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Accounting is often described as the ‘language of business’, seeking to provide managers and external users with the vital information necessary to understand and evaluate the financial position and performance of an organisation. By studying Accounting at the Business School, you will develop capability and credibility across a broad spectrum of careers. This will open the door to many other markets and professions where the ability to understand and interpret financial information is key. Potential career pathways include: • Financial accounting • Auditing and assurance • Internal audit and risk • Management accountant/business analyst • Financial analyst
The Professional Accounting Program offers accreditation with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and Certified Practicing Accounting (CPA). Achieving the internationally recognised accounting qualification opens up the door to a rewarding and successful career in accounting. *The program is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Students enrolled in a double Commerce and Laws degree should view the Professional Accounting Accreditation guide at https://www.sydney.edu.au/business/study/studyareas/accounting.html.
“Studying Accounting has taught me that accounting is more than just bookkeeping and dealing with numbers, it can be innovative and reflects the health of a company. Accounting is always described as the language of business; it enables me to understand financial information in the marketplace. USYD Business School provides a great opportunity for you to learn how accounting is practised in the real world through the use of problem solving, communication and analytical skills to interpret financial information and predict what might happen in the future of an organisation.”
“If you told me in high school that I was going to study accounting at university I would have laughed at you. But the Professional Accounting Program is so much more than just accounting. Requiring completion of units in other business disciplines such as finance, economics and business law, the Program provides a more holistic understanding of the corporate world from various different perspectives. Without the Program, I would not be the same well-rounded future business professional that I am today. Although accounting is typically associated with numbers, I want to tell you that the Professional Accounting Program is so much more than that and can be valuable to any student pursuing a career in business!”
Banking This major teaches students the vital role that banks play within our rapidly evolving and financially innovative economy, particularly in attracting savings, granting credit, investing in industries and facilitating business through payment systems. Through the course’s applied approach, students learn about both the internal operations of banks and financial intermediaries, as well as how they function and contribute to the world economy. With a Banking major, you can find yourself in a variety of business careers such as: • Commercial and investment banking • Financial services • Consulting • Risk management
“I changed over to the banking major after two years of finance and couldn’t be happier with my decision! As one of USYD’s newer commerce majors, the cohort is small, but as a result I have been met with receptive, efficient help from the teaching staff. So far, I have gained significant exposure specifically to the operations and inter connectivity between global central banks and commercial banks, as well as how they and financial intermediaries interact and operate internally. Assignments have taken a step away from lecture content and forced a practical exploration of the current and historical workings of the banking industry.”
Business Analytics Business analytics follows the rapidly growing areas of online analytics, customer analytics and business intelligence, enabling business environments to make better decisions based on quantitative information and models. The major extracts, summarises and applies information from actual business data sets, and uses structured problem-solving approaches to promote optimal decision-making processes. A major in business analytics will equip you with skills to pursue careers in: • Consulting • Commercial and investment banking • Logistics and supply chain management • Retail analytics • Government departments
“The Quantitative Business Analytics major has subjects designed around the central theme of solving business problems by using different analytical and statistical methods. There is a practical focus and a tangible output from the content that you learn. A key advantage of the major is that you also learn the fundamental mathematics behind analytical tools like stochastic processes, decision tree models, and timeseries forecasting to name a few. This means that QBUS students usually develop a deeper understanding and provide better insights than students doing a data science major. I personally found some of the analytical tools I learnt to be useful in consulting, which is why I highly recommend the major.”
Business Information Systems Business Information Systems (BIS) underpin everything a business does. In an age that focuses on information as a key business resource, BIS examines how information, knowledge, data and enterprise information systems can be used strategically for business process improvement. You will learn how to develop innovative and practical solutions for business problems and be equipped with the blend of sought-after business and technical skills, helping organisations to maximise the potential of modern information and communication technologies. Potential career pathways include: • Business analyst • Management consultant • Compliance/IT auditor • Enterprise architect
“After being mentored by an industry professional majoring in Information Systems, I grew keener in the field of technology and business. I knew the world of business was rapidly advancing and learning how to integrate business with technology would be beneficial and vital for the future. My advice for those doing or want to do BIS in the future is to network, get engaged and read up on the current and future trends. Start meeting industry professionals through mentoring programs or case competitions to understand the skills and opportunities provided in the industry. Join the BIS society to engage with like-minded students studying the same classes and see where that leads you.”
