Wednesday 27 August, 2014 0 Comment(s)

Reasons Why You Should Take A Gap Year

 

Taking A Gap Year

4 awesome reasons why taking a gap year is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make

 

Ok, I might be a tad biased. Yes, I may have taken a gap year after I finished school. But I really and truly do believe that the benefits of taking a year between school and university or perhaps between school and the workforce is, well, priceless!

 

I’ve read a few articles on why people are against students taking a gap year, and quite honestly, I think their reasons are ridiculous (that’s not the word I wanted to use, but it does the job). Such as “you’ll be homesick” and “you’ll be a year behind”. Excuse me? Are you for real? Clearly everyone is on the affirmative for taking a gap year because these aren’t even real reasons. A year behind what? Life? Honestly.

 

Now my rant is over. Here are the 4 awesome reasons!

  

1. You’re Not Sure What To Do With Your Life

 

I feel like this is a point I’ve mentioned before, but it’s still important. I know very few people who knew the exact career path they wanted to take, went to university and are still on the same path. Circumstances change, people change.

 

Why go straight to university when you have absolutely no idea what you want to study? Taking a gap year might not give you all the answers to life, but it will certainly open your mind to different opportunities, different cultures and perhaps different careers that you didn’t even know existed. I know when I was at school, I was extremely narrow minded in what kind of jobs were out there. When you travel and see the world, you are privy to a whole new way of life.

 

2. Take A Break

 

So you’ve just finished thirteen years going through school and now you want to start another 3-5 year degree? Why?

 

Most of the people I knew from school did exactly this and by the time they get half way through their degrees, they are itching. They want to travel, they want to take a break, and they are absolutely run down.

 

Many people think that taking a gap year will put you behind your studies. If you ask me, this is complete lie. If anything, a gap year works like a refresh button. You take the year to travel, work, meet people, and you come back ready to face the next step. Refreshed.  

 

3. Do It While You’re Young

 

You’ve just finished school; it’s likely you have about zero responsibilities. What a perfect time to book a ticket, pack a bag and jet set! There won’t be too many more perfect opportunities like that.

 

4. It’s Lame, But Seriously, You’ll Learn Stuff

 

Ok, I’m just going to say this once. While you’re on your gap year, you will not only learn about the world, you will learn about yourself. Done. I know that that’s a pretty standard thing to say, but it’s true. I really do think you can tell the people who have travelled from those haven’t. It’s something about the way that they present themselves. They know who they are.

 

It’s not that you travel to some exotic destination and “find yourself”. But when you take a gap year, you have to make decisions, and deal with situations on your own. You learn how to be around yourself. And I think this is the most important thing, because it’s something you’ll never lose.

 

If you’ve taken a gap year, we want to chat to you! Let us know in the comments below and we can get in touch. Or you can message us on Facebook.

Tuesday 26 August, 2014 0 Comment(s)

Illegal Job Interview Questions

 

I couldn’t believe it when I found out about these illegal job interview questions! No doubt employers are aware that there are certain questions that are an absolute no go zone, but do the applicants? I certainly didn’t!

 

You are only allowed to be asked interview questions that are relevant to the job you are applying for. So keep your ear out for any sneaky behavior by your interviewer! They will try to get some of these out of you.

 

If you are asked any of the following in your next job interview, remember that it’s your right not to answer:

 

8 Illegal Job Interview Questions

 

1. How old are you?

Surely a date of birth is something that many people have written on their resumes? But yep, unless it’s relevant to your job (such as having to be over 18 to work in a bar), your age is your business in a job interview. Which I’m surely many people are thankful for!

 

2. Are you married?

Seriously? Apparently this is off limits as an interview question as it can reveal your sexual orientation. Some people also see it as sexist, which leads into my next question…

 

3. Do you have kids?

If you have kids or plan on having children, then your employer may think that you will be more likely to take time off. Then there’s also the maternity leave they have to pay for…Therefore: Restricted Area.

