USC has signed up for a national employment support program with the aim of improving job opportunities for university graduates with a disability.
The University Specialist Employment Partnerships (USEP) program is a collaboration between universities, disability employment services and the National Disability Coordination Officer program.
Nicola Wilson from AccessAbility Services at USC’s Student Services and Engagement helped facilitate the program at the University’s Sunshine Coast campus.
Ms Wilson said the need for USEP was highlighted by a recent national Graduate Destinations Report that showed graduates with a disability were twice as likely to be unemployed and seeking full-time work as those without a disability.
“Through USEP we partnered with Mylestones Employment at the start of Semester 2 and they offered free and confidential on-campus consults to assist current USC students and recent graduates who identify as having a disability find work related to their fields of study,” she said.
“USC is really proud to be part of USEP and confirm that the program will be available to eligible students across all campuses from the start of 2020, both in person and via phone or webinar contacts.”
National Disability Coordination Officer for Southern Queensland Debbie Rooskov said USC should be commended for working to boost the career outcomes for students with disabilities.
“This is a brilliant additional level of tailored support that will be a huge advantage to USC’s present and future students with a disability, in ensuring they enter the workforce with confidence,” Ms Rooskov said.
“Importantly, the disability specialist recruitment officer will have up-to-date relationships with organisations who are already leading the way with diverse workplaces and advocate for equal opportunities.”
Recent USC graduate and recipient of a Chancellor’s Medal at her September graduation, Belinda Harris has taken up the offer of one-on-one consultations.
“It’s a very confronting reality that if you have a disability, you’re less likely to get a job,” Ms Harris said.
“It’s a topic I’ve always felt really passionate about and had spoken to USC about the need for specific career assistance for students with a disability. So I’m so happy to see USEP introduced at USC,” she said.
For more information visit the USEP website at www.usep.com.au or contact USC AccessAbility Services via AccessAbility@usc.edu.au
Shoppers are being encouraged to buy local this Christmas, with the help of council’s free parking in the Caloundra CBD.
The Caloundra parking amnesty will run from Sunday, December 1, 2019 to Monday, January 27, 2020.
The parking meters will be switched off but signed time limits will still apply.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said free 2P parking is a great way to bring visitors and locals into the CBD and encourage them to shop local.
“The amnesty period will cover the pre-Christmas shopping time and the post-Christmas summer sales, both important retail engagement periods for locals as well as visitors to town,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Funds raised throughout the year by Caloundra’s parking meters are used for a range of projects in downtown Caloundra, including street activation, public facilities and business support programs.
“During this period, parking officers will continue patrolling downtown Caloundra to address compliance with parking regulations, and in turn, ensure parking availability is optimised during the Christmas holidays.”
On and off street parking is available at various locations throughout Caloundra.
To find things to do in downtown Caloundra during the Christmas and New Year holiday season visit Downtown Caloundra’s Facebook page.
A new 20-year blueprint for growing a connected, healthy and vibrant Sunshine Coast was endorsed by council today (November 14).
The Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 will provide the platform for how council, the community and other tiers of government will work together to enable the region to become a fairer place with more opportunities for all.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson acknowledged that the adoption of the community strategy – along with council’s decision a few weeks ago to proceed with a UNESCO Biosphere nomination – are arguably, the two most significant decisions which council will make this year.
“Council wants to see the Sunshine Coast as a strong community that is connected, engaged and inclusive – a place where together we thrive,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Our community strategy outlines what we can, and will, do as a local government, and how we will go about it.
“At its foundation are strong social justice principles – equity of access, the efficacy of human dignity and a level playing field – so everyone can benefit as the region continues to grow and change.
“As the Sunshine Coast grows to over 500,000 people and the resourcing available to the human services sector becomes increasingly constrained and competitive, our council has recognised that more needs to be done in a holistic sense and with a focus on newly emerging challenges and opportunities.
“Our community strategy provides an effective blueprint and policy levers to bring the key stakeholders together and ensure there is a common platform and community-oriented agenda that we are working from.
“Throughout the course of the last 18 months, we have worked with a wide range of stakeholders on the development of this strategy.
“From many community organisations, mums and dads, young people, service providers, local business owners and council staff, just to name a few – because we want to make sure the community is a clear beneficiary as the region grows and matures.
