The Block Sky High the skys the limit The Block Sky High: the skys the limitPosted July 29, 2013, by Julia WattersAnd the winners are … Alisa and Lysandra! In this year’s much anticipated finale of renovation show The Block Sky High, the South Australian twins have taken out top honours, plus an extra $100,000, by securing the highest bid over the reserve price for their stylishly revamped first floor apartment. Tipped as the favourites despite an early upset, late bloomers Alisa and Lysandra wooden spooned their way to level one but began showing their true colour-swatches with a spate of room reveal wins. It’s the first time that The Block contestants, fondly referred to as ‘Blockheads’, have had to renovate an apartment building. The coveted penthouse was awarded to the winning couple of the initial hotel room challenge, Trixie and Johnno, and the remaining floor allocations were decided accordingly. Matt and Kim, located on level 2, were predicted to come in last due to their controversial design style. However, that same approach saw them pinned by some as being the dark horses of the show. The couple admitted to going into the competition overconfident due to their design and personal renovating experience. Matt is a plasterer who is currently studying architecture while Kim is a primary school teacher. They weren’t the only couple with building experience on the show. In fact, all the men on The Block Sky High had some sort of building or construction experience. On level three it was George’s bricklaying trade that strengthened their chances, although beauty therapist Bec continued to make all the big decisions. Graphic designer Madi put her eye for detail to good use on level four, where Jarrod’s carpentry skills made him a very handy man indeed. Meanwhil,e in the penthouse, stay-at-home mum Trixie and husband Johnno were more switched on thanks to Johnno’s electrical experience. The only team that didn’t have any formal building experience were the winning couple, Alisa and Lysandra. The Adelaide police officers have been in the force for six years, but Alisa has ‘always dreamed of being an interior designer’ and Lysandra aspires to be a real estate agent. Turns out their dreams could well become a reality, with one of the judges repeatedly urging them to consider a career in the industry. So as many of you now sit patiently in front of your TV in anticipation of the next series and a new round of Block wordplays, consider what makes you such a Blockaholic. If the room reveals and hissy fits keep you coming back then vicarious renovating is definitely your thing. But if smart design and a perfect finish get you as excited as the judges, maybe there’s more to it for you. If you secretly yearn to get into a career in interior design like Alisa and Lysandra, then go for it. If the contestants of The Block have taught us anything, it’s that the sky really is the limit.Final resultsAlisa and Lysandra (winners) Sold for: $1.435 million Profit of: $295,000 plus $100,000 Madi and Jarrod Sold for: $1.601 million Profit of: $291,000 Matt and Kim Sold for: $1.455 million Profit of: $250,000 Bec and George Sold for: $1.507 million Profit of: $242,000 Trixie and Johnno Sold for: $1.605 million Profit of: $205,000Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)Study modeClassroomPayment optionsPayment planUpfront paymentCourse guide+ FREE eBrochureEnquire Online Construction project manager sample resumeConstruction project manager sample cover letterCareer Insider StoriesElizabeth O'Connor-Cowley - Director, eeni meeni miini mohKim Fletcher - MillinerTherese Moussa - The Grounds Head Stylist Construction CoursesBachelor of Construction ManagementEnquire Online Enquire Online Enquire OnlineDiploma of Building and Construction (Management)Enquire Online Enquire OnlineJulia WattersRelated ArticlesBrowse moreCAREER INSPIRATIONCareer progression10 High-Paying Jobs You Don’t Need a Degree For In 2019Who says you need a fancy degree to get paid the big bucks? We're sharing 10 of the best jobs you don’t need a degree for in 2019. From executive support and construction to internet fame, some of these roles could even net you a 6-figure salary!WORKFORCE TRENDSUnemployment and the global financial crisisWhen it comes to determining exactly what the global financial crisis will mean for Aussie jobs, the figures are conflicting. Despite doom and gloom predictions, the figures from October were encouraging with an increase of 34 300 jobsWORKFORCE TRENDSMore jobs for energy apprenticesElectricity network Ausgrid, formerly EnergyAustralia, has taken on 154 new apprentices to work on their large infrastructure program, creating jobs and helping to fill the national skills shortage for qualified tradespeople.
