Kate Southam

Kate Southam

Workplace writer and coach,Kate has been covering employment for a decade and was the founding editor of CareerOne.com.au. She currently writes a careers newspaper and online column for News Ltd, the Cube Farmer about work on news.com.au and she is a regular contributor to radio, magazines and TV.

Nowadays Kate also consults to companies on communication and workplace projects as well as provides career coaching to individuals through her company: http://www.katesoutham.com.

For many years Kate was a news reporter working with ABC radio in North Queensland, the Sunday Morning Post in Hong Kong and the Sydney Morning Herald and ninemsn in Sydney.

Career highlights include being a young journalist in Hong Kong in the 80s where an assignment could be “go to China tomorrow” and drinking vodka on a roof top in Bucharest with diplomats, prostitutes, journalists and “political advisers” while working as a media gopher to a Romanian presidential candidate.

Kate is highly curious about most things but her latest fascinations are life in the Middle Ages -  those 45+, “her people”, changes in social norms, social justice, food and anything about how great animals are, particularly the ones we live with.

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The diary of a wartime entertainer

The diary of a wartime entertainer

20 Aug 12 Lorrae Desmond spent the weekend honouring the Aussie soldiers who went to Vietnam. She was at the wreath laying ceremony…... Read more

Staying in the closet at work

Staying in the closet at work

05 Jul 12 Some of the comments on Lucy Kippist’s recent blog about US TV news personality Anderson Cooper going public about his…... Read more

There’s no couple space in the workplace

There’s no couple space in the workplace

03 Jul 12 According to RSVP, 28 per cent of us find lurve at work. Community newspaper group Quest ran the story along…... Read more

Don’t rely on an employer to keep your skills relevant

Don’t rely on an employer to keep your skills relevant

22 Jun 12 If there is a message in the redundancy announcements of the last week it is, “do not rely on your…... Read more

The only problem with outsourcing: We don’t get it

The only problem with outsourcing: We don’t get it

01 May 12 I reckon the Internet has turned the average person into an outsourcer and even “offshorer”. A shirt made here, self-designed…... Read more

Too many of our workplaces promote losers

Too many of our workplaces promote losers

16 Apr 12 Dr Peter Rennie believes too many of our workplaces reward a person who FIBS. FIBS stands for Flatter, Inflate, Break…... Read more

Redundancies can be fresh new beginnings, too

Redundancies can be fresh new beginnings, too

15 Mar 12 If success is the best revenge then landing a higher paying job after being made redundant is pretty sweet. Life…... Read more

Crimes against sanity: What are your pet work peeves?

Crimes against sanity: What are your pet work peeves?

04 Oct 11 I once worked at a start up in a building with only a thin metal divider between my desk and…... Read more

Welcome to the big chair. Now prove you deserve it

Welcome to the big chair. Now prove you deserve it

26 Aug 11 Being the boss is no picnic. People come to you with problems, complaints, conflicts and issues – constantly. And then…... Read more

Magistrate’s mental health issue a cautionary tale

Magistrate’s mental health issue a cautionary tale

17 Jun 11 The case of magistrate Jennifer Betts, who explained to the NSW Parliament Wednesday how a mental illness was central to…... Read more

Cracked crystal: mega churches, mega problems

Cracked crystal: mega churches, mega problems

21 Oct 10 The world’s first mega church, The Crystal Cathedral in California has filed for bankruptcy owing $50 million or more. According…... Read more

Ageist Australia reviles instead of reveres its elders

Ageist Australia reviles instead of reveres its elders

01 Oct 10 When did Australia get so ageist about oldies? The Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination Elizabeth Broderick thinks it’s a good…... Read more

Gen Y might rule the world sooner than we thought

Gen Y might rule the world sooner than we thought

17 Sep 10 In the world of employment, the growing skills shortage is like a low, black cloud building on the horizon. While…... Read more

Mid-age weight baloney

Mid-age weight baloney

19 Mar 10 Damn it’s tough to lose weight in mid-age. I think back to my 20s and 30s when see sawing weight…... Read more

How to support your friends when their pets are fading

How to support your friends when their pets are fading

14 Jan 10 This week I stood by two long time friends as one of them was euthanized. It followed a “tough conversation”…... Read more

It’s up to women to get tough on pay equity

It’s up to women to get tough on pay equity

24 Nov 09 Gender pay equity never fails to raise temperatures. Like climate change, there are many out there who deny women get…... Read more

Men can’t keep it level when it comes to equal pay

Men can’t keep it level when it comes to equal pay

03 Sep 09 There is nothing like an Equal Pay Day to make a man see red. Writing on Tuesday about research that…... Read more

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