Reapplying for your Job?


Reapplying for your Job?

Reapplying for your job is something that employees can be asked to do, particularly during a restructure or following a merger of two organisations. There may be duplication of functions in the merged entity requiring headcount rationalisation, or equally there may be innovative plans ahead for changing how areas of the business operate, giving rise […]

To Influence Your Child’s Career Decisions, or Not?


To Influence Your Child’s Career Decisions, or Not?

As a parent, you almost certainly do influence your child’s career decisions. But, how much influence should parents have over their child’s post-school decisions? Research and surveys from Australia & the UK clearly show that parents play a significant role in career discussions at home as their child approaches the end of their schooling. Parents […]

Problems with Negotiating Salary


Problems with Negotiating Salary

Negotiating salary is a critical part of landing a job, and important for ensuring an appropriate reward for your expertise and on-going work. It is something that many of us have difficulty doing effectively, and often we feel uncomfortable having that conversation at all. Negotiating salary is made more difficult in the current climate because […]

The Continued Importance of Leadership


The Continued Importance of Leadership

Leadership continues to be discussed, written about and trained for, across the world. It is critical for each and every business to have great leadership because without leaders to execute the strategy, we may as well all go home! It is not something for Boards and leadership teams to shy away from but embrace with […]

How do Introverted Job-Hunters Market Themselves?


How do Introverted Job-Hunters Market Themselves?

As an introverted job-hunter there are some fundamental challenges ahead which stem largely from the need to market yourself combined with your natural aversion to self-promotion. I have two close friends running their own business and one spends considerable time putting together monthly newsletters, running promotions and other marketing campaigns, the other relies on word-of-mouth for […]

Who’s fault is Graduate Unemployment?


Who’s fault is Graduate Unemployment?

Is graduate unemployment anyone’s fault or merely a fact of modern life? “More than half of employers said tertiary credentials in management and commerce, creative arts and information technology were not relevant for the jobs in question.” The annual Employer Satisfaction Survey (http://bit.ly/2E3Aa70) conducted by Australian Government released in Jan 2018 raises some serious questions […]

Education Changes proposed in 2017 Federal Budget


Education Changes proposed in 2017 Federal Budget

A quick trawl through the morning papers provides an indication of what yesterday’s 2017 Federal Budget will mean for Australian education, both schools and tertiary education, and future employment prospects. Here’s an overview of the main changes: Schools will receive an additional $18.6 bn over 10 years to be distributed on a needs-based model (in line […]

Recipient of Sue Seawright Award for Excellence 2016


Recipient of Sue Seawright Award for Excellence 2016

I was delighted, and surprised, to be chosen as the 2016 recipient of the Sue Seawright Award last week. Recognising excellence of a career practitioner and voted for by peers, the award was presented by Stephen Wyatt, the Victorian President of the Careers Development Association of Australia (CDAA) at a professional development/annual awards & recognition […]

Group Reward & Evaluation Adds Real Value


Group Reward & Evaluation Adds Real Value

A couple of interesting findings are thrown up by recent research published in the Journal of Business Research, looking at the effect of individual vs. group reward & evaluation systems on group work behaviour, performance and cooperation. Firstly that within a group, competitive individuals do better (of course!) but that groups cooperating as a whole, […]