 

4. Is English your first language?

Only “are you fluent in English?” or something along those lines is legal in a job interview. Applicants are not to be discriminated against based on their heritage and cultural background; therefore you don’t have to say where you come from or what your first language is! No doubt this question gets abused quite often.

 

5. Do you observe any religious holidays?

Similar to above, religious beliefs should not come into the decisions of an employer.

 

6. Have you ever been arrested?

Even people who have committed crimes are protected in a job interview! Have we gone a bit far? I mean, come on. You are allowed to be asked if you have a criminal record yet not if you’ve been arrested. Never fear, karma has a way.

 

7. Do you have any medical conditions?

Of course, if it’s relevant to the job at hand then it’s in bounds. That doesn’t seem safe to me.

 

8. How long have you been working?

This relates to number 1 as it allows employers to guess your age, which is illegal! Seriously? Seriously? I mean, seriously?

 

 

Have you ever been asked any of these illegal job interview questions? Let us know by commenting below!

 

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Monday 25 August, 2014 0 Comment(s)

Enough Is Enough - 5 Signs It's Time To Change Jobs

 

How do you know when enough is enough?

 

There will be at least one time in your career when you will want to quit your job. That’s normal. When you start waking up each day, dreading the 8 hours ahead of you, then it’s time to consider changing jobs.

 

Do your research first. Take a look at these 5 signs and analyze your own situation – are you happy in your workplace?  Changing careers is a huge decision; you want to make sure you’re making the right one.

 

  1.      You’re Miserable….All The Time

Everyone will experience a time in their career when they are not completely satisfied. However, you need to distinguish between temporary dissatisfaction with long term overall unhappiness (for lack of a better word).

 

If you’re losing sleep, experiencing nightmares, dreading the days you have to go into work and wasting your weekends aware by the fear of Monday – it’s time to think about changing careers. Basically, if it’s taking a toll on your mental health, get out fast.

 

  1.      Money Is The Only Reason You’re Still There

Sorry for being clichéd but…money doesn’t buy happiness. Clichés are clichés for a reason, because they are often true. If the only positive thing about your job is the cash, then perhaps enough is enough. Your career should be where you are able to express your skills and passion and if you cant do that, then consider changing careers.

 

  1.      You Hate The People

Finish this sentence: My boss is a …

 

The first thing that pops into your mind will tell you how you feel. It might not be your boss; it could be your colleagues. At first I thought, “Surely you shouldn’t quit your job based on how you feel about those around you?” Then again. These are people you spend everyday with. If they don’t make you happy, then what’s the point?

 

  1.      No Room To Move

A big sign it’s time to be changing jobs is when there’s no room for you to grow in your company. Are you being challenged? Is this the best that you can do? If there’s no room for promotion or to move to higher heights, then changing careers is a valid option.

 

  1.      Square Peg, Round Hole

Never try to fit a square peg into a round hole; it’s not the right fit. The same goes for company culture. If your workplace holds different values to your own, then it’s not a good fit. Work environment is extremely important to how you feel about your job and if it’s bringing you down then maybe enough is enough. 

Friday 22 August, 2014 0 Comment(s)

How To Use Time Management & Be More Productive At Work

 

 

How To Be More Productive At Work

4 Tips To Put You Back On Track

 

These four tips to be more productive at work are not the only ones in the book, but they are the most effective ways to get you back in the right direction.

 

  1.      Learn How To Prioritise

 

Note: I’m prioritising by putting this tip at number one. It’s tempting to step into the office and make yourself feel productive at work by completing those simple tasks. Checking your emails. Replying to one or two. Making a quick phone call. Updating your calendar. Try not to fall into this trap.

 

How to prioritise? Complete the most important or urgent tasks first. Complete the job that’s been in the back of your mind all week. The more the day lingers on, the bigger the job will build in your mind. You are most energetic in the morning, so use this time to focus on the most important things of the day.

