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Vegetarian Recipe: Shahi Paneer recipe

Written by Health, Student Life

Being vegetarian, I am often asked weird questions like “What do you eat if you don’t eat meat?”, “Where do you get your protein and nutrition from?” “It must be hard for you to survive here?” and another favorite: “Do you eat only grass?”

But, when you know cooking and are familiar with spices and condiments, you don’t have to worry much. Healthy and tasty vegetarian dishes are your answers. Paneer is an Indian cottage cheese which is quite a good substitute for non-vegetarian dishes as my grandma told me. So, activate your taste buds with this spicy and creamy dish.



  • Ginger: A slice or two
  • Garlic: A slice or two
  • Onion: 2 -3 for thicker gravy
  • Tomato: 2-3 chopped
  • Turmeric: 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chilli powder : 1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala: 1 tbsp
  • Coriander Powder : 1 tbsp
  • Cream: 2-3 tbsp
  • Milk: ½ cup
  • Oil : 1-2 tbsp
  • and not to forget Paneer!!!! (250 gm)

All these ingredients are easily available at a supermarket near you. You can search for Lemnos Paneer in the cheese section of the supermarket. It is in similar packing to feta cheese. You can also use ginger-garlic paste (1 tbsp) in place of fresh ginger and garlic.

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  1. Chop ginger, garlic, onion and tomato into small pieces.
  2. Heat oil as required in a pan
  3. Add chopped vegetables in step 1 to pan in step 2
  4. Add turmeric, salt, red chilli powder, Coriander powder and garam Masala.
  5. Stir until mixture turns reddish brown.
  6. Pour half cup milk into mixture and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Cut Paneer into small cubes and add to mixture.
  8. Stir again for 3-4 minutes.

Shahi Paneer is ready to eat. Top-it off with cream and coriander leaves. Eat it with Indian bread (Naan or roti)


  • Paneer can also be roasted or fried a little by spraying some olive oil (in a separate pan) before adding to the mixture
  • The greater the number of onions, the thicker the gravy will bepaneer fried

 A piece of advice:  Not suitable for lactose intolerant as contains heavy dairy products.

Please feel free to leave your comments; I am waiting to hear how you made your Shahi Paneer.

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Food for Thought: A Simple Butter Chicken

Written by Health, Student Life

Assorted powder spices in wooden spoons on wood.

Assorted powder spices in wooden spoons on wood.

This summer vacation when I went back to my home country, India, a great friend of mine asked me to bring a full-on Punjabi Butter Chicken Recipe. I was quite amazed at the fact that all he wanted is this recipe. So, I went to an aunt of mine to get the best recipe. Thanks to him and my aunt, I am sharing this recipe with all of you.


  • Gingerginger-garlic
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Dried fenugreek leaves (or kasoori methi)
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chilli powder
  • Butter Chicken Masala (Available at Indian Grocery store)
  • Cream
  • Oil
  • Coriander leaves
  • and, of course, Chicken!!!!

All the ingredients are to be added as per taste and quantity of chicken to be cooked. If you can’t eat very spicy foods then a pinch or two is enough of red chilli powder as there will be additional spices such as the butter chicken masala. In my entire life I have never used a kitchen scale or measure to determine the quantity required.


We require a pan, a ladle, few bowls, knife, chopping board and spoons for cooking.

  1. Chop ginger, garlic and onion into small pieces
  2. Heat oil in the pan
  3. Add chopped vegetables from step 1 to the heated pan
  4. Add dried fenugreek leaves, salt, red pepper and butter chicken Masala.
  5. Stir until mixture turns reddish brown
  6. Now wash and add the chicken. Roast until golden
  7. Before eating, pour cream over chicken and heat it again

Your butter chicken is ready to eat. Top-it off with coriander leaves.

Special Ingredient: Love. Always remember to cook with the heart to get an amazing dish. In the words of Dylan Jones “Recipes don’t work unless you use your heart!”

 Please feel free to leave your comments or if you think I missed something I will be more than happy to hear your views and advice.

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Watch or Not: Hunger Games

Written by Entertainment, Student Life

Vacations, movies, holidays, leisure time, we all love these. Director Tim Burton once said, “Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.” Movies are therapy indeed after a long, stressful examination period. Trending recently was The Hunger games: Mocking Jay (Part 2), the most-awaited final part of the series . Let’s have a quick glimpse of what the series is about.