How to be as graceful as Michelle Obama when you leave your job 677Some weeks later, at Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Obamas, Michelle in particular, displayed the same kind of leadership. Grace under pressure. The former first lady tried hard to be reassuring. She spread comfort. Mrs. Obama made it clear that her confidence in America’s prospering future remained unchanged. Judging from her facial expressions during the ceremony, it took quite the effort to display leadership through courage in the most surprising of times. We are not talking the nice kind of surprises here.Starting with the blue Tiffany box gaffe, Mrs. Obama endured a lot last Sunday. First, it was the young lady who sounded as if she was weeping for America while singing the US national anthem. Quite the stark contrast from Beyonce’s powerful performance of the same song four years ago, albeit admittedly lip-sung.Then it was the dreariest presidential speech in history. Trump described Obama’s America as a crime-infested, starved and jobless autocracy, where the people had no power. In reality, unemployment was down to 5%, relations with Iran and Cuba had been re-opened, and a historic climate-change accord had been signed in Paris. A worthy legacy, no doubt. Yet, Trump’s portrayal of modern-day America was a slap in Obama’s face. A humiliation, which Michelle handled like a true leader gracefully climbing up, while others were sinking down.Related articles:Why we love (and hate) personal resumesDestinee, an ambitious techie that never settlesInfographic: 8 Tips From Your Dog On Starting A CareerSo if there is one lesson you can learn from Michelle, it’s how to keep your head up as you walk out the office door for the last time. Here are three takeaways to keep you centered during one of the most difficult transitions in life leaving your job.1. You will be very, very emotionalMany studies compare the stress of changing jobs to that of divorce or losing a home. When describing her last months in the White House, Michelle Obama talked of being surprised at how many minuscule things made her tear up. However bad the end of your time at an organization you will nonetheless feel nostalgic. Perhaps even grateful for the lessons learned. Expect to be filled with doubt about leaving your job.There may be weeks in which you give yourself the I-will-quit-today-I-am-so-much-better-than-this pep-talk while in the elevator up to your office. Yet, every time your reach your floor you decide that tomorrow is a better day to leave.When you do finally muster the courage, look to Michelle for inspiration. Don’t leave mayhem behind be cooperative and help your team deal with the change. She did, after all, hug the Trumps on the steps of the White House.2. Take a breakDon’t throw yourself into something new immediately! If you can afford it, take a week off. Go on vacation. Reflect. Plan ahead. Restructure your vision for the future. Follow in Michelle’s footsteps she announced on January 20th that she will be taking a leave of absence from public engagements. Only to return to her work reinvigorated.You will need to do the same when you leave a job. It can be tempting to immerse yourself into the next big thing. Try to think long-term. Allow yourself the time to decompose the experiences, lessons, hardships and good times you had at your last job. This will allow you to leave your emotional baggage where it belongs in the past.3. Power dressMaking the announcement that you are leaving an organization is a big deal. You are likely to feel scrutinized. There may even be a pinch of guilt, a clenching fist holding onto your stomach. This is the last time that you will be considered part of the team for the remainder of your time at the company you will be an outsider.Be prepared and try to dress the part. Power-dressing will give you an extra confidence boost, allowing you to breeze through this complex time. If you are lacking inspiration, look no further than Michelle Obama! Throughout her time as the first lady, she chose to wear relatively unknown designers, who benefited from the attention. Her attire was fun, colorful, feminine, but fitting for the leader she is. It’s no wonder she wore red at Trump’s inauguration the color of the republican party. Mrs. Obama chose to signify (yet again) her ability to lead by showing respect and acknowledging interpersonal differences. She wore red to signify unity, compromise, and a smooth transition between the two administrations.For her smarts, style, courage and composure, we applaud Michelle Obama. See you in 2020, Mrs. President! Tags: career, career advice, leadership
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