New Opportunities Available with Good Morning Bedtime Story

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen. I hope your New Years Celebrations were great. Sorry that I have been incognito for the past few weeks. On that note, I thought I would kick the New Year off by discussing opportunities with an online company I am associated with.

Good Morning Bedtime Story, an international online organization dedicated to building an awareness of mental health through writing, poetry, art and music has a number of new prospects that are coming alive in 2014.

The first is the announcement of a forum, where people will be able to discuss issues they are having whilst dealing with their mental illness, talk about their survival stories and offer advice to others who are suffering. We hope it will become an area of the internet where those suffering depression, bipolar, schizophrenia or any other form of mental illness will be able to congregate and safely discuss their lives, challenges and feelings.

Additionally on the forum, emerging artists will be able to showcase aspects of their artistic creations and acquire feedback in order to help become published. This will assist artists with becoming creative contributors in Good Morning Bedtime Story (GMBS) anthologies.

To help manage the forum, GMBS will require moderators to look at the conversations taking place to ensure that none begin to show racism, hatred, derogatory comments or excessive violence.

Moreover, GMBS still has a number of openings available for volunteers. Jobs will include updating social media pages; posting calls for submissions to anthologies; marketing any new ventures the organization is undertaking, and creating ideas to advantageously benefit the organizational cause.

GMBS is always open for online submissions, which will be posted on the website. Volunteers too are able to contribute with submissions, and those who volunteer their services have the opportunity to receive a recommendation for their resume.

If anyone is interested in becoming involved with GMBS, you can e-mail them at: gmbssubmissions@gmail.com

In the e-mail, explain why mental health matters to you, what ideas you have to help further promote the organization, and also outline whether you are interested in working as a forum moderator. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

If you ever want to submit work to GMBS, you may submit poetry, writing (both fictional and memoir), music and images relating to mental health to: gmbssubmissions@gmail.com

You are able to post under a pseudonym if you wish, and all published work remains copyright of the original creators. Be sure to include the word ‘submission’ in the title of the e-mail.

Thank you for reading and I hope you consider submitting work and contributing to the organization.

Have a great day. I wish all of you health and happiness in 2014. Cheers!

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Universum Student Test

Hey guys!

I don’t often advertise on this particular blog, but this is important.

Universum, a major company which works alongside organisations from around the world has recently unveiled their annual survey for university students to undertake. By completing the ‘Wet Feet Career Test’, students, who are uncertain of their future career paths, will be able to know their career profile and discover which jobs are right for them.

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In my spare time I am working as a Student Ambassador for the Australian survey. I believe this is an important endeavor because in the coming year, many university students may not be able to find themselves a job. Making the right career choice can be one of the hardest decisions, and this survey will assist students in finding the career that is right for them.

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For university students in Australia, the survey can be undertaken here: http://unisurv.co/1010auss14

I wish you the best of luck.

To have an internship or not to have an internship? Now that is one helluva serious question

 

I would never have assumed that my three year course at university would go by me so fast. It seems like yesterday that I was driving up to the university, and now I am but on the verge of driving away from it, and only seeing it once more in my rear view mirror. Of course, the journey is not yet over, and like with all journeys, there is always something that gets in the way. The vile antagonist in this case, if such a word could ever be used in this circumstance, is the mandatory internship that I am to gain in order to successfully pass this course unimpeded. As a person majoring in professional writing, I am to secure a place within an organisation that will allow me to do just that; write professionally. That however is not as easy a task as one might assume, or one that I might have once ignorantly believed.

I was under the distinct impression when I signed up for this course that the university would help me, along with all of the other students enrolled in the course gain said internship. Now, how exactly did I acquire such an idea, when the university now refuses to do such a thing? Oh, that’s right! They explicitly said so in the course outline! It is so amazing how the written word over time has apparently lost all meaning and now is as bitter and foul tasting as the lies people verbally convey to protect one another.

The university does every so often send out an e-mail of possible opportunities that are available to us, so I will give them credit on that count, but it is ultimately we who need to gain the internship. They may point us in an appropriate direction, but they do nothing more than that. A couple students and I talked about this on Friday the first of June, how we were all quite surprised at how we were the ones who acquired the job, not the university. Many said it was difficult because they had other commitments, including work outside of the necessary internship, university work and families that two of them had, such inevitably making the task more difficult to accomplish. They however had succeeded in gaining an internship. Me? Not so much I’m afraid.

I began to send out resumes back at the beginning of May, which just so funnily enough was when the university told us to start considering our placements. Those involved in the course next semester that will evolve around our internship theorised how we should consider local councils as possible venues to intern in. Well, I will say this; it is a great idea in theory, when you are talking about it from afar, but not so much in person when it comes to applying. There are three local councils in my area; one is yet to get back to me on my internship. One refuses to get back to me, even after all this time has passed (I sent mine on the third of May), and the other was no longer accepting when I submitted mine, which I find hilarious because I submitted my application the same day they announced their internship program. Curious indeed….

I additionally looked into other companies, however very few are looking for interns. We are told to look into organisations that evolve around our field of study, but I am quite surprised to find that most of these venues refuse to accept interns of any shape or size. They want people to fully commit to their organistaion for a good few years, not a good couple weeks.

Recently in the news there was talk that interns are especially hard done by when they attempt to apply for positions because there simply ain’t enough to go around. Many sectors are highly popular and there are only select places accepting interns, with those organisations only having a certain number of spots available. This is especially true for Sydney, where it was discussed that nurses in particular and other doctorial applicants are unable to intern because every available position has already been filled. I fear the same is happening down in Melbs, and I can only hope I fare a bit better.

