2014 Reflections

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Picturesque Mullingar, Ireland.

2014 was a year punctuated by major milestones.

It almost felt like I was milestone hungry, all momentous occasions and no substance. But I guess it comes in peaks and troughs. Some years are about putting your head down and chipping away at your goals, and years like 2014 are about seeing that work pay off.

So before 2015 starts and quickly gets away from me too, I’m reflecting on the year that was.  (more…)

Melbourne’s Hidden Bars for After Work Drinks

Working in the Melbourne CBD means being spoilt for choice when it comes to Friday night drinks.

What do I look for in a bar? A thematic atmosphere, unique character, cocktails made with flair and precision, delicious nibbles and the novelty of happening upon something entirely hidden from the hustle and bustle of the street.

These are five of my favourite Melbourne bars, which make great venues for after work drinks.

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Life Balance Wheel – Take Ten Minutes to Assess Your Work Life Balance

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I’ve recently completed a career resiliency workshop offered through my employer, and completing this life balance wheel really appealed to my love of structured self reflection (i.e. over-analysing).

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Survival tips for completing a part-time MBA whilst working full time

study-nounSo it sure has been a while. I can safely say that the initial optimism and novelty of starting the MBA has worn off. If I had any thoughts of my first term being difficult, the second term has completely blown that experience out of the water. There were a variety of factors that lead to this emotionally charged and draining time which amongst other things, contributed to my bursting into tears not only in front of my Manager, but my General Manager. (more…)

The First Three Months of a New Role

Personally, I never feel more pressure than in the first three months of a new role. Admittedly, a lot of that pressure is self inflicted because I’m very conscious of establishing myself within a new team, making a good impression and achieving some results quickly. My aim is to have Management consciously recognising that I have made things better and therefore being reassured that my appointment was a wise decision. Here are some pointers to keep in mind when starting a new role.

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Build rapport

Build rapport and build it quick. Chances are that you are joining a team where relationships and a team culture or ‘way of doing things’ has already been established. Some thoughtful people will make an attempt to get to know you, however people are busy and being the new person, you should make the effort to connect with others. Some benefits of quickly settling into the team culture are:

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I’m back (and I survived my first term!)

10445092_9003348_lzIt has been a long 10 weeks.

Thank you for sticking around, and thanks to the new visitors, I have been checking in and your visits have inspired me to push on with blogging.

Not only have I started and finished the first term of my MBA, I have FINALLY transitioned over permanently to my new role at work and the pace just keeps quickening! I hope to be posting more frequently, although I am currently enjoying the one week break between terms, so it could be my wishful thinking. Although these past 10 weeks have been quite the challenge, I love a good challenge and it has given me lots of material to write about.  But first, a quick reflection post, neatly sectioned in to the three priority aspects of my life, because I’m a little OCD like that.

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Sony VAIO Duo 13 Tablet and Laptop: Perfect For On The Go

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Let me begin with a disclaimer; this is not a technical review, as I am by far one of the least technologically capable people I know. Looking for a new laptop, my criteria went something like this:

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