I recently wrote this article after running a series of financial literacy workshops at Newcastle University Students Association (www.NUSA.org.au) and was shocked to have students attending the workshops who were earning as little as $11 per hour in their casual jobs. There are heaps of great resources available to educate workers about their rights - this article will tell you (or your teen) where to go to get information.
I'm taking some of my own advice at the moment and re-focussing my career and direction on what I most enjoy - coaching!
A survey completed by University of Newcastle psychology department identified that narcissistic tendencies are common in difficult employees. The good news are there are specific strategies you can employ to deal with these people.
"...the ATAR does not determine the course of the rest of your life. If you don't do as well as you had hoped - and there are many reasons why people don't - it is not the end of your career hopes."
Returning to the workplace can feel daunting - but help is at hand - check out our checklist below to help get you started.
''I must have heard the word 'no' a thousand times,'' she told Forbes last year. Yet, ''it didn't faze me. I didn't have a special ability, it was sheer drive and telling myself to keep going.'' Spanx Founder, Sara Blakely.
A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald outlined the role of failure in business success and how a family culture of embracing failure helped Sara Blakely successfully launch Spanx, becoming the youngest self-made female billionaire in history.
One of the conundrums of modern life is the amount of choice we have. Endless data, information and facts are available instantaneously 24/7 via our keyboards, tablets and phones. Want to know something - then just Google it! Learning at your fingertips. However all this choice and information can be paralysing.
One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go. - Sheila Murray Bethel.
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any." – Alice Walker.
Many people I have been working with have been experiencing very similar challenges in the work environment - dealing with difficult people and in particular, being assertive. Whilst it may feel that it is impossible to stand up to difficult people at work, being assertive is a skill that can be learned, and by starting with small, achievable steps you can build your confidence and begin to make changes.
Start with knowing yourself, and then take one small step at a time.
Many of us think that we can't change. You're stuck in old habits, and old ways of being that frustrate and keep you in the same cycle of failure. You want to break out of it but feel trapped.
I am here to tell you that we can all change - you just have to open your mind to the possibility and get started.
Here's my top three tips I've learned about changing our lives both through my own experience and through helping clients achieve their goals:
Attitude is not born, but is chosen by us all. Herb Elliott
I have been watching a fantastic show on the ABC called Sporting Nation which has looked at Australia's sporting history - not just what we've achieved as a nation, but how we watch sport and participate in it.
Tonight's episode included some brilliant nuggets of wisdom from a number of our elite athletes including Cathy Freeman, Shane Gould, Mark Ella, Pat Rafter and Herb Elliott. They all spoke about how commitment and dedication to the task in sport is fundamental to success - and how this lesson from sport can be applied to every aspect of our lives to help us all achieve our potential.