The Business Law major focuses on legal and regulatory frameworks which business operate within, developing students’ analytical skills and problem solving to recognise situations that require specialist legal advice. It provides a crucial understanding of how the law impacts general business practices. Different areas of law studied include corporation law, securities and deviations law, finance and banking, taxation, insolvency, employment, corporate crime, trade practices and consumer law. Career opportunities for a Business Law major include: • Accountant • Financial analyst • Investment adviser • Tax adviser • Financial broker • Financial planner
“The business law major has greatly expanded my knowledge of the legal business environment, equipping me with essential skills to navigate the rapidly developing regulatory landscape. With its diverse range of subject areas ranging from intellectual property to competition and consumer law to commercial practice in China, students like myself were able to narrow down their focus and choose relevant topics aligned with their fields of interest. The topics are engaging and the course is well-structured, giving students a desirable balance between heavy content and practical application of cases and concepts.”
Okay, so you watched Wolf of Wall Street one time in high school and all of a sudden you want to get into investment banking? The Finance major isn’t quite that glamourous, and instead focuses on fostering an understanding the financial decisions of organisations, exploring the structure and operation of institutions, and learning about capital markets. Knowledge on valuation, investments and risk management are integrated into the course to blend theory and practicality. Units like Applied Portfolio Management give you the opportunity to pitch stocks and manage a real portfolio – a valuable experience to a finance student. Careers for a Finance major could include: • Asset and investment management • Investment and commercial banking • Business and management consulting • Financial regulation
Through this major, students will learn how multinational and transnational industries work amongst global competition. In the presence of an increasingly globalised world, industries and businesses that are global players face many challenges such as conflicting legal regulations, cultural differences, and fluctuating exchange rates. Students undertaking an International Business major will be equipped with the skills and knowledge for a career not only in Australia, but also abroad. Potential career opportunities include: • International trade • International business consulting • Import/Export management • Policy Analyst
“I initially chose the Finance major because I wanted a discipline that gave me broad exposure to the business world through the lens of economics. I also thought that it would offer me a broad range of options in terms of knowledge and career prospects. From that first decision, my aspirations have grown with what I have learnt in Finance. It has laid a solid technical foundation and given me exposure to a wide range of opportunities and work experience. One such opportunity has been at the Sydney Consulting Club, where I have been able to polish my financial acumen whilst solving practical business problems in international business competitions. Although Matthew McConaughey in the Wolf of Wall Street says that it’s ‘all a fugazi’, I can assure you that finance is nothing but.”
“International Business gave me a great insight into how culture impacts business, and how culture can be thought of as an asset to kickstart innovation. It’s also great for learning about the nuts and bolts of internationalisation - international corporate structures, currency hedging, regulatory risks, so on. But my favourite part of it is that International Business is an umbrella major - so we learnt about international marketing, international financing, MNE organisational strategies, etc - learning a bit about everything in the process. Globalisation isn’t going away anytime soon, especially in Australia, so it’s not a bad idea to have these soft skills in your workplace arsenal.”
Industrial Management Relations & Human Resources Management HR professionals face rapidly evolving issues, reflecting the fast-paced business environment we find ourselves in. Through the integrated approach of this major, the congruence between people and processes in business is explored through examining the relationships between employers, employees, governments, and unions. This major imparts teamwork and leadership skills on students, as well as experience in stakeholder management. Career outcomes could include: • People and culture manager • Human Resources coordinator • Industrial Officer • HR Information Systems Manager
“Studying IR/HRM has provided me insights into the complex issues workplaces are faced with today and the strategies that are required to succeed in a modern work environment. Completing this major has taught me to examine industrial trends from both sides of the employer-employee relationship, allowing for a deeper understanding of the impact these trends place on each core HR function from recruitment and selection to performance management and development. My advice for anyone completing the major is to consider your learning from all perspectives to the employment relation, and to draw from real business examples to enhance your application of IR/HRM knowledge. There will always be a need to comprehend and lead the fluctuating people function of organisations, and studying IR/HRM provides you with the analytical understanding to succeed in this area!”
