always have your family’s support, but well, you don’t want them to feel unassured just because your mood swings a little. Nevertheless, real friendship still exists in uni. It will come eventually and randomly; you can’t really push it.

 

Living alone = 9274718639 responsibilities

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It definitely seems easier than it actually is when you think about it back home before you go. You can speak English. You can use the map to navigate yourself. You can cook. You can manage your own time. You can commit to a monthly budget. You can find balance with your studying, partying and still have time for clubs and societies. You know your abilities and are very confident, if not too confident, that nothing can knock you out.

Don’t worry, you will get more realistic once you arrive to this new place and actually start living by yourself. You realise there is a fine line between being able to do things and being able to do everything at once. You find yourself nowhere near crossing it. And that is totally fine. Most international students have never lived alone before their first year of uni. Everyone struggles. And you are no super-human-being to not have a few trips and stumbles in the first few months.

The hardest thing for me was to find a balance in the sea of responsibilities. Responsibilities with your parents, your friends, your peer seniors, your tutors, your lecturers, your counsellors, your roommates and so on. But keep in mind that, the most important responsibility is with yourself. You have to take good care of yourself first before thinking of anything else, because from this chapter of your life, you can’t really expect it from someone else.

 

Friends back home: do they still care?

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In moments of loneliness and exhaustion, you would want nothing more than running back to the comfort of your old friends. But wait, why aren’t they picking up? Time zone differences suck. And even when you manage to talk to them, conversations don’t seem like they used to be. They don’t seem to understand the problems you are facing? They don’t seem to care? At the end, do you still have any real friends? Well before you go down this road and have this mentality like I did, keep in mind that things are now different for you, but they are almost the same for your friends back home. They are not going through the same journey you are, so it’s impossible for them to empathise with you 100%. They can only imagine, and sympathise with your problems to a certain extent, like what you imagine life would be when you were still back home. When you move away, it’s definitely harder to maintain friendships. You guys may not talk as often as before. But real friends are real friends, you have to have that faith in them. They might not understand what you are going through, but for sure, they are making efforts and will be there for you when you need them.

 

In the end, it’s all about maximising your experience!

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Universities have a lot to offer, and UTS is probably the best example for it. They have all kinds of services dedicated to every student’s needs, especially international students. You can take part in the Buddy Program, which matches you up with local students to be your mentor and help you improve your communication skills. You can always book a drop-in session at UTS HELPS to have an experienced counsellor help you with your assignment. If you are unsure about where to start reviewing for your next exam, U:Pass leaders can definitely help you out. Mental health issues are very much paid attention to at UTS, so if you experience too much stress and anxiety, UTS Counselling is always there to help free of charge. UTS has numerous clubs and societies in so many aspects; there is always something for everyone. You can make new friends and find ‘your group of people’ simply by signing up for one. Other than that, every international students’ issues are taken care of at UTS International office.

All you have to do is to take initiative. Everything is easier with help, so why not step out of your comfort zone a little to be active and take advantage of everything uni has to offer?

Written by Vanessa Truong

How to Ace a Presentation

Presentations are an inevitable part of uni assessments and the corporate world but a large majority of people dread public speaking. As with any skill, it’s a matter of practising and improving your own style of presenting to build your confidence. Whether you love presenting in front of people or get super anxious just thinking about public speaking, here are a few tips you can keep in mind for next time!

Write to connect with your audience

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The entire presentation should be tailored to appeal to your specific audience. That means, using language and references that would engage the people listening. I always recommend being more casual in the way you speak and in the words you choose. It’s much more likely that your audience will remain attentive throughout your presentation and come away feeling as though they’ve absorbed something if the language was easy to understand. Remember, the purpose of a presentation is to share what you know and educate your audience – so make sure each of your points are clear and punchy so it’s hard for them to switch off!

Simple PowerPoints are the most powerful

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When it comes to your slide deck, this is your chance to make it super easy for the audience to follow your line of thought through the use of visual aids. Make the title of each slide a concise, summarising phrase – try and identify, what is the key take-away that the audience should get out of this slide? That should be what’s at the top. The points beneath serve as talking points for you to expand on/prove/lead to that statement. Images and graphics can be effective in summarising a point into a memorable visual that the audience is likely to remember. But be careful to avoid distracting and irrelevant pictures that ruin your presentation – no GIFs!