About The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is a sci-fi movie series is based on the adventure trilogy written by American author, Suzanne Collins – The Hunger games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Mockingjay, however, is split into 2 parts totalling to 4 movies. The events of movie takes place in a fictional world “The Hunger Games Universe” in an unspecified time in future. The games are held every year since Dark Days (occurring 75 years ago) hosted by the excessively wealthy Capitol using participants from the surrounding, poverty-stricken “districts”. The participants called “tributes” are chosen at random, each a boy and a girl aged 12-18, from every district through a lottery. The games are held to remind the district citizens of their failed rebellion, which had caused the Dark Days, and to emphasize the power of the Capitol. The 24 teenagers fight amongst themselves to the death until there is a final survivor and winner of the games, known as the Victor. The Victor is granted immunity from participation in future Hunger Games and their district is provided with food for a year.

The Hunger Games Universe
Panem: The fictional world ruled by nation of Panem in place of Canada, United States and mexico due to the failure of government of three nations.
Capitol: The seat of power of Panem’s brutal government that is located in Rocky Mountains of former United States. It is surrounded by 12 districts. It serves as the home of dictatorial President Coriolanus Snow. The citizens of Capitol exhibit a very high standard of living compared to those in the districts.
Peacekeepers: They are the combined military and police forces maintaining law and order and punish those who disobey laws of Capitol.
Districts: There are 13 districts in total of which 13th district remains hidden. The other 12 districts each have a specific characteristic – district 1 is wealthy; district 3 specializes in fishing and district 12, the home of major characters Katniss and Peeta, specializes in coal mining.

Main characters
The main characters in the movie are Katniss Everdeen (Jeniffer Lawrence), Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Gale Hawthrone (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) and Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields) all from district 12. Other main characters are Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland), Cinna ( Lenny Kravitz), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Johanna Mason (Jena Malone).

Catching-Fire_posterMovie 1: The Hunger games (2012)

Katniss Everdeen volunteers in place of her younger sister Primrose Everdeen. She is joined by male tribute from district 12 , Peeta Mellark. They are taken to Capitol by chaperone Effie Trinket and and their mentor Haymitch Abernathy (past district 12 Victor). The tributes are groomed in order to attract sponsors and trained before the games starts. The event is nationally televised. In the end, Peeta and Katniss survive out of 24 tributes. Since only one can survive, both forces the authorities to change the rule that there cannot be two winners from the same district by threatening to poison themselves. They are then declared co-winners of 74th Hunger games when they are about to eat poisonous nightlock.

Movie 2: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
In this sequel, the winners Peeta and Katniss have returned to their home that (District 12) after winning. President Snow visits Katniss at her home to threaten to kill her loved ones and orders her to use upcoming “Victory Tour” to convince people that her actions in games were because of her love for Peeta and not against Capitol. As the 75th Hunger games are Quarter Quell (happens after every 25 years), it selects tributes from previous victors. When Katniss and Haymitch names were announced Peeta immediately volunteers to take place of Haymitch. In the games, Katniss shoots an arrow into the arena’s force field causing power failure that takes down Capitol’s surveillance, thus shattering the games forever. She woke in an aircraft along with a few fellow victors and head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, who tells her that they are going to District 13, the headquarters of the new rebellion. She learns from Gale that her family is safe but District 12 has been destroyed by Capitol.

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After being taken to district 13, Katniss is introduced to rebel leader President Alma Coin who asks her to be the “Mockingjay” as part of their strategy against President Snow to which she refuses. After watching Peeta being used by Capitol through state television, she agrees to be “Mockingjay” and head their rebellion.
District 5 protesters destroy the dam which is the Capitol’s primary source of electricity. In the same night, District 13 is being attacked by the Capitol but facility survives the attack. They then rescue Peeta and Johanna. Soon Katniss realizes that Peeta has been brainwashed to kill her and needs treatment.

Movie 4: Hunger games –Mockingjay Part 2(2015)

Katniss, along with Gale, Finnick, Boggs, Peeta and others as a part of “Star-squad” tries to evade “pods” with the help of a map “Holo”. In a series of events, the members of squad are killed leaving few. On seeing her sister Prim killed by bombings, she fells unconscious. On recovering she learns that the Capitol has been conquered. She agrees to Coin’s proposal of a final Hunger Games on the condition that she is allowed to execute Snow herself.

