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  • 18 Sep 2017 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beaumont People presents: How to Write a Winning Resume
    Click on the image to go to the Eventbrite page and register!

  • 11 Sep 2017 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A transcript of this video is available at: 

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  • 08 Sep 2017 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    By Jonathunder - Own work, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5185607

    A Quebecois dish made with fried potatoes, cheese curds and topped with meat drippings. Or, in other words: French fries, cheese curds and gravy. There will be poutine imitators out there, but shredded cheese just doesn’t substitute for the real deal cheese curds

    Maple syrup

    By Dvortygirl - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1507867

    Made from the xylem sap of a sugar maple, red maple or black maple. It is delicious and should be poured liberally on pancakes. Unfortunately you may find ‘maple flavoured’ syrup in New Zealand and Australia which is not the same!


    Kiwis will have no idea what you are talking about.  

    Nanaimo Bars

    By Joy - Flickr: Nanaimo Bar, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13276538

    Named after the city of Nanaimo in B.C. With many different variations it’s no wonder you might miss this sweet treat.

    Double double coffee from Tim Hortons

    Don’t worry, once you discover the café culture in New Zealand, drip coffee will be a distant memory

    Kraft Dinners

    By Matt MacGillivray from Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2201560

    Fear not! You should still be able to find this in New Zealand and Australia.

    Smoked meats

    You might have to learn how to make this yourself. It is not common to have smoke meat in New Zealand and Australia.

    Canadian bacon with maple syrup

    By Stefano A. from Toronto, Canada - Canadian Bacon, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11803831

    Fortunately you can still find this cut of bacon in New Zealand and Australia. You might get odd looks if you order bacon and maple syrup in a café though.

    Butter Tarts

    By Rob Campbell from Toronto, ON, Canada - butter tarts, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34839995

    Pure butter, sugar and eggs. You can add something healthy like raisins, walnuts or pecans. No judgement if you do or don’t.

    Ketchup chips

    Kiwis and Aussies will just ask …why?

  • 04 Sep 2017 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A transcript of this video is available at: http://www.canadadownunder.org.au/annvriend/ 

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  • 23 Aug 2017 2:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Watch Jesse Desjardina talk about his time on a Working Holiday in Australia! Click on the Youtube link for a transcript https://youtu.be/yXjUnULIYZQ

  • 18 Aug 2017 12:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Communication skills cannot always be assumed and it is important to be an engaged, active listener in the workplace. This will not only help you optimise your job performance, it will also boost your workplace relationships.

    1)      When having a conversation with someone, take time to ask questions and allow them to finish what they have to say before jumping in.

    2)      Focus on the person speaking, notice their non-verbal cues such as body language and tone of voice. 

    3)      It is considered disrespectful to talk over people or try to finish their sentences. It also indicates you don’t care about what the other person is saying.

    4)      Think about what you want to say before speaking but ensure that you are still paying attention to the other person.

    5)      Maintain eye contact. By looking at the other person in the eye you are showing that you are engaged. It will also assist you to stay focused on the conversation.

    6)      Examine your own body language, make sure you are standing up straight and nodding your head. These visual cues are important in providing feedback to the other person so they know you are listening and interested.

    7)      Reflect on what was just said and paraphrase it back to the speaker. This helps you to ensure you understand what is being said and the speaker sees that you are on the same page.

    8)      Remain neutral particularly if tempted to give an opinion. You should put your personal opinions aside in the workplace especially.

    9)      Active listening will help you recall information more accurately and also show the other person that you are paying attention.

    10)   Be patient with yourself and others. Give yourself time to think of a response. Don’t always feel tempted to answer right away. 

  • 16 Aug 2017 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Watch Sarah Mak talk about her time on a Working Holiday in Australia! Click on the Youtube link for a transcript https://youtu.be/PqjoqAyaxi8

  • 02 Aug 2017 9:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organisation is instrumental to job performance success. In university many people procrastinate and submit tasks at the last minute. If you have learned how to manage your time effectively before entering the workforce, you will find that you are ahead of a number of your peers. Consider the concept that you are self-managing yourself. You need to primarily eliminate procrastination habits if this is an area in which you struggle.

