Keep Calm And Contact Your PI Insurer: My Architecture Registration Interview Experience

In November 2013, I became a fully qualified Architect in the State of Victoria, Australia. This had been a professional goal of mine since graduating in 2010. This is my account of the oral exam that took place in Melbourne, October 2013. 

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“I am confident in what I know, I am confident in what I know…”

I muttered to myself as I walked through the Fitzroy Gardens, which were pretty deserted apart from a handful of tourists taking pictures. I gazed at the trees and tried, somewhat unsuccessfully, to coax myself into the most zen-like state possible.

Bah. I was never good at meditation.

I reached Albert Street and checked the time. 11.30am. Ninety minutes until my Architect Registration interview, the final hurdle to becoming a fully-fledged member of the Super Special Secret Society With The Special Handshake (AKA Registered Architect).

The hard work of the last few months was about to come to an end, and I couldn’t wait to have it over with.

I wandered over to Gertrude Street and parked myself at a cafe with a long black and a Volume 1 Preliminaries tender document for one final read over. I doubt I took anything in, but it felt like I was doing something productive. [Read more...]

What US Airport Immigration Taught Me About Being Assertive

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You know what it’s like when you arrive in a new country.

You’re tired, delirious and confused, and then you gotta line up and shuffle your way through passport control, where an immigrations officer stares you down and questions you over the length and intention of your stay.

Sometimes it’s easy and you scoot through without any worries, sometimes they ask for more details, and occasionally, if they’re really suspicious, they take you away for a lengthy private grilling.

I’ve never experienced the latter, but I’ve heard it happening to other Aussie travellers entering the USA, even when their intentions were completely above board (ie not trying to sneak in for an extended, cash-job stay).

So why do some people get interrogated and others don’t?

I believe it comes down to being assertive.  [Read more...]

Episode 38: How to Make Yourself ‘Employable’ – Tips for Students and Graduates with Swinburne University’s Volker Janssen

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It doesn’t matter if you don’t have relevant work experience. [What employers want to know is] do you understand what it’s like to WORK?

volker janssen christina canters design draw speakWhat do you think makes you ‘employable’? Good grades? A pretty portfolio? The right connections? All these things help, but there is a lot more to it!

This week I’m chatting with Volker Janssen, the Employment and Information Programs Officer at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.

Volker has been working closely with students and employers for a number of years, and knows EXACTLY what employers are looking for when recruiting new graduates. In this episode, we’re talking all about ‘employability’ – what makes you IRRESISTIBLE to potential employers. [Read more...]

Episode 37: What Stand-Up Comedy Taught Me About Communication – Interview with Judy Carter

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Going for a job interview is like going on stage…[and] audiences judge you – yes or no – in the first 17 seconds.

judy carter design draw speak Judy Carter is a keynote speaker, author and motivational humorist who knows a LOT about being a great performer – whether on stage, at work or in a job interview.

Helping people find their unique message is one of her specialties, as is helping people de-stress and lighten up in the workplace through the use of humor.

In this episode, Judy shares what years as a successful stand-up comedian taught her about being a GREAT communicator.  

Episode 36: How to Thrive in a Large Company and Propel Yourself to the TOP: Interview with Anthony Fasano of EngineeringCareerCoach.com

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Want to work for a large firm? Or maybe you’re already working and want to discover how to get the projects you want, more responsibilities, the best training and the resulting bigger paycheck?

If so, this episode is a must-listen!

Anthony Fasano (@AnthonyJFasano) is a bestselling author, speaker and host of the Engineering Career Coach podcast.

He helps young engineers achieve remarkable success in their careers. In this episode, we chat about how developing good communication, networking and leadership skills helped him to move up quickly within his large civil engineering company and become a partner at only 27 years of age! Talk about inspiring! [Read more...]