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December 13th, 2016

psychometric test tips

The psychometric test has become an important part of the recruiting process. The test evaluates candidates beyond their education, skills, and experience and instead measures a candidate’s mind. The test helps recruiters find the best people that suit the job as it shows employers the personal characteristics and cognitive ability of an individual and compare it with other individuals’ results.

Employers choose to use the psychometric test for a better overall evaluation of a candidate which could benefit both the employer and potential employee. The psychometric test is believed to show a candidate’s character, working style, strengths and weakness. It could also help show the potential future performance of a candidate and allow employers make a successful decision. The psychometric test has two main types; personality and ability.1

Personality and Interest

The personality and interest test measures how you do things and the way you interact with people within your environment. The mechanics of this test is that it is able to determine your personality through questions that ask about your feelings, thoughts and behaviour.

Aptitude and Ability

The aptitude and ability test measures your ability in carrying out different tasks and assesses logical reasoning and thinking performance. Within this test, there are sub topics including:

  1. Verbal Ability
  2. Evaluates you on your understand of the written and verbal language and usually include questions of spelling, grammar, sentence completion, analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deductions.
  1. Numeric Ability
  2. Covers basic arithmetic of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; number sequences; and simple mathematics of percentages, powers, fractions etc. The test is to assess your basic numeracy and could also be categorised as a speed test.
  1. Abstract Reasoning
  2. This test is different from the others as it includes questions that have little to no applicable use in the real world. The results are able to measure your general intellectual ability and whether you are able to understand complex ideas.
    The questions would require you to be able to recognise patterns and similarities between shapes and figures. They are most important for jobs that involve dealing with abstract ideas and concepts and jobs that involve:
    • A high degree of problem solving
    • Dealing with complex data or concepts
    • Developing strategies or policies
    • Performing non-routine tasks
  1. Spatial Reasoning
  2. Involves the ability to visualise and manipulate two-dimensional or three-dimensional shapes and patterns. This test is essential for many jobs in design, illustration, architecture, publishing, technology and some branches of science and mathematics.
    The questions for this test including shape matching, shape rotation, combining shapes, cube views in three-dimensions, and manipulation of other solid shapes. There may also be questions using maps and plans for areas in emergency services, military, and law enforcement jobs.
  1. Mechanical Reasoning
  2. Measures your knowledge on mechanical and physical concepts. The questions depend on your knowledge of levers, pulleys, gears, springs, simple electrical circuits, tools and shop arithmetic.
    If you’re taking the test for emergency services and military jobs, the questions would concentrate on principles than calculations. On the other hand, mechanical reasoning for craft and technical jobs would expect you to make calculations and may also be asked about tools and its use.
    The results of this test are then compared to results of others within a particular group or specific criteria. Your score will show whether you meet or lack the ability needed to carry out a certain task required.

Preparing for the Test2,3


  1. Know which test you will be doing
  2. Some employers let you know and provide information on the test you will face, however some won’t. You have to find out what test and exercises you will be doing so further prepare yourself and have enough practice.
  1. Have good physical and mental shape
  2. Make sure you’re well rested before the test and produce good results during the test. Being in bad shape could also affect your attitude and perspective which would reflect badly onto your scores. Do your best and have a positive attitude throughout the day.
  1. Practice in advance
  2. Practice is important to familiarise yourself to the questions that you may face once in the real test. Practice will help you succeed and work with material that you’ve already done during your practice time. Focus on areas that you lack in during practice so that once you do the test, you’ll be able to do better and have better results.
    Not only do you need to practice the questions, but you also need to be able to practice against the time. Psychometric tests have a time limit and practicing under that time limit will not only help you work faster but also exercise your brain.
  1. Get to know the type of test questions
  2. Familiarise yourself with the format of the psychometric test and make sure that you’re practicing the right test questions. It’ll be easy if you have practiced enough and know what categories you’ll be doing.
  1. Be honest
  2. The test is designed to indicate any inconsistency in your answers. Make sure to be yourself and be honest with your answers as the results will reflect you and your work behaviour.

There is no right or wrong answer in a psychometric test and the results will give an insight on the potential that a candidate holds and how they will perform in a work environment. A study shows that the psychometric test can show results that can account up to 60% of an employee’s performance.

The results also draw up conclusions on whether candidates are suitable for the job, able to work in the work environment, able to cope with the demands of the position, and whether they hold the skills that are required.

1 Psychometric Success, What are Psychometric Tests?
2 WikiHow, How to Succeed at Psychometric Tests,
3 Careerone, Top 10 Tips to prepare for a Psychometric Test,

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7 Tips An Undergrad Can Do To Succeed

Posted by Devina Tarin

November 10th, 2016

undergraduate success

For undergraduates who are still studying and those in their penultimate year, to be prepared for your career life or continue on to grad school is important. As a student, the work and activities that you do in university can pay off in your future and lead you to success with the skills that you have acquired. There are a few tips that can help your preparation to succeed in your future, whether it be for your career or future studies.

1. Acquire and Grow Skills

The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to success would be to get enough experience that could land you a job. Being able to find the experiences you need, you are also acquiring and developing your skills. This includes the skills that you may have already had, or find yourself having new skills you didn’t have. Acquire the skills that you may need and develop them to be better. These skills that you acquire are key to your future job prospects and without the skills needed, you may not be able to get the job you wanted.

2. Internships and Volunteering

Use your break time wisely and apply yourself into internships or volunteer work. There are skills that you’re not able to gain on campus, and so internships and volunteer work are able to fill in the skills that you may lack in. This is also a great opportunity to work with others and an inside of what your future work environment could be in your chosen position. It also gives you work experience and tests your knowledge that you’ve learnt and be put into practice.

Internships and volunteer work also help you decide what you’re interested in. You have the opportunity to work in different fields and you may be able to learn more about yourself and discover that you’re really interested in. They also help you build your network of professionals that could guide you and help you in the future.

3. Build Your Network

Building a network and having relationships with various people is a key importance for when you graduate. Your network can help you in your future endeavours and help you transition into your career, whether it be looking for a job, looking for reference, or even just to help and mentor you. 

Being able to nurture your network and creating relationships can also help you connect with more people; you never know when you’re in need of something that someone else may be able to help you with. Your network may include various people and groups that you may have met such as:

  • Classmates, colleagues and even roommates;
  • Peers and co-workers;
  • Professors and supervisors;
  • Campus staff;
  • Organisational partners;
  • Alumni;
  • Club members;
  • And even family and friends

4. Document Your Achievements

It is a good idea to keep note and document all your achievements and accomplishments when you get involved. It allows you to keep track of what you’ve done, including the experience and skills that you may have gained for you to look back at.  