    1)      Make the task smaller by dividing it into sections. Have a set goal to complete each of these sections by a certain time and stick to this schedule.
    2)      Find out which tasks to prioritise. This is key as some tasks can wait until another day whereas others need to be completed quickly. Speak with your supervisor about their priorities so you can determine your own schedule.
    3)      If there is a task that you do not want to do it is best to do this first. Try to get them done earlier in the day so you are refreshed rather than being tempted to leave it until the last minute.
    4)      Give yourself some motivation or reward for completing a task. Whether that be a 10 minute break or the promise of watching your favourite television show when you get home. This can really help your motivation.
    5)      Set aside time to complete the task or enter it into your calendar so you are reminded to start working on a project.
    6)      If you don’t know what to do, you should ask someone. It is better to ask someone than it is to continue putting a project aside.
    7)      If you find that you have a number of projects or tasks to do that would take a short amount of time to complete, it is better to do those tasks first. This will make it easier to tackle the larger projects.
    8)      What’s stopping you? Figuring out what it is that’s stopping you from starting is key in getting started.
    9)      Know why you are doing the task or project. Sometimes seeing what you are contributing to the bigger picture can help you feel motivated.
    10)   Rip off that Band-Aid and just do it.

    Hopefully this might help you get some ideas about how to avoid procrastination.  

  • 31 Jul 2017 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When you come to Australia on a Working Holiday you are also competing with the local job market. Although you will stand out as having different experiences to those of local Australians, it can help to understand aspects of the Australian job market and improve your chances of getting hired.

    1)      Accomplishments – Take note of the accomplishments and achievements you have made over the years. This can help you in interviews when you are asked about your achievements.
    2)      Take time to think about your weaknesses and strengths. Apart from being a common question in interviews, it can really help you improve your work performance.
    3)      Consider ways that you can assist co-workers with their work. See what you can do to be of value to someone else.
    4)      It is ok to make mistakes but you need to evaluate what went wrong and consider ways to do better next time.
    5)      Consider your body language – eye contact, smiling, maintaining open body language. Ask someone to film you or tell you the things you could improve.
    6)      Prepare for your day whether it be a meeting, interview or presentation. Prepare notes as this will boost your confidence.
    7)      Do not compare yourself to peers or role models, each person is unique and you should not seek validation based on another person’s success. Don’t let anyone make you feel like a failure.
    8)      Learning something new can allow you to improve your skills and confidence.
    9)      Stay away from negative thinking, be positive about your experiences even the ones you may not consider positive.
    10)   Stay away from speaking ill of other people. Negativity can breed negativity and reflect poorly on you.

    We hope some of these tips might help. Stay tuned for more ways to improve your employability over the next few weeks!

  • 24 Jul 2017 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Although most people have a great experience in Australia on their Working Holiday, there are some employers who might take advantage of Working Holiday makers. Here are 10 things to know about your rights as a worker in Australia. 

    1)      No one has the right to take your passport from you. 
     A hostel owner or manager does not have the right to take your passport from you even if you owe them money. An employer also does not have the right to revoke your visa. If they are asking you to do something you think is illegal or dangerous and they are threatening your visa status you must contact the authorities.
    2)      Get everything in writing and in a contract.
    If a hostel is promising you work upon arrival, request this in writing. If they are unwilling to provide this keep in mind they may be promising work in order to entice backpackers to fill beds/rooms.
    3)      Harvest trail
    Is a Government website and one of the best resources for information on where you can find second year visa work. It is a Government run website with detailed information on the harvest months for various produce.
    4)      Be cautious when looking for work on Gumtree and Facebook.
    There are some legitimate employers who will advertise here but remember that all Australian businesses have an ABN. You should ask employers for their ABN and then look it up here: http://abr.business.gov.au/
    5)      All Australian employers must pay you at least the minimum wage.
    If there is wage theft happening it should be reported http://www.fairwork.gov.au/. This website also contains information about what you should do in cases of harassment.
    6)      Never pay money for a job
    It is not lawful for you to be required to pay money to receive employment. If an employer is requesting this of you, they are not abiding by fair work laws.
    7)      You are permitted to quit a casual job
    You must adhere to the minimum resignation notice in your contract however you do not have to work with an employer. If they refuse to pay you, you need to contact the authorities or the fair work ombudsman.
    8)      You should be given a contract
    Read it carefully before signing and ensure that you are being paid at least minimum wage for your work.
    9)      Employment termination
    You have 21 days from the day you were sacked to lodge an application with the Fair Work Commission. Check the information at the Commission website to find out more information about the different dismissal laws.
    10)   If you work on a contract, permanent or part time basis you are entitled to annual leave
    This must be either taken or paid out at the end of your employment. 

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