Don’t memorise a speech

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This may be daunting and incomprehensible to those people who swear by memorising their speeches word-for-word. However, take it as a warning now that there will come a day when you will be required to deliver a presentation that you just won’t have time to memorise. So think of it as good practice now to learn to trust yourself by following these tips.

If you’re uncomfortable with entering a presentation speech-less, I recommend writing out your full speech then break it down into the key points. These key points should correspond to what are shown on the PowerPoint slides. Then instead of learning a speech line by line, spend your time learning and truly understanding the main things that need to be addressed on each point.

This will enable you to visualise your speech as an extension to the PowerPoint slides instead of being a separate unit. It’s much more natural and enjoyable for an audience to listen to a well-rehearsed, natural speech rather than a mechanical one because as you speak you’ll be revealing more and more of the picture to your audience. Plus, if the nerves take hold and your mind goes blank, you’re able to just turn to the slides and trigger your memory back into gear with a visual cue.

Everyone gets nervous – it’s just a matter of learning how to not show it

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First of all, nerves are good! It means you care about how well the presentation goes and you’re invested in your topic of presentation. Now, it’s just a matter of channelling those nerves into a PASSION for what you’re talking about – get excited about sharing all the work you’ve put into your project because this is immediately noticeable to an audience and much more engaging to listen to.

Second, practice practice practice! The more you immerse yourself in the topic and practice different ways of presenting the same point over and over, the less likely it is that your nerves will get the better of you. The key to a smooth presentation is having practiced a presentation so many times, the real thing just becomes another comfortable run-through.

Finally, what I find most useful is, imagine you are presenting to your family or friends. If you think about it, hand gestures, facial expressions and an engaging tone of voice are necessary when you’re telling any good story – a presentation shouldn’t be any different! The closer you draw similarities between these two situations, the more comfortable and less nervous you’ll appear (even if you don’t feel it!).

Ultimately, the aim of a presentation is to make it easy for your audience to understand and learn something from you.

In the same way you wouldn’t want your lecturer to be cryptic and confusing about the content you’re trying to learn, don’t complicate your speech. The best speeches are well-thought out and condense multi-faceted ideas into simple and powerful points. If the focus of your presentation is to make an impact on your audience, the rest will come naturally!

 

Life in the Big 4

‘Big 4’ is the exciting world of debits, credits, boutique coffee shops and a culture like no other. Any accounting or business student would have probably heard of the ‘Big 4’ and may even dream of scoring an internship or graduate position there some day. Well I’m here to offer a little bit of insight from the perspective of a third year business student who has been through the EY Cadet Program and has returned to tell you about my experiences. At the time I didn’t really understand what joining the EY Cadet Program meant, but looking back at my experience now I am truly grateful for the opportunities I was given in my first two years of university.

1) You will meet and get to work with many smart and hardworking people

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Employees at a Big 4 are hired for a reason, namely for their hardworking nature, desire to succeed and career driven personality. One of the best parts about being a cadet was learning from some of the best in the industry and being in a supportive team environment where you never felt like you were tackling anything on your own. It really is motivating to be working with people who are like-minded and want to help you succeed.

2) Getting client exposure from Day 1

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After you finish your introductory training, it’s time to head out and start working on client engagements. When I first started at EY I was under the impression only more senior staff were directly involved with the client but boy was I wrong! On my first client engagement, I remember going to meet with the client with the rest of my team and then I was told by my senior I was going to sit with the client to complete a section of my work. While at the time, I felt completely out of my comfort zone, I also knew I had a supportive team around me. For anything I was unsure about when speaking to the client, I would write this down, relay it to my team and get back to the client. I definitely learnt the usefulness of having a pen and notebook handy!

3) You work hard but also play hard

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Yes there will be times when you will be required to put in the hard yards, especially during busy season but EY definitely takes the time to look after their employees and provide a range of social events for everyone to get involved with and look forward to. I was a member of my division’s social committee and was able to play a role in organising various social events for the year which was great fun! I also have many fond memories of social outings with my cadet group, my engagement teams and the amazing Christmas parties the firm throws every year.

4) Networking, Networking, Networking

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I cannot emphasise the importance of networking enough, not only during university but also once you get into the workforce. If you have a particular engagement you really want to work on or a particular team you want to work with, then it’s all about speaking to the right people who can make this happen. It’s important to be proactive about your career at the firm, as you will only get out what you put in. So definitely take the time to make those valuable connections!