Management is the study of how people interact and collaborate to achieve business objectives. This major provides students an understanding of internal organisation processes and the relationship between organisations and the broader macroeconomic environment. With a shift to virtual workplaces, the role of managers in decision making and inspiring staff has never been more apparent. Students undertaking the major will be equipped with critical leadership, teamwork and networking skills to address these challenges. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, management students will learn to develop and implement strategy, drive organisational change and lead teams to their goals. Career outcomes: • Organisational development consulting • Change management • Sustainability management • Executive management
“I have found my Management major to be extremely helpful in giving me both a practical and theoretical understanding of what the successful modern business leader looks like. You have the chance to put into practice the skills and concepts that are taught through the course such as through team projects. As a result, I feel like I’ve learnt how to effectively communicate and network in a business setting and develop those fundamental skills that are so critical to have in the modern work environment. Not only that but the concepts taught in the course are so richly applicable to real-life case studies in management and leadership and it made learning the course very engaging. As I was still a bit unsure of what line of work I would like to go into after university, I found the management major super helpful in providing me with the toolkit to be able to excel in any workplace.”
Marketing Marketing can be found in all types of businesses and industries. The knowledge gained while studying the Marketing major allows students to be industry-ready and available to work in any marketing role from social media marketing to market research. Potential career paths include: • Public relations manager • Market research analyst • Advertising manager • Brand manager
“As an individual, I have always been fascinated about the ins-and-outs of what it means to be human, the way we think, behave and make decisions. Marketing has enabled me to understand the intricacies of consumer behaviour through strategic and tactical means, whether it be through advertising, research or communications. Marketing remains an integral part of any firm’s operations with its transferable skills, like communication, or technical skills, like SEO. These skills are adaptable to any work environment, which allows me to have autonomy with the industries I can choose to work in. One of the reasons I enjoy Marketing is its ability to boost innovation and creativity in the workspace, allowing me to think beyond what is possible. Marketing does not limit you to the status quo, rather it encourages you to challenge it and forge new paths to better strategise and connect with consumers! Remember, if in doubt, the 7P’s will always be your friend!”
Setting yourself up for
application success What to do to boost your resume Case Competitions Case Competitions are competitions organised between a society and an industry partner. You compete in groups to solve a business problem from a case, typically set based on a business challenge the industry partner is facing. If your pitch qualifies for the final rounds, you will present in front of a panel of representatives from the firm. Prizes for winning and runner-up teams typically include networking opportunities as well as fast-tracked internship applications. Case competitions are a great way to demonstrate your creative thinking, problem solving and communication skills. You can also gain exposure to real life business challenges and tangible corporate and consulting experience.
Corporate Development Programs Firms can run ‘development workshops’ which typically run for 1-3 days, catering to students in their pre-penultimate year. They are often held in the firm’s office and include presentation from the firm, a tour of the office, networking opportunities with staff, and group activities. These workshops allow for exposure to firms that you are interested to learn about the work they do and their culture. Following these events, companies may funnel students into their internship programs if they perform well on the day. Firms who run these programs: • EY Game Changers Club, Career Compass Program • Deloitte Insiders Program: https://www2. deloitte.com/au/en/pages/careers/ articles/insider-program-careers.html
Trainee/Cadetship Programs Trainee/Cadetships are work experience programs available to students in their third last year of study. These programs normally run for 3 years. During the first two years of the program, trainees will typically work fulltime whilst studying part time and in their third and final year, they will undertake fulltime study for the remainder of their degree. As a trainee, you are exposed to working alongside clients and projects, allowing you to expand your professional network and gain technical skills. Firms offering trainee programs: • PwC: https://www.pwc.com.au/careers/ students/trainee.html • EY: https://www.ey.com/en_au/careers/ student-entry-level-programs
Leadership Show that you are a person who can take initiative and manage complex tasks through serving in a leadership position. This can range from being a director in a society to trying your hand at founding a start-up. Remember that it’s about the experience and skills you gain from these more than the title!