Specifically, the community strategy aims to achieve five outcomes:
To empower our community to live healthy and active lifestyles
Ensure our community places and spaces are vibrant, inclusive, accessible and adaptable, and meet the needs of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds
Strengthen connection, inclusion, awareness and opportunity for everyone in our community
Build capacity in our communities to be connected, resilient and to respond to local issues
Nurture creative and innovative approaches to building a strong community.
Mayor Jamieson said the community strategy will be implemented through delivery of the first five-year Community Strategy Action Plan 2019-2024, which will in turn guide council’s annual operational planning.
“The action plan outlines our key priorities in order to achieve the outcomes in our strategy, along with a clear approach to regular measuring and reporting of our progress,’’ Mayor Jamieson said.
Council engaged with approximately 1600 people over two phases of engagement, through a range of methods, including pop-up stalls at community events, focus groups, surveys and stakeholder forums.
Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay thanked everyone who contributed to the development of the community strategy and supporting action plan.
“In developing our strategy, we asked what a strong community means to the people of the Sunshine Coast,” Cr McKay said.
“Our communities’ voices have been heard and have influenced the vision, outcomes and actions this strategy encompasses.
“We now look forward to working collaboratively to strengthen the fabric and vitality of our communities.
“Together we can build a more connected and inclusive community – a strong community, where we all thrive.”
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) Chief Executive Officer Mark Henley said that while many councils have economic strategies, any economic strategy will be stronger for being underpinned by a community strategy to ensure that everyone in the community is engaged and supported.
“It is important that a community strategy is developed by the community, for the community,” Mr Henley said.
“Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that their community is inclusive and accessible and a great place to live.
“At QCOSS, we believe in equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person, in every community, so we congratulate council for building their community strategy on principles that strengthen connection, inclusion and opportunity”.
Federal Government drought support measures announced today will deliver much needed economic stimulus for farm-dependent communities and small businesses doing it tough as they brace for another long, hot summer.
The Government’s latest drought package, worth $709 million in direct support, includes no-interest periods for drought loans for farmers and now importantly for small businesses, further support for rural schools and remote students, and economic stimulus for regional communities.
AgForce General President Georgie Somerset said that regional Queensland would welcome any and all assistance available from all levels of Government as the drought showed no signs of easing.
“While there has been some rainfall in certain parts of Queensland recently, it has been nowhere near enough to provide any real relief for farmers and communities besieged by this crippling drought,” Mrs Somerset said.
“That’s why we’re joining the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) in calling for the initiatives announced in the package today and previously to reach the people who need it as quickly as possible, so that they can survive the summer ahead.
“Countless farming families won’t be able to plant a summer crop this season, others can’t afford to feed their livestock, while businesses in farming communities continue to close at an alarming rate.
“Many farming families have been without any real cash flow for consecutive years now, and if they can’t spend in the towns where they live, everyone in the area suffers and communities wither.
“The Government’s decision to redirect $200 million into a Building Better Regions Fund drought round to support new projects that deliver social and economic benefits to drought-affected communities is therefore vital.
“As is the announcement of $15 million to support schools and childcare facilities facing financial hardship from ongoing drought conditions, including fee concessions for boarding students.”
Mrs Somerset said that while the drought stretched into an eighth consecutive year for some farmers, AgForce was also looking for the Queensland State Government to do more.
“AgForce wrote to the Premier’s office weeks ago seeking to have talks with the State Government to secure a commitment to increase the amount of drought assistance available, including funding local government to provide rates relief.
“It has been disappointing that it has taken so long to engage on such an important issue, but today we were advised we will be meeting with Premier Palaszczuk mid-next week to discuss further drought relief measures.
“We now look forward to joining them at the decision-making table to discuss a range of policy measures we’d like implemented to help provide additional support for farming families living through this terrible drought.”
“The support to date has been welcome and Governments at all levels must monitor changing conditions and promptly adjust their levels of assistance accordingly to meet the needs of affected Queenslanders.”
Infrastructure investment, with a particular focus on transport, education and training, was at the forefront of discussion during the fourth annual Sunshine Coast Business Council’s Combined Government & Business Forum.
Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair Sandy Zubrinich said the forum, which was held at USC’s Innovation Centre, was an important collaboration of more than 70 government, business and community representatives who heard from industry experts and shared ideas to inspire positive change.
“While it was encouraging to see how we are positioned in comparison to our neighbours and other similar regions, the focus of the forum was firmly on how we improve our position in the years ahead by getting the infrastructure right to support the anticipated growth,” said Ms Zubrinich.
“We don’t believe one tier of government can do this on their own and we do believe the business community needs to step up when it comes to investment, especially in regards to digitalisation transformation.
“What our expert speakers did confirm is that we are well positioned to capitalise on future infrastructure investment, provided we work collaboratively to get the key projects happening.
“Whilst the infrastructure project pipeline looks strong, there is risk in getting projects approved and shovel ready and creating jobs.
“Investment it is still heavily weighted toward major road projects such as the Bruce Highway upgrades and master-planned developments with increased investment currently in health and tourism. However, the pickup of investment across new industries is slow and imminent elections at a local and state level are bound to have an impact on when these projects commence.”
Director of Transport and Infrastructure at Lambert & Rehbein Steve Williams agreed that there were a number of headline transport projects identified that will underpin investment in the region, however most of the projects remained unfunded and until these are delivered the transport system won’t keep pace with the growth.
Urbis Property Economist Kobus Van Der Vyver reported on how investment was required to hit employment and population targets, drive job attraction and retention and to broaden the economic base of the Sunshine Coast.
While infrastructure was a top priority at the forum, Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington raised the issue of climate change and questioned how the Sunshine Coast will react in future while USC Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Hill spoke about how the university will be crucial in keeping the 16-24 year olds from leaving the Sunshine Coast and ensuring the region had the people, talent and skills required for the future.
APP’s Ross Elliot hosted a discussion about where the jobs will be in 2023 and said nine out of 10 new jobs in Queensland are created outside of the inner city which is at odds with popular — and some expert — opinion.
“What is going to drive growth into the future is very different to the industries we have seen in the last 20 to 30 years,” said Mr Elliot.
“So the big growth in finance which is typical of CBD markets isn’t going to happen in the next 20 to 30 years, instead you’re going to see industries like health, education, professional scientific and technical services surge ahead.
“The great thing about these industries is they tend to be located outside of inner urban areas which provides a great opportunity for places like the Sunshine Coast.
“While the days of big paperwork factories and CBD office buildings are not completely gone, they’re not going to grow as fast as they have in the past so we’re going to see a very different future ahead of us and that just means we need to be thinking differently.
Mr Elliot said while every infrastructure project is vital for the Sunshine Coast, there needs to be a discussion about why things are being built.
“The great thing about the Sunshine Coast is most of the people who go to work and live on the Sunshine Coast have a job within the region — about 100,000 of 130,000 people who have jobs, work locally.”
TAFE Queensland Chief Academic Officer Joann Pyne said TAFE has undertaken research through the National Health Check Australian VET with Jobs Queensland and CSIRO which shows the job opportunities on the Sunshine Coast are in the education and health sectors.
“We have spent a lot of time talking to the industries about the skills they are demanding and how we can best meet those needs through the provision of high quality skills training,” said Ms Pyne.
“We need to be smarter about how we increase skill levels – we need to link up the education sectors and deal with the pace of how things are changing in the digital world.”
Member for Glass House Andrew Powell MP said the Combined Government & Business Forum was essential to ensure politicians, business and community are listening to each other’s hopes and concerns when it comes to infrastructure, jobs and digitalisation.
“People on the Sunshine Coast are crying out for their leaders to have vision and to deliver on that vision and these kind of forums are a great way for us to share our ideas, experiences and aspirations,” said Mr Powell.
“For me, it’s important to ensure we don’t neglect places on the Sunshine Coast like Glass House where we don’t have public transport yet and are unlikely to see it anytime soon, so we need to come up with innovative ways to link the people in the hinterland with the people on the Coast.”
The Combined Government and Business Forum was held at the USC Innovation Centre on Tuesday, 29 October.
Sunshine Coast Council today (17 October 2019) considered the draft Master Plan 2040 submitted by Sunshine Coast Airport Pty Ltd as the airport manager and the organisation responsible for the safe operation of the facility.