The documents could help recruiters and prospective employers evaluate your work and performance. This way, you’re also able to be more specific in interviews and give examples that could highlight your skills and experience. Your document may include achievements such as:

  • The clubs and campus jobs you’ve done, including your duties and dates;
  • Internships and summer jobs;
  • Scholarships;
  • Events that you may have held and managed;
  • Public speaking engagements;
  • Awards you have won and what they were for;
  • The courses you’ve taken and what you’ve learn;
  • And any published work, etc.

5. Challenge Yourself

Be able to involve yourself and challenge yourself in experiences, responsibilities and activities that you may not be good or familiar with. Tackle your obstacles and the outcome could be surprising. You may discover things about yourself while achieving new skills and even a new interest, while also being able to gain the experience. 

You may even discover your likes and dislikes to set you on a path for your future career that you wouldn’t have explored if you didn’t challenge yourself. Don’t be afraid to explore your field to get the maximum experience and knowledge for yourself.

6. Set Professional Goals

Setting a goal for yourself may help you stay clear on where you want to focus on and your future career. Your professional goals may help you shape your direction in classes, projects, and even the experience you may undertake.

Make sure to look at your resume and your achievements and find if you lack in anything that may be important for your field and future profession. Involve yourself in activities and work that are able to fill those caps and help you move in the right direction to your goal.

7. Do Your Best

The simplest way to put it is to do your best. You might have heard this plenty of times, however, working hard and doing your best allows you to be able to succeed and have an easier transition into your career life or further studies. Doing your best as an undergraduate wouldn’t hurt anyone, and instead be the push that you might need. 

Doing your best doesn’t just mean to get good grades, but it also means to be active and participate on and off campus that could branch out into building your network and acquiring skills and experience that you may have missed out on. Benefits that you are able to find in working hard and being active may include:

  • Possible hires from places that you’ve interned or volunteered in off campus
  • Be able to get good reference from your professors, peers and club leaders. If you do your best, they would be more than happy to give reference.
  • Gaining experience from the various activities that you’ve done. Your achievements and accomplishments are reflected in your resume and is useful for career opportunities and job interviews.
  • Gaining skills and confidence in yourself from your experience that could put you above others in school and jobs

These are the few tips that may be able to help you prepare for your future career. Remember to set your goal and find your way towards your goal while gaining experience, acquiring skills and building your network. Take the opportunity to explore your field and your interests to learn more about yourself and find the professional path that suits you the most., Setting yourself up for success: Things you can do while you’re an undergrad, 2016,

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September 28th, 2016

Video interviewing is fast becoming the preferred way for employers and recruitment agencies to create short lists of candidates. For candidates, this move away from phone screening can be confronting at first, but when you understand why recruiters are moving to video interviewing and a few simple techniques on how to make the most from this opportunity, it will all seem a lot less daunting.

Why video interviewing?

Candidates and recruiters are becoming more time poor. Phone screening can be hard to coordinate and doesn’t always give the interviewer a clear understanding of a candidate. Video interviewing can be more convenient for both candidates and recruiters, and in the case of recorded video interviewing systems, can be conducted at a time and place that is more practical.


Video interviewing types

There are two key types of video interviewing in use: live and recorded. Live interviewing often occurs using a technology such as Skype where the interview takes place in real time. Unfortunately, with live video interviewing there is a good chance that you will have to work with interviewers around technical issues with video lag and dropouts, and also interview on scheduled time.

The other, preferred video interviewing technique is recorded interviews. The best systems allow you to go online and conduct your interview at a time and place that suits your busy lifestyle. Recorded video interviewing is also a better way of making sure that all candidates are given the same chance, as the questions are delivered in the same format for everyone.

Now that you understand the difference between live and recorded video interviewing, we can help you understand the fundamentals on how to present the best impression for your video interview.


Sound is one of the more obvious areas where candidates fail with video interviews. Before you start your video interview, test the sound as well as the volume. With live video, the interviewer can give you feedback if there is a problem with sound but with recorded video you won’t receive feedback until after the interview has been viewed. The best recorded video interviewing systems like Vieple allow you a test question where you can test your sound setup before you start your interview.

Lighting and camera position

An over lit or under lit video looks unprofessional. Check the lighting to make sure that it presents you and your surroundings in the most positive light. The same is true of camera position. No one wants to be looking up your nose for the entire interview.

Make sure you set up the camera so that you are in the centre of the frame and the camera is at your eye level. If you are using the camera on your laptop, prop it up with something so that the camera is at eye level. Also make sure that you are not too far or too close to the camera. Where you sit may be limited by the strength of your microphone but try to sit so that your head and the top half of your torso are in the frame.

Set the scene

Remember to check everything within the frame of the video. Remove anything that may be inappropriate or distracting. The less there is in the frame, the less distraction there is from you. Also make sure that nobody can walk into the frame accidently during your videos as this can distract both you and the interviewer and is viewed as unprofessional. It may be a good idea to notify anyone present in your immediate environment, that you are completing a video interview and wish to remain uninterrupted for that period of time.

Choose your clothing wisely

Keep it simple and avoid patterns and fine stripes. Small format video struggles to render both. Choose solid, conservative colours (except bright white). If you want to see what works best on video, consider what news presenters wear. Also, make sure that what you are wearing is appropriate for the position. If the position requires you to wear a suit, dress in a suit. If the dress standard is more casual, wear smart casual.

Make eye contact

That usually means looking at the camera. Constantly looking out of frame is distracting and can create the impression that you’re disinterested. If you have notes, use them for preparation but try not to use them during the interview.

Monitor yourself

With video interviewing systems such as Vieple, you have a picture of yourself on the bottom right hand side of the screen. Are you sitting very far forward in your chair? Is your body language showing interest? You'd be amazed at what an interviewer can read just from how you’re sitting. You can practice before the interview, using just your webcam and recording yourself. Ask others for input and feedback.

Now you’re ready for your video interview

Like any interview, your success in a video interview comes down to preparation. Practice with your webcam using the tips above until you feel confident and comfortable, and you will give yourself the best chance of making a lasting impression. Good luck.


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September 14th, 2016

benefits of clubs and organisations

Whether you have just graduated or you are in your last years and building your resume, getting involved and being a part of a club, or even the president of a club can boost your chances with your future job prospects. During your job search, no matter what kind of job you are looking for, they will require you to show your skills and abilities that are beyond academic achievements. Adding the clubs and organisations you were involved in to your resume gives you a competitive advantage when job searching. 