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Resume Keep in mind Structure + Presentation • A resume should be subdivided into different sections detailing your relevant experience - i.e. work experience, education, extracurricular activities etc. • Avoid large chunks of text. Use short sentences and bullet points • Keep your resume to 2 pages • Use easily legible fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial, Garamond). Absolutely no Comic Sans! Language • Use active verbs when describing experiences (e.g. Organised, facilitated, achieved) • Keep language concise and not overly verbose - the aim is to make your resume easy to read
Elements of your CV Personal Details This should include details such as your name, phone number, LinkedIn profile, email and address. This section is crucial to help recruiters get in contact with you, so don’t leave it out! Education and academic achievement As students, education is usually presented first on resumes as relevant work experience is not expansive. However, this is up to your discretion if you wish to highlight your work experience. Elements to include in this section are the courses you have studied (in chronological order), period of study, and your major. You may list your WAM or GPA, scholarships, and any academic accolades you may have. Undergraduates may wish to put their high school and ATAR down too, if you feel it would be advantageous for your application. With the aim of standing out from the pack, include any details that may be unique (e.g. special research project or recognition from an academic). Work experience This section provides details of your previous employment and responsibilities in each role. You should include your job title, start/finish dates, business name of employer, duties and responsibilities, and accomplishments. Make sure you describe each role with strong action words.
Extracurricular Activities This section addresses any extracurricular activities you have engaged in. This may be within university (e.g. society positions, case competitions or mentoring positions) or engagement with your local community (e.g. volunteering, sports clubs). This is really important to employers – they want to know what drives you as a whole person and what makes you tick. You can bring a lot of skills and relationship building with colleagues into future roles from what you do in your spare time. Interests Listing your interests is a good way to give the reader a better idea of who you are and add a human element to your resume. An interesting hobby makes a great topic of conversation in the interview, so make sure they are genuine and something you are happy to talk about! Referees Referees are usually listed at the end of your resume. You may choose to list your references or simply note that ‘references are available upon request’. Make sure you have 2-3 references and include their name, job title, company name and contact details. Ensure you have notified the relevant person if you are using them as a reference. Referees must be from your professional experience and thus should not be friends or family.
Resume example [Your Name] Phone number w/ international prefix • Date of Birth • Email Address • Linkedin
EDUCATION The University of Sydney Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies Majoring in Finance and Accounting • Exchange Semester at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania • 1st out of 1000+ in BUSS1000: Future of Business
March 2019 - Expected 2022 WAM of 89.93
EXPERIENCE SUBS Capital Equity Research Intern • Your specific role and what you did • Your responsibilities • The tangible and intangible skills you learnt
October 2019 - Present
SUBlime Partners Accounting Assistant • Your specific role and responsibilities • The tangible and intangible skills you learnt • Quantifiable results or feedback • Achievements in the role (e.g. promotions, opportunities given to you etc.)
June 2019 - December 2019
EMPLOYMENT SUBS Hotel Bartender • Your specific role and responsibilities • The tangible and intangible skills you learnt • Quantifiable results or feedback • Achievements in the role (e.g. promotions, opportunities given to you etc.) EXTRA-CURRICULAR Sydney University Business Society Publications Director • Your specific role and responsibilities • The tangible and intangible skills you learnt • Quantifiable results or feedback • Achievements in the role (e.g. promotions, opportunities given to you etc.) SKILLS •
Programs, Certificates, Courses
MEMBERSHIP Professional Association Memberships and involvement e.g. CA ANZ Membership and attended 2020 conference as a student volunteer
REFERENCES Three individuals with different relations to you: Name - Relation - Number
January 2019 - May 2019
November 2020 - Present
Cover letter example [Your Name] Phone number w/ international prefix • Date of Birth • Email Address • Linkedin (12 pt, Times New Roman)
Dear [Organisation Human Resource Management]/[Individual Name preferred], This paragraph should concisely introduce yourself and your purpose. My name is X, and I am a student at the University of Sydney. I am applying for the position of X at X for the period X 2020 - X 2020. [1 page max, 12 pt Times New Roman, reasonably large line spacing, more concise the better]. This paragraph should outline why you are suited to this role. Does your education match their desired level? Do you have experience in a similar role? Do you fit their ideal candidate role? Discuss how you are a perfect fit for the advertised role. This paragraph should outline why you would be an asset to their business. Building on from the last paragraph, what would you bring as an individual to become an asset to their business? What tangible and intangible skills do you possess that sets you apart from other candidates? What do you bring that would make you a core employee to their business? You need to sell yourself and your abilities. This paragraph should outline why you want this role. Building from the last paragraph and following a logical progression, why do you want this role? Does this fit into your career plan? Is this your dream next step in your career? Are you particularly interested in the work they complete and want to get stuck into their projects? Employees want to know that you actually want to join their business. Mention any specific projects their business is working on that you are interested in to convey genuine passion. This paragraph should concisely summarise your points and politely sign off. Summarise the main points of the last paragraphs in a logical progression, and politely sign off. Recruiters may only skim the introduction and conclusion if they are busy, so make it good. Thank you for considering my application and I look forward to hearing from you. Yours truly [if you don’t refer to them by name]/Yours sincerely [if you refer to them by name], [Your Name]
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STUDYING OVERSEAS Studying abroad can be a game-changer when it comes to developing yourself as a professional. It becomes a great talking point in interviews and makes you a memorable candidate who stands out. You learn a deeper sense of independence, gain soft skills in an international context and make memories you’ll remember for a lifetime. Interested in studying abroad but not sure how to apply? The process is generally quite daunting, but don’t worry - we’ve got you covered!