 

  1.      Make A List

 

I’ve read numerous articles on what apps you need to be productive at work. I don’t buy it. We don’t need technology, if anything, it’s just another distraction for us to resist. A good old-fashioned pen and paper will help you feel more organised – write a simple “to do” list. It will make you feel accomplished once you get ticking away next to your completed tasks!

 

  1.      Time Management

 

Creating a routine for your workday will help you to employ effective time management, an essential skill to being more productive at work.

  

  1.      Take Breaks

 

Last, but not least. Taking breaks is important to maintain our motivation, energy and productivity. It’s a marathon not a sprint, you have to pace yourself. Working through the day without a break benefits no one, least of all your company. Yes, take lunch. During the day, when you find yourself getting fidgety, take the time to get up and stretch. This also helps tip number three, where you are maintaining time management in making sure not to wear yourself out! 

Thursday 21 August, 2014 0 Comment(s)

What to do after high school - how to approach university open days.

 

What To Do After High School

Advice from successful women in the workforce

 

As the end of the year begins to creep up on us, so does the flurry of University Open Days Australia wide. That’s right, the end of August will see this year’s Year 12 students pondering their next move, what to do after high school? Once you’ve completed the High School Certificate, what’s next?

 

It’s tempting to ignore everything and anything that happens after your last exam, but this is a vital time in your life. While the High School Certificate may seem to be the most important thing that will ever happen to your life right now, it’s not the end of time. There are more opportunities, more room to grow, and more chances to discover what career to pursue.

 

I spoke to a few successful women in the workforce who have their say on how to approach the University Open Days as well as how to choose the right course for you!

  

Melinda, Vertical Lead for Facebook:

 

“My advice to those finishing their high school certificate and considering going to university is to make the time to visit campus’s to learn about the courses you are considering, get a feel for the campus and meet other students. University is going to be at least a 3 year commitment of your time, its a chance to make new friends and associates for life, have a lot of fun and its an opportunity to learn about an area that interests you. Play to your strengths, aim for a course that excites you, the most successful people are passionate about what they do and spend 80% of their time doing things they are good at.”

 

Jess, a People & Culture Advisor:

 

“Do your research. Speak to industry professionals in areas you think you could be interested in pursing. What does a day in their role look like? Could you see yourself doing that? What are the challenges of their role? Do you think that sounds right for you? I think one of the most challenging concepts to grasp is the reality that studying something does not translate to a role that is exactly the same in the workforce. The educational experience you have at uni in an Economics degree does not depict the journey you will have working as an Economist. Find out what it is like to actually work in that role and make sure you like the sound of it”

 

“Always keep in mind that there are so many different types of jobs that can be matched to your interests and that it is just a matter of identifying them."

 

Steph, Account Executive for Click PR

 

"While it can be tempting to give them a miss when you're too busy studying, Open days are a really valuable way to get a glimpse of uni life and a better idea of what kind of courses you might be interested in. The key is making the day more about picking up a few pamphlets at faculty booths. A lot of universities offer great mini lectures and experts to chat to about everything from which course might be the right choice for you next year, to opportunities for studying abroad.

 

There is often the chance to talk to current students as well and this can be a great way to hear about some of the reasons why a course might suit you, and more importantly, why it might not! Remember to ask questions. Will there be an opportunity for work placements as credit? Will this course be theory based or have a strong practical side too?  These things are important to consider when choosing courses so come prepared."

 

Not sure what to do after high school?

 

If you are coming to the end of your high school certificate and are feeling lost in a sea of university courses and left with no idea what direction to head – there are other options.

 

I am a huge advocate for travel. Many of my friends leapt into a university degree having little idea of what they hoped to use it for – 99% have since changed courses dramatically. What’s the point? It can often be a waste of money and a waste of time. Consider taking the time to take a gap year or alternatively, to enter the workforce and consider your options. For instance, There are loads of jobs available on OneShift! Here's what these women had to say on the subject...