Your involvement in clubs and organisations allows you to develop skills that can be used in a real working environment. Your resume may be able to highlight these skills to grab the attention of potential employers. There are a variety of skills and qualities that you are able pick up from the clubs and organisations such as1:

  • Time management
  • Organisation
  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Employee management
  • Book-keeping / budget
  • Problem-solving
  • People skills
  • Writing and reporting skills
  • Communication skills
  • Experience in office-simulated environment 

These skills that you may receive and develop can be used as an advantage on your resume. Clubs that you may be able to include into your resume could include:

  • Volunteer clubs;
  • By including volunteer clubs and organisations, employers are able to directly see your character and work etiquette around the workplace
  • Sports clubs and;
  • Including sports clubs could highlight your skills of leading and team work on your resume
  • Professional clubs
  • Professional clubs and organisations are the most beneficial to your resume as they put you into a space that reflects the type of work that you may be working with in your future career

Not only does extra-curricular activities allow you to develop soft skills, it also develops your character and work etiquette. These kinds of traits appeal to employers and allows you to have the benefit of becoming a higher potential. These traits show that you are able:

  • Be committed
  • Prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Multi-task
  • Network

Not only do clubs and organisations provide opportunities to be social, there are a few main reasons to why you should join clubs and organisations that also help you in your resume and also in becoming a potential employee. As mentioned, clubs and organisations allow you to3:

  • Create a Network
  • Networking is an important factor in job searching and through clubs and organisations, you are able to build your network with the people within the club and even small connections with similar clubs. Not only will you find students and professionals with similar interest, you have to opportunity to take information and resources from them that can help you in your future career.
  • Gain Professional and Practical Experience
  • Organisations and clubs that lean towards the professional side also exist and these clubs are able to give you a professional-like environment and experience that you may be able to find and apply to your future career.
    Participating in clubs and organisations also gives the opportunity for you to get the practical experience that you may want in an environment that is safe. You are able to use your skills that you have learnt and apply them within the club that could help build your potential and gives you the space to improve before moving to a real work environment.
  • Gain Leadership, Organisation and Management skills
  • As mentioned, clubs and organisations allows you to develop skills in an environment that you’re comfortable with. This can also allow you to establish your abilities and apply them through various activities.
    Joining clubs and organisations that are also related to your major and course allows you to get that extra experience that you may need as well as develop your skills even more so. Taking the role of a leader can also be of great benefit while applying for jobs as they will reflect your behaviour. Leadership positions are important to highlight in your resume as employers would be looking for candidates that are able to have the traits of a leader.

What is important with involving yourself in clubs and organisations is that it gives you the opportunity to expand and broaden achievements in your resume other than having academic achievements. The activities that you have participated in would benefit you and give you the advantage of having done more experience than other competitors. Not only do you receive skills and experience from being involved, you are also giving back. Many organisations and clubs hold events and provide acts of service that allows you to give back to the community while getting that experience.

Although joining a club or organisation may take extra time and require some sacrifice, it has a lot offer and will help make your resume shine amongst the crowd; the more involved you are with your club, the better it will look on your resume. Through your participation and involvement, it is able to showcase your character and skills. The results of joining and participating in clubs and organisations will help you in the long run and benefit you in your future career and job searches.

1 ToughNickel. 2016, How to Use Activities and Clubs to Improve a Resume,
2 Graduate School of Education & Human Development, Campus Life: Joining Clubs and Organizations,
Baratta, M. 2010, Improve your student life and future job prospects by getting involved at school this year,

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How to win the clerkship hunger games

Posted by Will , Law Land (Australia), HR

August 25th, 2016

How to win the clerkship hunger games

Do you have any idea how you'll be assessed during your clerkship? It's taken me almost two years of working as a junior lawyer at a top tier firm to figure out what partners and senior lawyers really look at when offer day rolls around.

If you would like a little inside information on how you'll be assessed, read on.

Let the games begin
Let the games begin.

There are two sections to this post:

  1. first, the guiding principles of a clerkship - these could make or break your clerkship so make sure you’re aware of them; and
  2. second, a short list of commonly observed clerk behaviors - here you’ll find some tips and tricks to help you along the way.

I've learnt a lot about how the recruitment process works by speaking to colleagues on recruitment committees, observing clerks myself (through delegating work and during social events), and from overhearing partners talk. How little I knew when I took on my clerkship!

The aim of this post is to bring some clarity and insight into how you’ll be assessed, and what will be expected of you.

The guiding principles of a clerkship

Much like the overarching obligations that all lawyers are compelled to comply with, there are two overarching principles that you should keep in mind during your clerkship. These are absolutely critical from the moment you walk through the firm's doors.

Be confident in your work product

One of the most important assets (though definitely not the most important asset) at your disposal during your clerkship is your work product. Your work product is ultimately what you hand up to your supervising lawyer, which will probably be a memorandum, small research note or draft email to a client. However, it also involves your ability to research, understand and synthesise information, and present that information in an appropriate way for the intended audience.

Some clerks still worry that their work product isn't good enough, despite the fact that they won out against hundreds or thousands of other applicants. Believe me, it is. You wouldn't have been offered a clerkship if your work product at uni didn't fall on the far right hand side of the bell curve. And yes, there really were that many applicants!

Use this knowledge to your advantage: give everything your best shot, and be confident in your ability to create top notch work. If a partner is confident in your ability to do the job right then it makes their life easier. They want to have confidence in you, so give that to them.

I just wanted to get this out of the way immediately because it can cause a lot of anxiety for clerks. Your work product is good enough for you to be there, so don't doubt yourself.

Understand how your actions affect the way you’re perceived

This is the single biggest risk factor for clerks. I've see many chances of an offer derailed by small, thoughtless acts.

If you haven't realised yet, you are judged by people on what you let them see. The limited timeframe of a clerkship means that no one has the time to get to know you, so any small quirk or mistake will stand out and won't be forgiven.

If you are on a three week clerkship, you absolutely must consider how the firm is perceiving you. You're in a better position if you have a three month clerkship because the lawyers you work with have an opportunity to get to know you, but you should still be diligent.

So what could you do that people will notice? Here are just a few things that I've seen over the last few years:

  • turning up 10 minutes late each day
  • wearing headphones at your desk
  • failing to show enough enthusiasm (being far too laid back)
  • unnecessarily staying back later than everyone else
  • being too informal, both in conversations with colleagues and, for example, in the way you dress on casual Fridays. Pro tip: don't wear t-shirts
  • telling sexist or racist jokes (it's embarrassing that I even need to list this one here - seriously, what are some people thinking!)