Key Dates for Application Deadlines Summer short-term programs (December 2021-February 2022): August-November 2021 Semester 2, 2022 exchange: December 2021
Application Steps Semester Exchange 1. Endorsement conditions Your application will be assessed for eligibility and the university will check to see if you’ll be able to meet your degree progression requirements with an exchange. If yes, they will endorse you for overseas study, send some conditions of the endorsement and upload a degree plan to Sydney Student. The process takes longer and cannot guarantee you an endorsement if you change your degree, program, major or minor, so make sure you communicate this to the university immediately. 2. Nomination Once endorsed, you’ll be nominated for an exchange place at a host university. You’ll then need to accept this nomination offer in the Global Mobility database (GMD) under your application. After this, your adviser will be in touch with information on applying to your host university. If you’re not endorsed, the university will send you an email explaining why and suggest other overseas study options that might be available. 3. Applying to your host institution After you have accepted your nomination to study at the host institution, your adviser will be in touch and provide you with more information on how to apply to your specifiost institution. The host institution will contact you and provide the outcome of the application. The host institution has the final authority to accept or reject your application, and processing times will vary by institution and program. Do not make any travel plans until you have received your acceptance from the host institution.
Short-term Programs 1. Application You can apply for up to two programs during your application for a short-term exchange. After applying, the university will send you information on how to apply for academic approval for your units of study. Once your units have been assessed, they will upload an academic approval letter in Sydney Student. You'll then upload your academic approval letter to the GMD so that the university can nominate you for short-term exchange. For a non-exchange, you can apply for up to two programs. During your application, you'll be able to indicate if you'd like to apply for credit for your overseas study and the university will send you information on how to apply for academic approval. 2. Applying to your host institution For a short-term exchange, you will need to upload your academic approval letter to the GMD. The university will then assess your eligibility and send you an email, nominating you for your short-term program. Once you've accepted your nomination, your adviser will be in touch and provide you with more information on how to apply to your specific host institution. The host institution will contact you and provide the outcome of the application. The host institution has the final authority to accept or reject your application, and processing times will vary by institution and program. For a short-term non-exchange, the university will email you if successful. You will then need to apply to your host institution directly. Once you've received acceptance from your host institution, you will need to upload it to your application in the GMD. Prior to making a decision regarding overseas study, be sure to check this website: https://bit.ly/3fHnqrD for the latest updated information regarding application processes.
COURSEWORK OPPORTUNITIES Gaining work experience is another essential part of helping you stand out to employers. You’ll also come to find that you often learn a lot more on-the-job than you do in the classroom. But it can be very difficult to secure an internship, so that’s why the Business School has a few opportunities to gain experience while contributing to your degree!
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Hub Programs: Local and International The WIL Hub placement programs offer students the opportunity to work with industry partners in Sydney and overseas in China and the United States. The Local Industry Placement Program (IPP) allows students to work part-time, 3 days a week, for 10 weeks during semester (from Weeks 2 to 10). IPP counts as an elective worth 6 credit points which goes towards your degree. You need to have completed 48 Credit Points by the time you undertake the program and will need a minimum WAM of 60 to be eligible to undertake IPP, meaning you can only do it in 2nd Year or later. To undertake the program, there is a competitive, multi-stage application process.
Applications for the Industry Placement Program open at the start of each semester for the following semester. Hosts that have been offered in the past for the Local IPP include Macquarie Group, Deloitte and Nestlé. Note that acceptance into the program does not guarantee you a placement and you cannot choose your host company
The 6-credit point International Industry Placement Program offers placements in China (Shanghai) over the Winter break. The US program is to be announced, subject to COVID-19. All international programs have an additional program fee. To be eligible for the China Placement Program, you will need spoken and written Mandarin and a valid Chinese passport, alongside a minimum WAM of 60 and completion of at least 48 credit points of business units before going on placement. For further details about the Industry Placement Program and how to apply, please see here: https://www.sydney.edu.au/students/industry-placement-program.html.
