Blackbullion – A FREE solution to managing your finances

Juggling work, life and study is a balancing act. More often than not, I find myself on top in two of these areas, but behind in another.

During the first weeks of the term, I often take on far more shifts at work than I actually need to. I’ll allocate 50-60 hours for work, maybe 10 or so for studying, and then use my spare time to go out with friends. But towards the final few weeks of term, when assessment deadlines are approaching, I often find myself incredibly stressed. Not only stressed about assessments and preparing for exams, but also stressed about managing my finances when study takes a minimum of 40-50 hours per week.

Without managing finances and creating a budget to prepare for this shift, financial stress can throw your work/life/study balance out of whack. Through my own journey, I’ve found that managing my finances is often the key to solving nearly all of my problems. Keep reading for my tips…

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From Philippines to Melbourne — CPA Ambassador Opportunity and Endless Possibilities

Application status Student (subclass 500): Granted. Congratulations! This must be one of the happiest emails that I have received from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. Welcome to the land down under where I would be studying a Master of Professional Accounting at CQUniversity. Exciting, isn’t it?

I would come to face a new environment, live independently, meet new people from diverse cultures, advance my career through study and a lot more. But, what does it really feel like when you leave home to experience all these things that await you?

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Namaste to G’day Mate

It has been four months since I took my first steps on Australian soil. My voyage from India saw me travel 7,500 kilometres, three flights and 26 hours for this “once in a lifetime experience”. When I arrived in this island country, I was awestruck by the natural beauty of Queensland. The splendiferous beaches and unique flora and fauna are a treat to the eyes. Doing my postgraduate degree in engineering in such a scenic place is a dream come true.

I chose Rockhampton for my study destination because the campus here is the main one. The “uni-life” which I desired to experience is here. The other most important reason was, since Rockhampton is a small town, the university’s community involvement is always at the next level which will help me grow professionally and personally.

Keep reading for my personal experience so far in this beautiful country…

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Applying for a scholarship the second time around

Have you applied for a scholarship in the past and been unsuccessful? Don’t be discouraged! Scholarships are highly competitive, but there are opportunities to reapply.

Our tips on how to prepare a stellar scholarship application are a great place to start when applying for a scholarship for the first time, but if you’ve been knocked back before, it can be difficult to know what to do next.

Keep reading for our advice on how to make your application stand out, the second time around…

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11 Ways to polish your assignment so it shines

So, you’ve planned, researched and written your assignment. There’s still one important stage of the writing process to complete before you hit the submit button. Polishing your assignment is just as important as the other stages. Here’s some sparkling tips on putting the finishing touches on your work from the Academic Learning Centre (ALC).

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CQUniversity Bucket List: 60 Things Every Student MUST Do

Interested to be part of the activities at CQUni? The activities you get involved in at university have a huge impact on your life.

With so many opportunities available, we asked our student experts (CQUni graduates and staff) to share the CQUni activities that help you make the most of your time at uni, and have the biggest impact on your life. Continue reading CQUniversity Bucket List: 60 Things Every Student MUST Do

The Dos and Don’ts of Mid-term break: Focus, speaking up and binge-watching

Maintaining your focus – it can be tough when you have new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy calling your name or ‘urgent’ text messages on your phone. I have it on good authority that the deafening silence of a quiet household once the kids have gone back to school is also a high-quality distraction.

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What you need to know about GOAL

shutterstock_174215792.jpgTerm has started, settling-in time is over, and you’re probably beginning to feel a bit of pressure as your first assessment tasks start coming together.

Sometimes asking for help can be a daunting task, but, never fear, GOAL is here. If you haven’t heard of GOAL before, here’s what you need to know…

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Feel like you’ve forgotten something? The next steps: enrol, get organised, find a bargain!

Stop. Do you hear that? It’s the eerie sound of a busy mind rummaging around for study reminders and finding none. Term is finished. Assessments have been submitted. Exams have been sat. Congratulations, you’ve survived your first term at university.

You might feel a little tired. In fact you probably need to nap for a week. And you definitely feel like you’ve forgotten something. But that’s only because these last few weeks have been a strictly choreographed routine of checking, rechecking, crossing t’s and dotting i’s, then checking again.

Now that you don’t need to revise and re-organise your life every hour like a paranoid conspiracy theorist, it’s time to unwind and prepare for the next steps (that’s right, there’s more).

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Marking sheets, questions and coping: What to do when the hard work is done

Every time I submit an assignment, I get the same feeling. The submission can be hours early, days even, and I’ll still wrestle with last-minute nerves. There’s a flurry of panic as I think about the effort, the painstaking detail, not to mention the mental and emotional energy that’s been invested into this single piece of work. Did I do it all justice? Did I miss anything? Talk about stressful.

After going through all this, it’s easy to want to move on to your next assessment and never look back. But you’re not finished, not really. We all understand the importance of feedback but we don’t always take the time to use this feedback effectively. Keep reading for my tips on what to do when the hard work is done.

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