How being a student is like being a circus performer

There are questions that all students ask themselves, for example, how am I supposed to work, study, keep fit, socialise, do the housework and get eight hours of sleep a day? This is why being a student is like being a circus performer, because you are constantly balancing, juggling and trying to perform.

The balancing act

I think we all know and understand what it is like to try and balance our time between our families, work commitments, that special time with friends, the sports we play and, of course, those all-important rest periods. Successfully managing your time is really important because it is great to spend quality time studying, but don’t have unrealistic expectations of yourself. Your brain needs a break too, so create a flexible study schedule allowing a balanced amount of time for all of your activities. Ensuring you have balance in your life is important for motivating you to stick at your studies. A flexible study schedule will also help to allow for those unexpected incidents that inevitably happen in your life, such as illness, extra shifts at work and invitations to parties. It is also important that you communicate your study schedule to your family, friends and employer so that everyone understands the demands of being a student and so they can work in their demands on your time around your workload.

Read the full article here: http://social.usq.edu.au/study-tips/2015/05/lisa-why-students-are-like-circus-performers

How to identify and remove study distractions in 2 easy steps

I’ve come up with a simple two-step solution to get rid of those nasty, unnecessary study distractions! This semester has been pretty hectic for me – 4th year psychology – and I’ve definitely needed to get rid of those distractions that just aren’t necessary in my life anymore. And, of course, we’re really getting into the nitty gritty part of semester. Let’s get our fingers typing, people!

So, what are these two steps? Right now you must be shouting ‘Nick! Nick! Just tell me these two easy steps!’ Well…

Read the full article here: http://social.usq.edu.au/study-tips/2015/05/nick-remove-distractions

Why I chose to study my degree

With so many options out there, it can be a little daunting when trying to decide which degree to take on. From philosophy to mechanical engineering, or even baking technology management or puppetry (yes, those are actual degrees!), there’s a multitude of possibilities that can ‘wow’ you about almost anything you might wish to learn more about. If I could impart just one piece of advice though, it would be to choose to study something that you’re truly passionate about. Of course there are other considerations (such as employment prospects and potential salary post-degree), but if you consider all of that and ensure that your chosen degree aligns with something you’re passionate about, you really can’t go wrong.

Read the full article here: http://www.usq.edu.au/SocialHub/study-work/2015/04/jodie-why-i-chose-my-degree

The break-time options

Ah! Mid-semester break… don’t you just love it? I know that I do. Two weeks of holidays when there are no lectures to attend! It would be so easy to just sit back, put my feet up and relax. After all, a little bit of rest and relaxation is good for the brain! I keep telling myself that I deserve a well-earned break and I have even convinced myself that it will lead to copious amounts of inspiration that will help me with my studies in the second-half of the semester.

Read the full article here: http://www.usq.edu.au/SocialHub/study-tips/2015/03/lisa-break-time-again

How to overcome a workplace that doesn’t support study

It can be hard enough keeping up with your coursework, let alone trying to juggle work as well. But what do you do if your workplace doesn’t support your study? You may not be able to change the situation completely, but chances are that there’s a couple of things you can do to make life a little bit easier, and that’s what this blog post is all about.

Read the full article here: http://social.usq.edu.au/study-work/2015/03/jodie-support-study

Building B? More like building A+! Our new Springfield building

So, the new building (Building B) at Springfield Campus is open for business, and, of course, it’s pretty cool. It’s a pretty big occasion that a lot of us have been looking forward to and I’d like to tell you a little bit about it.

This is what it looked like in January last year:

So perhaps, that isn’t all that impressive. However, get ready for the after shot…

This is what it looks like now!

It’s pretty sweet and I plan to make the most of it during my last year of study.

Read the full article here: http://social.usq.edu.au/uni-lifestyle/2015/03/nick-new-springfield-bldg

Singin’ the back to study blues again?

Ah yes! The post-holiday back to study blues. I am coming to know this song well, because at this time of year I sing it loud. For the last couple of months I have socialised, enjoyed leisure activities and relaxed to my hearts delight, but the holiday fun is all but gone… it’s now just a fading memory and we all have to step back into study mode reality!

Read the full article here: http://www.usq.edu.au/SocialHub/study-tips/2015/03/lisa-back-to-study-blues#sthash.dR74G0Ti.dpuf

New year, new resolutions?!

I have to keep reminding myself that it’s already 2015 and that Semester 1 has arrived. If all goes to plan, I’ll be graduating from my teaching degree at the end of this semester, so I have been pretty focused this week on planning for success.

I’ve decided to keep myself on track by making resolutions focused on areas such as study, health, family and travel. As all areas of my life affect my study in some way, it made sense that I would need resolutions (or ‘goals for improvement’ as I prefer to call them) in multiple areas for maximum effect. I hope that this blog post will help you to join me in making resolutions that will make a genuine difference.

Read the full article here: http://social.usq.edu.au/study-tips/2015/02/jodie-new-year-resolutions

Doc, we’ve got to go back!

As I’m sure some of you are aware, 2015 is the year that Marty McFly arrives in Hill Valley. Not only am I eagerly excited about his entry, I am also excited for the fashion that we are expected to be wearing in October this year.

Okay… so yeah, not great. However, if we get rid of the man-bun, how many of us will really be disappointed?

Read the full article here: http://social.usq.edu.au/study-tips/2015/03/nick-we-have-to-go-back

How to network your way into a job

graduation goals - networking towards a careerAnybody else looking forward to this moment?

A big part of studying at university is networking. We don’t only want the piece of paper once we finish our degrees, do we? We also want to have developed networks within our chosen field by the end of our degree, because this might make it a tad easier to actually get a job at the end of the day. I don’t know about you, but I definitely want a job at the end of my degree!

There are a number of ways to use networking as a tool to help you gain employment, but these are the some of the ways I’ve used networking to further my career.

Your peers at uni
Creating and using the contacts you make while at university is important. This doesn’t only apply to your university lecturers, who obviously are within your field of study, but also your university peers, who you may just bump into a number of times after uni is finished. Having a relationship with your peers can be beneficial if they find a job in the same organisation or field you are trying to break into. A good word from someone already on the inside can be the foot in the door you need, and we’ve all heard the expression, ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know’.

Work experience
It’s also important to try and work in a related field while studying. For myself, I am working at an Outside School Care as an Educator, looking after children from a range of backgrounds, ages and developmental abilities. This suits me, as I’m hoping to get a job at Kids Helpline next year and, along with my work with Lifeline, this is a perfect stepping stone towards my chosen career path. I have met many like-minded individuals through work, including a number of peers who are studying psychology (like me), education and child services.

Volunteering
If you’re unable to gain a paid job in a related field to the degree you’re studying, volunteering is always an option that will enable you to gain work experience that will help you attain paid employment in future.

digital networking

Technology
A good way to create and maintain the contacts you make during your degree, work experience or by volunteering is via the social media site LinkedIn. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically the professional version of Facebook. People can visit your page and find out your career aspirations and desires and your tertiary qualifications. If you haven’t checked it out, do it now!

After all, we are in the technology age, and I don’t think it would surprise anyone if I say that technology is likely to have a massive impact on nearly every profession in the following years. As a psychology student who volunteers as a Telephone Crisis Supporter for Lifeline, I see evidence of this every week. Similarly, some psychology therapy sessions actually happen over webcam or the phone, due to people living in rural areas of the country.

So, being up-to-date with technology is definitely a necessity for networking with peers.

Connecting with peers during your degree and making industry contacts via work experience, volunteering and by using technology are all valuable ways of networking that will help you get job at the end of your degree.  I know they’ve definitely helped me!