The Self-sourced program is a new offering for the Business School. Students can bring their own placement, and receive credit towards their degree. Students can enrol directly into this unit, but no placements can start until the placement has been approved. This means that both students and their host company have to complete some paperwork and make sure everything is approved. You cannot get credit for work you have been doing before the placement has been approved – it needs to be a new role. For further details about the Self-sourced program, please see here: https://www.sydney.edu.au/students/industry-placement-program.html. Business practicums are also a great way to get consulting experience. Students work with real clients on real business challenges. You work in groups, and are supported by a WIL Hub academic. Students can enrol directly into these units. For further details about Business practicums, please see here: https://www.sydney.edu.au/business/study/student-experience/internships-industry-placements-and-experience.html.
ICPU program Industry and Community Project Units (ICPUs) are units that provide you with the opportunity to work on authentic problems and issues set out by industry, community and government organisations. In collaboration with a major industry partner and an academic lead, you will work in an interdisciplinary group with other students. Together you will research, analyse and present solutions to real world problems set by the external partner organisation. You will then engage with and learn from industry experts and present your recommendations and ideas to the industry partner. The university has partnered with more than 60 leading organisations in Australia and globally to give you this opportunity to work on real-world projects. Partners include Accenture, ANZ, Coles, EY, IBM, KPMG, Westpac and many more. You’ll have the opportunity to explore real-world topics such as the future of healthcare, the war on waste, technology and mental health, reimagining social housing, and open data disruption. Some projects are offered as semester-long projects and some are offered as intensives, completed over four weeks during February or July.
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Some final words of advice:
CC: “One of the biggest challenges I faced was in consulting. It was a high stress environment where the bottom 20% get kicked out. What I learned is that you have to be resilient, both mentally and physically, and also sure of who you are as a person. Being able to say ‘I know who I am, I know what I want, and I am okay with that’ is important. It’s not about weathering the storms - it’s about how quickly you can pick yourself up.”
CC: “There are 3 tips I’d give to aspiring student going into the workplace: 1. Rather than asking yourself what you want to do or what company you wish to work for, assess what problems you want to solve. 2. Be very prepared and ‘put together’ when job hunting. Good preparation is the key to being confident, knowing how to present yourself and, overall, coming across as prepared, polished and differentiated from other candidates. 3. Be open to the fact that you will have multiple careers throughout your lifetime.”
MT: “It has always been a challenge to get my head around the risk appetite related to HR. Especially while I was working with SCA, being a media company, there was always extra media attention on the back of what you do. This has been a learning curve for me because I only ever thought that my work would have remained in the workplace.”
What they got out of their time at USYD: CM: “I think the catalyst for me doing my Master of Management was realising, coming out of completing a Bachelor of Business at UTS, it’s just pretty challenging having only that as it’s such a common degree and you get so many people coming through it. The challenge is how do you differentiate yourself from the whole market of other graduates with a very similar or the same degree as yourself, which this master’s degree achieved.” SP: “That continual learning mindset, being curious, that’s one of the great things about university. There is the structured learning but then there’s the opportunity to interact more broadly with people outside of your immediate subject, within the broader faculty and across campus as well. That’s what really helped me created a lifelong learning mentality which has stuck with me throughout my career. I really enjoyed the opportunity at university to make some great friendships which I hold to this day. Sydney is such an excellent institution, the people you meet there as well as the activities and social clubs that are offered really form the basis of university life which is what I thoroughly enjoyed (and also spending a fair amount of time at the Quad and Wentworth bar!). I would’ve loved the opportunity to do exchange. It wasn’t commonplace at the time, but I’ve found that getting a global perspective is so important. The world is an increasingly interconnected space, so get out there!”
CM: “My advice would be to cast the net wide. I think people often want an internship and immediately go to like the PWC’s and KPMG’s of the world. But the reality is that they get about 10,000 applicants for graduate roles at KPMG and they take about 300 people or something like that so it’s really competitive to get into these some of these companies. You go and do an internship to learn those soft skills and you don’t need to be at KPMG to do that. There are lots of workplaces where you can go and pick these things up. So cast your net wide and think about other small businesses and different industries that that you might not necessarily thought you’d be interested in.”
