work and careers





1. The new alternative and ways to think about work and careers



Please read the following three articles one is way before we had even heard of COVID, the second is about how home working is far from a new thing, the third is all about where we go from here.


1. The New Work Mindset (Links to an external site.)


2. The great recent article by RMIT’s Dr Julian Waters-Lynch (School of Management) explaining home working is not new.

3. McKinsey’s – Time to get real about hybrid working




Consider the following questions and share your reflections with your classmates:


Which of the NY Mindset Clusters do you most align with and why?

Look at your CV – does it evidence transferable skills relevant to your cluster?

Reflect on how you have developed your remote working skills in 2020/21, and what is your opinion and choice on hybrid working moving forward in a post pandemic business world?



2. Discribe your current work/projects and your key challenges


The objective of this task is to share a description of the major project /projects on which you have been working during the internship and to share with other students information about:


The nature of the work or project/s (objectives, measurement, construction etc);

the ways in which discipline-specific knowledge is employed in the workplace/project that you are placed with;

your observations and insights (surprises, disappointments, challenges, new ways of thinking, delight)




3. How well do you work in teams and what skills do you need for success in a post pandemic world?


‘Finding and keeping a good team’ is amongst chief executives’ most highly rated ingredients of success (Taylor and Humphrey, 2002).


Despite the importance of team work to working life, few people develop outstanding team skills. Team players are usually well-appreciated by both employers and colleagues. On the other hand, our natural self-interest in our own needs, moods, beliefs, wants and feelings can make it very easy for us to sabotage the teams or groups that we find ourselves in.


Reflect on your observation of teams in the workplace you’ve been placed in (either one that you’ve been working in directly, or one that you’ve observed in action).


Identify both the positive and negative behaviours that you’ve observed. Be honest, which of the behaviours have you demonstrated? What can you do to improve your own contributions to groups and teams?


In addition consider the post pandemic business requirements in what will become ‘COVID Normal’. Abigail Hess of CNBC suggest what skills workers should pick up right now in particular:




Many experts emphasized that post-pandemic jobs will require both hard technical skills and soft skills.


For instance, Alyssa Merwin, vice president of LinkedIn Sales Solutions says that as more and more sales professionals work primarily online without traditional face-to-face meetings, they will need even stronger listening and empathy skills.


“Active listening, problem-solving, critical thinking and relationship-building are the top skills and attributes required for performing sales professionals today,” says Merwin.


Vivek Ravisankar, CEO of HackerRank, a technical recruiting platform, agrees that soft skills will become more important in the years ahead.


“With less human interaction in the physical world, the ability to clearly communicate with one another in more succinct, caring ways will be more in demand. Most of our communication will be via video conferencing, phone or written communications, so people need to start honing their skills in these areas to be effective remote workers,” says Ravisankar. “Emotional intelligence and social intelligence will also be highly valued, as we will all need to learn to be more empathetic and understanding of technical difficulties, miscommunications and ‘crossed wires’ when communicating with one another. These types of soft skills will be complementary to ‘hard skills,’ not a replacement for them.”


While it may seem counter-intuitive to learn inter-personal skills such as these digitally, classes that teach emotionally intelligent communication techniques are among some of the most popular online courses.


“Communication is one of those skills that’s universal,” explains Emily Poague, vice president of LinkedIn Learning. “It’s something that everyone feels like they need to work on.”


You can read the whole article here:




Taylor, R. and Humphrey, J. (2002) Fast Track to the Top: Skills for Career Success (London: Kogan Page).

Cottrell, Stella. Skills for Success: Personal Development and Employability (Palgrave Study Skills) (Page 389). Palgrave Macmillan. Kindle Edition



4. Completing tasks


Are you a self-starter? Or do you find yourself delaying beginning (or completing) tasks?


Share your reflections on your ability to complete tasks with the rest of the group.


The following characteristics are usually needed to take tasks through to completion on a consistent basis:



ability to see or conceptualise the ‘end product’



self-belief: belief that you can do it

being willing to give the task sufficient time

being prepared to practise

being prepared to keep thinking of different solutions

accepting constructive criticism

searching out a point of interest

keeping the goal and benefits in mind

pride in a job well done.



Some questions you might want to answer (you do not need to answer all)


Which of the above characteristics are your strongest?


What examples can you give of where you used those characteristics?


Which do you need to develop further? Do you have other qualities that help you to take a task through to completion?


What could you could do to develop your ‘finishing’ skills?


How and when will you apply these during your business internship to achieve the goals that you set for yourself early on?