 

Mel from Facebook says:

 

“I highly recommend that every student has a goal of traveling, seeing new countries and learning about cultures provides so many lessons in life and travelling in those first 5 years out of school is a perfect time to venture far for extended periods of time.”

 

Jess takes a different spin:

 

“University degrees are a financial and time investment, and I don't see the value in doing a degree 'just because'. If you have absolutely no idea what you want to do, your focus should be working this out with careers testing and personal skills analysis. Travel or join the workforce and then from those experiences, you are better placed to identify what your interests are in life or what elements you have enjoyed about your job that you might want to pursue.”

 

Key Points To Remember

 

Keep an open mind when entering into this period of university open days

If you don't know what to do after high school, stop to consider other options such as travel

There are numerous career paths available that you may not even know about, do your research

 

 

Got any other advice? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Wednesday 20 August, 2014 0 Comment(s)

Melbourne crowned the World's Most Liveable City

 

World’s Most Liveable City

 

For the fourth consecutive year Melbourne has once again been crowned the World’s Most Liveable City! Three Australian cities feature in the Top 10, with Melbourne whipping up a perfect score in categories including healthcare, sports, education and infrastructure.

 

The Economist Intelligence Unit assesses various lifestyle categories across 140 different cities all over the world each year. And clearly they are in love with Melbourne! I mean come on, four years in a row? And who can blame them? The Victorian capital is known for it’s creative vibes, trendy café lifestyle, whacky fashion and colourful graffiti covered streets.

 

I spoke to a Melbourne local to get the low down on just why Melbourne is so good. Here’s what he had to say:

 

 “Melbourne is absolutely the world’s best city! I've worked in many cities around the world, as well as in every state in Australia and Melbourne is without a doubt my favourite. Jumping on a tram to cross the city, a walk across the Yarra River to South Bank, a great meal in China Town or a night out in Docklands. Melbourne and especially the CBD and surrounds are vibrant and alive yet it doesn’t feel busy or rushed like other cities”.

 

 

Top 10 Most Liveable Cities

 

 1. Melbourne, Australia

2. Vienna, Austria

3. Vancouver, Canada

4. Toronto, Canada

5. Adelaide, Australia

6. Calgary, Canada

7. Sydney, Australia

8. Helsinki, Finland

9. Perth, Australia

10. Auckland, New Zealand

 

Annnnnnd the Bottom 10 Most Liveable Cities

 

131. Abidjan, Ivory Coast

132. Tripoli, Libya

133. Douala, Cameroon

134. Harare, Zimbabwe

135. Algiers, Algeria

136. Karachi, Pakistan

137. Lagos, Nigeria

138. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

139. Dhaka, Bangladesh

140. Damascus, Syria

Tuesday 19 August, 2014 0 Comment(s)

Work From Home - 5 Things To Consider

 

To most people, work from home can seem like the perfect lifestyle. However, it might not be the right decision for you. Consider these five things before talking it over with your boss.

 

  1.      Distractions

 

Many people who work online believe they are suited to work from home. However, what I have found is that it doesn’t depend on the type of work you do but rather your personality. Do you find yourself taking short walks between the fridge and the pantry (or is it just me?), or perhaps finishing up some chores that didn’t get done on the weekend? If you really just want to work from home because you wouldn’t have to actually work, then maybe it’s not for you.

 

  1.      Home-Office Environment

 

When you work from home, it’s important to create a space in your house that puts you in the right frame of mind. If you find yourself losing energy and the will to work along with it, then perhaps you should move from the bed to a desk.

 

  1.      Maintaining Professionalism

 

Your boss needs to know that they’ve made the right decision to trust you. When you have an online meeting, it’s important to dress appropriately. If having the ‘business’ attire allows you to work more efficiently, perhaps it’s a good idea to dress up every morning.

