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How To Break Into A New Workplace Socially

How To Break Into A New Workplace Socially

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Starting a new job can be stressful, especially if it’s your first job out of university. You may feel nervous about being the new person in the office or worried that your questions will bother your supervisor or co-workers. Maybe you’re feeling afraid of criticism, delaying other people’s work, or being considered incompetent. 

One of the most common anxieties when starting a new job is what co-workers will think of you, whether you’ll be included, and how you can get socially involved in your new workplace. As a fresh graduate who has recently experienced the same situation, I’m going to share with you some tips to help you overcome the stress and quickly adapt to your new environment.

1. Normalise Your Fear and Relax 

New is scary, but it is normal. Everyone gets worried or stressed about the unknown, not just you. From a psychological point of view, “fear” is the emotion we experience when we sense a risk. But don’t worry, engaging with new colleagues isn’t life-threatening!   

When I first started at my new job, I challenged the fear I was feeling and asked myself “what’s the worst that could happen?” When I thought about it that way, I realised that someone telling me one of my ideas was stupid was unlikely, and even if it did happen, I could change the way I received that feedback.

My suggestion is to encourage yourself to face up to your current situation and reframe it. Tell yourself, “If I ask this question, it might open my mind and get clarification” instead of “I might get scolded or look silly if I ask this question.”

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2. Mind Your Body Language

If you strike up a conversation with a co-worker, they’ll pay more attention to your body language and tone than the actual words you say. In fact, research shows that your body language makes up about 55% of your communication, tone of voice 38% of your communication, and words only 7% of your communication to other people. 

So if you want to get socially involved in your new workplace – relax. Loosen your shoulders. Say hello to people like you would to your friend. If you can feel your body tensing up, roll your shoulders, take a deep breath, and smile.

3. Remember Why You’re Here 

There’s a good chance that the fear of your new work environment has made you forget how happy you were when you got the job. So, always remind yourself why you are here. You’re at your new workplace because you were selected – among all the dozens of applicants – as the best person for the job. 

Share that excitement and passion with your new co-workers. Show them what you can do and don’t be shy to use “work talk” as an icebreaker. It gives people around you context and a view into your style. A bit of personal background information helps co-workers get to know you more, which is a good step to belonging socially to a new workplace.

4. Introduce Yourself 

Introducing yourself is the best way to make a good first impression for people to remember you. Take the initiative to meet your new co-workers. Say hello in the elevator, kitchen, or hallway. If your colleague invites you to lunch, say yes and take the opportunity to get to know them better. 

If you’re working remotely, schedule 15 minutes with a new colleague every week on Zoom or Google Meet. Start with your supervisor and the people in your team, and over time you can start seeking out one-on-ones with co-workers in different parts of the business. People love to talk about themselves and their experiences, so if you’re shy, all you need to do is sit back and smile while the other person does all the talking. Better still, you’ll become known as the office’s social butterfly!

As you become familiar with your colleagues, they’ll be happy to help you when you need it. Make sure you return the favour and help others as well. Your co-workers will love this new professional who is willing to collaborate and helps others with enthusiasm.  

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5. Learn The Company Culture 

No matter the size of your new company, every organisation has its own rules and regulations. They have their own acronyms, language, and jokes. Most of these rules and behaviours are unspoken, so look out for social cues and be patient while you learn the way things work.

As a new team member, don’t be afraid to ask questions – how to ask for leave, where the best places to park are, when to use Slack versus email, and who the “class clown” is. This is one of the quickest ways to learn and gives you an excuse to talk to your co-workers. (This is especially helpful if you need a segway into more conversational topics.)  With these things in mind, you can develop a basic sense of what behaviours are acceptable and expected in your new workplace, so you can quickly fit into the corporate environment.

So next time you’re diving into a new workplace, don’t be afraid of getting involved with your new colleagues – get excited! Remind yourself that fear is normal, your body language speaks volumes, you’re here for a reason, introducing yourself shows confidence, and take the time to learn your new company culture. 

