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Finding a New Normal with Amy McWilliam

Finding a New Normal with Amy McWilliam

Covid-19 has impacted many things, including the office landscape. The pandemic has demonstrated to employers that many roles can now be performed remotely which has impacted the future of work flexibility. Finding a New Normal with Amy McWilliam explores how individuals can adapt to working […]

Leading a successful organisational transformation with Samantha Wilkinson

Leading a successful organisational transformation with Samantha Wilkinson

Transformation in the workplace can be difficult to achieve for many organisations, due to the many unknown impacts it may have on a business. However, there is a way to navigate the complex transformation landscape. Samantha Wilkinson, an executive-level Human Resources professional, with a blend […]

Get connected with LinkedIn with Pratishtha Purohit

Get connected with LinkedIn with Pratishtha Purohit

Are you new to LinkedIn? Do you want to learn how to optimise the opportunities this platform offers?

GK Asia-Pacific recently presented two LinkedIn orientated webinars, both of which saw host Pratishtha Purohit show members how to begin and improve their LinkedIn journey.

Pratishtha is an ICF certified coach, currently working towards her ACC accreditation. She works as a Career Consultant for Work Connect with Tertiary Education Commission, where she partners with migrant clients and international students to make them New Zealand work ready.

The first session “Introduction to LinkedIn” discusses how to set up and use your LinkedIn account, while the second session “Get Connected with LinkedIn” explores maximizing opportunities provided by the platform.

Pratishtha says with so many people currently displaced from jobs due to Covid-19, LinkedIn is a valuable tool that will help people navigate their career journey.

“I would like you to think of LinkedIn as your go to when you are looking for a job,” Pratishtha says.

The reason Pratishtha says this is because unlike job orientated platforms such as Seek, LinkedIn helps show off your personality rather than just your CV. This allows potential employers to learn about your personal interests and certifications.

“I would highly advise you to spend at least half an hour every day on LinkedIn.”

Pratishtha’s introduction to LinkedIn shows the audience how to set up their LinkedIn profile, a truly informative resource for anyone struggling to understand how to begin using the platform. This is done with step by step instructions and visuals for members to follow.

The second webinar talked our members through updating their profile to encourage attention from job recruiters.

Pratishtha says 70% of the people that found jobs on LinkedIn were hired by a company where they had a connection.

“When I am talking about a connection, I don’t mean this person will know you or has worked with you. It would be just that you are connected with this person,” Pratishtha says.

The second webinar focuses on finding contacts that will help you throughout your future career.

Pratishtha says when searching for these connections, it is important to first find people you already know, before searching for new contacts.

“There is a way to look for connections. You do not just go and randomly connect to people… LinkedIn is not about quantity; it is about quality.”

Each of these sessions provided a wonderful look at opportunities LinkedIn has to offer students and industry professionals and is a much watch for anyone wanting to expand their profiles platform. You can watch the recordings of these sessions on the links below.

Introduction to LinkedIn with Pratishtha Purohit

Get connected with LinkedIn with Pratishtha Purohit

Accessing Calm in the Chaos with Megumi Miki

Accessing Calm in the Chaos with Megumi Miki

“Inner calm is one of the quiet superpowers, which allows us to be creative in our responses to challenging situations rather than being reactive.” Founder of the Quietly Powerful (QP) movement Megumi Miki recently joined our Asia Pacific GK Webinar series to present her session “Accessing Calm […]

Golden Key Spotlight– Kitty Hoi Yan Wong

Golden Key Spotlight– Kitty Hoi Yan Wong

Golden Key strives to encourage its members in three aspects: Academics, Leadership and Service. Kitty Hoi Yan Wong, a Golden Key member since 2017, perfectly encapsulates the values of Golden Key, and her work in Community Service has proved truly impactful to her local community. […]

Golden Key Spotlight: Caitlin Kramer

Golden Key Spotlight: Caitlin Kramer

Caitlin Kramer began studying Robotics engineering at Flinders University in 2016 and is now in her fourth and final year, with big plans for her future.

Throughout her degree, Caitlin has expanded her knowledge by taking part in three overseas trips, which she says gave her the confidence to become an executive committee member for the Flinders University Golden Key committee.

As a member of Flinders Golden Key committee, Caitlin has been involved in many wonderful initiatives, including competing in the first ever competitive Shark Tank which took place at the Asia Pacific International Leadership summit in Brisbane.

“That was just amazing, I learnt so much and met so many amazing people in Brisbane, it made me wonder why I hadn’t gone to a leadership summit before that,” Caitlin says.