 

  1.      Work Hours

 

A friend of mine had about a week in which she had to work from home in Melbourne. I remember her saying that she found herself working well into the night, as she got lost in her work schedule by being in a familiar environment. Now, I realise that most people would have the opposite issue by not working enough hours and taking advantage of being away from the office! Either way, it’s important to have a schedule.

 

  1.      Working From Home Parents

 

If you’re not a parent, feel free to skip this last one!

 

Working from home does not include baby-sitting! This opportunity does not mean you will be able keep your job and save on pre-school fees. In fact, some businesses require proof of childcare before entrusting you to work from home. 

 

 

Do you work from home? We'd love to hear how you manage! Comment below or find us on Facebook: OneShiftJobs

Monday 18 August, 2014 0 Comment(s)

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Regrets are a fact of life. Everyone has them, whether they are small or large. And if you don’t, please let us in on the secret. It could range from wishing you attended an event, to wishing you chose a different degree or even wishing you chose a different career. It could be that you didn’t take a gap year, or that you didn’t apply for that job, even if it was a smaller salary. Whatever it is, one thing seems to stay the same. As the saying goes, “you always regret the things you didn’t do rather than the things you did”. 

 

Your career should be somewhere for you to express your skills and creativity, not an area for you to feel a sense of regret. If you feel you are on the wrong path, then change course. If you regret the industry you have entered, then look into alternate fields. There is always something to be done, and there is no time like the present. You don’t want to spend fifty or more years of your life wondering what could have been!

 

OneShift recently conducted a survey that showed 49% of Australian University Graduates felt that their studies did not adequately prepare them for the workforce, while 80% also said that they believe experience is more highly valued than an education. This is interesting considering that the Sydney Morning Herald has recently reported that people have a greater tendency to feel regret if they did not complete tertiary education, perhaps feeling as though they had limited their options for success. There are liimitless opportunites for us to regret decisions that we did or didn't make in our career, but what are the most common?

  

The Harvard Business Review interviewed a diverse professional group of 30 and questioned them about their top 5 career regrets. And once again, they are all regrets about what people didn’t act upon rather than what they did. Here are the top 5 career regrets, try to learn from them:

 

  1.      I wish I hadn’t taken the job for the money
  2.      I wish I had quit earlier
  3.      I wish I had the confidence to start my own business
  4.      I wish I had used my time at school more productively
  5.      I wish I had acted on my career hunches

 

All these five points focus on opportunities we didn’t act upon. We need to recognize that there is no perfect time, there is only now to make positive changes. 

Friday 15 August, 2014 0 Comment(s)

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Job interviews often get the best of us. Our nerves kick in, hands are sweating, your mind races through those answers that you’ve been practicing over and over. What we often forget is that the interview is just as important for the job seeker as it is for the potential employer. The interview isn’t just for the company to determine if you’re right for the position, it’s also for you to decide whether the position is right for you.

 

It doesn’t matter if it’s a full time or part time job, if it’s in hospitality or a corporate office environment, it’s about if the values of the company are in line with yours. It’s about if your future colleagues and managers are going to stimulate your growth. It's about what this position is providing for you.

 

Here are a few Friday tips for both parties on how to treat the interview:

 

The Interviewer:

 

Remember, your first impressions are just as important as those of the candidate, it could determine whether they want to work for you or not.

 

The right candidate is not necessarily the one with the glowing experience. It could be the person with limited experience, but is much more enthusiastic and passionate about the role. It’s not always about the skills, but rather about finding someone to fit in with the team.

 

The Interviewee:

 

Before you enter into an interview, you should have an idea of what you’re looking for in a new manager, company and role. What values do you look for in company culture? Are you looking for salary or flexibility?

 

Ask questions. Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. There’s nothing worse than accepting a job offer only to realise it was the wrong decision.

 

There you have it, the two way street. Stop treating interviews as if one person is holding all the power, otherwise that's exactly what you're giving them.

Thursday 14 August, 2014 0 Comment(s)

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Unpaid internships: great experience or blatant exploitation? This debate is nothing new to the Australian media. However, with last week’s record high youth unemployment figures, the debate is heating up.

