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Nothing is a mistake if we learn from it – making choices after exam results

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Have you ever walked around campus and thought that everyone around you looks as though they are coping, and completely have it together while you are freaking out on the inside?

 That’s pretty normal and you are not alone says UC Academic Skills Centre Learning Advisor Jacqui Tither.

“People are a bit like swans. Above the water they look calm and serene, and below the water they are all paddling like crazy to keep afloat and moving.

If you are worried for any reason about your exam results, Semester Two is one of the best times to think about your next steps and take action, she says.

“Nothing is a mistake if we learn from it. Get a bit of help. You’ve had assignments and your exams. Now you know what happens you can made some changes in a prepared way and adjust what you do in future.”

She says often some guidance at the Academic Skills Centre and making small changes can get the results you need.

“You might need to tighten up your writing, or get some ideas for time management, or understand more about how your brain works with short and long term memory.  Advisors at the Academic Skills Centre will help you pinpoint what needs to change, why, and how you can make the change.”

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Read on for more awesome inspirational advice from Jaqcui.

Help seeking is the number 1 life skill.

“It’s ok to have a challenge as long as you hang in there and seek help. Help seeking is the number 1 skill in life. It’s not about being needy, it’s about needing help at times.

At the Academic Skills Centre our goal is to upskill you so you become independent.

People can be too scared to look at a problem. We just give them the courage to look and plan and move out of avoiding the problem.

I love helping people because I know what a difference it makes. I have a lot of empathy for people who feel like they’re struggling. You’re not born with skills. Some people can transition in to study really easily, but some people need to learn what an academic essay looks like. It’s just that people come from such varied backgrounds.”

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Opportunities connecting businesses with UC students

The University is making it easy for businesses to recruit students by offering a platform for internships.

In turn, this initiative is also allowing students to get training in the ‘real world’ with some great results from this community connection –  including an app created for the BNZ Crusaders, and a New Zealand Police intern organising a Crusader to take over their social media for a day.

Reid Gibbens who studied a Bachelor of Commerce, was part of the Promotional Marketing 300-Level paper which helped create a promotional campaign app for the Crusaders.

“We created and developed an app that targeted the Crusaders family demographic. Doug McSweeney, the Crusaders marketing manager, liked our idea and our strategy so much that the Crusaders purchased the intellectual property to use the idea,” says Reid.

About the same time, Reid won a university scholarship to China, but stayed on the project as an advisor.

Doug made sure to run new ideas, and development related with the app, past our team – which included regular meetings. We definitely collaborated on the final product and throughout the production process, and this was important in keeping the product related to our strategy, to ensure the success of the campaign for the end consumers,” he says.

Another student making waves in the community is Elly Fitzgerald, who has been working as an intern with the New Zealand Police since April, managing the Canterbury district’s social media presence.

The second year media and communications student’s role with the Police began through a three-month internship set up under UC’s PACE programme (Professional and Community Engagement) in the College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata. The goal of this programme is to showcase the many skills that students can bring to an organisation or business along with a fresh perspective and an innovative approach.

Elly has been providing input into their social media engagement on Facebook and Twitter while running their Instagram account.

“My initial goal with the internship was to double their Instagram following – which I’ve done in the past few months through various projects with their account. Being active was the first step, engaging with the audience and posting relevant content throughout the week. Showing behind the scenes footage of frontline shifts and everyday life on the job was the second step, and then of course the Instagram Takeover with Israel Dagg was the standout step that gained a lot of followers,” she says.

Elly says she needed to find someone who was well-known within Canterbury, who had a good following on their own Instagram and an outgoing personality – which is why she thought “let’s get a Crusader”.

“We struck gold with Israel Dagg as he has a genuine interest in joining the Police and he is a really awesome down-to-earth guy. I spent the day alongside Dagg and I think he had a great day with the Police. It consisted of visiting many different departments within the organisation and showing how his skills as an athlete are transferable into this career path,” she says.

“Public feedback from the day was great. We easily gained over 500 followers – everyone loved it. In fact there have been a number of requests for another one. It is definitely on the cards but I guess you’ll have to be following along on our Instagram to find out exactly who and when that will be.”

UC’s Careers, Internships and Employment make it easy to connect some of New Zealand’s top recent and future graduates with businesses for internships, research, work-integrated learning and project work, and voluntary and paid employment.

Learning and Employment advisor Megan Blakely says there are internship opportunities within all areas of study.

“Our students have the drive and talent, you have the opportunities, and we build the networks – so let’s connect and harness these valuable resources,” Megan says.

Know your rights – UC Careers annual careers event for women

If you’re planning on entering the workplace or already in the workplace, it’s important to know your rights and what to do if something isn’t working.

Fortunately, safe workplaces is a key theme of this year’s UC Careers annual careers event for Women, Empowering Women’s Safety and Well-being in Work.

One of the panellists, Emily Flaszynski, Senior Solicitor at GCA Lawyers, will discuss a range of topics related to your right to a safe workplace, including the legal side to your employment contract, and changes to employment law that impacts on workplace wellness such as break times and flexible work. She will speak about the legal side of things and empower you with information to help you navigate things like negotiating career/life balance with your employer.

You will have the opportunity to network with other students and professionals and ask questions of the panel of speakers. This is a unique opportunity that can better prepare you for career success through real-life stories and scenarios from professional women .

We encourage you to join in the conversation before the event through the UC Careers Facebook event and Instagram using the hashtag #empoweringwomen #uccareersforwomen