Economic Development and Innovation Portfolio Councillor Steve Robinson said the master plan fulfilled the contract requirements between council and Palisade Investment Partners when they acquired the airport business in 2017.
“The draft Master Plan 2040 sets out Sunshine Coast Airport Pty Ltd’s vision for the first 20 years of airport operations based around the additional capabilities that will be provided by our new runway,” Cr Robinson said.
“It appropriately accounts for issues raised during the 10-week public consultation undertaken by Sunshine Coast Airport earlier this year.”
Cr Robinson highlighted that the Master Plan was not a land use approval document – it was effectively a business plan for how the airport would operate for the next 20 years.
“Any development on the airport site which is proposed by Sunshine Coast Airport will need to be the subject of future development applications and will be managed and considered in line with how council and other levels of government deal with all other development applications,” he said.
Cr Robinson said it was a matter for the Sunshine Coast Airport to determine whether it could operate a northern portion of the existing runway.
Cr Robinson said Sunshine Coast Airport held the CASA licences for the safe operation of the airport, which includes responsibility for the safe operations of the runway infrastructure.
“Council cannot direct the Sunshine Coast Airport to retain in operation, a portion of the existing runway, if the Airport operator deems it is unsafe to do so,” Cr Robinson said.
The commercial arrangement which was put in place with Palisade Investment Partners in 2017 following an extensive public tender process enables Council to deliver a new runway and associated infrastructure at no enduring cost to the ratepayer, as well as receiving an annual royalty payment of 5 per cent of gross revenue for the life of the agreement.
“The total value of that deal to Council is estimated at $605 million,” Cr Robinson said.
“The commercial partnership has enabled council to proceed with the airport expansion project – a project that will deliver approximately $4.1 billion to the Sunshine Coast economy through to 2040 and 2,230 jobs over the same period.
“Once complete, the new runway enables the Sunshine Coast Airport to accommodate direct flights to Asia and the Pacific and extends our reach to other locations in Australia which cannot currently be serviced with direct flights.”
Cr Robinson said the benefits to our region, including our neighbouring local government areas, would grow year on year.
“Passenger numbers could feasibly reach 2 million annually in the not-too-distant future.”
The creation of new freight services and an export hub will give Sunshine Coast businesses and producers the local facilities needed to export their products and services to much-sought after Asian markets faster and more efficiently.
Providing Queensland’s first direct international data and telecommunications connection to global markets is another step closer with the completion of the cable landing station at Maroochydore.
The cable landing station will house the connection point for the international submarine cable with landside communication networks and is a vital piece of infrastructure in a project that will deliver much needed diversity for Australia’s international communication needs as well significant economic benefits for the Sunshine Coast and Queensland.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson was joined by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick today (26 September 2019) to mark the completion of this $7.2 million facility.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the completion of the cable landing station marked another milestone in the delivery of the Sunshine Coast international broadband network.
“Unlike traditional cable landing stations that are normally non-descript buildings out of view from the general public, our landing station is designed to reflect Council’s design vision for the Maroochydore city centre,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Our Sunshine Coast will offer the fastest data and telecommunications transmission from the eastern seaboard of Australia to Asia once the submarine cable comes ashore and is in service next year.
“It will help to position our region to become Australia’s first Digital Trade Hub – taking a region-wide approach to data and digital connectivity which will benefit a wide cross section of businesses and industries.
“Projects such as the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network enable our region, its economy and our community to be well-positioned to respond to the rapidly evolving demands of the 21st century.
“When completed, this network will provide direct international data and telecommunications from the Sunshine Coast – the only location in Australia outside of Sydney and Perth to provide this direct international connectivity.
“This will afford a significant step-change to the Sunshine Coast’s attractiveness as an investment location.
“As the first local government in Australia to secure an investment in an international submarine cable, our council is yet again at the forefront of thinking outside the square, securing new revenue sources and pursuing opportunities to generate economic and employment growth as a major dividend for our residents, thus ensuring we continue to be Australia’s healthy, smart, creative region.”
The landing station is part of the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Cable Network being delivered thanks to $15 million from the Queensland Government’s $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund and $20 million from Sunshine Coast Council.