 

Youth unemployment figures have risen to a huge 20 percent last week, the highest figure in two decades reports the SMH. With this in mind, students are frantic to gain work experience and internships to try and secure themselves a job for completion of their degrees. The article also recorded that the Fair Work Ombudsman had received almost double the amount of complaints and inquiries regarding unpaid work experience over the last year.

 

Internships have become more than a resume builder, they are becoming a necessity. You don’t offer your free services to a potential employer, you compete. Many unpaid internships are even difficult and competitive to enter into, with numerous students aware of the rough workforce climate that awaits them.

 

The ABC has labeled internships a legal “grey area”. While some interns are ecstatic over their placements despite not being offered a job in return, others feel that they have been taken advantage of.

 

I spoke to a few OneShift users who have undertaken a variety of internships to see what they had to say. One student was undertaking a marketing internship that was organised through her college and stated,

 

“I felt that I was conducting an admin role within the company. Rather than teaching and mentoring me within the marketing field,I was performing duties which were beneficial to the business but not to my studies or professional development”.

 

This is where the issue lies, when the intern is performing duties that would usually be a paid position.  

 

Another user undertook four separate internships, with only one being useful to her in finding work. The one useful placement did not offer her a job, but rather improved her skills and was guided through a role which she hoped to pursue (she now works in a similar role elsewhere). Furthermore, it is interesting to note that this was undertaken after the completion of her degree, illustrating the tough job market and the importance that is placed upon having this experience. She advises that,

 

“For an internship to be beneficiary, you need to be learning a specific role you wish to pursue rather than simply getting coffees for the boss”.

 

Not everyone takes internships as part of finishing a degree or qualification. However, some are completed out of self-interest. One such OneShifter spent five months in total across India and Cambodia, unpaid, out of self-interest. Although she did not get a job out of it, she said it gave her insight into the type of work she may want to pursue in the future. She also adds,

 

I think internships are very helpful in personal growth, not just professional”.

 

Although internships are generally unpaid, I would argue that those in the role are actually paying to give up their free time. We don’t take into account how much it costs to travel to these places, to eat, to give up potential paid work to gain this supposedly valued experience. Therefore, the competitive nature of gaining an internship becomes even more so, with only those able to afford it going in the draw.

 

With the workforce becoming increasingly competitive to break into, internships and work experience are becoming more valued. This allows companies to take advantage of budding professionals while they try to crack the industry. While some internships may eventually lead to a job, there are countless unpaid internships that go by the wayside. 

 

 