5) They don’t only hire accounting students

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While they are called the ‘Big 4 accounting firms’ it doesn’t mean you have to have studied accounting or want to be an accountant! There is such a big push these days for diversity in the firm and HR actually want people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. This is what creates such a great people culture at the firm! EY and the other Big 4 also have a large variety of divisions, not just audit so there truly is something for everyone. Do your research and you may be surprised!

6) Excelling at Excel (or the lack thereof)

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While excel is something you will be using on the daily, there is definitely no requirement to be a master at excel before you start. I can tell you from experience, I had a very limited understanding of excel to the point where I was using my calculator to do simple maths before I realised there was a ‘sum’ function on excel. Trust me, you will learn it all on the job!

All in all, I can say my experience at EY is the highlight of my university experience thus far and I encourage all of you who are interested to apply for a cadetship, vacationer or graduate role!

Be proactive about your applications, practise those online behavioural tests and give yourself the best chance at scoring an interview. The skills you will learn are invaluable and will no doubt benefit you for the rest of your career.

Written by Natasha Cadalt 

 

An Intersectional Feminist Guide to Pop-Culture

Can you feel the revolution coming?

In 2018… where activism, understanding and change is being accepted as the norm –  we bring to you a guide to pop-culture. Check out the following equality-centric entertainment genres from movies to comedians that are being backed by two self-proclaimed feminists, yours truly.  Also, some of our personal favourites are listed so expect some bias, okay?

Matilda: Book

A Roald Dahl childhood-favourite is a woke novel that resonates with all ages and genders to this day. Need I say more?

Cuddle up with a blanket and some hot cocoa as you reread your childhood classic and reignite that innocent optimistic determination that is so powerful and needed in today’s global political and social climate.

Our teenage selves are giddy!

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Black Panther: Movie

First of all, let’s talk about the women in the film. At 16 years old, the Wakandan Princess Shuri is a fighter, activist and techie. Despite being young, she is respected and listened to. She is as clever as Tony Stark and Bruce Banner but has an optimistic and light-hearted outlook. Nakia, on the other hand, is a human rights activist and soldier. Despite being in love with T’challa (the Black Panther), she refuses to be with him until his values and goals align with hers.

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The nuanced portrayal of WOC as more than — more than a love interest, more than a diversity bid, more than a disposable character — was so refreshing. These women are complex and, more importantly, they are not victims. Instead, they have agency: Nakia uses the wealth of Wakanda to liberate others and Shuri creates her own technological legacy.

This movie is a giant leap in what Hollywood can achieve when it comes to equal representation. Next up, a WOC Superhero feature film!

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – TV show

Okay first of all, when you have MCU (that’s Marvel Cinematic Universe BTW) and science fiction taking the entertainment industry by a storm, and then to have A MUSICAL ROMANTIC COMEDY top that? Or maybe we are just hopeless romantics. But hear us out? 

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We picked this show, over numerous others because not only does the main character joke about her weight and her bust line, and hits all the right notes, but more importantly, it takes a dig on being ‘the ‘crazy’ ex-girlfriend while being another great example of multiculturalism. Intersectionality is important, folks! Our prince charming, is an Asian-American and his Filipino Family is portrayed in a believable way, that’s true to the REAL culture.

It’s still going strong from when it was first premiered almost 4 years ago, and you guessed it – one of our favourites to binge-watch!

Kehlani – Music

Kehlani Ashley Parrish born April 24, 1995, is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. She describes herself as a mix of “black, white, Native American, Spanish, and Filipino.” Our personal favourites of the artist are literally all of the songs she has been featured in. To name a few check out, “Playinwitme” and “Good Life”.

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But her recent single, “Honey” is record-breaking, and her album “SweetSexySavage” focuses on this queer WOC and how she is unapologetically true to herself. She is an advocate of women empowerment and growth. Moreover, she allows her music to be a platform for mental health and the LGBTQIA community.  

So add Kehlani to your Spotify playlist and let her sweet RnB voice invoke your inner feminism.

Single Asian female: Play

Microaggressions! If you haven’t heard of the term before, well we suggest you need to do some reading and get on top of this ASAP!

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In this play, Michelle Law challenges the microaggressions that come with being Asian-Australian. If only we had a dollar everytime someone asked “Oh but, where are you really from?” we would have paid off our hecs-debt by now.

Single Asian female is the first Australian mainstage play to feature, you guessed it, three female Asian leads. A great testimony to women of colour taking the reign and sharing their ideas and stories and being creative. There aren’t many plays in Australia that portray such nuanced experiences without being tokenistic.