The thing that is affecting me so I do believe is the experience. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have worked. When I was younger I worked as a child model for clothing companies, and when I was in my adolescent years I worked at Coles for a period of time. In all honesty however, I focused primarily on my studies than my work experience, believing that after completion of my university courses I will have all the time in the world to acquire a job. Unfortunately, it would seem that my ideas have come back to bite me in the arse, and I now find myself unwanted as an intern in the industry. Of course, if I am having trouble now, things aren’t going to get any easier when I go to complete my masters and find myself needing to acquire yet another internship. Especially since I was pondering about continuing on with my masters immediately after my three years of study were complete.

I will of course keep searching, and I have up until the end of October to gain an internship and complete it. Fifteen eight hour work days seemed simple in theory. Now, if I can acquire them – then I will be onto something.

The Rich get Richer and the Poor stay Poor

Earlier this week the news was reporting upon a new workforce plan; the importing of overseas workers to work in Australia when we already have plenty of workers living in this country.

This however is not a new plan. It has being in the news on and off for the past couple years, especially since PM Julia Gillard took office. The general idea is that Australia supposedly requires a certain amount of skilled migrants to fill the jobs that nobody wants to have in this country. It is believed that there is a certain amount of workers required for each job, and migrant labor is imported to fill this quota, for too many Australian’s are interested in occupations that are already filled, and the more perhaps ‘unpopular’ jobs in turn need compensation. However, the blade cuts both ways, and on several occasions there have been reports in the news from countries the likes of Afghanistan, who reported that Australia was stealing many of its workers, especially those in the medical professions to work in Australia when in fact they were required back in their home country.

This plan however now has been redressed, but just because you slop on a new paint, give it a fancy bow and call it a new name, does not mean it is any different. This new plan, being pushed by one of the most powerful women, if not the most powerful in Australia (to keep her identity a secret, let’s call her Gina Rinehart), is in accordance to her massive mining organisation. The plan is to bring ‘skilled’ migrants from overseas, (the name China was in the news) and to bring them down to Australia to work for a certain allotment of time that seems to have been lost in the news.

I have a couple questions though that have not yet been answered, and nor will they. The massive monopoly that is the Australian mining organistaion is to powerful to be stopped by a couple questions that nobody sees as being of any import. The government also, which is supposed to be in charge of this country seems to bow down to these major monopolies and allow them all they want whenever they want it. If there are ever any issues, they are soon reassured with a couple dollars being tossed about parliament house in the directions of those who can get the ball rolling.

But, back to those two questions of mine…one, who defines what a ‘skilled’ migrant is? And two, why not use Australian workers for a job on Australian soil? I do not see other countries crying out for Australian workers to go work over on their shores.

For all we know, these migrants may just be people trying to gain asylum, and it is yet to be determined what is to happen once they have finished their quota. Now, I’m not saying I have a problem with migrants. Well, I hope that’s not what it sounds like. There’s a documentary commencing soon which discusses whether Australian’s are ‘dumb, drunk and stupid’, and if it turns out to be a biography of my life, then I suppose I will be proven wrong. However, I digress. What I’m saying, is that big business should not sugarcoat everything, or wrap it in a big beautiful bow in the hopes that the Australian people will not notice it is the same gift they were granted one year earlier by a person with a different name. The people should be told what is happening, and how it will affect them. Now, one may wonder how it could ever affect them, but it certainly will. There are many workers, too many to number I am certain, who could very easily do the jobs that these skilled migrants are being imported for. This is just yet another occurrence where Australian’s lose their jobs to people who are not even Australian citizens. Seems a little ridiculous if you ask me. Unemployment rates have sky rocketed recently due to these same occurrences which are transpiring in more than just the mining industry, and it is all happening for the exact same reason…migrants, whether they are skilled or unskilled, trained or untrained, are cheaper. They are paid less wages for the same hours of work an Australian would do. That is the primary reason. Big business becomes greedy and does not want to fork out an extra couple bucks per worker, and so tosses them out in replacement for somebody from another country who can’t speak a word of English and who probably couldn’t tell the difference between Australia and America if they were given a map, no offence intended

In addition to this, skilled migrants may not initially be ‘skilled’, but they certainly can be in the labor market they are provided for. It is easy and cheap to skill a migrant in the occupation that they are imported for, and there is no fear of them ever leaving. They are brought over here for one job. They are then trained for one job. And they are then hired for that one job. They are not skilled in any other, and so big business owners do not have to worry about half their staff flocking to another profession when they send their resumes to other businesses in the hopes of bettering themselves. That is the problem with a university degree or any other educational benefit. True, it allows you to work in the industry you want. But it is a curse too, for nobody wishes to hire a person skilled in public relations for instance, when they are going to be working in a business that does not require such skills, for they will know that this new addition to their team will be constantly looking for the work they are after, and will eventually leave.
In that sense, it is easier for a large corporation to hire on somebody who will not leave, and who will solely commit their time in the workforce to the job they are given upon arrival in this country.

I think I said this before, and I am going to say it again. This here, is quite ridiculous. If you live in Australia, or any country in fact, you should be given the opportunity to do whatever job you wish to do, not sit back and watch as that job is given to somebody else who is not even from this country. True, it is great to help those from third world countries find jobs and better opportunities than they could ever be granted back home. But it does not help the Australian people who need those jobs to acquire money to feed their families and keep roofs over their heads. Why should we be forced to sit back and suffer unemployment when there are plenty of positions available to us? Sorry, did I just say ‘are’. My bad; that should be ‘were’ plenty of jobs, now they are all filled up with skilled migrants.

But this is just my opinion. What do you think?