Forestry Industry S.E NSW By Indi Wood

Posted: June 1, 2014 by indiwood in Economics, Environment

Whether you think it’s due to the environmental movement, operational costs or an international market most people these days are aware that the forestry industry has undergone a downturn over the last couple of years. Interestingly though, that’s not actually true of the entire industry.

Although hardwood timbers are becoming more and more difficult to sell, the softwood timber industries such as treated pine and softwood timber framing have caused the mill in Bombala to boom, attracting international backers. A Korean company bought the locally owned mill in Bombala and with a massive injection of funds they have installed a computerized mill that will cut as much timber in one six hour shift as the manual team could do in a week.

In Eden the hardwood chip mill went through this kind of boom in about 2008 and is now owned by Japanese backers. Peter Mitchell, the general manager of South East Fiber Exports, now tells me that he is not in a position to tell the community how long their operation will last in its current form. This year they look set to export almost half of the 1.1 million tonnes they shipped in 2008. So, how successful are these multinational organizations? In small regional communities like Eden or Bombala they offer a great boost to a regional economy but what does it mean if the community looses control of their local employer? We also have to ask ourselves the question how far would these local businesses have gone without the international support and how does a regional center balance out all these concerns.

Although the hardworking communities of Eden and Bombala stay standing at this point,  it’s the hard working Victorians who will be effected by this reduction. If, however, the reduction does effect the Eden based mill. As the communities major employer the outcome will be concerning to say the least.

As Peter Mitchell said ‘I’ve lived in this community for 30 years and had to be neighbors with people I’ve made redundant’ in a tight knit community any troubles with the major employer have an effect on the whole town.


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,

Rebuilding after redundancy by Alex de Vos

Posted: May 29, 2014 by Alex in Music

Supplement to my UGS: The impact of being made redundant mid-life.

By Alex de Vos

Marketing expert Jess Benton was 30 when she was made redundant from her role as an online content manager for a small PR agency.
Although the redundancy was initially a shock, it was an opportunity for Jess to pursue a dream of opening up her own small business.
She later went on to secure a full-time role with a company she truly admires.
But not everyone who is made redundant will use the opportunity to move roles or even climb the corporate ladder.
For those who are laid off in mid-life, redundancy can be a big problem.
Conflict Solvers’ mental health trainer Fred Stern said although there’s a percentage of employees who won’t find redundancy stressful, the “bulk” of people are likely to suffer a mental health illness.
“Some people might see the redundancy as something that has finally forced them to do something different with their lives so for them it won’t be stressful,” he said.
But for the older generation, being made redundant can bring on a lot of stress, he said.
Mr Stern noted depression and anxiety as the most common types of mental health illnesses people are likely to suffer following a redundancy.
“The older the person is, quite often the more severe the mental illness is,” he said.
“They might have a big mortgage they’re trying to service or perhaps they’re still trying to put their children through school.”
Mr Stern advises people struggling to cope with redundancy to seek professional help.
“When people come in to see me I check that they’re in a frame of mind where they can actually cope, and then I advise them to see their local GP if the redundancy is taking a toll on their mental health,” he said.
“It’s important that people have support systems in place when they’re exiting the workforce –such as a supportive family or partner.”
But with the pension age set to rise to 70 by 2035, older employees might be forced to find other work after being axed.
In a move to help older employees find jobs, the federal government announced earlier this month it would pay subsidies of up to $10,000 over two years to employers who hire mature workers – those over 55.
Mr Stern said the government should be doing more to assist those made redundant later in their working careers.
“I think there needs to be more systems put in place to up-skill these workers so they are still employable, as well plenty of support for older people suffering mental health issues,” he said.

Although our nation is a developed one, driven by the revolution of technology and communication, the force that social media extends upon many industries is one that is often overlooked. The many ways that it impacts social elements in everyday contexts are one thing, but the ability it has given the unemployed is another. With many people still struggling to find work, moving the search to this online format has opened up a range of opportunities to job seekers that was never available before.

Traditional job boards such as Career One and SEEK have long upheld the employment search on the internet, but with the integration of social media into the business world, these websites are beginning to give way to a new kind of interactive tool for the unemployed. Those who are comfortable enough to use social media to find potential vacancies within their skillsets and job fields are finding work easier than they ever had previously. Additionally, businesses are able to minimise the efforts and costs of associated with traditional employment procedures by headhunting in circles of networks within their own social media professional networks.

Australia currently sits at one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the world, but the challenge for those without jobs is still a more prominent issue. Being able to spot work where it is available demands attention and constant monitoring of print medias, but the rise of the social media-business relationship means followers of certain companies can be contacted as soon as perspective job opportunities become available. Social media websites like LinkedIn are dominating the traditional resume and CV by enabling users to display their skills, experience and connections in a public space, whilst allowing those who view their profile to endorse them for their work efforts—what better way to advertise your abilities than to show them off in a global context?