Almost 865 jobs are a step closer as the landing-station for the $35 million Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network is completed.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the project is facilitating the direct landing of a new undersea internet data cable at Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast and will generate almost $1 billion for the state economy.
“This $7.2 million cable landing station is the gateway to better internet connectivity for Queensland businesses,” the Premier said.
“Better connectivity means faster processing times for bigger data and more jobs.
“The cable will be able to provide Australia’s fastest data and telecommunications transmission speeds to Asia and the second fastest to the USA.
“It pitches Queensland firms to the forefront of the digital economy and will be a major drawcard for businesses and investment.
“We announced $15 million in funding to support this project in 2017 and we are now seeing the benefits.
“This is an investment that plans for the future and opens the opportunity for the jobs of the future here on the Sunshine Coast.”
Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the Palaszczuk Government was pleased to partner with Sunshine Coast Council to deliver this transformative project for the region and the state.
“Our data needs will only increase as we continue to attract new investment to Queensland and further diversify our economy,” Mr Dick said.
“Landing this international broadband cable directly on the shores of the Sunshine Coast will ensure we’re able to maximise every opportunity the digital era presents for our state.”
Robert Linsdell, Managing Director of Vertiv (Australia and New Zealand) said through the development of the cable landing station, Sunshine Coast Council is taking a huge step towards future-proofing the region’s digital future.
“The importance of investing in the right internet infrastructure cannot be overstated, particularly as we enter a new era of IoT and smart cities, where reliable connectivity will be paramount to all aspects of our daily lives,” Mr Linsdell said.
The international broadband network is exactly the kind of infrastructure needed to continue that growth, enable increased connectivity and enhance the Sunshine Coast’s and Queensland’s position as a leading technology and business hub.
“Having a vision for these new technologies is one thing, but council is going further by making this important investment and bringing its vision to reality.”
The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its innovative region-making projects including:
• The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm – which has enabled the Sunshine Coast Council to become the first government in mainland Australia to offset 100% of its electricity usage through renewable energy
• The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project – which includes delivery of a new longer, wider runway which will enable direct access to new markets in Asia, the Pacific and other locations in Australia when the runway is completed and in service in 2020
• Maroochydore City Centre – Australia’s only greenfield CBD and the nation’s truly smart city with technology and digital infrastructure solutions built in from the ground up
• The Automated Waste Collection System at the Maroochydore City Centre – Australia’s first CBD-wide underground automated waste collection system
• Establishing Australia’s first tripartite blue carbon initiative which will provide new opportunities and a sustainable future to our Blue Heart – over 5000 hectares of largely agricultural land in the Maroochy River Catchment.
Excitement is building ahead of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s annual Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards on Thursday 24 October.
USC Alumni Relations Manager Anita Edmonds said all USC graduates, staff, benefactors and supporters were welcome to attend this free, social and inspiring event at USC’s Innovation Centre Auditorium.
Ms Edmonds said many high-quality nominations were received this year from employers, parents, friends and colleagues of graduates who are making significant impacts in fields ranging from community work to business and scientific research.
This year’s 15 nominees are listed at www.usc.edu.au/outstanding-alumni-nominees.
They are vying for three awards: the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year; Regional Achievement (graduates making an impact in the broader Sunshine Coast region or another regional community); and Rising Star (graduates aged 35 years or younger).
The awards event will be held from 5.30-7.30pm with refreshments and a presentation by USC Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Joanne Scott about the University’s recent developments. For more details or to register to attend, go to www.usc.edu.au/alumniawards.
Last year’s award winners were clothing retailer Mango’s country director Sean Hurley (Business 2005); STEPS Charity Manager Angela Harris (EMBA 2018, Business (International Business) 2013); and The Circular Experiment founder Ashleigh Morris (Environmental Health Science 2015).
We’re all looking for ways to improve ourselves—at least that’s what the thriving $10 billion self-help industry seems to imply.
But as popular and alluring as the principles of personal development may be, many of us still have only a fuzzy understanding of it. Even fuzzier: How to turn personal growth into professional gains.
At the same time, there’s an undeniable overlap between the two—after all, our personal strengths and weaknesses affect us at work, too. And there are ways in which growing personally and working on ourselves can make us more effective at work.