If you’re wondering who actually cares about these sorts of things, the answer is: everyone.

This all boils down to social awareness - a firm could never put someone without any social awareness in front of a client, because there is no way to know whether they will act appropriately or not. That means no grad offer.

At the risk of repeating myself, it's the perception you are creating that is important, and the questions which lead from it:

  • Obviously, turning up late isn't going to affect your work product. But this is the thought pattern of a lawyer observing it: Is this clerk that disorganised or does he just not care? Can I trust him to get my work in on time? Doesn't he realise how bad this looks?
  • Listening to music at your desk doesn't mean you're a horrible person who should never practise as a solicitor. But this is what some people will think: What is she listening to and is she actually focused on the task? I need to speak to her about the work I gave her, should I interrupt? This is pretty inconvenient and annoying.

It might help to put it in a non work context: imagine two people having a conversation. While the first is talking about their weekend, the second isn't paying attention and is instead thinking about something else. The act of thinking about something else isn't the issue, it’s the failure to recognise that this behaviour is rude.

It's also an exercise in comparisons - if the clerk sitting next to you doesn't make these faux pas, then they win the hunger games. So how do you actually pass the test? By being kind, considerate, and if you’re a naturally outrageous person, just holding that inappropriateness at bay until the clerkship is over. Let it all out once you have the graduate offer and when you’re not being compared to the person beside you anymore.

This isn’t rocket science. Just remember, law firms want people who can interact with us and our clients, so if you can display enough social awareness to navigate through everyday situations, the firm will be confident that you’ll act appropriately when they let you loose on their clients.

The list - six short scenarios to consider during your clerkship

The aim of this section is to highlight a few examples of behaviours that are generally considered favourably by law firms, and some that are not.

I don't want to tell you how to act - you’re the one who has to decide whether to modify your behaviour (some people hate the idea of this) or double down (and accept the risk that it won’t be viewed positively). At the end of the day, everyone is different and you can't predict how every single person will react to you during your clerkship, so find a balance that you’re comfortable with and run with it.

Here we go.

That’s you on the right. Just keep it together and you’ll be fine.
That’s you on the right. Just keep it together and you’ll be fine.

Be human (don't be a sociopath)

Hopefully this falls into the obvious category, but it's worth noting early: act like a normal human being.

It can be intimidating when you enter a new working environment, especially as a law student without any significant legal experience. The best way to approach this situation at your firm is to treat the lawyers like normal people. We're not that weird.

Plus, everyone loves clerks! You will find that everyone will make the time to chat and answer questions, so make the most of it. If you make the effort to take an interest in people, they will probably remember you when the recruitment committee sends an email around asking for people's impressions of the clerks. It sounds horrible and manipulative writing it down, but making people like you should be an aim of your clerkship.

There’s only one thing to watch out for; lawyers can be pretty busy (especially senior lawyers), so don’t bail anyone up for 15 minutes and force a conversation out of them. If you would like to speak to someone for a little longer, ask them if they have some time in their calendar for a coffee. This way, they can find a time when they don’t have any deadlines or demanding clients to deal with.

Communicate with your work providers

If you are running behind on something and think you might miss a deadline, it's always better to flag it earlier rather than later.

One of the hardest things about a clerkship is managing competing commitments (and sometimes you will intentionally be given extra tasks just to test you). The key word here is managing - its very common to have competing commitments as a junior lawyer and you will frequently need to discuss new timeframes with your supervisor. This is fine, as long as you communicate early.

It helps to think of it from your work providers perspective - if they get notice early they can manage the situation by asking someone else to help, but if they get notice too late, then it limits their options. That means that they might have to deal with an annoyed colleague or client.

So communicate early and often, because before you know it, you’ll be out of time. And definitely speak up if you have suddenly been given five pieces of work by five different people. In this situation, you should go back to your supervising partner and ask them how they want the tasks prioritised. Always shift the onus onto a partner in this situation - the rest of the lawyers will accept their wishes.

I’m not saying this is an easy thing to do as a clerk (in fact, it’s still on my list of things to improve on), but it’s better than having to explain why you missed a deadline.

Leave at an appropriate time

To be honest, I think this one is pretty unfair: many clerks are judged unfavourably for working late. It's ridiculous because as soon as law graduates hit the floor, they will be expected to stick around until the work is done, regardless of time.

This is probably due to the perception that clerks will not be overloaded during their clerkship (which may or may not be the case). Therefore, when senior lawyers see you staying back to 7 or 8pm, they assume you’re mismanaging your time.

The best way to approach this is to take your cues from the other junior lawyers - don't stick around when they’re leaving, unless you've been told by your work provider to stay back to finish something. (And of course, you won’t be staying back late to meet a deadline because you would have already communicated your position early, as noted above!)

If you really do need more time to finish something, I'd suggest printing your work out (including any research you might need) and taking it home to finish. It’s a pretty crappy workaround, but as I said earlier, a large part of this is perception, and you won’t get penalised by doing it this way.

What to do if you don't know what to do.

Sometimes you'll get an assignment that’s a little over your head. First of all, don't stress. Take some time to think it through, prepare a brief plan or outline, and then make a start. Whatever you end up with is probably much better than you think!

It's definitely worth talking to another clerk and asking for a general sense check. Do they agree with your reasoning or conclusion? Sometimes just talking through a task with someone will help clarify things.

You can also ask a junior lawyer or two for help. They might be able to provide some better insights than a clerk (but still talk to a clerk to iron out the obvious issues first)!

If you’ve talked to a few people and still think something is wrong (or you’re so confused you don't even know where to start!), then go back and speak to your work provider. There is absolutely nothing wrong in asking them to clarify their instructions, and this sort of communication is generally valued. A problem will only arise when you don't understand something, and can't be bothered trying to figure it out on your own first.

Don't be negative

Lawyers have a special kind of love for complaining, probably due to the high pressure environment they are in all day. As a clerk you should avoid this at all costs.

You might get roped into this situation when you’re chatting to other junior lawyers who are complaining about the firm or their workload. It can be be tempting to agree, just to feel included and be part of the conversation.

Make no mistake - they work there, so social convention allows them to get away with it (and besides, they're probably just letting off some steam). As a clerk you’re still an outsider, so if you join in you will not only be insulting the firm, the lawyers will feel like you’re insulting them too.