Watch it or Not?
Watch it for the adrenaline rush. It is a great movie series that will make your summers action-packed, full of thrills and chills. So, what are you doing here reading my article? Go grab your DVD’s, Blu-rays and enjoy the latest one at a cinema near you. I enjoyed the series. What about you? Waiting to hear your opinions.

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Diwali: Festival of Lights

Written by Entertainment, Student Life

This year on Diwali, I really felt good when my Facebook page was full of Diwali greetings. Besides those from my near and dear ones, I also received Diwali greetings from ANZ Bank and St. George Bank. Even my local Coles supermarket had a special section for Diwali. The sails of beautiful Opera House lit up in golden orange on the 12th of November, 2015 to mark the Hindu festival of lights celebrated by Hindu community across the globe. I was happy and emotional for this wide acceptance of one of the major festival of Hindus. I felt less homesick this year in festive season. But, at the same time I thought how many are actually aware about Diwali. So, I decided to throw a light on this Festival of Lights.971385_4877091412116_2054161172_n

Origin and significance
Diwali is derived from Sanskrit word “Deepavali” meaning ‘chain’ or ‘series of lights’. It is an ancient festival that has been celebrated for centuries. It is known by different names in different regions of India but Diwali or Deepavali is most common. The festival is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs Jains and some Buddhists to mark different historical events or myths. However, irrespective of the different ways it is celebrated across different cultures, regions and religions, it symbolises victory of good over evil.

5 Days of Diwali

Diwali is a 5 day festival with first day as “Dhan Teras” concluding with “Bhai Dooj” on the fifth day. It is celebrated every year in the months of October or November depending upon dates suggested by the Hindu calendar. However, the preparations for the festival begin almost a month in advance. People clean and even renovate their houses. The shopping begins almost a month before. People buy gifts for their nearest and dearest and visit each other. In India, the festival of Diwali is not less than a shopping festival. It is a peak buying season for gold and jewellery in India. Everything is decorated from streets to roads to houses. Let’s have a look at the five days of Diwali:×1389-820×470.jpeg

Day 1: Dhanteras or Dhanlakshmi Puja

Dhan means wealth, teras represents 13th (13th lunar day before new moon)and puja means worship.This day marks the beginning of five day festival. On this day people customarily buy gold, silver or even utensils or anything precious. It is a major shopping day. This day marks the birth of Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth). It is believed that purchasing precious items on this day will bring prosperity and wealth.


Day 2: Naraka Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali

Naraka means Hell; Choti means small and Chaudas means 14th (14th lunar day before new moon). On this day, people clean their houses thoroughly and finally a day before festival. The day is celebrated to get rid of laziness and evil in our life. People light earthen lamps called diyas on the night.

Day 3: Diwali and Lakshmi-Puja
The third and most important day of entire festival. On this day, people decorate their houses. Rangoli, a beautiful and colourful pattern, is drawn near main entrance of houses using materials such as coloured sand, dry flour, flower petals or coloured rice. Rangoli is said to be associated with bringing good luck. People also decorate their houses with colourful electrical lights. The entrance usually carries signage of “Happy Diwali” or “Shubh Deepavali”; Shubh meaning auspicious.

The day falls on darkest night with no visible moon and is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi: Goddess of wealth and prosperity. In the evening, people worship goddess Lakshmi who is believed to remain on earth the night of Diwali. The puja is followed by lighting of candles and diyas and fireworks. Preceding people of the house gather to enjoy a family feast and enjoy mithai (traditional sweets and desserts). The doors and windows are usually left open that nighti in order to welcome goddess Lakshmi.

4Day 4: Gowardhan Puja or Annakoot or Padwa
Govardhan is a small hillock near Mathura in India. It is believed on this day , with the help of Govardhan mountain Lord Krishna saved people from drowning. Also, called as “annakoot” meaning ‘Mountain of food’, exactly 56 types of food, commonly known as “Chhapanbhog” or 108 different types of food, are offered to Lord Krishna. In south India , it is believed that King Bali comes on earth for this one day to rule as per boon given by Lord Vishnu.

