You’ve got the role, but how can you make sure it doesn’t go to waste? Here are 5 ways you can capitalise on your summer vacationer program.

by Cynthia Huynh

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With summer vacationer programs, there’s a lot of advice on how to improve your application and make yourself stand out in interviews. But when you do pass the interview stage, there’s not a lot of advice on how you should prepare or approach the program.

I interviewed Justin Huang, a UNSW Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering student who has an upcoming role as a tech consultant at Fujitsu to help with this dilemma. He has given his insights on how to extract the most out of summer vacationers after having undertaken a role as product support engineer for OSIsoft. …


Effective and resilient leadership is required during times of disruption to ensure that organisations are able to withstand challenges and emerge stronger.

By Aziza Mumin

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The pandemic has confronted leaders with unexpected challenges filled with uncertainty. We’ve seen organisations struggle to maintain continuity, stakeholders and employees, however, it is those with an agile and resilient nature that excelled out of continuity into a recovery plan.

These unprecedented times are a rare event that don’t come with a handbook of instructions, and as such, leaders are forced to face this ambiguous situation with many questions and little answers. Those who pass this difficult test of leadership emerged with well developed traits of compassion, confidence, honesty and forward looking.


The amount of success you want to achieve is attainable through the amount of failures that you are willing to endure.

by Cynthia Huynh

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Amidst continuous but necessary failure, it is not uncommon that students perceive their version of success as impossible. University students face a plethora of challenges as it has been found that 24% of first years fail a subject at University and 44% fail all their subjects. Following disappointment after disappointment, taking up responsibility becomes unappealing.

However, whether or not you reach a goal largely depends on how you handle rejection and your own limitations. Juwin Lee, a Real Skills marketing coordinator and recent university graduate has shared his experience of attaining a graduate position whilst balancing his career and volunteering. …


Case competitions are designed to challenge your problem solving skills, therefore following a set guideline can help you get closer to a podium finish.

By Truc Luong

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Case competitions provide students the opportunity to utilise the technical knowledge learnt in the classroom to solve real world challenges. At the same time, they allow students to develop soft skills like teamwork, presentation and time management, as well as relevant project based experience which can be showcased during the job application process. On average, 91% of employers prefer candidates to have work experience, and 65% of them prefer candidates to have relevant work experience. However, entering the first case competition with no experience can be daunting. …


Choosing how to reach success and what you will do with it will determine that kind of professional and person you become.

By Juwin Lee

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Students face an array of challenges during their studies at university from choosing subjects in their course to honing particular skills they value for their career and overall fulfilment. These challenges and the competitive university environment can prove too great as a fifth of first-year university students drop out of their degrees every year in Australia.

A key part of university that can be underappreciated is the fact students aren’t just competing against one another, but also learning together. Collaboration across small teams and large cohorts can pave a steady path to success. A university graduate who is a counsellor for the Real Skills team has agreed to share their reflections on tertiary education and the responsibility of passing on what you have learned. …


Being resourceful is key to learning in tertiary education and becomes part of training in the workplace.

By Juwin Lee

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The transition from secondary education to tertiary learning is made significantly easier by realising the importance of self-directed, active learning. While learning is more passive in high school, students who take charge of their studies are likely to see accelerated learning. A member of the Real Skills team has agreed to share how they have driven their own learning and why they find learning important.

Self-Introduction

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Justis Nguyen, Red Ape Digital and Social Media Marketing Consultant

“My name is Justis and I’m currently a fourth year civil engineering and architecture student. Alongside my studies in engineering, I have more recently aspired to pursue more creative avenues such as web and UX design as well as social media marketing.” …


Values are like fingerprints, nobody’s are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do.

By Justin Huang

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No matter the size of the entity, from individuals to multinational organisations, a distinct identity is molded from their values which reflect what is important to them. These values determine the journey taken to reach their goals as well as the key decisions that are made throughout. While the thought-process during decision-making involves weighing the benefits and downsides, it is ultimately one’s values that allow for reflection on how to approach new situations and help shape their desired future career.

From Marketing Manager in 2018 to RSE’s Business Development Associate, Justin Huang is a longstanding member of the RSE team who has agreed to share how values can shape your career and create a path to success. …


The team at Real Skills Education works to develop and deliver programs for students by students. The team gets opportunities to grow through their activities and the counselling available from capable mentors.

By Juwin Lee

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The path to success is rarely the same for each person but a common element in those who enjoy success is a desire to keep learning. One option for students to find success in the workplace is to find an experienced mentor who can provide field-relevant guidance.

The team at Real Skills Education welcomes Samuel Lee as our newest counsellor who has agreed to share his drive for mentoring, and his plans to empower aspiring STEM professionals. …


Across small and large organisations that may exist in different geographical locations, great communication can foster creativity, drive project progression and build professional networks.

By Juwin Lee

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Any team project from student assignments to corporate engagements comes with the opportunities and challenges from collaborating with fellow team members. Ideally, effective communication across face-to-face and virtual means takes advantage of teamwork while navigating around the pitfalls. Communication is so important to employers that over 95% of employers screen for communication skills as one of the top traits in job candidates.

By the time STEM students finish their education, they need to have career-specific technical ability supported by strong communication skills. Real Skills Education runs the STEM Leaders Program (SLP) which provides a risk-free environment to communicate with a team and market yourself to employers. A program participant has agreed to share how communication and interpersonal skills can bring out the best of a great opportunity. …


Taking on new challenges is vital to personal and professional growth. STEM fields are inherently challenging as new industry developments continually change the landscape requiring dynamic and flexible mindsets.

By Juwin Lee

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Challenges that stretch an individual’s capabilities and expand their horizons lead to an intense learning environment. While facing the pressure of possible failure, a challenge creates the opportunity to learn problem-solving, practice resource management, and experience a sense of accomplishment. Participants in our Engineering Power-Up Program (EPuP) recently faced such a challenge over the summer and their trip to Singapore in February this year.

How does a challenge promote problem solving?

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