If that still feels a little murky, we get it. Read on to learn exactly what personal growth is and get concrete ways to leverage it in your career.
What Is Personal Growth Anyway?
Personal growth or development is difficult to define, in part because it’s, well, personal. Broadly speaking, personal development is an effort to improve yourself, the outcomes in your life, or how you experience life, explains Sumayya Essack, a career-change coach and founder and owner of Curate the Future.
“Personal growth is the process of growing stronger, more confident, and more effective as a person and an agent of change for your own life,” says Kathy Caprino, a career and personal growth coach. More specifically, it relates to “how you see and perceive yourself, interact with others, engage with the world, and envision your future and your possibilities.”
It affects you in both concrete and more abstract ways, including emotional regulation, communication abilities, well-defined boundaries, decision-making, and personal satisfaction and positivity.
Where Personal and Professional Development Meet
At first glance, personal growth can seem a little vague compared to professional development goals. “Career growth tends to focus on tangible performance-related goals, such as raises [and] promotions,” Essack explains. It may also emphasize hard skills, which depending on your field could include things like data analysis or proficiency in a certain language or type of software.
However, if you think of personal and professional growth as two circles of a Venn diagram, there’s a healthy overlap between them. “Your career success and enjoyment of your career aren’t just the result of domain-related skills and knowledge. It’s also a result of what you bring to the table as a person,” Essack says.
Things we think of as soft skills—such as communication style, self-motivation, and how you relate to other people—fall into the area of overlap. And these skills greatly impact our ability to get things done at work. Developing them can help you become more effective in your career, and maybe even nab a promotion.
4 Personal Development Goals That Can Help You Get Ahead at Work
Even if you’re sold on the benefits of personal growth for your career—where do you start? In large part, it’s up to you.
“At the root of all personal development is becoming aware of what’s happening in your own mind and becoming aware of how the thoughts you’re thinking affect your emotions, behaviors, and results,” Essack says. If you can identify a result you’re unhappy with or, conversely, one you want to achieve, you can work backwards from there to determine the underlying thoughts, emotions, and behaviors you should address to make the change you desire.
For example, are you constantly struggling to get tasks done? Maybe you need to work on focusing better on the task at hand in order to become more efficient. Eager for a promotion? Perhaps you need to build better relationships to get there. Whatever area you choose, work on it in small doses.
While there are many ways you might implement personal growth into your career development, here are four examples of areas to improve, as well as advice for tackling them:
1. Build Emotional Intelligence
Solid emotional intelligence can help you forge strong working relationships with colleagues and clients, which in turn promote productivity and strengthen your professional reputation.
The ability to deal with people and conflict is important in most any job, but perhaps especially so when you take on a management or leadership role. “Emotional intelligence means being able to understand where someone else is coming from,” Essack says. “People want to work for someone who understands them.”
How to tackle it: Focus on becoming a better active listener, which helps others feel heard and understood. “We get caught up in saying what we want to say, but communicating effectively is also about being a great listener,” Essack says.
First, show the speaker that you’re paying attention. “Put away your devices, make eye contact, and fully concentrate on them rather than mentally preparing what you will say next,” Essack says. “Then, show that you’re listening with verbal cues such as ‘uh huh’ and body language, such as nodding, smiling, and leaning forward.” Finally, ask clarifying questions or reflect back with paraphrasing. Try starting with: “So what you’re saying is…,” or “What do you mean by…?”
2. Feel Confident in Your Talents
Building confidence is a common goal of personal development, and one that has a clear line to career gains. Developing your confidence can help you land a better job, negotiate for a raise or promotion, earn credit for your contributions, and be seen as a leader, Caprino says. But confidence isn’t something that’s easy to just switch on.
Instead, look for a path to confidence by working on recognizing your talents. If you don’t fully grasp what you’re amazing at and aren’t able to speak confidently about these talents, you won’t be able to fully leverage your unique abilities, Caprino adds.
How to tackle it: Many people struggle to look inward to discover where they shine—especially if they grew up hearing that they shouldn’t brag. So instead, look outward to colleagues and mentors for help identifying your unique talents. Ask them to name any contributions that have stood out to them as well as elements of your approach to work they consider particularly effective.