Day 5: Bhai Dooj
The fifth and last day of 5 days long festival is called Bhai dooj where bhai means bother and dooj represents second day after the new moon. As per legends, it is believed that if a sister puts tilak on her brother’s forehead on this day, it will protect the brother from harms and evils. The festival is celebrated to strengthen the love between brothers and sisters. Brothers and sisters give gifts to each other.

International acceptance
Diwali is official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji. Nowadays, Diwali is widely observed and celebrated in many parts of the world.

A final enlightenment

Diwali has many regional and cultural variations and it will be hard to explain it in such a short article. There are many legends associated with it which are interesting as well as guiding and enlightening. I hope that by the next year more and more of my friends are aware of it and celebrate it with me. I pray for all to have a life full of colours, lights, joy, wealth and prosperity. Once again belated Happy Diwali 2015, and Happy Diwali 2016 in advance!

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A Nurturing Journey named Univative Competition Part 2

Written by News, Student Life

Univative is the competition running from April-July each year, with the active management occurring in June and July. Participating organisations provide a realistic business problem for teams of 4 – 6 students to solve. At the end of July, a final report is produced, followed by a presentation of their proposal to a panel of judges from the host organisation.”

 A Nurturing Journey named Univative Competition Part 1 have already introduced the three amazing participants, Palak Jayswal, Hiba Shimlawala and Grace Kim are also three talented girls in Univative 2015.

Palak Jayswal -Dentsu Aegis Network Team

I am a third year student of Bachelor of Applied Finance with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce-Professional Accounting. It  was an incredible experience to join Univative. There were some days when it  was hard to understand each others idea but in the end, I think it all comes down to patience.

There were 2 international team members and the ideas that they came up with were nothing  us domestic students would have be able to come up with. I learned that everyone had their own specialty. While some were good with ideas, others were good at writing etc, which is what I believe team work is about – hiding one person’s weakness with another strength. Univative was the best decision of my life.

Hiba Shimlawala –Red Balloon Team

I am an international student from Pakistan studying a Bachelor of Commerce.  I participated in Univative to gain real work experience with renowned companies. Our team didn’t win but I still consider ourselves winners; we gave it our best shot considering we had so many other commitments like work and internships.

I am very proud about the fact that we were able to pull off a decent presentation. Even though there were minor mishaps, a few squabbles along the way, we learnt to make it through and respected each other every step of the way. Univative nurtured me with confidence and skills needed for next projects.

 Grace Kim- The Salvation Army Team

I am second year student of Bachelor of Arts/ Commerce, participating in Univative, my team and I worked on developing new programs for The Streetlevel Mission: The Salvation Army.

I participated in Univative to complement the theory learned in studies with practical experience. Univative improved my practical skills in report writing and public speaking along with enhancing teamwork. I was inspired by drive and commitment and talent evident in the participants. It was a great opportunity to work with international students. I found that having experienced different styles of education, they brought new perspectives, innovative ideas and were great to work with.

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A new kid on the block

Written by Student Life, Tech

In my previous article I mentioned various job portals and websites to look for jobs along with some career related advice. Among them I mentioned about a new and amazing website

Comet is a social and professional networking site that acts as a platform for directly connecting students with employers and educators. At Comet students can create their profile which acts as an online CV and can also build up their online work portfolio.(Source: Comet Student Information Guide V2)

An insightful interview with Mr John Collins, Co-Founder and Product Director at CareerLounge, further elaborates about this amazing platform. John preferred to explore few business ideas than getting stuck University and came up with what CareerLounge is today.

About Comet

John describes Comet as, “A community for young and aspiring professionals to share projects, news and stories. Anyone can create a profile and join ‘Villages’ where people, companies and educators from a particular field of interest come together.”

He says that, “Before Comet, the only places you could get information to help you make your decision were government websites (which are usually out of date), careers counsellors (which to be fair can be very helpful but can’t possibly know everything about every industry), or personal contacts you may have.”

According to him, “Comet is a community which provides this kind of information along with giving you opportunity to ask the author further questions or ask an employer what makes their workplace so great to be in.”

John Collins: Co-Founder & Product Director

Practicality of Comet for students

In regards to Comet’s usefulness to students, John says that Comet helps students get a better idea of the kind of roles and Companies they are interested along with getting information about work culture.

He says this while stressing on the fact that getting a job one is not aware of and then leaving the same creates problem for everyone. There are huge sunk costs in terms of employer’s valuable training time, resource time and of course money. “The applicant ends up with perhaps a stressful situation and a weird few months on their resume they need to explain at their next job.” asserts John.