Find out more: Hear more Business School alumni stories on how they stepped into their graduate life on the Unconventional Careers page on the Careers and Employability Office Canvas site.
Kick start Kick start your your career career as as an an
International Student! International Student The university offers plenty of opportunities for international students to kick-start their careers. These include networking events held by SUBS and our partner societies, Job Smart Edge and the new Interchange Program. Throughout each year, SUBS and our partner societies, such as the China Development Society (CDS) and the Australia China Youth Association (ACYA), hold networking events that directly benefit international students. We invite panellists who are influential in cross-cultural space to inform international students about existing and upcoming opportunities. For example, ACYA’s Career Panel Event brought together five speakers in the Australia-China space to shed light on employment prospects for international students in Australia. By keeping up with SUBS’ WeChat platform, you can be up to date with the latest networking events.
Job Smart Edge What is Job Smart Edge? With a focus on employability, this unique program will equip you with all the skills you need to get ahead of all the other candidates in a tough market. Job Smart Edge offers you more opportunities than ever before to gain practical skills, authentic industry experience, career coaching from business leaders and networking opportunities across a range of organisations from SMEs and digital startups to market leading consultancies such as Deloitte, KPMG, and PWC. Job Smart Edge is only available to international students enrolled in the Business School. Features of Job Smart Edge:
Work on digital industry projects:
Attend interactive workshops:
An authentic digital industry project is built into the Job Smart Edge program. This brings forward the opportunity for students to complete a piece of work for an Australian organisation. Students will work on a collaborative project to solve a problem for their industry partner.
A series of job-related and career-focused workshops will be provided by experts from the CEO office to assist you to improve your communication skills, leadership and other soft skills required by the workplace.
More information is available at https://www.sydney.edu.au/business/ study/careers-and-employability/jobsmart.html or you can follow the program on WeChat
3. Career opportunity: By the end of the Job Smart Edge program, you will have a chance to join Global Scope, a three-week virtual consulting project with an Australian firm supported by a professional industry mentor. Additionally, students who complete Job Smart Edge will be invited to Job Smart Ultra in the following semester. The topperforming students from Job Smart Ultra will take part in a 12-week Sydney-based internship. By taking part in Job Smart Edge, you will have the chance to maximise your opportunities and better understand the workintegrated learning programs on offer at the Business School. Finally, the program is an invaluable chance to connect with fellow students and industry leaders.
Interchange INTERCHANGE is a virtual employability and entrepreneurship program that will introduce you to the world of entrepreneurship and innovation, whilst providing you with critical work experience for your resume and future job applications. The program is for you if you want to build your career confidence. You do not need to have had any experience with entrepreneurship and innovation to participate. It is designed to help you upskill to become work-ready and start-up savvy over a fast paced, intense five-week period.
The program includes: Virtual Summits & Virtual Mastermind sessions touching on topics such as Teamwork, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Communication & Pitching Skills, Presentation skills and more
TedX style keynote presentation by successful entrepreneurs and leaders
Virtual tours of International and local incubators co-working spaces.
Team meet-ups with students from 6 other universities
Note that this is a Challenge where you will participate virtually in events and work virtually with your team members. You will be part of a unique, dynamic and action-packed learning journey. You will learn by doing, working as part of a team. Your challenge is to identify a problem and solve it. This Virtual Employability and Entrepreneurship Challenge will conclude with 5 shortlisted teams doing an online pitch in front of a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams. Along the way, you will benefit from the support and experience of leading facilitators, a team mentor, and expert guest speakers. You will also have the opportunity to assess your skills at the start and end of the INTERCHANGE program, so you can recognise your own progress. Find out more on: https://www.sydney.edu.au/careers/students/fairs-workshops-and-events/student-employability-programs.html
GETTING AHEAD AS A POSTGRADUATE STUDENT Deciding whether or not you want to do a postgraduate course is a confusing process. Your motivations and needs play an important factor in the decision-making process. Before determining if you want to undertake postgraduate studies, it is crucial to know how a postgraduate degree differs from undergraduate degrees and how it can help you pursue your career goals.
One of the most desirable aspects of being a part of a postgraduate cohort is the presence of diversity. Each member of the cohort has their own unique experience in the workforce and different motivations for undertaking a postgraduate degree. For example, I completed my undergraduate degree in 2020 and applied to complete a postgraduate degree the following year. However, many of my colleagues have had more full-time experience working in different industries and professions between completing their undergraduate degree and being part of the Master of Management cohort.
