Friday, August 10, 2012

Incoming! CGAA New Recruits!



This is a message for years 2, 3 & our loyal alumni.  In just a matter of days, I'll be introducing the blogs of our newest CGAA recruits on here.  As per, I'll update with new blogs as I receive their respective urls, so watch for this 'New' logo on the group blog, and when you see it, do the decent thing: follow them, welcome them, and let's see if we can get the next generation over those inevitable bumps in the road as soon as humanly possible.  

You know how it is when you first arrive - new to blogging, new to embedding, new to pretty much everything.  It's a daunting mind-fry of a time, so anything you can think of from your own experience that you can pass on, please do.  Be friendly, be welcoming, be professional, be a life-coach! :)

Watch this space: for some, September 2012 is already here....

PS - okay, so the whole mentoring thing was a bit hit and miss last year - but I'm really keen to start it up again, so I'm looking for willing participants from year 2 and year 3 students.  Your experience re. blogging etiquette , time-management, branding and self-promotion,  academic writing, use of Scribd, embedding video content, Making of docs etc. is invaluable - particularly in Semester 1.  So, if you're interested in a short, intense period of mentoring, which would see you over-seeing a small group of blogs and life-coaching, please leave a 'yes' comment below.  Many thanks and I hope you're all enjoying the summer.

24 comments:

  1. hey there! Last year wasn't as successful for me :P 2 of my mentorees left. But I am up for it this year again :) I would like to help in any way I can

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  2. That's great Andi :) Yes, last year was a bit difficult for all of us for that reason - mentoring is, after all, 2 way traffic, but I'm hoping this coming year will be considerably more 'conversational' in this respect! Fingers crossed and many thanks for being the first with your hand in the air - much appreciated, and I know the students you mentor will derive a lot from that relationship.

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  3. I'll happily be a mentor Phil :)

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  4. Wouldn't let Andi mentor again, somethings going on there. ;)

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  5. Don't know if you need any of the previous 3rd years (now graduated) but if you need anyone else feel free to count me in :)

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  6. @ Jon - so, is that you volunteering then? ;)
    @ Lev - that's a lovely offer, and yes, the more the merrier, certainly in terms of addressing any of that early-stage maya anxiety and worry that creeps in after the first few weeks.
    @ Andi - don't listen to Jon, you'll be a great role-model!
    @ Emma - Brilliant, cheers m'dears ("Here come the girls....") And if you can rustle up any more of our 'Charlie's Angels' from Year 2, I'd be most appreciative: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKTPG7Nw8AY

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  7. i'm well up for mentoring! i've always wanted to be yoda.

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    1. You realise you have to sit like Yoda too though right?

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  8. @ Steve - Hurrah! "A mentor then you shall be...:
    @ Chris - Bravo!
    @ Jono - 3 Cheers!
    @ Nat - Fandabbydozee! (um, not sure if this is a) a word, b) a correctly spelled word :)

    (Incidentally, for anyone else who might be undecided about this 'solemn responsibility', you might want to think of it as one of the kind of extra-curricular activities that goes down well on your CV and in answer to the sort of interview question that seeks to identify if you have a) people skills, b) team-working potential, c) leadership potential etc.). Mentoring can work in 2 directions you see, what's known in the business as a win/win :)

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    1. In the Urban Dictionary it seems to be commonly spelt as 'fandabidozi' but I'm sure this isn't an issue as your spelling looks more fun and Flintstones friendly :)

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  9. I'll lend a hand, if it's okay for someone who's kinda-sorta redoing year one to do so.

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  10. @ Ernesta - Excellent!
    @ Meg - of course, your particular insight will no doubt prove invaluable! :)

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  11. "Good morning Charlie (Phil)!!!" I'm happy to mentor too :)

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  12. Yes from me Phil!! :D Sounds really exciting!! ^_^

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  13. @ Anita 'LOL' - much obliged!
    @ Joey - Ta very much!
    @ Nat - Hmm, well, I've never been very 'urban' after all... ;)

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  14. I would like to say YES! this time and help where I can :)

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  15. I would like to help out too if i can :)

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  16. @ Chris - thanks very much! :)
    @ Mike - I think you'll make for a great mentor, so much appreciated! :)

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