Back to school at age 42

I'm really excited this evening because tomorrow, I will join the growing number of adults who have enrolled in a course of study through Open Universities Australia (OUA). It's a dream come true for me, a chance to finish what I started 20 years ago when I first enrolled at university. Although … [Read more...]

When fear of failure holds you back

My literary agent has been waiting for the synopsis of my teen trilogy now for a week-ish. Er, make that a fortnight. At least. This is the same trilogy that I started writing approximately four years ago – words tumbling onto the page like they were coming home, until ninety-eight percent of the … [Read more...]

Underemployment still an issue for busy mums

Mums look for better working opportunities. Mums are still the main caretaker in the family despite a push to change the way men think about kids. Busy mums are looking to increase the amount of paid-work they do in any given week, according to new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics … [Read more...]

AWCCI: Women to wait 179 years for equality

Equality is a word that has made its way into the mainstream media cycle and it seems set to stay there, but not everyone is working with the same definition. In recent weeks, the federal government has sought to boost the pay of thousands of social workers and professional carers in a bid to make … [Read more...]

Wage gap 'not affected' by economic growth

Women living in both developed and developing nations face largely similar challenges when it comes to gender equality in the workplace, new research from the World Bank has shown. The World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development showed that the overall wage gap is largely … [Read more...]

Library Leaders Tap into Digital Age

In a digital age, with e-books and information available at a click of a mouse or tap of an iPad or just touch phone away, public libraries are rethinking the way they operate within their Councils and communities. They not only need to meet new client needs, they’re operating in a climate of d … [Read more...]

Campaign to get rid of 'part-time work'

Claire Braund, Executive Director of Women on Boards, says the term 'part-time work' should be removed from the workforce vocabulary because of the destructive effect it has on people's careers. Ms Braund is on a campaign to have the term 'part-time' replaced by 'working flexibly at X per … [Read more...]

The Time is Right for Women

This year the oldest of the baby boomers turn 65 and this hard working generation begins its long descent into retirement. Leading KPMG demographer, Bernard Salt, predicts that the impacts of this Baby Bust will be far reaching. The available pool of talent that business can draw from will start … [Read more...]

The How-To Career Guide: Get That Pay Rise

So you have the job you want, and you’ve been there for a while. Your responsibilities within the role have grown, or perhaps you’ve improved processes or profits. But there’s been no talk of increasing your remuneration. Salary reviews are often part of an organisation’s annual appraisal process, b … [Read more...]

Women are Losing the Board Game

In the early 1990s the case for improving gender diversity on boards was waved away with the argument that more women moving through the ‘the pipeline’ would result in them achieving board positions. The pipeline was the mythical term given to career progression for women. It was assumed that gre … [Read more...]

The How-To Career Guide: The Interview

You got your job application right, and you now have an interview scheduled… but it isn’t time to celebrate just yet. There could be several others shortlisted for the job, and you still have to convince them that you’re the right person. Not everyone is naturally good at interviews. It’s a nerve-r … [Read more...]

The How-To Career Guide: Applications

So you’ve found the job you really want, but how do you make it yours? I’ve always found the application process the hardest part. How do you make yourself stand out from all the other resumes the recruiter is receiving? There are a few ways to do this. Your resume Firstly, make sure your resume … [Read more...]