Do you have any tips for socially connecting in a new workspace? Tell us about it on LinkedIn, just tag us in the post so we can have the conversation together!

Shan Jiang is a Social Media Marketing Intern at Outcome.Life where she helps create content to empower better employability outcomes for international students and provide host companies with diverse and passionate interns. An international student herself, Shan is a bilingual content creator.

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

Why Companies Are Desperate For Data

Why Companies Are Desperate For Data

Your business has a data-related gap just waiting to be filled

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We are now in an age where data and automation are king. While many manual labour jobs are continuing to be replaced by machinery and software at a rapid rate, new roles and an increase of current roles in data automation are happening in tandem. Now we don’t need “just the job done” but people who monitor, maintain, control, and interpret what machinery and AI are doing to get the job done. 

Roles like data analyst, data scientist, data engineer, project manager, marketing analyst, IT analyst, and data architect are all in high demand in today’s data economy. In fact, if you browse the 100 Jobs of the Future as predicted by Ford Australia, Deakin University, and Griffith University in 2019, you’ll find that at least 10% of roles are data-related. 

But with so many companies desperate for data, how can small and medium businesses keep up with demand? How can you ensure you’re staying current, maximising efficiency, and optimising your customer relationships, revenue, software, and communications? 

The answer is interns. Our FairWork complaint unpaid internships allow emerging professionals to gain hands-on industry experience, build their network, and make a difference in your business. Let us show you how.

Data Analysis

Data analyst interns process and interpret data to give you meaningful insights. For example, analysing data from your past and current operations to make your business more efficient, fine-tuning your customer offering, and investing in the right initiatives to scale. This may look like market research, interpreting software or operational data, process mapping, or predicting future trends based on existing data. They can give recommendations to optimise your business and improve efficiency and revenue. 

Business Analysis

Data analysis can be broken down more specifically into industry-specific analysis, such as business analysis. This niche area of data analysis offers actionable insights based more closely on the area you’re wanting to improve. A business analyst will look at data with the view to solve business problems and meet business needs. 

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Marketing Analysis

With the internet giving anyone with a WiFi connection access to free or cheap marketing tools, competition is fierce and authentic, high quality marketing is needed more than ever. A marketing analysis intern can give your marketing team or marketing intern more insight into what’s working well, what needs improving, and where opportunities exist to better capitalise on customer growth and retention. 

Data Science

While data analysis focuses on solving problems you know about, data science interns ask questions that aren’t being asked and look for gaps in your operations, product, service, or offering. They may generate and demonstrate correlations between different sets of data and explain how one relates to the other. For example, what level of impact good customer service has on customer satisfaction and retention. 

You could say that data science interns look at the big picture to future-proof the problems of tomorrow. 

The Solution To Your Problems

Every business has a data-related gap just waiting to be filled. As the internship provider of choice, we work with tertiary institutions globally to bring talent to your business. This gives you access to emerging talent at no cost and offers the opportunity for you to empower our next generation of industry experts and leaders with hands-on experience. 

Signing up for a data intern with Outcome.Life is completely free. Our interns are tertiary qualified or very near finishing their formal education. Data interns will typically work two to three days per week for twelve weeks and provide personalised analysis and recommendations to suit your businesses needs. 

Getting meaningful insights and recommendations has never been easier! Register your expression of interest today.

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Anja Goedhart is the Marketing Manager at Outcome.Life where she creates content to empower better employability outcomes for international students and provide host companies with diverse and passionate interns. A storyteller at heart, Anja is passionate about using words to create connections and communities. When she’s not working, you can find her drinking hot chocolates, reading books, and hanging with cats.

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

6 Ways An IT Intern Can Digitise Your Business

6 Ways An IT Intern Can Digitise Your Business

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If you’re an Australian business or startup operating in the 21st century, there is no way you’re operating without using IT services. With the world moving digital and virtual communication becoming a necessity for survival, your business must stay on-the-pulse with technology trends. In fact, forecasts suggest that the IT sector will grow by 104% between 2018 and 2023. 