Distinctiveness from other platforms such as spot jobs, LinkedIn and Seek

John considers LinkedIn to be in a different category to Seek and SpotJobs. According to him, “LinkedIn is a traditional social network and was built for senior professionals; while Seek and SpotJobs are both first and foremost jobs boards meaning quite simply, a list of job ads that can be browsed a few different ways”. He considers problem with LinkedIn being young professionals don’t have much “professional contacts” during studies and for SpotJobs and seek one still needs to find what they are looking for.

He believes, “Comet is something different all together and we designed Comet with some of the problems I’ve pointed out in mind. You can create a Comet profile, contribute your stories, learn about different industries and engage with employers without having a single contact or coming up with a keyword that will determine your future”

“Comet is a place for inspiration and exploration to help you discover the next step on your professional journey.”

He further adds, “If you know what you’re looking for, go to Seek. If you have professional contacts, go to LinkedIn. If you have no idea, come to Comet.”

Benefit of Villages to students

John considers Villages to be awesome as they have feeds with all the latest stories and news from other Comet Members, Employers and Educators. He says, “There are over 40 of them to join from Commerce to Design, Building & Construction to Agriculture and in each you’ll find companies looking to hire young professionals”. One can join and leave any number of villages as and whenever they like.

Work culture at comet

Team Comet:

Back row: John Collins, Product Director. Patrick Borgeest, Senior Engineer; Dominique Fisher, Managing Director.; Tom McKenzie, Head Engineer. Nicole Pogue, Operations Director. Georgia Rudin, PA.

Front Row: Zoe Willox, Content Curator; Jenna Murphy, Senior Account Manager; Luke Shillabeer, Web Engineer; Ciaran Nolan, Senior Account Manager.

“We’re very much a family here and everyone is really passionate about creating amazing products that truly make a difference. If I had to sum it up in one sentence; the work is really challenging but with such a great team, it’s all possible and we definitely have a lot of fun along the way. We have a few stress relievers in the office like our table tennis table, foosball table, Nintendo Wii and snack station with everything from fruit to chocolate. ”, John commented.

A word of advice for students

John advises students to not be afraid to take lots of little opportunities such as internships and volunteer roles while emphasizing on the importance of solid foundation of Hands on experience. In his words, “Showing that you’re proactive and hungry for experience indicates to employers that you have initiative and are willing to learn.”

He further adds, “Your Comet Profile can capture all manner of your experiences be it a free seminar you went to or a 2 month internship. It all counts.”

Student Ambassadors for Comet

John says, “ I’ve been working on a Student Partner Program that I’m looking to get underway from January 2016 but if Students are keen to support us or even just find out more about the startup world we’d love to hear from you today.” He says while quoting Immortal words of Bryan Adams, “Our mission is to inspire, empower and connect the world’s young professionals. Everything we do, we do just for you.”

Comet is working on a brand new product that will go a long way to helping students find great opportunities. “Keep an eye out as we’re launching it before the end of the year.”, says John.

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A Nurturing Journey named Univative Competition Part 1

Written by News, Student Life

Univative Competition is an annual competition organised jointly by Study NSW and six prestigious universities:

  • Macquarie University
  • University of Technology Sydney
  •  University of Sydney
  •  University of Wollongong
  • University of Western Sydney
  • University of New South Wales

Both local and international, to solve the real world business’s problem of different companies like Accor Hotels, Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) , Dentsu Aegis, Ernst & Young, Red Balloon, White Ribbon, Click View, Co-op and The Salvation Army.

The purpose of Univative is to connect students with corporate and community partners through industry-sponsorship and meaningful projects.

Here are the experiences of six students from Macquarie University about the Univative Competition 2015.

Krystal Ly, Accor Hotels Group Team

I am an international student from Vietnam studying Master of Commerce. I am also an International Student Leadership Ambassador (ISLA) of City of Sydney. My team’s task was to create a marketing campaign to increase the download of the hotel mobile app for Accor group.

Thanks to Univative and Accor, I discovered more about the hospitality industry and work culture in Australia. I learned that the possibility to implement a plan is more important than the innovation of the idea.