Rupi Kaur: Poet

An Indian-Canadian poet, writer, illustrator and performer who has published a collection of poetry and prose, in Milk and Honey (2014) and The Sun and Her Flowers (2017).

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She discusses feminism on a multicultural and racial spectrum. Her poetry came as a timeless piece that captures the essence of ‘strong female’, and simultaneously recognises and removes racial, cultural, and ethnic differences that exist within our society. You have to lose yourself in the pages to truly understand the paradox behind her writings, that millions of people find relatable.  

Here is one of our all-time favourite poem: 

“What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one. She’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.”

Claire Hooper: Comedian    

Claire Hooper is an Australian stand-up comedian and writer. She might look familiar, as she co-hosts “The Great Australian Bake Off” while conducting live comedy shows!

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If you’re lucky enough to see her on stage this year, her new stand up show is all about the feeling of RAGE. (And no, no one is PMSing! ) This rage is the all-out kinda rage, where you break your phone, have a breakdown in a hotel lobby, and or you break your mother’s heart and regret it for the rest of your existence.

Centred around her visit to a place in Melbourne where you can pay people to smash things (its real folks, check it out!), Claire dives deep into the things that set her emotions aflare and what keeps her grounded.  It’s so refreshing because often women aren’t allowed to be angry for being labelled as exactly that ‘an angry, aggressive woman’.

Check her out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs2tKINay8M

The list can keep going, but we have procrastinated enough. We are off to finish that dreaded essay and hope that you check out these works of art. Also here is a disclaimer that all work belongs to their respective artists, we are just appreciating it here!

Written By:  Diva Patro
Feature Image credit goes to catawiki!

 

A Day in the Life of an Intern

Strutting around Sydney’s CBD in your new corporate wear can be an exciting prospect but the reality of working as a full time intern is very different to what you would see in Suits.

As a Bachelor of Accounting Co-Op student I was fortunate to have a 6 month internship during my first year in the Finance department at Cuscal Ltd, a leading payments processing company. Completing an internship is an incredible experience that helps you develop skills that future employers value. Working in industry is also a great way to help you find your passion and interests which will help you decide what kind of career you want to pursue.

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Life in the corporate world doesn’t look like what it does on TV. So, what is the life of an intern really like?

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Expect to wake-up earlier than you would for uni because you need to dress yourself professionally and make sure you are well groomed. Hoodies and trackies are not going to cut it so make sure you are aware of internal company rules such as collared shirts for men, casual Fridays etc.

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As soon as you walk into the office, it’s straight to work – check emails, make sure you know what is expected of you and get started with your tasks!

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After working non-stop the whole morning, lunch is a welcome break! Try not to eat lunch at your desk and go for a quick walk if possible – its good stretch your legs and step away from the desk. Make sure you don’t indulge in very long, leisurely lunch breaks; if you have an hour, stick to that time.
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3pm

A couple more hours left! Make sure you are remaining productive and ensure that you are on top of any deadlines required for that day. If you are bored and you don’t have anything to do, ask your colleagues if they need any help – this can be a great opportunity to learn more and widen your understanding.

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5.30pm

Congratulations – you have finished your day of work! Make sure your tidy your desk and make sure that everything is in place for tomorrow. Go home and enjoy the rest of your night and be prepared to do it all over again!

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Internships are amazing experiences, however…

They are only valuable if you make the most of the opportunity by remaining curious and open-minded at work. Be prepared to put in a lot of effort but expect to gain wonderful skills and a deeper understanding of the industry you are a part of.

Written by Avanti Gomes

Want to get more out of uni? Get involved!

Maybe you’ve gotten to your final year and you’ve realised you haven’t got anything to show to your employers about your time at uni, or a first year student who’s unsure of where to start. Here’s a few tips on how to get involved!

1) Join clubs and societies

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This might be obvious, but there’s a university club or society for just about everything. ActivateUTS has over 130 clubs and societies that run academic, cultural and social events; you’re bound to find something that interests you!

You can even take it a step further and get behind running the operation! Keep an eye out for any openings.

2) Leadership development programs and volunteering

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There’s also heaps of programs and opportunities out there to help you develop your personal, leadership and employability skills. With all the workshops you attend and the people you’re working with, you’ll be sure to meet some new people and grow your social network.

Just to name a few within uni; BUiLD, SOUL Award, Accomplish award, Peer Network, The Big Lift and faculty or society run mentoring programs.