It was after attending the Brisbane conference, Caitlin decided to use the skills she had learnt on the Flinders committee and became an ambassador for Engineers Australia, an organisation that aims to help its members connect, learn and grow.

“It was a part of the confidence I built as a Golden Key member and the time I spent overseas, in Singapore and France. I built up this realization that I wanted to do more and to give back,” she says

“We (ambassadors) send out emails, we talk with lecturers, and we contribute to a Facebook page. It is a lot of the same skills I learnt as an executive committee member that I am applying to this new role as an ambassador.”

Throughout all of this, Caitlin has spent her final year at University working at a start-up company called Inovor, helping with the artificial intelligence and machine learning side of things.

“Space was something that I thought, that is really exciting, and I want to see what I can do there which is how I got my current employment.”

To add to all exceptional things she has done, Caitlin was recently accepted into a graduate program for next year. The program offered by SAAB Australia will allow Caitlin to work with experienced engineers in an array of areas across the company.

“I think all of that (experience) piled up, and when I came across this graduate program… I got quite excited,” she says.

“I still don’t know how I am going to apply myself and I still want to expand my skill set and become a more rounded engineer. I want to get that experience across all difference areas so I can find out where I am best suited and what I want to do.

“I was really worried, that I didn’t know where I was going, or what kind of engineer I would be, or even what I would do as an engineer.

“I’ve come to learn that it doesn’t really matter that I don’t know what I want to do in ten years’ time. While I am sure there is plenty of people who would find that useful…, it is not the end of the world if you can’t visualize where you are going. Just do what you can at the time and keep working on the next step.”

Creating long term career value in Black Swan events like Covid-19 with Imran Furkan

Creating long term career value in Black Swan events like Covid-19 with Imran Furkan

Are you worried about the current climate facing you as an employee? Golden Key Asia Pacific recently ran a GK Talk, presented by CEO of Tresync Australia Imran Furkan, a GK member passionate about business collaboration. Imran ran an informative GKTalk titled ‘Creating long term […]

Overcoming your fear of interviews with Susan Hervey

Overcoming your fear of interviews with Susan Hervey

Golden Key Asia Pacific has started June with the outstanding webinar “Overcoming your fear of interviews with Susan Hervey”. The first of four sessions scheduled this month, the webinar set out to aid members in improving their interview skills. Presenter Susan Hervey is the Director of […]

Enacting a beacon for change with Rakin Hasan

Enacting a beacon for change with Rakin Hasan

On the 14th of May, Golden Key Asia Pacific held our first online Webinar in our ongoing series which featured Rakin Hasan as our first guest speaker.

The session “Enacting a Beacon for Change” was filled with practical tips on employment and employability amid the current Covid-19 impacted career field.

Over 100 Golden Key members registered to tune in and listen to Senior Associate in the Digital Trust department for Ernst Young Oceania and former Macquarie University GK chapter president Rakin Hasan.

In the session, Rakin said there was undoubtedly change in the market for those seeking jobs, and that these changes could spark innovation.

‘(Moving forward) people are reimagining what our CV’s are going to be, what our workforce is going to be like,” said Rakin. “As a graduate, you need to be thinking about ‘what are the skills I can build on?’. This is a great time for you to start enhancing your skillset in regards to the emerging technologies in the workforce.”

The session continued with amazing tips and words of wisdom from Rakin, who implored our audience to remain calm and optimistic when reviewing the situation they have found themselves in.

“Remember, it is always about having the right mindset, that things will get better,” he said. “Focus on your intrinsic achievements… do things that gives you that confidence within. Then, also focus on your extrinsic achievements. If you are in a role right now, think about excellence, think about how I can hit the goal. It is the small wins in life that gives you the momentum.”

The webinar then focuses on how to chase your dream jobs by properly positioning yourself in the market.

Rakin helped our audience identify the ways to revamp their resume, prepare for virtual assessments and video interviews, and prepare the Cheat Sheet that will assist with these interviews.

“The video interview can be very difficult and something that people can struggle with… It is very important that you practice.”

With so many tips to share with our audience, our webinar with Rakin Hasan was an informative must-watch for any students or graduates who have found themselves impacted by covid-19.

Watch the full video now:

Golden Key Spotlight: Elyse Heslehurst

Golden Key Spotlight: Elyse Heslehurst

Elyse Heslehurst is a name many Golden Key Asia Pacific members may already know. A member since 2013, Elyse joined Golden Key after her family received the invitation on her behalf while she was on exchange in the USA. The trip allowed her the opportunity […]