ACBC Monthly Newsletter – August 2018

7 August 2018

Message from the CEO

Australian Careers Business College students get a strong educational foundation in the classroom in addition to hands-on learning through Work Placement. Other important aspects of the business world we emphasise are contributing to the larger community and being a responsible corporate citizen who considers the legal, ethical and social aspects of their work.

More businesses are looking at the big picture of how their actions impact society. The term ‘corporate social responsibility’ is used to describe the way a business takes into account the financial, environmental and social impacts of its decisions and actions. One way that organisations promote social responsibility is by getting involved to assist with important issues on both local and national levels.

At ACBC we get involved as well. Each year we are proud to support Jeans for Genes Day. On this special day we wear denim to raise valuable funds for the Children’s Medical Research Institute’s fight against childhood genetic diseases. We are proud to see staff, students, trainers and local businesses working together again to support this great cause.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – July 2018

2 July 2018

Message from the CEO

Although hard work and persistence are the foundation of a successful career, we can overlook the importance that rest and relaxation play in our productivity and overall success. Many businesses now realise the importance of this and emphasise a balanced approach to work. Constantly multitasking, eating lunch at your desk and running between meetings can be counterproductive. According to the Harvard Business Review, taking short breaks after working for 90-minute periods and taking a real lunch break is more productive than working straight through without a break. This is because the body and mind need time to rejuvenate throughout the day.

There’s also a growing body of research that highlights the importance of getting the right amount of sleep. A lack of sleep can contribute to poor work performance, anxiety and depression, obesity and lower academic results. In fact, numerous studies have shown a strong connection between a lack of sleep and poor academic performance.

Holiday breaks are an excellent time to rejuvenate ourselves. Stepping away for a few days or weeks gives the mind and body time to relax and enables us to return to our work and studies with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

As we approach the end of the term and the halfway point for many of you, remember the importance of taking time out to achieve balance and maximise your long-term productivity. The upcoming break is a good opportunity to rest your mind, relax and reflect on your achievements so far this year.

We look forward to seeing you after the break.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – June 2018

7 June 2018

Message from the CEO

In May, we were pleased to be involved in our local community as well as travelling farther afield to support young people seeking education and training. Close to home, we were excited to attend two local careers expos. One was the Cecil Hills High School Careers Expo. Some of students attended and were happy to meet the Year 12 students visiting the expo and provide insights into life at ACBC. The other was the CareersSearch Expo held in Liverpool and attended by students from 27 schools in the region.

Further afield, we were thrilled to run a three-week Youth Jobs PaTH Employability Skills course in the beautiful Bega area. ACBC and Mission Providence (also known as Konekt Employment Services) joined forces with other Job Active providers in the area, including Campbell Page and MBC Employment Services, to offer the Employability Skills Training (EST) to unemployed young people aged 17 to 25 in the region. We look forward to keeping in touch with the participants and hearing their success stories in gaining employment.

We are also very excited to announce that we have been approved to deliver training for more traineeships. Further information follows in the newsletter.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – May 2018

6 May 2018

Message from the CEO

We are excited to see our students back after their well-deserved break. During this term, our students will be interviewing for their Work Placement positions which will begin in July. Our Work Placement program is an important part of the education and training at Australia Careers Business College, as it gives our students hands-on experience of working in their fields. To any students who need help preparing for Work Placement interviews, remember that our Careers Advisors and Campus Managers are here to assist you.

This is also the time of year when many Year 12 students start seriously thinking about their study options for next year. So we invite high school Careers Advisors to contact us to schedule an information session at your school. An information session with ACBC can support you in helping your students choose a well-matched, rewarding career, provide insight into where to study and keep students enthusiastic and motivated in taking their next step. Younger students benefit as well by getting a clearer picture of the options available before they reach Year 12.

We are also happy to send an information pack about ACBC and the courses we offer.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – April 2018

2 April 2018

Message from the CEO

As we approach the end of Term 1, it’s great to see the progress being made toward reaching your educational and career goals.

With so much focus in our society being placed on being strong, confident and independent, there are many misconceptions about asking for help. Some people believe that asking for assistance is a sign of weakness or ignorance and a burden to others. However, asking for help when you need it is essential for our academic and career success. Sometimes we might be afraid to ask for help when we need it because we have been criticised in the past for asking. But the vast majority of people are glad to assist others, even strangers, when they need help.

At ACBC, we realise the importance of having a strong support network, so your Trainers, Careers Advisors and Campus Managers are here to help you when you have a question on any issue or feel stuck. Asking for help when you need it creates benefits for you and those assisting you. It helps you reach your desired outcome faster with less worry and stress. It enables those helping you to share their talents and experiences. It builds trust between you and the people helping you.

As you advance in your studies and career, there will always be new things to learn and areas where you need support. Asking for assistance when you need it is a strength that will help you overcome new challenges.

