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How To Adult

 

Life skills to work, learn & live.


Are you keen to develop the right life skills to work, learn & live independently? 

We understand how scary it can be to navigate life as an adult – with new responsibilities and challenges – but we are here to help. 

The ‘How to Adult’ program is here to guide you in the right direction with free, informative and interactive sessions and resources that will help you find a way to successfully enter the workforce, live independently and learn how to balance everything life throws at you in between. 

So what are you waiting for, start #adulting today!
 

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Sessions:

To help boost your life skills, we invite you to join in on any or all of the three free, informative and interactive sessions.
Read on to find out more about the life skills you can learn and develop:

Session #1
How to ‘Stand Out from the Crowd’ 

Just thinking about getting a full-time job and working 9 'til 5 is daunting. 

Discover how you can positively impact your career pathway to help secure your dream job. Hear the success stories from recent UniSA graduates and get some handy tips on how you can ‘stand out from the crowd’. Are you ready to hear first-hand how you can make a difference in your career pathway?

Watch the session now:
 
 


Meet the Panel:
 
  • Tell us a bit about your study background 
    •    Legal studies and Business were favourite subjects in Highschool
    •    Felt like HR would be a good fit – people orientated and business-related. 
    •    Bachelor of Business (HRM) – 2016-2019 (UniSA)
    •    Sprott School of Business – 2018 – (Carleton University Ottawa)
  • What's the best professional advice you received while studying?
    Say yes to every opportunity! You’ll meet new people and learn new skills. This will open up a lot of doors that wouldn’t exist if you said no. 
  • Who is someone you admire professionally and why? 
    My supervisor, Sonya Paterson, Coordinator of Career Services. We work very closely together and she is not only an awesome boss but a great mentor. She has a diverse career history and, as a result, a lot of industry knowledge which helps her have meaningful conversations with students, employers, and staff. 
  • What's your biggest professional accomplishment to date?
    Scoring this job. It was a competitive recruitment process and my first full-time professional role. Plus working for a University has been an amazing experience, I’ve learnt so much.
  • Can you share a snapshot of personal/professional goals you want to accomplish in the next 12 months?
    Continue to learn more about the HR industry and assist the University partner with organisations to provide more employment opportunities for students. 
    In an ideal world, I would also love to use my HR skills and knowledge overseas.
  • What does a typical workday look like for you? 
    No day is the same but here’s a snapshot of my day:
    •    Coffee (Always!)
    •    CareerHub Database management and administration 
    •    Responding to all Careers inbox and phone enquiries 
    •    Supporting our Drop In-Service/Taking student appointments when required 
    •    Providing support or facilitating any Career Services workshops or events 
    •    Employer meetings
    •    Working on/reviewing any exclusive job campaigns including Jobs on Campus
  • What three words that best describe you?
    Spontaneous, bubbly, motivated
  • What would be your personal motto?
    I would rather regret the things I did do than the things I didn’t. 
  • Funny fact about yourself?
    When I was 12 I did diving competitions in South Australia for the Adelaide Aquatics team. 
  • And lastly, what are your career aspirations for the future? 
    I would love to work overseas in a Talent Acquisition/Early Careers role 
 
  • Tell us a bit about your study background 
    I completed a Bachelor of Communication & Media (sub-majoring in Journalism) in 2018. I chose this degree because I was interested in journalism, but wanted to keep my options open.
  • What's the best professional advice you received while studying?
    Ask for help/advice when you need it! 
  • Who is someone you admire professionally and why? 
    My team – that includes our office-based team, as well as the researchers/clinicians we fund. Everyone dedicates their days to working really hard to try and save/improve lives. It’s not without challenges and difficulties, but no one ever gives up. (Personally, I also admire Elle Woods for her determination get what she wants, her commitment to fight for those who need it, and for doing those things with kindness) 
  • What's your biggest professional accomplishment to date?
    Significantly increasing THRF Group’s social media output, achieving highly positive results, and being a valued member of a really great team. 
  • Can you share a snapshot of personal/professional goals you want to accomplish in the next 12 months?
    Professional: Continue improving social media content and results.
    Personal: Get back to writing more long-form content, both for work and personal.
  • What does a typical workday look like for you?
     