You obviously can’t just stand there and say nothing, so what can you do? I’d suggest applying some of that social awareness you have, and instead of feeding on the negativity, be sympathetic. There is a world of difference between saying “wow, working to 1am sounds pretty rough, do you think the workload will ease up any time soon? Can you take some annual leave for a break?” and “yeah, working to 1am is ridiculous, this firm does seem pretty crappy”.

Stay in touch!

Only around 40-60 people (that's you) from up to or over 1000 applicants are given this golden card to keep in touch with the firm. Networking plays such an important role in creating opportunities for yourself, and it's astounding how few clerks make use of the post clerkship period to network!

I understand why it can be difficult. Here are some of my reasons for only catching up with two or three people after my clerkship, and some responses gained with the benefit of hind-sight.

  • I don't want to bother people (you won't)
  • I might waste someone's time (they will tell you if they're busy)
  • How am I going to keep a conversation going with someone I hardly know? (just ask them about their career, try to show a little commercial nous by asking what it is about their work that their clients value the most, and talk about what you’re doing at uni)
  • What it it ends up being awkward? (don't worry, the lawyer should have enough social awareness to end the conversation civilly, and you’ll still get credit for initiating the meeting and showing enthusiasm).

It goes without saying that you should be reaching out to both junior and senior lawyers, including partners. As I said earlier, everyone loves clerks, and lawyers are always decaffeinated - it’s perfect!

Don't like the man telling you how to act?

I understand if this post rubs off the wrong way on some people - in a way, I'm saying that you should change how you act, or change who you are, just make a good impression. What a sellout!

I do sympathise, but I also think that's being a little bit too dramatic. Everyone modifies their behaviour every single day to suit the situation. For example, despite how I feel, I will be more courteous that I want to be on public transport, I will be extra sympathetic if I feel my friends need it, and I will be more formal that I want to in a professional environment if I don't know the people across the table from me.

It's all part of the game, so play by the rules for now, and soon you'll be in a position to treat them more like guidelines.

Good luck!

Hopefully this post has provided you with a few insights on what law firms look at, and how you'll be assessed, during the clerkship hunger games.

If you asked me to summarise this entire post into a few sentences, this is it: You’ve done really well to land a clerkship. You’re obviously a high-performing individual so be confident when you walk through those doors. Just remember that you’re always being assessed, which means you need to act like a normal human being. If you can be kind and courteous to everyone, and give your work 100%, you’ll be great. And don’t forget to reach out for a coffee (or three) once your clerkship ends!

Will is the anonymous author behind Australia’s fastest growing law student blog, You’ve Entered Law Land. Head across to his blog for some more insights on studying law and improving your chances of landing that grad job.

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August 9th, 2016

Over the years there have been hundreds of amazing success stories of people who jumped up one day and decided to go into business for themselves. Perhaps you’ve been inspired by these stories. Perhaps you’re wondering if you could do the same thing? But perhaps a bit of apprehension has crept into your musings. Do you have what it takes? Do you have the experience?

What is experience? How much do you need and can you be successful straight off the bat? In this article we try to answer these questions and more: just how much experience do you need before starting your own business?

Can you Think Big, but Act Calmly?

Before you make any leaps of faith, you want to be sure you have what it takes, right? Yes… but that’s easier said than done. After all, what does “it take”?  And do all entrepreneurs have “it”?

Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Elon Musk are all very successful businessman, but no one would claim that they were similar people. Branson is charismatic and outgoing. Gates is more or less your archetypal computer nerd. Musk is a maverick.

So what common trait made them successful? Big ideas and the drive to take them to the next level, coupled with the foresight to call the right shots at the right time.

It’s not enough to just have drive, you need to have the ability to know when to attack and when to hold back. Everybody loves a pop culture reference, so let’s take a look at Game of Thrones as an example. Cersei Lannister has the hunger and the drive to get what she wants, but none of the subtlety necessary to wield power when she has it. Her cunning schemes inevitably backfire as a result. Tyrion Lannister on the other hand has just as many wits as his sister, but he has the restraint to control situations and act when necessary. Heart versus head: it’s a delicate balancing act. 

But enough about excellent fantasy series and back to the matter at hand. Understanding yourself is critical before you embark on trying to understand the world of business. An aptitude test might be able to give you an idea, but in the end you’re just going to have to be honest with yourself. 

Are You Ready, and Does it Matter?

Sir Richard Branson believes that the reason he’s the only person in history to start eight billion dollar ventures in eight different industries is because he always dived in before he was ready.  It sounds counter-intuitive, but ultra-successful people rarely follow the norm: they define it.

But is Branson’s the right attitude for everybody?  Should you really leap in head first before you’ve worked things out? Well, we hate to sound like a broken record, but it all depends on you. 

You see, just going in blind is different to staying that way. As Branson puts it, you most likely already have the knowledge and the skills you need for the initial aspects, and everything else you can learn on the way. The point is that you don’t need to know your endgame in the beginning, because it’s too far away to be of concern yet. All you need is the skills to overcome the immediate hurdles in front of you. Once you’re over them you can move onto the next task and gain the skills necessary to complete it. As your venture grows, so does your experience and your knowledge.

This is not the same as jumping blind into a project with a half formed idea and continuing to flail desperately as you sink deeper and deeper. Enthusiasm isn’t enough, you need the application and dedication to learn what you need to know as things progress.

Knowing the Industry

Every business is different, sure, but they all have some fundamental truths to them. This article is all about how much experience you need to start a business, but perhaps more important than experience is understanding. What’s the key to understanding? Experience.

Ok, so we just went in circles a bit there, but bear with us. The point is that having a basic understanding of the industry you’re going into will be very beneficial. The thing is, the easiest way to get that understanding is through prior experience. Therefore, even though our point is that you don’t need to have experience to be successful, finding a way to earn or buy in experience will help you to succeed or fail faster than other ways. 

But “getting experience” is more easily said than done. You’ve got the idea for your new business now, why should you waste years in a job you have no passion for just to get some experience? If this is the way you’re thinking, good. The desire to get started as soon as possible says good things about your level of drive. And the good news is you don’t have to spend a long time working to get the knowledge you need. Read on for our alternatives: 

Tap into the Knowledge of Those Who’ve Gone Before

No matter how revolutionary or fresh your idea, the odds are almost certain that someone, somewhere, will have experience in that industry already. From hospitality to space exploration, mankind has already stepped into nearly every avenue. Even if you plan to totally revolutionise the industry, investing in talent that has already been amongst it will only make things easier for you.

