Build communication skills with the help of the WSU Library

Read how adults can better build communication skills with the help of books in the WSU library! ...
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Self-education has been a trend in books, podcasts, reality television, and social media for a long time, and is only growing – for university students, navigating the transition between high school and adult life can be overwhelming, to say the least, with no clear guidebook.

Building communication skills can be the hardest part of entering adult life, and it can affect both relationships and a student’s emotional well-being – both personally and professionally.

Whether you’re 18, 28 or 58, these four books can help fill the gaps in self-education – and they’re all free to access online at the Western Sydney University library:

The Barefoot Investor

Scott Pape, author of The Barefoot Investor, makes financial literacy understandable at any level, for any adult, whether they are studying or working, or both. Using farming as a metaphor, the book details how you plant, grow, and harvest your financial security for the future.

With the current cost-of-living crisis, students would be asking themselves these questions – ones that the book addresses: How do we keep our savings instead of spending on pretty trinkets? How do we prepare and save for disaster while still socialising and having fun?

My Blob Feelings Workbook: A Toolkit for Exploring Emotions!

    This interactive workbook allows the reader to better express and understand emotions: becoming more self-aware of your feelings and tracking them over time can help identify triggers that lead to low moods, as well as help find the root causes of anxiety or recognise periods of depression.

    More elaborate than a typical mood tracker, the ‘blobs’ that personify emotions throughout the book include pensiveness, remorse, vigilance, trust, submission, grief, and amazement.

    The Courage to be Disliked

    The Japanese phenomenon that shows you how to free yourself, change your life and achieve real happiness. Where the previously mentioned Blob Feelings Workbook allows you to explore your own emotions over time, The Courage to be Disliked explores people’s relationships with each other – such as friends, family, and partners.

    It both relates to and helps adults, particularly uni students, as the book discusses being from a close-knit environment, such as a hometown or small family, and moving to a new and different place filled with people of all interests – like meeting classmates and new faces on campus.

    How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone: Confident Communication for Work, Life and Relationships

    Communication is vital to any degree – whether it’s screen and media, journalism, public relations, or any job, for that matter. Whether writing reports, giving presentations, mentoring others, or talking to classmates, or co-workers, How to Talk not only helps students build strong communication skills but also delves into such areas as social anxiety.

    No matter what level of confidence you have – whether you’re a natural extravert or sitting with your anxiety in the bathroom at a party, you are taken through all possible aspects of interaction, so both young adults studying at university, or older, can read the book, or skip to the sections that they’re unsure about – the parts that they feel will help them as they move through life.

    So, whether you’re a student at uni or working – or both – make sure to take advantage of all the resources at the library, particularly those sources, both in print and online, that Western Sydney University has to offer – because an adult never stops learning new skills.

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    Bloomberg internship: Your chance in finance reporting

    Would you like to kick-start a career in finance journalism? This might be your chance. ...

    Are you interested in storytelling and current affairs? Would you like to kick-start a career in finance journalism? Bloomberg is offering a 10-week paid internship starting in January 2023.

    Bloomberg News is a global media outlet with branches in more than 150 countries, including an office in the heart of Sydney. This ranges between TV, radio, digital and print publications, with content circulating in over a thousand newspapers and magazines around the world.

    In an interview with W’SUP, Bloomberg managing director, Ed Johnson explained interns would learn to draw links between seemingly everyday activities and events, and their impact on the economy.

    The internship will provide training and practical experience in finance and business reporting across Australia and the globe. Interns will be trained in various areas of finance journalism, ranging from reporting on stock markets, politics, economy, social and environmental issues.

    “You might be in the stocks team, working with stock reporters and editors who are covering the whole of Asia and reporting it to a team leader who might be based in Singapore or Hong Kong, but you’re also part of the Sydney newsroom and helping tell the broader Australian story,” he adds.

    Interns will also benefit from mentorship by leading experts in finance and journalism for the duration of the internship, along with networking opportunities with industry professionals.

    You don’t have to be a journalism or communication student to apply. The opportunity is open to students from various disciplines. Whether you’re studying law, business, communication, maths or history, all you need is a keen interest in journalism and finance.

    “If you are a journalism student, don’t let the lack of business and finance knowledge put you off, and if you’re not a journalism student, we’re going to be as equally interested in you if you’re from a different academic discipline, we just want to see that passion for current affairs,” Ed said.

    The managing director, however, did clarify some criteria for intending internees.

    “We’re looking for a student who has an open, inquisitive, enquiring mind with a bit of an international mind-set who wants to look beyond the local story and try to tell that local story for an international audience. You just need to have an inquiring mind and a proven passion for current affairs,” he said.

    The selection process includes video and face-to-face interviews, and a written test in the final stage. Even if you don’t make it, there are perks to going through the application process. This might include creating essential networks in the media industry, and potential job opportunities in the future.

    “If you go through that process and you impress us, even if you don’t make the final cut, then we stay in touch with you, link up with you on LinkedIn and track your career progress. That pool of people that we get to know through the application process is the likely group we target when they hit a two-three years mark experience in the industry,” said Ed.

    While this internship may be challenging for some students, due to a lack of prior exposure to finance and journalism, the support and guidance of the team at Bloomberg promises growth and development and an enjoyable experience.

    “You’re working from day one basically. We realise that it’s quite a steep learning curve as you’re coming up to speed with new and unfamiliar topics, but we try to make that learning curve as manageable as possible. So, there’s plenty of mentoring, ongoing support and guidance,”


    At the conclusion of the internship, interns may transition into a full-time role or a cadetship program.



    Applications are open, apply through the link below:



    For more information about the internship, register for the virtual information event that will be held on 15 September.