The pay rate for IT professionals in Australia is steep, which is a huge challenge for new and bootstrapped businesses. Taking on interns is a great way to test the potential of IT services in your business. And interns are a motivated and cost-effective resource you can rely on to help you get there.

Here are six ways an IT intern can digitise your business that you may not have considered.

1. Web Development

Web developers work on your business website to make it user friendly and visually appealing, increase traffic, communicate your offering, and boost your SEO efforts. 

Web development is a big industry now and you can even host interns with a specialisation in frontend, backend, or a particular coding language such as html, Java, Javascript, CSS, and MYSQL.

2. Data Analysis

As the name suggests, data analysts can analyse heaps of data from your past operations to make your business more efficient, fine tune your customer offering, and invest in the right initiatives to scale. Process mapping, market research, data analysis, CRM customisation, and general documentation and planning are just a few of the things that a data analysis intern can do for your business.

3. Cybersecurity

Keeping your online presence safe from hackers and your confidential data secured is your responsibility as a business owner. Especially if you are working with confidential customer data such as payment details, addresses, and PHI (private health information), cybersecurity is vital. A cybersecurity intern can help keep things safe and secure in the background.

4. Help Desk and Support

Move your business from paper to digital! A help desk and support intern can ensure all data entries are updated, accurate, and working smoothly. Help desk positions can also involve troubleshooting and solving issues with various hardware and software, and better supporting your customers to increase engagement, and ultimately, profitability and business reputation.

5. Systems Administrator

Ensure the myriad IT programs your business uses are being monitored for glitches and are powering your business in the right direction. Software is ever-prevalent and ensuring that your technology is always up and running is a must. There’s nothing worse than technology failing at the most inopportune moments and a systems administration intern could end up saving you a lot of hassle.

6. Networking and Telecommunications

Networking and telecommunications interns can help manage the network system of an organization. Their role is to oversee and boost the connectivity and performance of the network, as well as monitor the day-to-day operations of an organisation’s computer network. Interns can specialise in hardware and/or cloud-based platforms.

IT Interns Can Open New Horizons At No Cost

Our IT interns each have a Bachelor Degree or higher and have a great foundation to make improvements to your business. Internships typically last for 12 weeks for at least two days a week. 

If you like the intern, you can hire them. If you’re not interested in hiring, you lose nothing. It’s like when big companies offer a “try before you buy” option. We say, “Sign up. Try it for 12 weeks. Then hire or try again!”

At Outcome.Life, we take pride in not only helping students, but also in supporting Australian SMEs (small to medium enterprises) and startups with interns who can help their business. Just reach out and start talking with our team about IT interns who can help your business.

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Vintii Vasundhara Aggarwal

Vintii Vasundhara Aggarwal is part of the placement team at Outcome.Life in which she talks to new students and host companies every day about the importance of work-integrated learning. Once an international student herself, Vintii is passionate about connecting with international students and sharing with them how she has navigated the same path and kickstarted her career. She is also a visual abstract artist and the winner of three UNSW hackathons.

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

How A Marketing Intern Can Increase Your Company’s Reach

How A Marketing Intern Can Increase Your Company's Reach

Marketing: An Indispensable Activity For Any Business

If you own an Australian business or startup, you’ll know all about the importance of revenue, and by extension, attracting customers. Customers come when they know you exist. When they know you are solving their problems. When they know you are offering something they want or need. But what if you’re doing all those things and you’re still not attracting enough customers? You increase your reach.

How can you increase your reach? With the help of a marketer.

Now, you may be thinking, “That sounds like a lot of money. Money I just don’t have right now.” We understand your problem. When you’re getting a business off the ground, the costs can feel like they’re constantly racking up, and any unnecessary costs are cut.