I strongly recommend students to join this competition as you can bring home real world business experience, better research, communication and teamwork skills. A  more confident and employable version of you will be created  as well as a  clearer vision for your career path.

Remathy Balakrishnan- Australian National Maritime Museum Team

I am an international student from Malaysia studying Bachelor of Commerce. My experience in Univative was fantastic because I was put in a team with peers from different disciplines and we managed to create a marketing campaign for ANMM.

This experience made me push my ability and come up with an innovative idea. My team won and it was a good feeling after long 4 weeks of hardwork. It was an eye-opening exposure to the real world and a good learning platform. It is an experience not to be regretted.


unnamedCecilia Palmero- Ernst and Young Team

I am a  marketing student in my final year studying a Bachelor of Commerce and working as a Marketing Assistant at Radiometer. Univative proved to be the perfect opportunity for me to put learned theory into practice and utilize my skills whilst gaining exposure to  real-life strategic business issues with experienced and expert project hosts.

My team worked  to develop a sales pitch aimed at a potential client of Ernst & Young looking to enter the Australian market. It is an opportunity to learn, to network and to collaborate actively alongside like-minded, dedicated and enthusiastic peers while receiving support through the professional and personal mentoring from MQ’s Career Service.

[To be continued]

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Univative Sydney: A New Beginning

Written by News, Student Life

Univative 2015 is a unique inter-university Consulting competition involving teams of students from Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Wollongong and University of Western Sydney.

The interviews with three respected coordinators from Macquarie University-Vicki George (Central Univative Coordinator), Serene Lin-Stephens and Tyree Barnette provided more valuable insights into the competition.

The Competition

The competition runs from April-July each year, with the active management occurring in June and July. Participating organisations provide a realistic business problem for teams of 4 – 6 students to solve. At the end of July, a final report is produced, followed by a presentation of their proposal to a panel of judges from the host organisation.

“Univative has several unique characteristics such as work-integrated and problem-based learning, and community and industry engagement.  It is designed to provide an environment in which local and international students from different disciplines mix meaningfully and work together for local businesses.”

Students develop cross-cultural communication and cross-discipline project management skills while participating organisations gain the best results by having students’ fresh and outside-of-the-box perspective,” – Serene

Univative Sydney: A New Beginning


As per coordinators, the competition is an exhaustive process and involves hard work.

  • It begins with a series of planning and meetings to assign tasks, confirm project hosts, decide launch dates, on-site briefing and presentations as well as booking venues on campus, at host employer sites and Study NSW.
  • The meetings run from January to April, followed by advertisements for student applications by participating Universities.
  • The applications will then be screened and final applicants are selected based on specific criteria. At the end of the competition, in August, a debrief session is held to provide certificates and feedback to the students.
  • Planning for next year’s event also starts and the entire process occurs all over again.

Expectations from Students

We welcome international as well as local students, from all faculties and at all stages of their study program – Vicki

Serene expects  students to turn their different backgrounds and perspectives into strengths as a team. Students are trusted with the freedom to innovate, but still need to adhere to clients’ expectation and work within teamwork and professional standards.

Tyree says, “We look for a mix of heavily involved high achievers along with students who haven’t quite figured out what they enjoy yet.  In doing this, we assist the students in improving their employability skills, getting some real-world experience with clients and proposals, and learn valuable lessons about teamwork, project management, presentations, and time management.

Experiences in Univative-2015

In the words of Serene: “The adrenaline roller coaster of the entire process is something I go through every year, which refreshes and energises me. I always feel very humbled to see how the students work things out among themselves, carrying out individual tasks, shaping their work into a cohesive whole, packaging it nicely and delivering it in the reports and presentation.”

She also notes that the precious friendships and networking connections formed between peers and employers typically continue to grow past the competition.

Tyree believes that these projects are even tougher than reality because of limited time and resources.  Students also have to juggle their daily tasks, jobs and study. He thinks that all pupils made incredible strides – especially the quieter students who weren’t accustomed or used to public speaking. He was especially proud of them because he grew up with that same shyness.

Vicki says, “I think this year some of the teams were off to a bit of a slow start, and there were moments when we wondered if the presentations were going to come together in time. But, the surprising thing was that in all cases they did! In particular, I thought the written report from the Salvo’s team was of an exceptionally high standard this year.”

