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The job industry has become more competitive in current years now that applicants can go job hunting from the comfort of their own home with websites such as Linked IN and Seek.

With vast quantities of people online and marketing themselves to prospective organizations, it has become a requirement to be digital savvy to stand out above the pack.

For older generations who are accustomed to seeking work the traditional way, this has the potential to leave them out of their element and overlooked by employers.

“I believe it’s my age, I’m in that age bracket, in my 50’s, where a lot of companies are not interested in taking on somebody in that age bracket,” said Denise Docker, who has been out of work for two years now since the Government made her last job redundant.

Age has been shown to be a handicap in certain fields due to an assumed  lack of technical competency, the business image or physical requirements.

Older people, who have been out of work for a while, are now finding prospective employers are expecting basic skill sets involving digital technologies.

“If I was employing for a role that needed knowledge in certain technologies, then if an older candidate had the same aptitude with those technologies as the younger candidate, they certainly wouldn’t be discriminated against,” said Ray Pascoe, a small company owner.

For people such as Denise, who was let go from her last job due to Government budget cuts, it is fitting that the Government assume responsibility for providing her with training to make her more employable in the current job market.

Denise said that she was contacted by Seek to study for a certificate four in business free of charge, as they received Government sponsorship for people who were struggling to find work.

This is yet another example of the benefits which some people may be unknowingly forgoing as they have yet to step foot into the cyber world.

Online job hunting does pose its flaws as well as its advantages however.

Whilst it makes it easier for people to network and get in touch with the right people, it also floods the job market and dilutes the talent pool when employers are forced to sift through dozens, or sometimes hundreds of online job applications.

Like with most elements of day to day life that have integrated themselves online, society will need to find its balance with the new and the traditional to find synergy.


According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate in Australia rose to six per cent in February this year, for the first time in more than a decade. This jobless rate tops the figure reached during the height of the global financial crisis, when unemployment peaked at 5.9 per cent in June 2009.

Jomana Najeb is a Master of Creative Media graduate with a vast range of work experiences. “I’ve worked mainly in admin type roles, I’ve done a lot of project management, marketing, community events, I’ve also worked in sales…I’ve done a lot of various things, I’ve even worked in Communications as well.” Unfortunately with Victoria experiencing one of the highest jobless rates in the nation, finding work has been a challenge for Jomana and many others in a similar situation as her. Many people are becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of opportunities despite their qualifications and skills.

For some it means venturing into alternative avenues to ensure they remain employed. Brendan Pearson is from recruitment agency, OzRecruits. He says the rise in unemployment rate has impacted their work. “There’s been a marked increase in the number of applications we’re seeing as unemployment grows, we’re noticing that a lot more people are finding out about our services.” Mr Pearson says some people are deviating towards other career paths they feel provide more stability. Additionally, Mr Pearson indicates a noticeable rise in interest for courses undertaken to develop skills necessary for some roles. With the shortage of full-time positions, OzRecruits has observed a trend towards job searchers applying for part-time, casual and even temporary roles.

Meanwhile, health experts are concerned about the health effects of lengthy periods spent in front of computer screens searching and applying for jobs. Psychologist and health advocate, Santilla Charlton says people should have a routine for their day while job searching and incorporate physical activity. “We encourage people to take some breaks as you would if you were in an office. Stretch your legs, go outside and get some fresh air. Make sure you eat healthily, don’t sit eating at the computer desk. Make sure you go somewhere, maybe outside in the backyard and have your lunch there.”

For Jomana, among many tasks on her daily to-do list, she has ensured exercise takes a high priority. To clear her mind from the stress of applications, she goes for a walk each day and has joined her local gym. Furthermore, as the uncertainty of the job market continues, Jomana says she’s prepared for other options. “I spend a part of my time researching all these other opportunities for how I could work for myself because I’ve decided that the job market is getting smaller and I’d like to consider working for myself.”

Unemployment has always been a global issue, and there are many reasons why people lose their job, such as redundancy, company failure, or when they are injured. There are not enough jobs available for people, especially the young generation.

In recent years, more and more Chinese people choose to go abroad to study in order to have a better future. However, with fierce competition and differences in culture backgrounds, it is not easy to find a decent job in foreign countries.

Some students choose to open their own business. Is it the best way for international students?Actually, this solution has pros and cons.

If you think it is a fun and exciting career, you are only partially correct. There are also many unpredictable risks for the entrepreneur. However, not everyone wants to take risks, nor have abilities to tackle crisis.

