Kaplan Professional Blog

Seven tips to help you climb the corporate ladder

Are you looking to climb the corporate ladder? Many people have the ambition to excel within their company but need a master plan to move forward. We have seven great tips to turn your career wishes into goals, and those goals into accomplishments.
 

 
1. Stay ahead of industry change
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking
Staying ahead of an industry that’s constantly changing can be challenging yet rewarding. Dynamic fields like financial services or finance can provide you with opportunity to prove yourself to your employer and colleagues. One of the best ways to stay ahead of the curb is to keep up to date with industry trends through further education. Undertaking a higher qualification will not only refresh what you already know, but will help you learn new skills […read more]

Published : 05/12/2018
Categories : Professional Development

The Art of Time Management

Have you ever glanced at your clock and questioned where the day has gone? Time is our most valuable resource and we have some tips to ensure you make the most of it!
To help you peruse this list, we’ve broken it down into four key categories:

Managing your workload
Getting started
Removing distractions
Finding balance

 

 
1. Managing your workload
 
Know your goals
People who succeed in life know where they’re going. It’s important to set yourself regular short-term and long-term goals; list and pin them up or have them prominently displayed. You should keep track of what you’ve achieved and what you’re yet to achieve, so you’re constantly inspired to accomplish more.
 
Use an organisation system
Struggling to keep on top of your schedule? Get an app to do it for you! In a day and age of technology, apps […read more]

Published : 31/10/2018
Categories : Professional Development

Managing stress

Have you ever found there’s not enough time in the day to complete everything on your to-do-list, and ultimately it makes you feel stressed and panicked?
Stress can often be described as feeling overloaded or anxious often resulting from demanding circumstances. It can result from situations of pressure we place on ourselves. But it’s part of our everyday life. We all feel stressed at some point, whether it’s stress in a positive or negative way.
How can being stressed be a positive? Well, in tiny doses, stress has its advantages. According to Daniela Kaufer, PhD at UC Berkeley and John Whyte, the former chief medical expert at Discovery Channel, it can help motivate you to reach your goals in a more efficient way, increase your self-awareness and it may even boost memory!
 

 
However, most of us associate […read more]

Published : 21/08/2018
Categories : Professional Development

Fitting postgraduate study into a busy life

The modern-day student has many double lives. They can be a working professional, a parent, an avid traveller, carers, and much more! You may then ask yourself ‘how do they have time to fit studying into their daily routine?’ Whether you’re returning to study after a long break or continuing on to postgraduate study, it can be tricky finding the time to balance your study with your other commitments. However, the reward will be worth the challenge.
Many postgraduate students constantly challenge the belief there’s little time to fit postgraduate study into an already jam-packed schedule. In this article, we’ve put together some tips for balancing study and work to help guide you.
 

 
1. Plan ahead
Plan months ahead. Check what social events and work obligations you have coming up and how they’d fit in with your […read more]

Published : 26/06/2018
Categories : Professional Development

The advantages of studying online

Online education is the future for working professionals who wish to upskill, strengthen their knowledge and technical ability, and ultimately, further their career. It’s growing in popularity too, particularly over the past five years. According to the latest IBISWorld report1, “technological advancements and faster internet have made the online education model an increasingly viable option for learning. With more individuals and businesses recognising the benefits of online education, student demand for online learning has soared.”
As one of Australia’s leading providers of online education, we’re able to offer you a flexible and immersive experience that allows you to study what you want, when you want, anywhere in the world.
 

 
Flexible
The flexible nature of online education enables you to fit your study schedule around your life. With no classroom attendance necessary, you can study in the morning, […read more]

Published : 29/08/2017
Categories : Professional Development

Embracing change with confidence

Change is often perceived as a very ominous experience. As creatures of habit, anything that pushes us out of our comfort zone will tend to put as on edge and react as if danger is approaching.
Many forms of change occur that create organisational turbulence. Some examples include: new management, restructures, redundancies, and new team responsibilities. As mentioned by Michael Kerr, these changes may trigger “fear of failure, fear of success, fear of looking stupid, and fear of the unknown”.
These should not be the underlying tones of change, as without change there would be no progress. Improvement and success results from hard work and pushing our boundaries outside of our comfort zones. At times like this you really have to ask yourself, are you up for the challenge?
 

 
Ready to embrace change with positivity and confidence? […read more]

Published : 26/07/2017
Categories : Professional Development

Bouncing back from a setback

Your palms start to get all sweaty … here come the hot red flushes, the stutters, the heavy breathing. We all know this feeling, especially when a mistake or setback occurs.
Everyone faces setbacks at certain times, some bigger than others. The question is: How do you bounce back from these and get yourself back on track?

 
When experiencing a setback, keep in mind the following tips to help you through.
1. Let it out and let it go
Allow yourself to feel the downside of making the mistake, but be sure to move on from the situation. We all have bad days; be rational … you’re not a failure. Be gentle to yourself
 
2. Swallow  your pride and listen to your body
We all have the competitive streak in us and we tend to take mistakes personally. Remember, you need to […read more]

Published : 30/06/2017
Categories : Professional Development, Career, Personal Growth, Motivation

Never too late to switch lanes

Many of us have invested significant energy, money and time into our career. It’s normal to feel anxious and apprehensive at the thought of switching career paths. It’s crucial to keep in mind most people will work well into their late 60s and even up to 70 years of age.  In remembering this, it’s wise to reflect on your options and on an occupation you will:

Gain satisfaction
Find rewarding
See meaning in

 

 
Every once in a while you might find it difficult thinking about, and going into work. If this becomes a long-term situation, you may need to re-evaluate why you’re in your current role and what you’re looking for in your career path.
It’s crucial to take a holistic approach in why you want to change career paths, and how this may affect your work-life balance, standard […read more]

Published : 02/06/2017
Categories : Professional Development, Career, Personal Growth, Goal Setting
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How to be a good team player

It’s very easy to get lost in our own worlds and become complacent of our relationships with those in our team. Behind every great organisation there are amazing teams that drive the success of the business.
 

 
I can’t hear you
Communication is one of the key factors of how well a team will function.
To play your role, be sure to:

Listen actively
Ask questions when you need clarification
Confirm with team members that tasks have been completed and then move forward

Rapport is constantly developed as each individual contributes to the conversation. This creates an enabling environment where everyone can freely share ideas and work towards innovative solutions.
It’s crucial to establish effective and clear communication. If you believe there are any confusions, be honest and let your teammates know that you don’t understand the situation or task. This will assist […read more]

Published : 19/05/2017
Categories : Professional Development, Goal Setting, Career, Motivation

Unplug to Recharge

With the Easter break coming to a close and ANZAC day approaching, we have been given a great opportunity to take a step back from our desks to unwind, unplug and recharge.
As the to-do list at work begins to spiral out of control and we lose our footing in life, we need to remember “balance is not something you find, it’s something you create”.
 

 
Prioritise: You
Balance is required for us to perform at our best, both at work and in our personal lives. Through the chaos at work we need to find ways to keep ourselves centred. This can only be achieved when you draw a line and learn how to put yourself at the top of your ‘to do list’.
If you are one of those people who say ‘Yes’ to everything, you may be […read more]

Published : 21/04/2017
Categories : Professional Development, Goal Setting, Motivation, Planning, Work-life Balance