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    Talking money is an interesting topic. We all need it and we all want more of it. But many employees feel too awkward to ask their employers for a pay rise. Why? Too often it's a matter of the on-going commitment, they think, is required to a business or company once a pay rise has been granted. Many employees believe that if they ask for a pay rise, then they're forced to 'stay-on' and do their time in order to prove that the rise wasn't a waste. Other employees are intimidated by the outcome of asking for a pay rise. However, most managers are too busy doing their own work to note down all of your achievements. To get a pay rise, be your own best advocate and document why you deserve one. Your boss will need to justify your pay rise to his/her boss so documented reasons will make this easier. So what's the best approach to ask for a pay rise? #1 Rule: Know what makes you worthy or deserving for a pay rise. Are you working additional hours? Are you doing tasks which were not originally outlined in your job description? Have you brought new ideas or initiatives to a business which have substantially helped the growth of the company? Before you approach your boss, it's important to have a list with concrete examples of how you have helped the business and gone beyond your initial 'calls' of duty. Demonstrate the value you have to the company and find out why you would be difficult to replace based on the strength of the current employee market. When should the rate of pay go up? Pay rates can go up: - When you get a promotion - When a junior employee turns a year older or becomes an adult (this means 18-21 years, depending on the award, agreement or industry sector) - When you shift from one year of your apprenticeship to the next - On the anniversary of your employment (12 months) when you are under a federal award or agreement - When a pay rise is awarded by Fair Work Australia - When an employment agreement says you should get one #2 Rule: Another crucial step in preparing your pay-rise pitch is finding out more details surrounding the pay-review process at your particular organization. Some employers review the pay structure of their employees on the anniversary of the employee joining the company, others work on the 'don't ask, don't get' system and require a more proactive approach on behalf of the employee to ask for a pay rise. Most businesses create budgets around a financial year which include allocating funds for new staff and pay rises for the additional staff. You can ask what the process is and flag that you will be preparing a written request for a pay review. #3 Rule: Don't ambush your boss. Send him/her an email outlining why you would like to meet up before a time and date is arranged. Pitch to them why you think you are deserving of a pay rise (generally). This means that on the day of the meeting, they will have a response and a more accurate idea of what the business can offer you. #4 Rule: On the day of the meeting, look professional and dress appropriately. When asking for a pay rise, give the reasons why you are deserving of one first, your value to the company and then state what you would like to be paid. Don't mention your personal situation or the reasons behind why you may need more money. More importantly, don't beg, plead or become aggressive. #5 Rule: Be prepared for a 'no'. Sometimes a business is simply unable to offer a pay rise. In this instance, come prepared. Bring a list of courses you'd like to do as an alternative to a pay rise. This shows your willingness for self-improvement and interest in contributing to the productivity of the company no matter what. Also ask the employer's permission to ask again for a rise in three months time. #6 Rule: If your employer states an outright 'no' and doesn't even recognize your achievements or worth to the business say 'that's OK' and begin looking elsewhere. Note: Not getting a pay rise that you are entitled to means that you have been underpaid. If this is the case, contact your union or use the Fair Work Ombudsman  for assistance. Image Image source: news.com  
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    Image Photo Credit: bizcloudnetwork.com As baby boomers start to enter their 60s and are facing retirement, we begin to wonder what will come next for the job market. We know that many of the jobs they currently hold are becoming outdated and are being replaced with new skills that require additional training. Over the next ten years, we're likely to see some major changes in the way people work, but even more so, we're probably going to see a difference in the qualities and requirements for all jobs. Perhaps many of the jobs we're thinking of don't even exist yet. Analysts from the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics have predicted that the healthcare and financial services sectors are most likely to flourish over the next ten years and that jobs within these industries are also most likely to increase. According to futurologist James Bellini, this means the creation of roles such as 'elderly well-being consultant' because an older population will need different health care. But he also mentioned the prospect of new positions in the field of farming and agriculture, such as 'vertical farmers', who would be farming crops upwards, not across to save space, as food resources are becoming scarce. Author of You Tomorrow and fellow futurologist Ian Pearson predicts growth in augmented reality where the real world is overlaid with computer-generated images. In other words, many of the changes we are seeing today will create the need for jobs to materialise very quickly. So here are some job titles you might want to look out for in the next ten years, as listed by Britain's Telegraph newspaper:
    1. Digital architect: Designs a selection of virtual buildings for advertisers and retailers to market their products
    2. Home carer: Helps care for elderly people in their own homes
    3. Elderly well-being consultant: Specialises in holistic and personalised care for the elderly
    4. Body part maker: Creates living body parts for athletes and soldiers
    5. Nano-medic: Creates very small implants for health monitoring and self-medication
    6. Vertical farmer: Farms crops upwards rather than across flat fields to save space
    7. Waste data handler: Disposes of your data waste in a responsible way
    8. Climate controller: Manages and modifies weather patterns
    9. Avatar manager: Designs and manages holograms of virtual people
    10. Memory augmentation surgeon: Helps preserve and improve memory in an ageing population
    11. Time broker: Handles time banked by customers in lieu of money for goods or services
    12. Personal branding manager: Develops and manages your personal brand
    13. Child designer: Designs offspring that fit parental requirements
    14. Omnipotence delimiter: Reins in our belief that anything is possible and we are all-powerful
    15. Personal medical apothecary: Provides a bespoke range alternative therapies.
    16. Haptic programmer: Develops technology around the science of touch, such as gloves that make your hand feel warm, or wrapped in velvet.
    Where do you see your career in the 2020s? Let OneShift know! - The OneShift Blog
    31 Jan 2014 0 Comment(s)
    self-confidence Photo Credit: thechangeblog.com It's quite obvious that successful people are generally of the confident and charming variety. The problem with many of us is that all too often, we let our insecurities (and we all have them) get the better of us and we shy away from opportunities. It has been proven that people can sense levels of confidence from the moment someone steps into the room. How? The way  you stand, walk and even sit is one of the major tell-tailing signs that you're a confident, go-getting individual. Good posture means that your body is aligned correctly and all body parts are well-supported. Not only does body language affect how other people you, but how you see yourself.  Amy Cuddy's studies show that 'power posing'? '“ standing in a posture of confidence, even when you don't feel confident '“ affects the level of testosterone and cortisol in your brain, making you feel better about yourself. Her research concludes that changing your body positions does too influence how others see you and even alters your body chemistry. Power Posing before an interview '“ or before any event where you are in need of a confidence boost '“ will improve how you feel and appear to others. But what if you have bad posture? Here are ten tips to help improve and maintain your stance:
    • When sitting, relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground
    • When sitting, keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest if they don't reach the floor
    • When working at the computer, make sure that your screen, desk and keyboard are properly aligned
    • When driving, adjust the seat forward so your knees are slightly higher than your hips and place a small cushion behind the lower part of your back
    • Get up and move around, change positions frequently
    • When standing, keep the majority of your weight on the balls of your feet and make sure your knees are slightly bent. Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.
    • When standing, pull your shoulders back and tuck your tummy in and make sure your head is kept in a level position.
    • When lying, avoid sleeping on your stomach and sleep with a pillow.
    • When lying, sleep on your side with your knees slightly bent.
    • When lifting, let your legs do the work and bend from the knees, down to the object. Don't bend your back down towards the object
    Let OneShift know what you think about posture and confidence!
    02 Oct 2013 0 Comment(s)

