Don’t use emoticons (And other useful career advice)

Tuesday, 2, June, 2015 0 , , Permalink 0

The first time you enter the workforce – the corporate kind – it’s the beginning of a huge learning curve. You swan in with your university degree and self-proclaimed “life experience” and can’t help but shake that excitedly expectant feeling that you’ll be the next Harvey Spector… But, as it turns out, a piece of stamped paper and volunteering in South East Asia for 5 minutes isn’t much help when it comes to navigating the do’s and don’ts of office life. After nearly 9 years in the corporate world (gah!), here are the 10 lessons I think it’s good to learn early - whether you’re a university graduate or moving from professional services (law, accounting and consultancy firms) into the “real ...

Lifehacks for Innovative Meetings

Sunday, 14, September, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0

It's kind of ironic really. When I started my career, I thought attending meetings was the pinnacle of success - sitting in board rooms, suited up with pen and notepad in hand, looking out the window at the surrounding skyscrapers. Being asked to attend a client or executive meeting was a badge of honour I would proudly wear. Now - fast forward 5 + years - and I dread attending most meetings. Lawyers bill time in 6 minute intervals, which has a way of making you acutely aware of when you are "wasting" time - and I've carried that mentality with me since leaving a law firm. Most meetings are an unproductive and inefficient use of valuable workday minutes. The world's most ...

Who is on your shelf of mentors?
by Phoebe Vertigan

Monday, 9, June, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0

Last month I attended a great presentation by Jane Huxley, the Managing Director of Pandora Australia. Reflecting on her diverse and interesting career, Jane shared some of the lessons that she has learned along the way. If you ever get a chance to see Jane talk, I highly recommend it – the audience was buzzing afterwards! One concept that I loved was Jane’s “shelf of mentors”. A shelf of mentors is a “pick and mix” approach to mentoring. It is about drawing knowledge and inspiration from a range of different people, and knowing that each mentor has their own special place on your shelf. You might have someone that you look to when you are after a promotion, someone in a ...

The Modern Career Crisis Staircase

Monday, 19, May, 2014 8 , , , Permalink 1

Have you noticed that “what do you want to be when you grow up” is no longer just a question for pre-schoolers? Plenty of twenty-something’s (myself included) are asking themselves the same question on an almost-annual basis.  I’m not exactly panicking about it. It’s become so much more acceptable nowadays to not know what your career is going to look like in 5 or 10 years time. Not only that, but slipping into a cookie cutter career is now (in some circles) considered mainstream and suitably unimpressive. Instead, we are encouraged to think outside the box, make our own rules and define our own version of career success. Is it just me or does that sound like a lot of pressure? Social ...