Work Life

WorkLife Program

We offer the WorkLife book full of practical and inspirational advice for sale with all proceeds going to Rotary Causes.

We also offer discounts to schools, P&C’s and other Rotary Clubs. 

Please contact Alex Rotary for details.

We also have an extensive library of presentations that are available to all book purchasers.


WorkLife for Business

Rotarians have extensive experience in business. 

We find that this book and discussions about its messages, and supporting presentations by Rotarians resonate with businesses and inspire employees.

This book makes a great training manual for employees who are showing initiative and just need some mentoring. 

WorkLife for Schools / Universities

We understand that the vocational curriculum is full to overflowing. We offer our help by personal presentations from Rotarians based on the our experience and this books content.

We have found that students relate and become inspired by our interactive presentations and key message that education is important, but that soft skills are essential in a working environment


WorkLife for Individuals

Let’s be clear, WorkLife is not a “tick and flick” or a competency course. It is a message of reality and inspiration, with real life stories and practical advice from people who come from many varied careers, but who understand the key common soft skills that make for a happy and successful career. 

We recommend that the WorkLife book is supplemented by interactive presentations from Rotarians. 

Part 1

Part 1 is a reality shock to many new work starters. 

It sets the scene for their entry into (what is for most) an alien landscape. It explains the differences, and what they can do to prepare for a journey that is becoming so important and changeable in todays world of work.

We are the first generations where work has taken on greater significance than in previous generations. It will determine a great deal about your life….this book gives you the tools to make the right choices.


Part 2

Part 2 takes the student through the key attributes that they will need in their toolbox to negotiate this new landscape.

It explains the differences, what their most important asset at work is, and how to grow and protect it. 

It also explains the traps and distractions in this new “inverted reality” where work and social life is increasingly blurred.

No doubt education is important. But high marks are NOT a guarantee of success, and low marks are NOT a millstone around your neck. 

Part 3

Part 3 contains the practical tips about the day to day work environment. The people you will meet, what being “professional” at work means, and how to “walk the talk'”

The tools you will need, how to react to work situations, how to “manage” the boss. 

Tips on how to be happy at work..after all you are going to be there for a long time!

It also discusses how Rotarians got into their careers, what were the key influences…you will see that the problems and opportunities you have are not all that much different. 

Part 4

Part 4 is all about the rules in this new landscape. What you should expect from your employer, how to meet his expectations.

It also explains the “rules of the game” where responsibilities lie in the employment arrangement.  

Lots on new starters don’t know their entitlements at work, and get taken advantage of. Make sure it doesn’t happen to you. 

It also discusses the practical aspects of office work, factory work, site work and why so many young get caught up in “sham contracts” 

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We are indebted to The Sunshine Coast Council for their financial support in bringing this program to fruition. In particular Councillor John Connolly is a great advocate for mentoring sportsmen and women who are having difficulties entering the workforce. 

Dr Greg Nash, Ashley Robinson OAM, and Fiona Simpson have been great supporters of this Rotary initiative and have extensive histories in helping the young realise their potential

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Part 1

Leaving School, TAFE or University

From Educational Institution to Work

Education grades – important but not life threatening

Think you are ready for work?

Your first job

 Just what is work and how has it changed since mum and dad’s time?

How technology changed work, and will change YOUR work and life

How work has stolen your leisure and your identity

What does this mean for my worklife?

Work experience examples

So what can you expect from your early work career?

How long will you be working?

What if you don’t like your job?

How to love your work

The Work Situation

Work relationships and process

Professional and personal relationships in worklife

Rewards of Work


 How many people actually love their work?

Your first job and future jobs

Adding value

Work Examples

Key Messages from Part 1

Part 2

The things they don’t teach you at school

Reputation – Looking After Your Most Important Asset at Work

Online reputation, How to keep your personal life personal


Criticising co-workers


That’s not fair!

Promises, promises!

 I’m so bored!


Eight things that show you are motivated and a warning to motivated new starters

10 everyday non-ethical behaviours you should avoid

Work – it’s a team game, your role in a team

 Behaviour at work

Professional and personal – differences

Language at work – jargon, tact

The boss /  The helpful co-worker/ The unhelpful co-worker

Positive engagement and optimism, pessimism and ruminating & positive imaging

Improving yourself

Types of self-improvement & 30 Self-improvement ideas

Politics at work – Get real !!

If I work hard and keep my head down and out of politics I’ll be OK. Really !!, Office politics and perceptions

Work stories

Part 3

Doing Your Job Well

Training and Learning on the job

Induction and early training

Coming out of training

Everybody Serves a Customer

Customer service

Who is the customer?

Customer expectations

Going the “extra step”

The biscuit in the saucer or the freckle on the cup.

7 things that really annoy customers

The “Disney” way 

Work Time

Daily work day

Time management

End of the day routine

Electronic Media

Reputation is Power


Email protocols

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.


Company phone behaviour

Answering the phone – voice

Answering a phone call – task

Making a company phone call

The computer workstation – usage

The survey results – you are NOT alone.


Key Messages from Part 3

Part 4

The Rules of the Game

Before Your First Day

On the first day

The five monkeys and the work situation

What does the employer owe you?

Happiness is your business

Getting paid properly 

Asking for a raise

Dealing with difficult situations 

How do I know my rights?

How do I exercise my rights?

What the employer doesn’t have to provide

Awards and Fair Work

Hierarchy of agreements

Work types you need to know

What should I do if I feel I am being taken advantage of while a trainee?

Workplace Areas

Health and safety in all workplaces

 Office work area

Factory work

Site work area


Purpose of the meeting room

Ten rules about meetings for new starters

The workstation area – its not the same as school

You are always being assessed – get used to it. 

Key Messages from Part 4

Interested in having guest speakers talk at your place?

Alex Rotary has developed a transition to work resources and program to help students, and all people transition into work. The club has used the experience of Rotarians to develop (and deliver) a book and presentations that provide the “soft skills” so necessary for anyone transitioning to work.

The club has successfully delivered the program to students and mature people moving into the workforce. If you are interested in having Alex Rotary deliver presentations to you, your school, or your workplace, please contact us. The service if free.

The book is already in use as a staff training program in local Sunshine Coast Pharmacy.

What's different about WorkLife?

Unlike other “training” courses, the presentations are not competency based but rather are designed to inspire and explain to students entering the workplace that educational qualifications are not the be-all and end- all of work. In fact all employer surveys show that education qualifications are not in the first 5.

Our presentations are designed to inspire and entertain and to help you make the right start, understand and meet employer expectations and to be happy and productive at work.

At Alex Rotary we know that work is an integral part of your development, and the importance of those first steps. This program will give you the tools for you to have a successful and happy work career – no matter what your career and how many different employers you will have in your work career. (The latest estimate is that most workers will have at least 5 different employers, and 2 -3 career changes in their WorkLife.