3) Attend Campus events; Social, Performances, Presentations

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Find on-campus events that you might be interested in. There’s always something going on at uni. And yes, attending a uni party counts as getting involved.

So get yourself out of your comfort zone and get involved!

It’s definitely never too late, all you need to do is look.

Written by Katie Gu
Feature image courtesy of UTS Newsroom

4 things I’ve learned as a part-time 9-5’er

I spent my summer sitting at a desk, all day, 3 times a week, for 3 months (and counting). Though it may sound boring, I can assure you that my internship experience is nothing but that.

I’ve been fortunate enough to land a role as a Strategy Analyst intern at a boutique management consulting firm called The Agenda Agency. Amongst the insights, skills and knowledge I’ve learned during my time at the firm, there have been 4 things that have particularly resonated with me.

Life as an intern has taught me…

1) Sitting down all day can be tiring

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At the end of each day, I found that I was more tired if I didn’t go out and have a walk or do something active in the day. It’s important to keep a good balance between work and play, so try to find some time in the day to stretch your legs, get out of the four walls, away from the laptop screen and take a breather.

2) The difference between good and great is 100 drafts

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This one may be hard if you’re a perfectionist like myself. But I’ve realised that a good report, presentation or deliverable will not be perfect on the first go. It’s important to let the ideas flow without a filter FIRST and then do the refining and nit-picking after.

3) Proactivity is paramount

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Cliché as it sounds, you really do only get out what you put in. It’s perfectly fine to stick to your duties and get things done, but if you really want to learn new things, develop new skills and discover more about your potential and future career, it’s critical to go above and beyond what is asked of you. So do the coffee runs but make sure to keep asking those questions; constantly ask for more things to do; engage in tasks that are out of your expertise – be proactive about your learning. It’ll be challenging and nerve-racking, but the outcome will always be rewarding.

4) Speak to your future, and it will speak back

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This one’s a little cheesy, but it’s the most valuable thing I have learned throughout my whole time as an intern and student. Developing your skills now and finding out what your interests and hates are will create a strong foundation for your future where you’ll be able to continuously practise and build upon. Do things today that your future self will thank you for.

An internship will offer you a learning experience that you can’t get in a university or a classroom.

It will teach you skills and open you to networks that you will carry with you for the rest of your personal and professional life.

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I can definitely say that sitting at a desk, all day, 3 times a week, for 3 months (and counting) has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had so far, and I hope you have the opportunity to land one too.

Written by Danna Catabas
Feature image courtesy of Shutterstock. 

Surviving First Year

Dear First Years,

Going from high school to university was probably the biggest stepping stone I have encountered to date, like many of the students reading this. So take all the wisdom I am about to impart; a someone who made it through to her second year successfully…!

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The change in pace and the change in attitude at Uni is huge; to get through your first year you will need to increase your determination and get yourself disciplined. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself waking up hungover and severely behind in all of your classes; full of ragrets.

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University is different to your previous studies, you won’t have teachers chasing after you if you don’t submit an assignment or if you don’t wake up for your exam, you’ll just find yourself back in the same class having to repeat. Not Fun.

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It may sound daunting, but in all honesty, I would not go back to high school and trust me your university experience will trump everything you’ve experienced previously. To get through your first year and your whole degree you need to find a balance, maintain all aspects of your life and make sure you make time for yourself.

 

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In summation, here is what I will tell my first-year self and all the ones that are starting out uni now:-

  1. Go to your lectures and use your subject outline to track where you are in the subject course. After the first few weeks you might feel you’ve lost the motivation to go to lectures, but trust me when I say this is probably the most valuable study time you could get. You’ll feel more confident about the subject content and even though once in a while you’ll find yourself zoning out and not listening it’s better than catching a sleep in. Another useful resource is your subject outline, it highlights the main topics within the subject and where you should be throughout the semester. USE IT! You won’t regret it when you are outside the exam room and you know what topics will be covered in the exam.

 

  1. Secondly, it’s all about balance! This is probably one of the most important aspects of being a university student. Ensure you allow yourself to have a social life, a work life and a study life. To thrive in life and in university you have to make sure you have put an equal amount of effort into every aspect. While it will take a bit of time to adjust, you feel eventually settle and start feeling content.