Future Possibilities

The career staff at Macquarie Uni are exploring the possibility of students receiving some sort of additional credit, certification, or other notable academic-related credit for the program. In Tyree’s opinion, Many put in dozens of hours of personal time, and for the students that don’t win or score an internship, we feel that their time still deserves additional recognition.”

Univative Sydney: A New Beginning

A word of advice

Serene advises students to keep growing and nurturing the relationships. According to her, a critical factor in winning in a project competition like this is the ability to communicate one’s work in a simple way and speak directly to the core of the client’s need. She hopes that participants will continue to nurture the skills they have developed throughout the competition for future endeavors.

 “Any line of work will have tight deadlines, complications and conflict. Know that you have been challenged and stretched thin before and you have survived. And if you have any regrets – use it as fuel for the next project.” Tyree

Vicki advises students to start preparing early and do plenty of research before defining their ideas. To deliver a clear message, simplicity and an understanding of the host organisation’s values is always a good idea.

Vicki advises students to “focus on your presenting skills as these are crucial and can make or break the impact of your final presentation. While delivering your presentation, keep in mind that you are being watched even if you are not speaking at the time, and be sure to maintain a professional and engaged ‘stage presence’ at all times.”

The Macquarie career team would love to have participants from Univative 2015 to be student mentors for future competition since their experiences.

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Job Search: A never-ending treasure hunt

Written by Editor’s Picks, Student Life, Tips & Tricks

Job Search: A Never – Ending Treasure Hunt

As per, “job hunting these days has completely changed, and getting the perfect job is every individual’s dream”. But, it’s an arduous task, and it becomes even more chaotic when you’re on a student visa. Even though it’s difficult, it’s not impossible.

Here’s a few steps to help avoid the confusion of being an ‘alien’ while searching for a job.

Problems encountered

The first problem is restriction on number of hours allowed to work. So, look for casual and part-time jobs. Don’t ever try for a job saying full-time.

Remember, your visa matters more than work experience.

Resume matters

The first thing one should do is to write a resume as per Australian format.

The resume should address the selection criteria given in job description.

Don’t add anything which is irrelevant for the job to be applied. It is advisable to have expert advice over the resume and almost all Universities have a career service or workshops that can help in reviewing resume.

Importance of Volunteer Work

Volunteer work experience is another important aspect of job search today. Companies do hire candidates who have volunteer work experience. Also, it is the best way to have  local experience in your area of expertise.

Volunteer work helps you gain the trust of local employers plus you get local referees for further job search. In some cases, even volunteer work is the first step of employment in the same company.

Job Portals

We live in a digital era full of gigabytes and terabytes. So, the job search and resume has also gone digital. At the beginning of your studies, start creating online profiles so that by the time you graduate you have a fully endorsed and recommended profile. Make sure they are 100% complete.

It is also advisable to follow organizations’ Facebook page. The most preferred way is to apply directly for  jobs advertised on the companys’ websites.

Setting up job alerts is another way to look for jobs in your field.

Above all, your university’s career portal is where you will find the most suitable jobs.

Roles to look for with little or no experience

If you are good at teaching try looking for  jobs as a casual tutor. There are many tutoring academies which recruit university students. In this way you yourself will learn many things.

As per visa conditions, we are permitted to drive on our country’s driving licence with a valid photo ID from RTA (except for few countries), so working as a delivery driver is another role you can look at . All you need is exceptional driving skills. However, a few organizations require an Australian driving Licence and in some cases, a particular Australian state of residence. If you are in NSW, you have to reside continuously in Australia for 6 months to obtain a driving licence.

Looking at retail, it is one of the largest sectors for job search. While most of the companies prefer an online application, there are a few outlets which have a display sign stating the role they require. On such display signs, it may also mention whether to apply online or in person.

Needless to say, in Australia everybody is equal and no work is considered to be small or big. So, grab what you get.

 A word of advice

There is no doubt that getting a job is the first thing on one’s agenda. However, jobs can change, but grades cannot. Even companies prefer candidates with better grades and volunteer work experience.

So, concentrate fully on studies in the first few weeks of your semester, or if possible, for the whole semester. It is also preferable to call via provided contact details before applying for a job. This way you can get an idea of its requirements.

Last but not least, while doing all this, don’t forget to enjoy life since it can only be lived once.

Photos: Youngtae Kim, Jasmine Yu and Tram Bui

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