Businesses are flocking to online sources to fill openings within their companies by using social media forums liked the aforementioned LinkedIn, the infamous Facebook and even Twitter to personally headhunt the perfect individual to become a part of their team. No longer do they have to go through the tedious task of interviewing without knowing what they’re truly going to get.

Not all Australians feel satisfied yet with replacing the face-to-face communication of traditional job seeking with social media, but its bound to become a major player in the way businesses go about driving their futures.

Recovering after redundancy (ALJ710 Lisa McGrath)

Posted: May 28, 2014 by lsmcgr in Music

By Lisa McGrath

With uncertainty in our economic climate, more people are facing the prospect of a redundancy. In recent years, Australia has seen thousands of people lose jobs, particularly in the manufacturing, telecommunications, mining and airline industries. Australian jobs have also been shipped offshore including sectors in call centres, banking, retail and information technology (IT). However, it’s not all doom and gloom, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the number of people unemployed decreased by 29,900 to 713,200, in March 2014.

Redundancy is a fact in our working lives, which many of us can not avoid. A job loss is a traumatic experience and while most of us take the news personally, sometimes there are other factors at play; where the job loss had nothing to do with the individual. Market changes, reorganisation, restructuring and change in executive management are all too prevalent in today’s business landscape, which can often lead to a loss of job. Professional services are available to help individuals move on and secure another job elsewhere. Some career assistance services will take a step further and encourage an individual to focus on the areas of interest and look at the change as an opportunity and not a rejection. Sometime’s a redundancy can be the best thing that ever happened to us. It can free you and force you to get out of your comfort zone.

Many people lives have changed for the better both personally and professionally. This story is about focusing on the positive and embracing the many opportunities waiting to be discovered.

Ian Renouf found himself in this position and quickly fell in the trap of feeling rejected. He lost his motivation which ultimately impacted on his love of competing in Ironman’s and triathlon’s. For a brief time, Ian lost control and stopped doing the things he loved doing the most in life. This caused a downward spiral where he almost reached the point of depression. Ian quickly picked himself up, dusted himself off and began searching online where he found the help of a career mentor. Richard Webbe coached Ian on building a memorable resume, interviewing with confidence and how to get in front of key corporate decision makers. Armed with these tips and some pre-arranged introductions, Ian was ready to face the world with a new outlook and perspective. He managed to secure a role which was a step up from his previous job and more challenging. Ian is now back in the game and back into his fitness training. He has now entered himself into several thriathlon’s and has more energy and motivation than ever before.

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People normally said if you are looking for a high-level education to build a strong foundation for your future, Australia is the place to do it. As at year-to-date (YTD) March 2014, there were 371,841 enrolments by full-fee paying international students in Australia on a student visa.


International student data

In recent years, controversy surrounding the alleged bashing of Chinese students in Sydney has shocked the student community. China’s largest television network and consular officials warned that Australia was no longer safe for Chinese students. Thus, more and more international family want to know what kind of life overseas students have in Australia.

It takes time to understand the Australian culture, and International students feel homesick and depressed as coping with a new culture can be challenging. One of the solutions is ‘Homestay’ arrangement, which allows for a cultural exchange between a local individual or family and a visiting international student. An international student lives as a guest in the host’s family home. The homestay experience helps the student understand the culture and customs of the region in which they are studying. Students pay a weekly fee, which varies depending on your level of service. For example, how many meals your host provides you with.

But, this arrangement is not without its own share of issues. Namiho Tamura, she works for Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI)’s reception, says some students recently came to see her to complain about their homestay parents.
[My name is Namiho, from Japan, working in the reception at DUELI. I have some students come to the reception who got some problems. But in recently, I have some students who have got homestay issues. They can’t communicate with their house family very well, or they just feel lonely in their room, they can’t go to living room, they just stay in their room, they just want change their homestay family to get more better opportunity, yes, something like this.]

For others it can be a pleasant experience. Tony Startari, 40 years old man, is a homestay father. He supports homestay and says that homestay parents should take care of overseas students like their own children.

[Tony: We started our homestay career about 5 years ago. We saw the ad in the local newspaper, and we thought it should be a good idea to met oversea student, learn different cultures and life. We have many students from different countries these years. Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Colombia, and of course China.
Mandy: Have you heard some students have conflict with their homestay parents? What you think about it?
Tony: I have heard a few incidents. I think it’s mainly be because of the language barrier. Initially, students come out to Australia. But, in time, that all resolve itself. It can be difficult, people in a homestay famliy and with numbers of people living there, to get alone with students, but usually they resolve themselves.]
Ms Tamura recommends students choose to live with a homestay family when they first time come to Melbourne.

The Australian Homestay Network “AHN” has recently been commended by the Australian Government Senate. If you want to have experience living with a homestay family in Australia, you can check it online. It provides useful information.


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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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