But what if you could have a marketer and save your business money? It’s all possible with a marketing intern. Don’t sacrifice marketing. It is an absolute essential, and with a creative lot of students opting for careers in the field, we’ve found a way you can have your cake and eat it, too.

Now that sounds like really great news!

Increase Your Reach And Customer Base

In the current noisy digital world, marketing is becoming more and more complex. It requires a constant outpouring of content and communication to make yourself heard. Having a dedicated person doing that for your business can be a complete game changer.

Some of the tasks a marketing intern can help you with include:

  • Creating regular content for your social media channels – specifically where your ideal customer hangs out.
  • Preparing a monthly e-newsletter to make sure you are always top of mind for your loyal customers.
  • Tailoring your message for your niche customer.
  • Helping you stand out from the crowd with visually appealing packaging and brand communication.
  • Improving your SEO (search engine optimisation) so you appear in search results when people google for your product/service.
  • Researching your competitors so you can out-do them.
  • Compiling testimonials from happy customers to help attract new ones.
  • Helping you become a well-known brand in your industry.

Marketing Doesn't Work For My Business – Said No One Ever!

You could offer the greatest product/service but if no one knows about you, you won’t survive for long. 

In order to take off and fly, make some noise and speak to your audience – in a voice they will hear, in a place they hang out. To get marketing interns to support your business, just follow these three simple steps:

  1. Have a clear understanding of what your needs are.
  2. Assign an employee to provide supervision to the marketing intern during their internship.
  3. Reach out to Outcome.Life to sign up and start taking on interns who can boost your popularity, revenue, and confidence!

Marketing Can Open New Horizons At No Cost

Our marketing interns each have a Bachelor Degree or higher and have a great foundation to make recommendations and improvements to your business. Internships typically last for 12 weeks for at least two days a week.

If you like the intern, you can hire them. If you’re not interested in hiring, you lose nothing. It’s like when big companies offer a “try before you buy” option. We say, “Sign up. Try it for 12 weeks. Then hire or try again!”

We at Outcome.Life take pride in not only helping students, but also in supporting Australian SMEs (small to medium enterprises) and startups with interns who can help their business.

Just reach out and start talking with our team about marketing interns who can help your business. It’s that simple.

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Vintii Vasundhara Aggarwal

 Vintii Vasundhara Aggarwal is part of the placement team at Outcome.Life in which she talks to new students and host companies every day about the importance of work-integrated learning. Once an international student herself, Vintii is passionate about connecting with international students and sharing with them how she has navigated the same path and kickstarted her career. She is also a visual abstract artist and the winner of three UNSW hackathons.

 

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

CEOs Predictions About The 2020 Workplace

CEOs predicted a Pandemic in 2020! But did the world listen?

Domenic Saporito examines "the 2020 Workplace", a 2010 book about the future of work and the new normal

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In late 2010...

I remember reading a book titled “The 2020 Workplace”.

The book was a summary of interviews conducted by the authors Jeanne C. Meister & Karie Willyerd with hundreds of forward-thinking CEOs as they prepared to lead their businesses through the next decade.

I was so taken by what I read, I summarised the top 20 predictions of what our workplaces would look like in 2020 and passed it onto my senior staff. I told them, “If what we do doesn’t align with what is in this book, we ain’t doing it!”

Now, having plenty of time on my hands thanks to COVID-19, I took some time out to look back on the predictions of 10 years ago to see how accurate they were. Remember, some of the biggest and most successful tech businesses in existence today, like Zoom, Monday and Instagram, didn’t even exist when experts made these predictions!

But you could have knocked me over with a feather! When I re-read this stark warning in Chapter 8:

"Smart companies should prepare now for wild cards as disasters such as pandemics, terrorisom and mass climate change that will create an even greater focus on teleworking ... and migration to all forms of virtual work."
Jeanne C. Meister & Karie Willyerd
The 2020 Workplace

Creepy amazing, I think you’d agree!

