3 ways to waste your youth and build your value

Youth  is  wasted on the young, but no experience is ever irrelevant to the clever millennial. Take that George Bernard Shaw

I see so many 20-somethings (like myself) languishing with a lack of career direction- feeling they “should be” on a more certain path doing one thing or another.

Knowing three words can help you map your next move, regardless of your age or stage in your career:

  1. Skills
  2. Interests
  3. Qualifications (or Achievements)

Your Skills are what you are known to do well, backed by experience.
Your Interests  are what you choose to enjoy, they can be more niche like hobbies.
Your Qualifications (or Achievements) are a representation of what you want to do.

Like a Venn Diagram, any combination of these three things can overlap to help add value, and give you direction.

For me personally, I am in a seemingly unique, but not uncommon, position; I have no formal qualifications relevant to my current role. My interests in the social media and Government  come together with my pre-existing skill set from numerous internships and retail jobs. Because I am mentally stimulated by my interests, I am engaged to learn new skills.
Is this the secret to LOVING your job like I do? Who knows!

Not all formal qualifications have the same practical (read: practicum) element – E.g. Nursing vs Engineering vs Public Relations. There is no ‘lesser’ profession in any industry, based on how much “relevant experience” you have.

In my opinion, “relevant experience” is just a pair of words strung together which induces fear into the heart of Graduates – all experience is relevant, don’t believe the oxymoron!

Any qualification combined with a pre-existing skill set are the bricks and mortar of of the road anyone can journey on to discover specific or new interests.

Conversely, your skills and interests can compel some people to study again, to acquire new qualifications.

All of these combinations add value, nothing is irrelevant to the bigger picture. The end result is an excellent situational knowledge. Realising that every ‘irrelevant’ experience – study, previous work and your interests – you have had has been quietly adding to your value is a game changer.


Waste your youth – it’s all (chaotic) good!

Also published on LinkedIn Pulse.

Busy Sickness: There is a difference

No better time than the end of the week to reflect between being busy and productive; and knowing the difference.

My mantra has been “better busy than bored” for many years now, and I now digress from it. To be busy simply means “to be occupied”, or “to have a great deal to do”, it does not equate to being productive, or a feeling of fulfilment.
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Talk Nerdy to Me: Be like Bamboo in your next Interview

Job Interviews, Public Speaking and Taxes are are three  (semi-masochistic but) necessary experiences. I enjoy professional Job interviews; they have been one of the best character building experiences for me so far.

All are fear-inducing, thrilling and potentially rewarding;
but can you balance your sense of self and your professional appeal in a job interview?

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Talk Nerdy to Me: Understanding Gen-Y & the Barnum (effect)

*The following blog post contains views that are personal and entirely my own*

Since starting my own career journey in the glossed halls of retail in 2008, I have had some compelling experiences. As a result, I am motivated to improve the experience of Gen Y in our workplaces.

As a paid employee and Intern/Volunteer, I have regularly witnessed and experienced (the) varying degrees of success in the workplace.

Generation Y are an information-saturated Generation, our interests are in no way limited by our chosen industry or study.  I, personally orbit both the creative  and the analytical (in no particular order): fashion, retail, social media, blogging, current affairs, politics, history and digital communication.

Contrast can be challenging for such a talented generation who are attempting to harness the benefits of this so early in our careers.

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The Double Diss: Canberra goes ‘Mean Girls’

Image Credit: None that I readily admit to. Not my image,yet  my best and worst hack photoshop job, ever.

I can always use an excuse for a Mean Girls (2004) reference and tonight seemed as good of a time as any.

There’s chit chat around the Hill (Canberra) that Malcolm might call an early (pre-September) Election because the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) Bill was defeated for a second time. If a Bill is blocked by the other House three times, then it cannot be re-introduced, so this places the Prime Minister in a tricky spot – try again? or advise the Governor General (GG) to dissolve Parliament and call an early election?

Now for the Mean Girls references:

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How Attitude can make a rotten Apple

Featured Image Source: Cartoon Movement

“It’s better to be a pirate than join the navy.”

-Steve Jobs

I had the pleasure of an advanced screening of Steve Jobs (2015) recently, and it got me thinking.

Do the attitudes and decisions of CEOs and people associated with a brand matter if a brand has commercial success?
Has affluenza afflicted us with a selective moral blindness?

Yes – a kind of tunnel vision.

Look down at your iPhone, iPod, iPad or Apple product:

Name the (late) CEO – what was the name of the daughter that he denied paternity of (despite a positive test) ?

Without touching the Apple product, where is it designed? Where are the parts assembled?

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Social Media: Socially necessary?

According to a recent survey, at least 61% of Fortune500 CEOs are not active on any of the major social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Working in the digital industry, around websites and social media  – this initially perplexed me.

But then again, (CEO or not) is participation in social media necessary?

Off the back of my own social media hiatus, I’m going to say no.

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My Two Cents: Tony Ab-boot-ed Out of Power

Tonight Tony Abbott was voted out of his position as Prime Minister by the Liberal Party.

I could honestly discuss leadership spills, personalities, power plays and finer details of the spill but, I have already written extensively about Leadership Spills in previous posts, particularly “Cleaning up after the Spill” from earlier this year.

Australia hasn’t had a Prime Minister complete a full term of Government since John Howard in 2007.

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And Everything Inbetween: Has Social Media Influenced Healthy Eating?

I had a thought over my avocado and tomato omelette last Saturday morning.

Would I have bothered to cook this for myself if it wasn’t for social media?

While the actual truth is I didn’t have milk or bread – I cannot honestly say if I would have learned to cook an omelette/eggs if it wasn’t for social media.

Which leads me to my next question, has social media influenced our cooking and eating habits?


Has social media influenced MY cooking and eating habits?

Yes and I am happy for it.

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