Talk to current business owners. Hire a grizzled old hand who’s been there a dozen times before. There are multiple ways to leverage industry knowledge to your advantage without having to spend time acquiring it the hard way.

Part-Time It

Why go for a job that’s heading towards a career when you could pick up a wealth of useful knowledge and still leave time aside to dedicate to your own company? The viability of this approach will depend somewhat on the industry you’re working in. Hospitality is the obvious winner in this regard. Part time jobs in restaurants and cafes are as common as Zubats in Pokemon Go, whereas white collar jobs are much more often full time affairs. 

Is Passion Enough?

Perhaps to start with, all you need is a great idea. That’s what well-meaning family members will tell you anyway. But business is so much more than just ideas. There are technical aspects that go into running a company that simply have to be dealt with.

As we mentioned in the previous point, you can learn how to deal with stuff that you don’t understand as you go. That learning will be fed by your passion to be in business.

The challenge is to maintain the passion when day-to-day aspects such as taxes, bookkeeping, rent, employees and much more pile up on your plate.

The unfortunate reality is that you’re going to be distracted from your dream and goal for at least some of the time, and most likely a lot of time, just from having to deal with the boring aspects of running a business. 

So, are you ready for that? Being an entrepreneur, especially a young entrepreneur, means you probably don’t have a huge bankroll behind you to employ enough people to take all the responsibilities off your shoulders so that you can focus on the interesting stuff. Just how much of the day-to-day stuff you’ll have to take care of will depend on your business and how much investment money you can muster up.

If you don’t think you can maintain the rage when the going gets boring, then think long and hard about ways you can help keep your interest level up, or even whether you’re in the right place emotionally to deal with a real business.

So, Can You Start a Business Without Experience?


Sure! As long as you have a bright idea, the fire to take it to completion and enough knowledge of what you’re getting yourself into to be getting on with, then there’s no reason to approach your new entrepreneurial lifestyle cautiously.

But the question, “how much experience do you need to start your own business” is more nuanced than it lets on. The final answer depends on you and the industry. What type of person are you? How much drive do you have? Are you willing to learn on the go? Are you biting off more than you can chew?

Answer these questions honestly. If your responses come up trumps then you should be confident about jumping in the deep end, even if your experience is low.

This guide was written by Corporate Momentum, experts in driving business ventures to new heights.  

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August 5th, 2016

graduate program

A graduate program is a recruitment program that usually lasts for 1 – 2 years that are offered by firms and government organisations to a variety of graduates of different disciplines.  These graduate recruitment programs may start recruiting at different times of the year depending on the organisation. As a general guide for application dates, law firms usually recruit first, followed by consulting, accounting, engineering firms, and private companies.

Graduate recruitment programs are often targeted to penultimate year students and some firms and organisations will recruit students a year in advance from the starting date. If you are a student that is nearing graduation or have recently graduated, this is the time to start exploring and looking into graduate programs.

These graduates programs are another way to kick start your career and introduce you to the workplace. Graduate programs has the benefit of not only launching the start of your career, but also be able to have the benefit of working on a valuable program that is tailored just for you by the companies. You are also able to find that the graduate positions that are offered provides opportunities that may not always be found in jobs that are open to any applicants. These opportunities may include the benefits of extensive induction and training, formal mentoring, career development planning, additional training, as well as1,2:

  • Structured rotations
  • Graduate programs give candidates the opportunity to go around and experience the various departments of the company. These rotations allow candidates to find where their true interest lies within the different areas if they are still undecided when entering the program.
  • Support
  • During graduate programs, candidates will find that it offers plenty of support to help you adjust to the workplace and transition into the working life. Many workplaces would assign you to a buddy or mentor who could offer you more support and career guidance that would also help you work out your day-to-day responsibilities.
  • Education enhancement
  • You may find differences from what you have learnt and what you learn during your graduate program. This is where you have the opportunity to discover and explore theories that you may have had and enhance your education and knowledge.

There is a wide range of graduate programs available for students and graduates to apply to. The good thing about graduate programs is that they are not only for a certain discipline as they are offered for graduates of all areas and a wide range of different organisations offer these graduate programs.

Career fairs are held by universities during graduate recruitment season for students, and this becomes a great time for you to get the chance to meet representatives from various companies and industries to talk about graduate positions and applications and find which one suits you the most.

Things You Should Know and How to Apply3,4

Graduate recruitment programs are known to be highly competitive, with only a few spots to take up. Before you start applying from graduate programs, there are a few things that you should know and need to do during your application process.

  • Research
  • Research the different graduate programs that are available and interest you. Find out how the graduate program may help you with your career and how you may be able to contribute as well. This also includes gathering the information needed to see if you are qualified, what requirements are needed, contacts and deadlines to keep track.
  • Meet the requirements
  • After doing your research, this is where you take the time to make sure you have met all the requirements needed for the program you have chosen.
  • Ask professors
  • Early in the application process, you could ask the professors you have worked closely with during your undergrad studies to write a letter of recommendation. It’s always good to have someone to back you up for your achievements during your time of study.
  • Prepare your resume
  • Most graduate programs would require you to submit a resume. Make sure you have updated your resume and include references and any academic awards that you’ve achieved.
  • Prepare for an interview
  • Graduate programs may get competitive and there are chances that you will be called in for an interview after applying. You can take the opportunity to prepare answers and questions for an interview just in case.

Most graduate programs would require applicants to submit a written or online application which would include a cover letter, a resume, and a response to the key criteria. However, before submitting your application, make sure to have read the instructions carefully and include any requested documentations. After submission, some employers would require candidates to go through interviews, assessment centres or written tasks to assist in working out whether you’re the right person for the job.

Entering a graduate program allows candidates to develop and also effectively contribute to the company in addition to being able to experience the different areas or services. At the end of the program and being able to experience the various areas that make up the organisation, an offer would usually be given to the candidates in which they have the opportunity to decide which area they would like to continue in. 

1 University of Queensland, What is a graduate program?,
2 Good Universities Guide, The advantages of graduate programs,
3 Youth Central, Graduate Recruitment Programs,
4 Raver, R. 2013, 10 Things You Should Know When Applying to Graduate School,

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July 12th, 2016

creating an elevator pitch

If you were to find yourself bumping in with the CEO of your dream company, the first thing you can do is to give an engaging elevator pitch about yourself to introduce yourself. An elevator pitch is a short, prepared speech that would spark interest in yourself and are necessary when job hunting. The reason why it’s called an elevator pitch is because just like an elevator ride, it should not last longer than a minute, the shorter the better. The elevator pitch should be succinct, engaging, and memorable that should explain how you are unique and different from other graduates.