    A typical work day starts with checking emails, then social media messages and comments. Then I spend a lot of time planning, sourcing and scheduling content for our brands. I also regularly check analytics/post performance. Additionally, I plan content for web articles and two newsletters.
  • What three words that best describe you?
    Positive, kind, committed
  • What would be your personal motto?
    Work hard, be kind, and enjoy the good things.
  • Funny fact about yourself?
    (a bit dumb, but usually gets a laugh) From age 10-16, I believed that reindeer were fictional animals.
  • And lastly, what are your career aspirations for the future? 
    To help not-for-profits and/or small businesses grow and succeed through social media.
 
Dixie Sulda | Position: Crimer Reporter | Organisation: News Corporation: The Advertiser 

  • Tell us a bit about your study background 
    I studied a bachelor of communication and media, sub major in journalism, from 2016-2019 with aspirations to work in radio. It seemed the most relevant degree to assist that aspiration.
  • What's the best professional advice you received while studying?
    Inverted triangle for writing stories, most interesting info up the top etc.
  • Who is someone you admire professionally and why? 
    Ellen Whinnett, she's our national investigations reporter. She broke the story involving the country's largest police sting, Operation Ironside, earlier this year.
  • What's your biggest professional accomplishment to date?
    The suspension of a senior Port Augusta prison officer after speaking with multiple victims who were allegedly indecently assaulted by the man, and notifying the Department of Correctional Services.
  • Can you share a snapshot of personal/professional goals you want to accomplish in the next 12 months?
    Continue learning from the experienced journalists around me, while they are still accessible!
  • What does the average work day look like for you?
    No day is the same. I could be at a crime scene, in court for six hours, or in the car to the South East covering a double murder, or just researching.
  • What three words that best describe you?
    Driven, fast-paced, empathetic.
  • What would be your personal motto?
    Don't take life too seriously.
  • Funny fact about yourself?
    I still often go to the playground to have a swing on the swing, it calms me.
  • And lastly, what are your career aspirations for the future? 
    I'm not entirely sure, I'll roll with the punches.
 
Milan Mili | Position: UniSA Business Concierge & Event Organiser | Organisation: UniSA Business School

  • Tell us a bit about your study background 
    Bachelor of marketing & Communications at UniSA Business (2018) & Diploma of International Trade at TAFE SA (2014)
  • What's the best professional advice you received while studying?
    build networks & be yourself
  • Who is someone you admire professionally and why? 
    I am a big fan of professionals that have work ethic and are passionate about what they do such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
  • What's your biggest professional accomplishment to date?
    Receiving the Inaugural National Extraordinary Customer Service Award in Sydney.
  • Can you share a snapshot of personal/professional goals you want to accomplish in the next 12 months?
    keep learning and build more meaningful businesses.
  • What three words that best describe you?
    Happy creative dreamer.
  • What would be your personal motto?
    If you have everything under control, you are not moving fast enough.
  • Funny fact about yourself?
    I like to research the history of human evolution.
  • And lastly, what are your career aspirations for the future? 
    Creating passive income and fulfilling my highest and truest potential.
 
 
Session #2
How to ‘Manage your Money'

Mastering your finances and money can be overwhelming. Learn how to confidently manage your money so you can achieve your goals and feel in control.


Details:
Hear from a panel of industry professionals ready to help you manage your money and finances - Register here
Registrations close 9 am Monday 27 September.
 
Follow us on any of the following platforms to join in online:
 
Session #3
How to ‘Live a Balanced & Healthy Lifestyle’

Juggling everything in our lives can be challenging. Experience how to achieve a more balanced and healthy way of life. 


Details:

How To Resources:

To explore the life skill topics of the ‘How to Adult’ program in more detail and discover interesting information, facts and programs, see links to a variety of resources below: 
 
Career Pathway
Transitioning into the working world. 
UniSA Specific Resources  Tips 
Finances & Money
Manage your Finances and Money.
Apps Podcasts Books  Local Support   
Lifestyle
Helping you find the perfect balance.
Fact Sheets/Information Programs Podcasts


 

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