In contrast, international students who are passionate and creative, as well as having the capacity for risk-taking and forecasting future possibilities are equipped to set up their own business. They can address the issue of unemployment. Moreover, they also can enhance their individual value, and make their life better and happier via their efforts.

In my story, I interviewed a dancer who is named Yiaoqian Guo. She was out of work because she injured her waist, and could not stand on the stage to dance as a professional folk dancer. However, she did not give up, and chose to come to Melbourne to study and to update her skills. Now she has opened her own dance training centre in Melbourne.

I hope that her story will encourage international students who are facing difficulty in their careers to improve their outlook. I also want to inspire them to never give up on their dreams. If you have passion and believe you can do well, just make an effort and try to do it. Even if we face difficulties in our lives, we should build confidence for the future.

Finally, I want to say some additional words. Individuals have different psychological frustration tolerance when they face difficulties. Some people can quickly overcome negative feelings and turn over a new leaf. However, others may experience a low mood for a long time. If you are the latter, you would be better to find positive ways to adjust your situation. Whatever the reasons, we should believe that everyday will be a brilliant new start.

Melbourne leads the way for creating sporting opportunities for young girls.

Most girls around the world would dream of having the opportunity to play and use the same facilities as their favourite sporting heroes such as Raphael Nadal and Maria Sharapova.

Here in Melbourne, girls have access to exactly that. They can rub shoulders with Casey Dellacqua and Jelena Dokic while training at the National Tennis Centre. They can use the star’s facilities to get changed, play on the same courts and have access to international coaches for their tennis lessons.

Eleven year old Jennifer Madgwick is part of the National Tennis Centre’s Development Squad and trains there after school. “I really enjoy tennis, it’s a very social sport and I can train here after school as it’s only a short drive away for my mum”, she said.

AFL is also a huge part of Melbourne’s sporting culture and it’s not unusual for kids to be overly passionate about supporting their favourite team. Some kids start playing AusKick at five years old. Although AFL is traditionally played by men, the local footy clubs usually try and cater for the girls who have a passion for the sport. “I can kick a footy as well as the boys at school. My teacher asked me to join the school AFL team and he put me straight into the full forward position because of my kick. The boys didn’t mind, as I scored a few goals,” Jennifer said.

Chris Pearce, who has been involved in the local community for many years, has enjoyed working at local sporting clubs. “Australia’s known throughout the world for its sporting excellence. I think in Australia, girls have the same opportunities as boys to participate actively in sports, all the way through to the highest level, where all our most wonderful champions have represented Australia”, he said.

Melbourne offers girls a huge range of representative and local sporting opportunities, in basketball, netball, athletics and AFL, that cater for girls at all levels. “Most clubs have teams at every level, and as you learn the game and the rules, you can progress into the development squad if you really like the sport”, Jennifer said.

Career Paths by Kristel Dee

Posted: May 29, 2014 by kristeldee in Deakin University, Education

As more and more jobs are lost due to the influence of economical and governmental forces, finding stable employment is becoming harder and harder to attain.

This is especially worrying for current students and graduates who are or have already dedicated years into studying, only to end up struggling to secure employment within their respective fields, or worse yet, remain unemployed.

For most students and graduates, entering the corporate world can become strenuous and frustrating. The employment process is a rigorous system that can sometimes feel specifically selective to applicants who have years of relevant experience. In most cases, students and graduates often lack corporate experience due to educational priorities and inflexible working availabilities.

Graduate Careers Australia’s annual Australian Graduate Survey reveals that there was deterioration in the short-term employment prospects of new graduates in 2013 compared to 2012. Out of 182,174 Australian resident bachelor degree graduates, 71.3% were found to have entered a full-time role within four months of completing their degrees whilst 18.1% had secured part-time or casual positions whilst continuing to pursue full-time employment.

Increasingly, many students and graduates have been turning to employment services and training initiatives in hopes of boosting their chances in securing gainful employment.

Whilst it seems that a majority of graduates find full-time employment, it remains unclear if their full-time roles are relevant to their field of study. For most, settling into a role they have fallen in becomes their only viable option whilst some continue to pursue further studies in order to broaden their horizons.

For the unlucky few who continue to work part-time or casually in mainstream fields like retail, financial burden can quickly settle in and relying on government assistance is their only way of remaining stable.

However, although tertiary education is pursued by many and arguably essential in developing a lasting career, a select few opt a different route. Starting a full-time career in entry-level roles that require little to no prerequisite is sometimes a more suitable option for those who have no desire in higher education. For them, this means that they have the chance to climb the corporate ladder earlier, however, may mean settling for a lower salary than that awarded to a bachelor degree graduate in the same position.