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Unlike undergraduate degrees, each postgraduate course is structured extremely differently. There is no one structure that postgraduate degrees follow. Rather, each course has different requirements, commitments and structure. It is imperative that you research the outline for the degree you want to study and understand what requirements it includes. For example, some postgraduate degrees offer limited Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) where a select few domestic students can have their course fees subsidised by the Australian Government. However, it is crucial to research these conditions before applying for a postgraduate program as not all postgraduate courses have this on offer. Additionally, postgraduate programs do not follow the same timetable and structure as undergraduate courses. For example, my degree is structured with 8-hour classes from 9am – 5pm. However, no postgraduate program is the same.
Personally, I have found postgraduate studies to have a more hands-on approach. My degree has given me the knowledge and skillset to apply my learnings to a real-life setting. It is less focused on the theory being taught, but rather the quality of application and in-depth discussion of more complex issues. My postgraduate degree has taught me how vital it is to think of the content past the in-class discussion and assignments, and rather focus on the bigger picture. Furthermore, I have found that postgraduate coursework has given me more opportunities to network and meet people in different industries that I would not have connected with otherwise. There are ample opportunities to connect with professors, students and other industry professionals through a postgraduate program. For example, many of my subjects included a new guest speaker from a different industry every week. We are encouraged to reach out to these guests for further discussion and expected to create several connections with different industry professionals every week. Additionally, my cohort is made up of 50 select students from across the world. This has given me the opportunity to connect with my peers that have experience working with diverse companies in different parts of the world. My advice for those who are wondering if a postgraduate course is the right pathway for them is: First, assess your needs and motivations; why do you want to complete a postgraduate course and what will it help you achieve? Next, ensure you have researched the outline of postgraduate courses that are appealing to you. Understanding the necessary commitments and prerequisites for the postgraduate degree you intend to apply for is vital for your success. There is an abundance of resources out there for you to learn about the different postgraduate degrees offered. I attended webinars run by postgraduate course coordinators that helped me discover which degree was best suited for my individual needs. The Master of Management Program at The University of Sydney is about setting yourself up for success in a real-life environment and pursuing your individual goals. When searching and apply for postgraduate degrees it is important to assess if the program aligns with your needs and will help you achieve your goals.
CAREERS & EMPLOYABILITY OFFICE The CEO team at the University of Sydney exists to help you find, build and create your career. Its services are tailored specifically to assist Business School students, giving you the opportunity to develop your employability skills and connect with key professionals from leading organisations. From knowing where to start your job hunt, to refining your application, to preparing for your interviews, they have the resources and the insights to give you that competitive edge. The CEO provides tailored careers support for Business School students across a number of channels. They provide everything from a personalised one-on-one counselling session through to group practice sessions, and hold skills workshops featuring top graduate employers. All CEO services are currently being delivered online, including workshops for you to connect with employers and other students, careers chats and counselling appointments, Job Smart Edge and the digital resources on Canvas, Careers and Employability Office. Check out the new Business School CEO site when you log in to Career Hub. This is where you now request a resume review, book in for Career Chats and Counselling appointments, register for EmployableU events, connect on our socials and access other important resources.
Some tips from the CEO: What skills should I start working on to help ace interviews? PRACTICE! The power of practicing interview skills is severely underestimated. But make sure that you do not focus intensely on having the perfect, manicured answer – focus instead on being comfortable in an interview setting. The number one rule for interviews is to be yourself – so make sure your personality comes out through the lens of being a professional! Do your research on the company, the role, and the recruiters/professionals interviewing you. It is important that you can articulate exactly why you chose to study your majors, why you want to work for their company, and what you have to offer. Check out the CEO’s interview resources on Canvas, or go and see them for one-on-one practice. Where could I see myself 5 years after graduation? You will hopefully be building your life and career, while enjoying life! You could expect that you are constantly asking yourself whether the role you are in aligns with your values and interests, and what else you can do to learn and grow in your chosen field. Assess yourself on a semi-annual basis to ensure you are on the right track. There are many scenarios for you in five years, ranging from being in a senior position, to considering a career pivot, to looking at further studies, or simply staying and enjoying your current challenging and rewarding role.
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