So, if 100 CEOs can predict a COVID-19 type pandemic that would be the catalyst to redefine our workplaces 10 years before it happened, I wonder how accurate they were with their other predictions?

I’ll let you decide. Here are their top 20:

  1. You will be hired and promoted based on your reputational capital
    Your personal brand, expertise and the breadth, depth and quality of your social networks will be vital in getting a job in 2020.
  2. Your mobile device will become your office, your classroom and your concierge
  3. The global talent shortage will be acute
    Fast-breaking technological breakthroughs in new products and services will create a huge demand for new jobs with more complex skills.
  4. Recruiting will start on social networking sites
    Questions from employers will include: How many followers do you have on LinkedIn? How many people have recommended you on LinkedIn? Have you turned any of your followers, connections or friends into new business? Do you blog regularly about issues related to your job or industry? Have you participated in any innovation events?
  5. Web computers will force corporate offices to reinvent themselves
    Knowledge workers will increasingly elect to work at “third places”. Not at work or home, but informal public spaces such as cafes, coffee shops and coworking spaces.
  1. Companies will hire entire teams
    Instead of individuals, to tackle big business problems.
  2. Job requirements for CEOs will include blogging
    The fastest way to communicate broadly with customers and clients will be via social media (right, Donald Trump?!)
  3. The corporate curriculum will use video games, simulators and alternate reality games as key delivery models
    Corporate training will be transformed into a nimble, fun and highly collaborative experience, to develop leadership and complex critical thinking skills.
  4. A 2020 mindset will be required to thrive in a networked world Employees will communicate, connect and collaborate with one another, around the globe, using the latest forms of social media, working in virtual teams, to solve problems and create new ideas. Other mindsets needed will include: Social Participation, Global Thinking, Ubiquitous Learning, Thinking Big, Acting Fast, Constantly Improving and Embracing Cross-Cultural Power.
  5. Human resources’ focus will move from outsourcing to crowdfunding
    A bit like the open source community, rather than outsourcing problems to third-party providers or consultants, companies will empower their communities to provide solutions to their biggest problems.
  1. Corporate social networks will flourish and grow inside companies
    Millenials and Gen 2020 will demand access to external social networks. Forward-looking companies will exploit the power inherent to social networks to attract new staff, develop new skill sets, support and enhance team knowledge, drive collaboration and improve innovation.
  2. You will elect your own leader
    Companies that allow employees to elect their own leaders have become the “employers of choice”.
  3. Lifelong learning will be a business requirement
    Lifelong learning will be required to continually update one’s skills for both current and future roles
  4. Work-life flexibility will replace work-life balance
    Uber-connectivity and virtual workspaces will allow employees to choose the times of day to work that suits them.
  5. Companies will disclose their corporate social responsibility programs to attract and retain staff
    Increased focus on people, planet and profit.
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  1. Diversity will be a business issue rather than a human resources issue
    There will be a focus on multicultural talent.
  2. The lines between marketing, communication and learning will blur
    Companies will create online learning that not only teaches customers how to use their products, but builds brand loyalty along the way.
  3. Corporate app stores will offer ways to manage work and personal life better
  4. Social media literacy will be required for all employees
  5. Building a portfolio of contract jobs will be the path to obtaining permanent, full-time employment

How do you think they went? Not bad for 10 years ago! I can’t imagine trying to predict, in such detail, what the world would look like in another 10 years.

10 out of 10, or should I say 20 out of 20, to Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd and the CEOs they spoke to. I can’t wait to get my hands on “The 2030 Workplace”.

Source: Meister, J. C. & Willyerd, K. (2010). The 2020 Workplace. Harper Collins.

Domenic Saporito is the co-founder of Outcome.Life and GADA Technology. Dom has started, run and sold many businesses throughout his career, ranging in industry from property to tech, and even golf! As a business owner, product developer and chartered accountant with 15 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, Dom enjoys sharing his knowledge, insights and advice with international students looking to enter the job market in Australia.

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life