 

  1. Finally, enjoy what you’re learning. What you’re learning in university is going to assist you in your future endeavours. You’ve finally got a choice in what you’re learning and you have the opportunity to decide where you’ll be in the near future. For you to have a personally fulfilling life you need to enjoy what you’re doing, thus, through enjoying what you are studying

BONUS TIP: USE THE UTS RESOURCES! UTS provides students with a range of resources to assist you in your studies. Services such as HELPS, UTS careers, U:PASS and so much more are all at your disposal. SO, make the most of them and go and get that high distinction.

With all those pointers in mind, good luck! I bet you’ll smash through your first year, and I will see you on the other side!

Sincerely,

A Second Year Student

Tips and Tricks for your next Networking Event!

Written By: Katie Gu

Networking! Networking! Networking!

The dreaded word all first years come across but don’t know what to do with (or just any student, regardless of year, let’s be honest).

But, don’t fret. Women in Business has got your back!

We prepared a list of tips and tricks that you should always have up your sleeve; no matter where you are. You never know where you might bump into your ideal business connection. It could even happen during your daily commute to classes!

1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!

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Research the attendees, who they work for and find the people you want to talk to.

2. Develop your Elevator Pitch.

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Time to get to know yourself well. Have a brief opener about yourself. Have an understanding of what you do, why, for who and what makes you different from others (and you should be able to easily articulate this to others). 

3. Set a Goal for yourself.

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Network with intention! Ask yourself what your goals are when participating in networking meetings so you can pick groups and people that will help you, and only get you what you need. 

4. Be Genuine & Authentic.

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Be genuinely interested in them and their story. (Remember networking is about building trust and relationships!)  

5. Listen! Listen! Listen!

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People love talking about themselves, ask them more! Ask insightful, meaningful questions like something about their job and their interests in the event. But then, really listen to the answers! You can have the most insignificant thing in common (like your mutual hatred for coffee that they mentioned in passing?) and you will have the spark you need to connect!

6. Ask open-ended questions.

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Ask the Who, What, When, Where and How instead of questions which would only get you simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. Before going to an event it’s always good to have a laundry list of discussion questions (read till the end, if you are too lazy to create one, and want to just use ours!)

7. Don’t neglect the ‘Follow-Up’.

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Get their details! Shamelessly ask, if you can add them on LinkedIn (You will rarely hear a no, we promise). Send them a message after the event to express that you enjoyed your conversation, and to ensure they can’t forget YOU! 

8. Be Yourself!

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And of course, last but not least, it’s not just about completely changing yourself to fit the job or company but also making sure that the job or company are the RIGHT for YOU (we had to bring in the cheese!).

Now go forth and conquer your next Networking event (and score that Internship)!

Still stuck? Don’t worry we have also prepared a bunch a Laundry Questions and Statements you can throw at them or use as a conversation starter!

  • What brought you here today?
  • What’s your latest project?
  • What’s the biggest challenge you are facing right now in your business?
  • How did you get started in your business?
  • What do you enjoy most about what you do?
  • What advice would you give to someone just starting out, like me?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • And, lastly just a simple “how about you?” or a “that sounds interesting, do tell me more…” can be great initiators of discussions.

Hope this crash course on “networking” helped you out a little! What tip did you find the most helpful? Do you have more questions about “Networking” – let us know!

Feature Image Credit: Movie Still from ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’

First Year Survival Seminar Registration

Are you just about to commence your Bachelor of Business at UTS and feeling a bit lost? Are you still unsure about what the next step is? Would you like to know more about your mandatory first-year core business subjects? Which majors will be available to your next year and which one should you choose? So many questions, but who to ask? Well, UTS Women in Business have just the event for you…

The First Year Survival Seminar is targeted towards first-year Bachelor of Business students where we will be going through all of the core business subjects and second-year major options.

We have invited current high-achieving UTS Students to explain the study structure, first-year subjects and the respective Business majors that they’ve decided to take on – sharing with us their experiences, insight, expectations tips and tricks and much more. At the end of the seminar, there will be free food and a chance for you to socialise, meet other first-years and ask your questions!

Details

Date: Thursday, March 22nd
Time: 5-7pm
Location:  TBC
Fee: $5 (non-members)

Structure

  • Welcome and Introduction
    • Engagement Director introduction
  • Seminar on core first-year business mandatory subjects
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Management and Marketing 
    • IBP and Economics 
  • Seminar on second-year business majors
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • International Business  
  • Common misconceptions, Q+A (10 minutes) – Marianne
  • Afternoon tea social and network

Application Form

Registration will close as soon as we reach maximum capacity. Successful registrations will receive a confirmation email within six hours of submission.