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ACBC Monthly Newsletter – March 2018

5 March 2018

Message from the CEO

I am excited to welcome the Class of 2018 to Australian Careers Business College.  We are proud that you have chosen to join over 8,000 students who have come through our doors since 1996. We look forward to guiding you on your path to employment and higher education.

You are now beginning a transformational time in your life. Over the next 10 months you will build valuable career skills, gain hands-on industry experience, develop professional networks and make new friends. As you begin your studies, I would like to share a few keys to succeeding at ACBC. First, always ask questions when you don’t know the answer to something. There is nothing wrong with asking for help – that’s how we learn and grow. Your trainers, Campus Manager and Careers Advisors are here to assist you.

Second, apply yourselves and give it all your effort. This includes planning ahead to ensure you take the time to study and avoid getting behind with assessments.

Third, get the right balance between studying, socialising and working. We all need balance to function properly, so determine how much time you will need for each area.

Remember that classroom learning and assignments are important throughout the year, but we will also take time to make friends, serve our communities and have fun at campus events.

Our aim at ACBC is to re-create the workplace environment so you can gain the skills employers need. Your study, in-class experiences and Work Placement are a solid foundation for building your careers. Employers seek our graduates because they have earned a reputation for having positive attitudes and sound knowledge, while presenting themselves professionally.

Campus Manager Lynda Brozic will be contacting you soon to be part of your Student Representative Council (SRC). I encourage you to think about who you want to nominate and get involved in organising special events throughout the year.

To our new students who joined us recently and students who returned after the summer break, we look forward to encouraging and supporting you to get the most out of your experience and watching you succeed during your time at ACBC.

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Hajar proves VET courses can fast track to real work faster than Uni

At the end of year 12, a friend encouraged me to apply to do a vocational (VET) course at the Australian Careers Business College (ACBC). It was explained to me that unlike university, the courses provided by ACBC would enable me to get hands-on experience and gain employment. My parents were keen for me to go to university, so when I got my ATAR, I enrolled in a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Communication instead of a VET course. My friend decided to enrol at ACBC and study at university part-time.

While I was in my first year at university, my friend told me that she had already gained employment as a legal assistant. I was surprised that she could gain employment whilst I was still studying theory at university. In my second year at university, I started to become unsure about the degree I was pursuing. It seemed to be all theory and assessments and did not provide any hands-on experience in the field.  I tried applying for Legal Assistant and Junior Paralegal jobs but was told I didn’t have the necessary skills or experience for these roles.

In my third year at university, I became more disillusioned with my law degree because I wasn’t getting the experience I needed. I spoke to law graduates who told me that they couldn’t get jobs because they didn’t know the basics of filing legal documents and legal office procedures. I really wanted to get my foot into the door of a law firm, so I decided to enrol into a Diploma of Legal Services at ACBC. Despite being in my third year at university, I soon learned that I didn’t know many basic things needed for entry-level work in the legal industry.

ACBC organised work placement for me at ‘Re-Quest International Immigration Law’. Getting hands-on experience, which I wasn’t able to do at university, made me realise that I enjoyed the legal field after all, therefore I continued studying my law and communications degree part time whilst completing my Diploma at ACBC. In addition, a few weeks into work placement, I was offered employment with my host employer.

Having more confidence, I started to look at other legal positions and I applied for a full-time position at the law firm ‘Clarence Chambers’. I applied for the position but was not sure that I would get the job. The Careers Advisors at ACBC helped me prepare for this interview. The people at Clarence Chambers told me that they were very impressed with my cover letter, resume, and my experience and knowledge of legal office procedures. As a result of the Vocational Education and training and industry experience gained through work experience, the firm offered me a position to start once I graduate from ACBC.

I know that studying a VET course at ACBC gave me a step up into the industry. I gained the skills to work in all entry-level areas of law and by the time I finish university I will have much more experience than others who have completed only a university degree.  My Vocational course enabled me to learn things I would have never learned in university and to get paid work was a huge bonus. The course gave me hands-on experience and practical skills, and made me more employable. It made all the difference in setting me apart from other job applicants.

Based on my experience, my parents have now seen the benefits of vocational education and are planning to enrol my younger siblings in this pathway.

Hajar Ahmadi

ACBC Diploma of Legal Services graduate 2017.


10 Tips to Help Graduates Succeed in Their First Job

To help recent college grads transition from the classroom to the office, here are 10 tips for success.

1. Be open-minded

Try and work with as many different types of people and in as many different situations as possible. Volunteer for interesting projects, introduce yourself to someone new every day and embrace the uncomfortable nature of not knowing everything.

2. Be measured

Make sure you and your manager share the same point of view on success. Your daily priorities should align to with the broader business goals.

Do a weekly check-in to ensure what you do is material to the success of the overall business.