Creating your elevator pitch may take time to get it as compact and informative as you can without it sounding boring in a short amount of time. An elevator pitch should be compelling and engaging and it would take a few tries to get a perfect pitch that would sound natural. These are a few tips that could help in creating an engaging elevator pitch1,2:

  1. Identify Your Goal
  2. When making your pitch, start with the objective of your pitch. Consider what you want to gain from delivering your elevator pitch, whether it is your dream job, a new skill set, or experience. Your elevator pitch would depend on its objective and would steer the conversation to your goal. Words to consider would include exposure, roles, suggestions, opportunities, or insight.
  1. Explain What You Can Do
  2. The next thing to consider is to pick out the interesting facts about yourself. This would be the base of your elevator pitch as a potential employer to explain what you can deliver to the company. This can include your professional accomplishments, your skill set, and even your major and what you have done during your studies that could be transferred as skills.
    While delivering your elevator pitch, you also have to show your confidence. This is the time where you can explain your strengths. Being able to identify yourself and what you are best at can help the employer understand you more clearly. 
  1. Engage With a Question
  2. To keep your elevator pitch from fading, you need to engage your audience. Have questions to ask that would require an open answer to engage the pitch into a conversation. Also make sure that you’re able to answer any questions that are thrown at you. 

After you’ve planned out your elevator pitch and edited it enough for it to sound as interesting as possible, you put it all together. In order for you to know if it’s enough or if it still needs to be modified, these are a few questions that you can consider and ask yourself3:

  1. Did you hook them?
  2. Your elevator pitch should start with a hook that would capture the attention of your audience. This way you are able to deliver the rest of your pitch knowing that they are listening. A hook can start with a question or a statement which would draw out into your elevator pitch.
  1. How clear were you?
  2. Within the short amount of time you have to deliver your pitch, you have to make sure that you use simple language that is clear and concise for the audience. This is to make sure that your audience understands and you are able to make use of the words in the time limit. 
  1. Is it memorable?
  2. Remind yourself that employers may have heard countless elevator pitches and so this is your opportunity to try and be different from the others and make an effort to be memorable. For a pitch to be memorable, it has to stand out from the rest. 
  1. Any call to action?
  2. End your pitch with a call to action. Leave your audience wanting more and one way to encourage them is to contact you. You can prepare a business card to bring along with you to give after delivering your pitch or book a meeting if possible.

Practice your pitch as much as you can with a timer to watch how long it takes. An elevator pitch has to be short and compelling in order to keep your audience focused on what you have to say. It is also important to make sure your elevator pitch sounds conversational to make it flow. While practicing, also be aware of your body language. The wrong kind of body language could throw your audience off so be aware as body language is just as important as your oral speech.

Creating an elevator pitch would help you through your career life, whether it be working with potential clients, customers, employers and more. With this, make sure to tailor your elevator pitch to suit your audience in the future. 

1 Crafting an Elevator Pitch,
2 Brown, L. A quick guide to writing your elevator pitch (with examples!)
3 How To Create Your Memorable Elevator Pitch [4 Simple Rules]

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Job Interview Tips: How To Dress

Posted by Devina Tarin

July 11th, 2016

dressing for a job interview

It is important to remember that the way you dress to a job interview plays an important role in first impressions with your employer and interviewer. What you wear and how you present yourself during an interview can be just as important as what you have written in your resume. Although there are many other factors that would be judged upon for your interview e.g. interpersonal skills, articulation, body language, responses, etc. the way you dress is also a supporting factor in making your first impression.

Dressing appropriately would not only reflect how you are as a person, but it also compliments the interviewer. Whether the job that you applied for is formal or casual, it is recommended to wear more formally for the interview unless you are told otherwise. This way, it shows and gives respect towards the people that you will meet during your job interview.

Dress Accordingly

One thing that you should do is a little background check on the industry and company culture you’re applying for to know what is appropriate dress wear. This would help in order for you not to underdress or overdress yourself for the interview. These are a few pointers in how to dress for certain industries1:

  1. Technology
  2. Applying for a job in a technical position would not require you to wear a full suit. Something smart and semi-casual would be accepted in this industry.
  1. Finance
  2. Dressing neatly and in full business attire would be expected for an interview in finance.
  1. Government
  2. An interview for a government job would require you to reserve yourself from anything flashy. Dress professionally and choose an attire that could show that you are responsible and trustworthy. For women, it is important to be conservative with jewellery, makeup and have a simple hairstyle.
  1. Human Resources
  2. An HR job would require you to dress professionally that would show authority. An outfit that could reflect that you are responsible and dependable.
  1. Sales
  2. The typical attire for a sales interview would be a suit, however you may be able to play more with designs and colours but stay sharp. The product or service that you’ll be representing could also influence and determine the typical dress attire for the job.
  1. Automotive
  2. An automotive job is one of the more casual jobs in which a suit would not be required. However, make the effort to dress neatly and if you’re being interviewed for a higher level position, dress up more.
  1. Hospitality
  2. In the hospitality industry, it is important to make a great first impression as your image in this industry is considered critical. For some positions, a suit would be the most appropriate, however it is not required.
  1. Trades
  2. The appropriate attire for a trades job interview would be to stay business casual. Wear an outfit that would look neat and sharp.

Common Attire Tip

The most common advice in dressing for a job interview is to dress smart and appropriately. There is a guideline for both men and women on interview attire that may help you decide if you are still unsure2:

  1. Suit
  2. A safe choice would be to wear a simple suit. A suit would be accepted at almost any job interview unless the work environment is more casual. If the job doesn’t require you to wear a suit, wearing something less formal but still business appropriate would be appropriate.
  1. Conservative Colours / Patterns
  2. Colours that would be appropriate would include navy, dark grey, and black. There are also other colours that are accepted, however avoid colours that are too bright or extreme. Another thing to avoid would be loud patterns and prints.
  1. Conservative Jewellery / Accessories
  2. Avoid using too much jewellery that could divert attention. Wear something simple and keep it to a minimum. If the industry is more casual, there will be more flexibility on what you can wear.

What Not To Wear

These are a few dress code tips that you should definitely avoid before going to an interview. Before your interview, be sure that you have checked these dress codes and avoided them3.

