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Why Transferrable Skills are SO Important

While exams, placements and assessments are all important elements of a university degree, there are other things you can do to fill out your CV and make you a more skilled graduate.  When you start searching for graduate employment, you will likely come across the term “transferable skills” during your job search and wonder what it means. While the whole process can be overwhelming at … Continue reading Why Transferrable Skills are SO Important

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The One Thing Your Future Employer Wants You To Do Now

Although University is a place to have fun, meet new people and study for the degree program of your choice, it is also an important stepping stone into the working world. At the University of Newcastle there are plenty of ways you can get ahead to ensure you stand out from the crowd when you’re approaching graduation and start applying for graduate jobs. Career Connect … Continue reading The One Thing Your Future Employer Wants You To Do Now

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How to get the most out of Orientation Week

Orientation Week is a rite of passage for first-year uni students. Along with sorting out the essentials at Student Central (hello parking permit and ID card), the week is an exciting and valuable opportunity to gain insight into the degree you have chosen to study and meet some of the people you’ll be learning alongside. Continue reading “How to get the most out of Orientation Week”

Top Tips for Staying Safe Online

As we increasingly live our lives online, it is important to take online privacy and security seriously. This means being proactive about our online safety, even though it is way easier to ignore it and hope for the best.                                                                                                                                 Information Technology (IT) lies at the heart of not only modern life, but a modern education and at the University of Newcastle we are lucky … Continue reading Top Tips for Staying Safe Online

How to stay connected with your friends and family throughout isolation

COVID-19 has made the world shift in a way that we’ve never seen before. Amongst quarantine, social distancing, isolation, business closures and job losses it’s no surprise many are finding it challenging to adjust and remain connected with others in the process.

I always knew I was an extrovert but spending the past couple of weeks inside with minimal exposure to the world outside my small unit and my housemate has made me realise how reliant I am on face-to-face contact with others. With all my University courses now online, the ability to work from home and social distancing guidelines in place, I am one of the lucky ones who have the ability to isolate themselves during this time. Trust me, during my first few days of isolation I didn’t feel lucky at all. As a fairly social and active person, staying indoors all day made me feel more disconnected to the world around me than I ever have despite access full to social media and the news.

Above all, my first couple of weeks practising social distancing has made me realise the importance of staying close to those you care about and taking the time to work on relationships despite the barrier of physical isolation.

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Four foolproof ways to stay off social media when Studying

It can be ever so tempting to keep reaching for your phone to get that instant dopamine hit by checking the constant stream of updates and notifications that keep coming through. But this isn’t helping you ace your studies at all. It’s time to buckle down and get on top of your studies and we have the top tips to help you do just that

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How to maintain a healthy diet and routine at home

Studying from home is a change of pace for many students. Adapting to a new way of learning can be difficult and is especially tough during this time. Setting up a healthy routine and sticking to it when studying from home is essential not only for your own wellbeing but also so you are able to work to the best of your ability.

We know that being healthy means getting enough sleep, exercise and nutrients – but with things in the world changing every day, the added stress can make it difficult to stay on top of things. It’s ok to be overwhelmed! Try and follow these tips to make sure you are looking after yourself throughout this period.

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How the University celebrated International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of all women and women-identifying individuals.

The day is all about unity, reflection, advocacy and action – and marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality in all aspects of society.

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Five simple security tips for your share house

Living in a share house is a rite of passage for many uni students. There’s nothing quite like the joy of coming home to find your housemate has decided to have a house party on a Monday night when you have an exam the next day. Although the flip side is finding a bunch of people who you can laugh, cry and share budget vegan recipes with as you make memories that last a lifetime.

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Beyond the Resume: Why More and More Students are Volunteering

Becoming a volunteer doesn’t have to be a chore or even just something to chuck onto your resume and hope it impresses whoever is reading it.

As well as providing a platform for skill and network building, volunteering also allows students to get real world experience in areas of the community which they find interesting and even within organisations directly linked to future career goals.

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Mastering the art of living with housemates

Whether you’re living on-campus or in a share house, navigating the highs and lows of housemates can be challenging.

Along with the newfound independence that comes with moving out of home, you’ll also have to deal with other people’s potentially annoying habits and an assortment of other issues – not exactly desirable during peak assessment periods.

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