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

My final blog: student travel and uni holidays

Hello guys! It’s Jose again, reporting to you live from a little island off of our beautiful home country. That’s right, I snuck out to do a little more travelling. Oops. Oh well, let’s hope you guys are too.

I have one final blog post to write, so will make the most of this opportunity to share some quick final tips to help enjoy your final weeks of university holidays.

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LUGGAGE SPACE
Do NOT bring too many of your study books on your holidays. It is good to bring some, however, I have lost quite a few and they are not cheap to replace.

GETTING YOUR UNI BOOKS
If you decide to extend your holiday, ensure you find a safe avenue to get your books shipped out to you. Orchestrating and tracking international shipping is hard at the best of times. Try and find a friend or relative to bring them over. Or, get in touch with your SRO or the USQ library to discuss ways you can access your course materials from overseas.

MONKEY WAITERS
Do not be afraid to dive in and experience local restaurants. As long as you don’t see your food fall on the floor and you’re not being served by a monkey, you will be perfectly fine. Side note: I have been served by a monkey before. Not as fun as it sounds. If your waiter is a monkey, smile, wave and whatever you do, do not eat the food.

TRAVEL & TECHNOLOGY
Allow technology to help you, but be careful not to allow it to consume your holiday. Don’t be one of those travellers who are more focused on photographing the perfect Facebook display picture than enjoying the view.

However, there is an app that I recently discovered that I would highly suggest downloading before you venture out to explore new lands. It is called AroundAbout (@aroundaboutapp).

This travel app solves a problem that has troubled travellers for generations: too much to see and not enough time, by economising your time and showing you a plethora of options available in your area.

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Not sure where to eat? AroundAbout It! Need a new activity? AroundAbout it! Fancy a cocktail or good cup of coffee? AroundAbout it!

It is so simple that anyone, even a monkey waiter, could use it to SEE and DO MORE on their holidays when time is limited. If there is one thing that I have learned in 10 years on the road, it is that TIME is the most valuable of commodities.

DO IT
Travel for as long as you can. Travel has been and always will be the greatest of motivators to show you what you truly want. It also inspires you to see things differently and you will learn a lot, and then you’ll be able to bring this new found knowledge to your university studies!

With that my friends, I bid you farewell and for your own sake, go, enjoy your time and do NOT waste a second of it.

Au Revoir

José R. Bishop
(ON STRANGER SHORES http://www.onstrangershores.com)

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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!

My graduation goals

Wow. I can’t believe it’s that time of year again when students from all around have either just finished their studies, are bracing themselves for summer semester or those lucky ones who have found themselves at the conclusion of their journey. Congratulations, one and all! You made it, however far you have made it along your journey, you are at least part of the way. Studying at university can really take you places that at times feel out of this world.

krisi graduation journey

Which one of these kinds of students am I, do you ask? I am the kicking-on kind. I have just reached the end of a 3-year bachelor degree and I am launching straight into honours. Now that I am moving into a whole new era of study, I have been considering what my goals are for the future.

The challenge I have accepted is further study. The goal I have set myself is to achieve honours of the first class and, consequently, a better chance of being accepted into postgraduate study. Wait, let me actually seriously consider that for a moment. That is a lot of 7s. Before I blast-off at the beginning of the year continuing on as a full-time student, I am really going to have to consider how much rocket fuel I have at this point in my studying career. After all, I don’t want to let my personal needs nor, dare I say it, grades fall victim to outer space!

krisi - victim of outer space

The ultimate question then, is to study full-time or to study part-time. Achieving the best GPA that I have ever dreamed of setting my sights on is going to be no mean feat. It is certainly going to require a lot of my attention to stay on-course to achieve that first class honours. Should I take the longer route that gives me the most time to navigate the asteroids or should I start the count down from 10, shut my eyes and prepare to blast-off along the most direct path?

Lucky for me, I have a bit of time on my hands to think about this before I decide which trip I will take. There is always going to be something great about being a full-time student, studying the maximum course load in order to get to that number one goal of a dream career faster. At the same time, there is a-whole-‘nother world out there that I haven’t even experienced yet. The idea of studying part-time, giving me extra time to study for each course, achieve academic success and have the opportunity to  start crossing off some of my other goals, like traveling, is incredibly tempting.

I am interested to know, what were the goals you set yourself after you finished your bachelor degree? Did you choose to complete further study or decide on another course of action? Who knows, maybe you even experienced the same dilemma as me. I would love to hear about your experiences after graduating!