  1. Ill-Fitting Clothes
  2. Avoid wearing clothes that no longer fit you. Wear something that would suit you and fit your body instead of something that it too tight, too loose, or too short. Not only will it be uncomfortable, it will also show that it is uncomfortable and become a distraction. 
  1. Overly Casual Clothes
  2. If the job you applied for has a laid-back work environment, there is still a limit in how casual your clothes should be. There is also the tip to dress one level up for an interview to show that you are serious and can be responsible before wearing something more casual for the actual job.
  1. Anything Distracting
  2. Avoid wearing something that is too extreme and distracting such as bright colours, heavy makeup etc. It would not only be in the way of your interview, but it could also make a bad first impression. Remember that the focus of the job interview is the interview itself and not the clothes you wear. 
  1. Excessive Accessories
  2. Avoid wearing too much accessories or jewellery that are too flashy, big or make noises. Accessories can also be considered a distraction. 
  1. Ignoring Suggestions
  2. It’s always a good idea to ask the dress code and what is expected of you for the job interview. However, if you wear something that is different than what was suggested, it shows that you aren’t serious and also leaves a bad impression that could cost you the position.

Sometimes what is appropriate for some industries may not be appropriate for others and would leave different impressions depending on what you decide to wear. If you are still unsure, do not be afraid to ask before the interview just in case. You only have one chance to give a first impression, and it would be unfortunate if you made a bad impression due to missing the dress code for a job interview. 

1 Vogt, P. Dressing for the Interview by Industry,
2 Virgina Tech, Interview appearance and attire,
3 Conlan, C. The 6 Worst Things to Wear to a Job Interview,

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July 7th, 2016


It’s almost as challenging as completing your degree; attaining a full time graduate position in your field of expertise. It’s a competitive marketplace. Graduate Careers Australia, a regulatory body assigned with collating data on post university employment trends, denotes that out of roughly 105,000 graduates in 2015, just under 70,000 secured a full time, industry to tertiary related position upon graduating. A figure which leaves a whopping number of skilled and tertiary accredited young professionals searching for that entry level role to begin their executive journey. The numbers gap between employed graduates and those who aren’t successful highlights just how difficult landing a dream job can be. So, for budding university leavers looking to land their first job, what are employers looking for in a CV?

Is it your GPA or professional experience that makes you more employable when departing the sandstone steps of your alma mater?

The Answer?

Unfortunately, as you might have guessed, there’s no straight yes or no answer. A lot of reasoning behind employer decisions regarding graduate applicants is dependent on the field itself: industry status, the employer and the project/position they’re hiring for. Some industries for example, such as Law and Accounting, have quotas graduates must meet in order to be eligible for a position straight out of uni. The big 4 accounting firms and big 6 law firms have a minimum GPA grade requirement that must be passed first in order to attain an interview. It makes sense for huge corporate conglomerates like this to have entry requirements. Given their huge size and the wealth of the marketplace they boast, they’re looking for recent graduates who will complement their business values and offer the best return for their salary. From there, a display of a strong work ethic paired with proven competence helps pave pathways for career growth. Because universities are pumping out so many more graduates than ever before, firms like these can easily afford to be picky.

It’s important to remember that big companies and industries like the ones mentioned, have fully fledged, developed and detailed graduate programs. Other industries like banking and engineering also offer extensive pathways for tertiary leavers. Graduate positions come with challenges. They’re fiercely competitive and have strict applicant guidelines that must be adhered to.

So, for those not pursuing a conventional career path, or rather, aren’t studying or looking for a position in the aforementioned fields, what should you value more in pursuit of a career?

To get an idea, take a look at Google’s HR approach. The search engine giant stated earlier this year that they believe high grade point averages to be a poor indicator of career success and not necessarily relevant to a graduate's full potential. However, a high GPA is still a great thing to have. At the end of the day, doing well in university highlights your ability to conduct thorough research, critically analyse information, be disciplined, work hard and achieve exceptional results. All things that are impressive in the eyes of employers when hiring a new staff member. Ben Reeves, head of the Australian Association of Graduate Employees, (AAGE), points out that employers want graduates who are work-ready and can grow in whatever role they are given. Marks are an important early indicator, but they aren’t the be all and end all.

Assessments given in university differ vastly from the day to day responsibilities and challenges experienced in a full time specialised position. Reeves further highlights that while employers want smart and work ready employees, academic aptitude is a poor indicator by itself of whether a graduate will be a good fit for an organisation.

Furthermore, a lot of businesses and firms don’t have the cash flow boasted by big corporate giants. They have limited budgets for training and development. Hiring someone who, while having a relative degree in the industry, lacks role specific skills and experience can mean it costs an employer money and productivity since they have to allocate considerable time to train and develop the new employee. The fact that they would rather hire someone with a few years experience right off the bat makes sense. Having experience sets a person apart from the sea of other graduates out there, which is important when competition is so fierce.

Experience is more valuable to the majority of employers, who are looking to stay within budget and optimise productivity. Hence why work experience is so important. A solid balance of both a decent GPA and suitable professional experience will get you through the front door better than either factor on its own. In the current climate, the majority of employers will prefer to interview experience over your GPA. This also includes experience in extra curricular working spaces related to university degrees.

Try and standout where it matters. A motivation to do or develop something on your own, or run a program or chair a board somewhat related to university is an incredibly helpful factor when companies are collating graduate candidates. Sarah Harper, head of global graduate recruitment at Goldman Sachs, states that they seek out university candidates who sport internship experience and extra curricular accolades, both of which suggest a motivated and ‘can do’ attitude.

How To Stand Out

Leading recruitment agent Michael Page points out that having an X-factor appeal to your CV is what really gets the attention of employers - a balance of both role/industry specific experience and tertiary qualifications boasting a mid to high GPA. Attaining an internship and/or work experience from the commencement of your degree is a great start. Even if you’re halfway through your studies, it’s never too late to begin sourcing relevant experience.

While trends show that employers favour professional experience or proven role specific skills, this doesn’t mean your university course doesn’t matter. Not at all. In fact, efficient management of both a professional work placement and maintaining a mid to high GPA is a perfect strategy to help build your CV ‘X’ factor. Plus, what’s not to love about having extra knowledge, discipline, proven analytical and research skills and a hard working attitude?

When thinking about your career path, the best thing to do is try and put yourself in a position where you can attain as much relative experience both theoretically and practically. Equipping your CV with employer relevant details will put you in the box seat after receiving that piece of paper and handshake from the vice chancellor. The evidence show that experience is particularly important, but academia is very far from being a non issue. Working hard and seizing opportunities are notions that have transcended industry trends as long as there have been universities and graduates.

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