3. Be collaborative

In college you needed to be self-focused. Now it is about the business. The old saying “there is no ‘I’ in team” is 100 percent true. If you cannot collaborate, you will have a hard time being successful, and you are not going to get a lot of fulfillment out of your day. Don’t be a lone wolf.

4. Be patient

Things are going to go wrong. Use these moments in time as opportunities to accelerate the development of your own self-awareness and growth. You can’t run away when something doesn’t go your way. Stay involved and be an embodiment of the change you want to see.

5. Be flexible

Even if you don’t love your first job, do it well and find ways to empower others to do their jobs well. Proving that you can useful and resourceful will make your leaders, co-workers and even other companies want you on their team.

An entry-level job is an opportunity. If you can be good for the business, the business will be good to you. If you can persist and do a job you don’t like well, imagine what you can do when you find your passion.

6. Be resilient

In college, when you fail it’s a sign that you didn’t learn and may not graduate. It is very black and white. In your career you will fail, and when you do, you learn hugely valuable lessons that you can take with you the rest of your working life. Handle your mistakes with grace and turn them into action rather than inaction. Don’t hang your head. Bounce back and take what you have learned and move forward.

7. Be proactive

Some people want things to happen, some people wish things would happen and some people make things happen. Get involved in the business and find ways to be proactive. Utilize your strengths to drive impact, identify areas of weakness where your involvement in certain projects will help you refine your skillset.

8. Be humble

Any great entrepreneur, artist or athlete will tell you that they did not get ascend their career alone. You will need many mentors throughout your career so be open-minded. You will find interesting people you can learn from all over the place.

9. Be curious

Learning never ends. Stay on top of what is happening around you. Follow trends that will help your business, read books that interest you. If you maintain a passion for learning you never feel irrelevant.

10. Be gracious

As you find success, make sure you highlight the “how” over the “what”. It isn’t just about scoring touchdowns and putting points on the board. How you got there is likely the result of work others have done to help you out. Bring people along for the ride and never dismiss the contributions other have made.

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ACBC Approved to Deliver VET for HSC

The Australian Careers Business College (ACBC) has been approved by the NSW Department of Education to be part of the external delivery of VET in schools for four years beginning in 2017.

ACBC will offer six qualifications for HSC students across Business, Travel and Children’s Services from February 2017 for four years.

Schools will now be able to select ACBC as a provider over the next few months in preparation for delivery beginning in 2017.

ACBC will deliver programs at its campuses in Liverpool, Parramatta and Wollongong. The approved programs include:

  • BSB30115 Certificate III in Business
  • BSB30415 Certificate in Business Administration
  • FNS30315 Certificate III in Accounts Administration
  • FNS30115 Certificate III In Financial Services
  • SIOT31312 Certificate III in Travel (*SOA)
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

With a strong track record, ACBC’s aim is to assist students to excel and achieve their potential through the EVET program.

Networking Tips for Introverts

Successful networking can be difficult for anyone, but it’s especially challenging if you’re introverted and shy by nature. Here, experts share networking tips that should make the process easier, if not completely painless.

1. Find your personal networking style
“Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.” When you’re networking, it can help to be up front and honest about how intimidating the process is, and how it’s difficult to break the ice with new people. Doing so can actually help you break the ice and forge a connection with whomever you’re speaking.

2. Focus on advice, not a specific job
Most professional networking is done in pursuit of a new job, and that fact can make networking awkward. Make sure you’re taking the time to broaden the conversation beyond ‘What job can you give me?’.

Introverts can be great at one-on-one conversations, so take each networking opportunity to develop greater common ground with your connection, beyond looking for a job.

3. Find ways to demonstrate your passion and skills
Introverts don’t often display passion in the ways an extrovert will, so it’s important to find alternative ways to express what excites you professionally, as well as what you’ve accomplished. “Since introverts often excel at one-on-one communication, this can come in the form of telling stories about the kinds of things you have enjoyed in the past.”

“Try and steer the conversation toward talking about your work, what you’ve created, and your accomplishments rather than talking about yourself, and your passion and your love for the work you do will shine through.” Having a professional portfolio also can help give you some concrete examples to point to, and some instant talking points if you’re feeling nervous.

4. Use technology to your advantage
LinkedIn has transformed the way people connect to one another, and it’s a great tool for introverts who struggle with networking in person. While it’s not a substitute for in-person networking, it is a great way to figure out who you need to connect to and why.

5. Recognize it doesn’t have to be perfect
Introverts tend to berate themselves over social situations that an extrovert would never think twice about. That in itself reinforces their squeamishness about networking.

“You should recognize that nothing is ever perfect when dealing with human interactions. Some will go better than others, but merely good meetings are not the enemy of the ideal meeting. Even bad meetings are opportunities to learn.”

Read the full article here.