Ultimately, entering the workforce as a full-time employee can be daunting for everyone, however, when it comes to developing a career, it is noteworthy to consider that there are various avenues that can be taken beyond tertiary education.


Grad Stats 2013, Employment and salary outcomes of recent higher education graduates, Graduate Careers Australia, retrieved 25 May 2014,

Coffee Culture in Melbourne by Yun Geng

Posted: May 25, 2014 by cactus725 in Deakin University

When talking about the coffee culture in Melbourne, people will always said amazing. World Barista Champion Pete Licata who comes from the United States said that the coffee culture in Melbourne is just incredible.

According to a recent news release on CNN website that Melbourne is on the rank of “eight of the world great coffee cities.” Therefore, I decided to go to the 2014 Melbourne International Coffee Expo to learn the great and diverse coffee culture in Melbourne and get some inspiration. The expo was hold from May 15 to May 18 at MELBOURNE SHOWGROUNDS. Two days for trading and opened to public on weekends.

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In the coffee expo, I met a Barista, John, who participated in this expo from LAVAZZA, an Italian style coffee brand. I invited him to shared his view of how he thought of the coffee culture in Melbourne. John said he thought people in Melbourne have their specific thoughts and high required on coffee taste: their tastes and their favor. And he said after he being to different countries in Europe, he found he liked working here and in this coffee field.

There are also many baristas here for competition. you can easily feel the tense atmosphere established at the scenes, the process of a competitor whose name is Sarah, comes from Queensland, making coffee is really attractive, you can find her nervous, on the other hand, you can also find how enthusiastic she is on making coffee. From this expo, we can know that the coffee culture in Melbourne is really popular.

In addition, you can find coffee shops on every corner, even on the school campus, which has also proved that Melbourne has a great coffee culture. Therefore, I also visited some independent cafés, and then invited them to tell me what they think about the coffee culture in Melbourne? Lynne is a barista from Stream Café, an independent coffee shop in BURWOOD. She accepted my interview and shared her view about the coffee culture in Melbourne. She believed that the coffee culture in Melbourne is very diverse and people love coffee so much.

Just as what I said before that it is also very easy to find cafe in school campus, I also visited the different coffee shops on the DEAKIN UNIVERSITY campus, such as The Corner, Sage and Caffeine. What is more, I also asked an overseas student about how the coffee culture in Melbourne affected him. His told me that his drinking habit have been deeply affected since they came to Melbourne. He said hen he was in China, he just drank tea, but after he get there, he began to drink coffee and now he is happy to try different types of coffee.

As far as I am concerned, I strongly believe that Melbourne deserves to be ranked “eight of the world great coffee cities.”

I still wish, additionally, this video can help you learn better about the coffee culture in Melbourne.






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Anonymity is a controversial topic in the age of information. We are all entitled to our own opinions on the subject but what cannot be disputed is the fact that anonymity allows an individual the freedom to step outside of their social, economic and even physical status in life and speak freely on a topic considered taboo.  The internet seems to be the battlefield where this statement is put most to the test.

The video link at the bottom of this post is a link to a certain review of a particular multilevel marketing company(MLM), which is yet another subject of controversy.  Interestingly enough, the author has chosen to remain anonymous.

Organizations like this are similar to the ocean tides; they are transnational titans that go back and forth freely from shores across the globe, sweeping up one generation and disappearing, only returning to impart the same lesson on the children of yesterday. In a very sad way, such deceptions have become a form of initiation into adulthood for many. A lesson some might say on the mechanics of deception. While I have never directly participated in MLM, like most people, if not literally all, there are only a few degrees of separation between myself and a victim of this industry. To my recent surprise, my parents too even participated in Amway.

The way to challenge these giants is through information, except companies like this also spend millions of dollars in Public Relations attempting to create an image of transparency. It wouldn’t be insane to suggest these MLM organizations also hold a monopoly on the flow of information regarding their industry and public perception as well. They achieved this through the rigorous management of search engine tools like AdWords, AdSense, SEO and a splash of Astroturfing.

Many people have claimed that these corporations are cult-like in their ability to implant ideas, change personalities and warp opinions; they are masters in the craft of brainwash.

They are a threat that desperately needs to be re-considered by governments across the world, especially for the future integrity of the internet.

This video is interesting as it is not an answer to this problem but a means of verifying who the bad guys in this industry are.  The person who made it obviously wanted to withhold their identity for the purpose of protecting themselves against the financial liability possibly involved in standing up against such an industry.

The clip lasts for 11 minutes and can be viewed here.