3. Grow Your Motivation
Wouldn’t it be great if we could bottle up motivation and consume it like we do our morning coffee? Imagine the benefits! At work, being more motivated can of course make you more productive, but it can also help you be seen as more driven and ambitious.
How to tackle it: Until motivation is sold by the bottle, you can work on building it little by little, Essack says. Think of motivation not as a mindset or mood that randomly descends on you outside of your control, but as a behavior. We tend to assume that when we’re motivated, we’ll take action—but the reverse can be true. “First you do the behavior and have a mini success, and that’s what makes you feel motivated again. Success builds on itself,” Essack explains.
For example, if you’re intimidated by holding performance conversations with employees, you might be tempted to avoid them until the last minute. But when you successfully commit to a small action, such as holding shorter, less formal performance check-ins, you may find more motivation to improve your skills and take on longer talks.
So instead of waiting for motivation to strike, try structuring your big goals into small achievable tasks to build momentum. This way you’ll help yourself experience each one you complete as an invigorating success and feel motivated to take the next step toward where you want to be.
4. Become More Mindful
Mindfulness is a term that’s thrown around a lot today, and its meaning can be as blurry as the concept of personal growth as a whole. Essentially, mindfulness is the act of training your brain to focus on the present moment, rather than racing ahead to the future, or drifting to the past.
Research has linked mindfulness to reduced stress, improved focus, and better working memory. At work it could help you zero in on the task at hand and filter out some of the surrounding noise, allowing you to become more efficient.
Mindfulness has emotional benefits too. Mindfulness can help you respond more thoughtfully to someone instead of having a knee-jerk reaction or snapping, Essack says. “You become more aware of what’s happening in the moment, so you choose a conscious response.” Building this skill can help keep you from burning bridges with clients or colleagues when tension rises or tempers flare.
Let’s say you receive some criticism that you don’t agree with or that injures your ego. “The tendency is often to react automatically because we feel defensive, but when we cultivate mindfulness, we’re able to take a step back in the moment and respond intentionally,” Essack explains. In this instance, a more mindful approach could help to de-escalate conflict and make feedback discussions more productive.
How to tackle it: Develop a daily mindfulness meditation practice, which over time, can help you become more mindful throughout the day. Set aside five or 10 minutes a day to do a guided meditation, with help from an app like Calm or Headspace that will talk you through the process.
As difficult as personal development may be to define, investing in it can help lay the groundwork for professional success. As Caprino says, “If we don’t do the work to strengthen ourselves as people first, our careers will be a dismal disappointment.”
The Palaszczuk Government’s successful $365 million Building our Region’s (BoR) program has entered its next phase, with details of the $70 million Round 5 revealed.
Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Cameron Dick said regional Queensland councils will have until Friday 30 August to submit expressions of interest for shovel-ready projects.
“Regional infrastructure development means more Queensland jobs, and more jobs means a stronger Queensland,” Mr Dick said.
“That’s why our government committed another $70 million towards BoR in the 2019-20 state budget, because we want to create more employment opportunities for Queenslanders in our rural and remote towns.
“Through BoR, the Palaszczuk Government has invested $295 million towards 223 infrastructure projects across regional Queensland.
“This has supported more than 2400 jobs, while attracting additional investment of $487 million from councils and other organisations.
“Building our Regions demonstrates our commitment to working in partnership with regional councils, to deliver the vital infrastructure these communities need to grow and thrive.”
Local Government Association of Queensland President and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the beginning of BoR Round 5.
“The LGAQ has seen firsthand the economic injection and jobs for regions this program provides,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“By working with councils to identify projects that will deliver local growth, support local businesses and create more liveable communities, the Palaszczuk Government is supporting investment and opportunities across Queensland’s regions, which is welcomed by councils.”
Councils have four weeks, from Monday 5 August, to submit their expressions of interest via the Building our Regions portal.
The new BoR guidelines are now available, and representatives from the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning will soon begin conducting information sessions around the state.
Projects shortlisted to progress to the business case stage under Round 5 are expected to be announced in late September 2019.
Councils with shortlisted projects will then be invited to prepare and submit a business case with detailed supporting information for each project.