    logo Accelerates OneShift's dominance in online employee/ employer matching

    2 October 2013 '“ Sydney '“ Online job matching platform OneShift has entered into an equity partnership with Programmed, one of Australia's leading providers of staffing, maintenance and facility management services. Programmed has acquired a 27.5% equity stake and intends to market the capability of OneShift to many of its customers. The new partnership will capitalise on OneShift's rapidly growing user base and Programmed's presence in key metropolitan and regional areas across Australia and New Zealand OneShift, a website that pairs those seeking more flexible work with the businesses that need them for short periods of time, has enjoyed rapid growth since its inception fourteen months ago. OneShift has attracted almost 230,000 users to a site which was created from the frustration at the lack of shift work sites the founder experienced when on a working holiday in Europe last year. Commenting on the alliance 22 year old Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OneShift, Genevieve George, says: 'This partnership will drive further structural change across the recruitment industry, combining our strength in the on-line job matching space with Programmed's decades of experience and industry knowledge.'? Miss George continues: 'The OneShift technology allows businesses to match suitable candidates with jobs they have available. By just entering a few details on the website our automated search matches businesses up with people instantly and inexpensively. Our fastest match to date was a job posted for a barista where a suitable candidate was working 27 minutes after the job was entered on the OneShift site.'? ## Media Contact: OneShift HQ e. georgie@oneshift.com.au p. 02 8235 2305 About OneShift OneShift is a network that matches employees and employers to short term work including one off shifts, casual work or permanent part time employment. It is free to join and to review job seeker matches, and just $10 to get into contact with the employee of the business' choice. Led by Genevieve George, OneShift started as a venture to match working holiday candidates to employers in tourism hotspots and has expanded to a full range of industries including retail, construction, beauty services and healthcare among others.