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What I learnt from my 6-year-old daughter.

hesitation

My heart fell. That horrible feeling, that something could go terribly wrong. I looked up, staring at the metal chains, that held everything together. What if one of the chains let loose? What if we fell out of the seat? What if the buckle wasn’t put on properly? What if? My 6-year-old daughter was beaming.…

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Have you discovered your Ikigai?

reason for existing

Change. 6 letters when put together have a strange effect. For some, it paralyses them. Too afraid of what could happen, they would rather stick with what they know. For over ten years, my client was stuck in a rut. The monotony of the same job. Day in, day out. Was she good at it,…

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Finish well. How to spend your last 203 days.

transitioning career

Have you ever felt stagnant? Fear of moving forward. Fear of failure. A comfortable holding position. Doing the same thing over and over. Utilising energy. Wondering why there are no results. Frustration starting to seep in. I have… It’s especially hard when you have lots to risk. When you have tasted the bitterness of failure.…

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Why I’m choosing to focus on now.

career audit

I remember when I was a kid, I thought a day would take so long to get through and afternoons of playing seemed endless. Summer holidays felt like forever and every year leading up to my next birthday felt so far away. Fast forward a few years. Now, I feel that my days fly by…

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Beginners guide: 4 smart strategies to find your strengths

transitioning careers

It’s funny, I am a recent graduate in search of my future. Throughout my studies, at work I see people walking around, oblivious to the things that are so clear. Their natural strengths and talents influence how they see the world. They’re how they deal with problems, they’re the foundation of their future choices. Yet…

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Why I left my job in accounting.

Graduate jobs

I believe your strengths can help you find your purpose. It doesn’t have to be defined as one big thing or one great achievement. It can simply be a way of making the most of your life by using your unique gifts and talents.

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A working mothers journey into uncertainty

work life balance

The moment my daughter entered our world, she simultaneously both made and unmade everything I thought I knew about life. Up to that point, I considered myself perhaps somewhat in possession of enough experience and ‘know-how’ to accomplish what I felt I had been given to accomplish. One look at this tiny human entrusted into…

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What happened to my job?

future of work

Ten years. A lot can change in that time. Ten years ago, I spent my time waiting for friends to come online so we could chat on MSN. Ten years ago I had to monotonously click one button 3 times just to get the letter I wanted while texting on the old school brick phones.…

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In the pursuit of passion

passion at work

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes But what do you do if you have more than one passion? For me, it’s makeup or medicine. I’ve recently discovered one of my passions in makeup artistry. Each time I go…

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Confessions (and learnings) of a 20-year-old.

graduate job

Okay, I confess. I’m 20 years old, I have a Bachelor’s degree, and I still don’t know what career I want. I am currently taking a year off from study to explore my interests and potential career paths. It is a year full of uncertainty. But is it necessary to label this a confession? What…

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Inclusion is not an adjective

Tasked with writing a piece that celebrates diversity for International Women’s’ Day I set off to see what the internet thought. I was overwhelmed by the number of events, discussions and blog posts that google returned. International Women’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the success and stories of women across the world. However…

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Inspired List

Finding work with meaning

This is what sparks our imaginations. It’s what influences our creativity.  When I first picked up LEAN IN, I had just run into my first glass ceiling. I remember standing in the bookshop, deflated, disillusioned and de-energised. I had no idea what to do or how to navigate around it. Sheryl’s words literally jumped off…

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Connections, the soul behind diversity

meaningful work

As I sat at the dinner table with my family enjoying a hot bowl of pho, I thought about the journey my parents have had as migrants to Australia. They immigrated from Vietnam in the 70’s escaping the horrors of war. Here they worked incredibly hard, adapting to a foreign country, which they now call…

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I am enough. Three words which changed my life.

International Womens Day

How I gave up the hustle and why I’m better for it. Perfectly coiffed hair, one designer handbag after another, the entire fashion world hanging by her every word. Miranda Priestly had it all. I remember being an impressionable 26-year-old, bowled over by the thought of wearing Chanel from head-to-toe. To me, that was the…

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If you want to be successful at work, then do this detox

Whitespace

On Christmas day, while the world sat down for Christmas lunch; tables full of crisp roasted turkey, succulent gleaming hams; I was in hospital. Ever since last years’ horror bedbug attack I haven’t been quite the same. I’ve developed severe allergic reactions to just about anything and everything. Since then, I’ve been on a detox.…

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Searching for your calling? Start here

"Strengths revolution"

“Mummy, what cutie mark will I have?” “Honey, you’ve lost me…what are you talking about?” “My little pony. All ponies are born without a cutie mark. When they find what they are good at, a special cutie mark appears here.” My daughter was staring innocently at me, pointing to her behind. “You see Mummy; Rainbow…

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Want to perform better at work? Then sleep better.

personal performance

I know what its like not to sleep. When my daughter was six months old, I went back to work. The truth is, she did not sleep through the night till she was three. For two and a half years, I operated on less sleep than anyone should have, so I speak from experience. Sleep…

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