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Congratulations and welcome to the next chapter of your trip! Through hard work, long hours, and determination, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve earned an admission ticket to your place here at UNSW! Get ready for the rollercoaster ride that is the university experience! Explore new heights, face your fears, and unleash your potential on all that UNSW has to offer. A spellbinding and thrilling experience awaits you and we want you to make the most of your First Year! To equip you with the best skills and abilities, BSOC Publications has compiled the best info and tips into a travel friendly handbook, The First Years Guide! This guide has you covered for each and every attraction. Become acquainted with university basics in Adventureland! Visit the land of Magic to learn all about academics. Discover life outside the classroom on the High Seas and learn about career opportunities in the Big City. The UNSW Business Society (BSOC) is the constituent society of the UNSW Business School. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the gateway for all business-related students to develop personally and professionally. BSOC hosts a range of academic, social, and career-oriented events and opportunities throughout the year, so keep updated by following our Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat platforms. Stay connected, determine your own adventure, but most importantly, enjoy the beginning of a new chapter in your life.
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Whether it’s your first time strolling through the UNSW Business School, or you’re a seasoned veteran back for another semester of balance sheets and financial models; we wish you a warm welcome to UNSW Business School for 2019. You’ve successfully made it through the gates, so buckle up and get ready for the rollercoaster ride that is uni! All this talk of opportunity and change can seem overwhelming for a fresh faced first-year Business student - or at least it was for us! We still remember the experience of having to awkwardly ask for directions to Mathews Theatre, pulling an all-nighter over assignments we knew we had to do for weeks (we’re looking at you, Statistics!), and nervously trying to introduce yourself to new people in your accounting tutorial. Despite the consistent and seemingly relentless challenges, university really is a time of personal growth for those willing to embrace it. That’s where the UNSW Business Society (BSOC) comes in - as a place to grow, meet new people, and make your university experience as incredible as it can be. Backed by the UNSW Business School as its constituent society, we are a not-for profit that aims to facilitate the professional and personal development all our members. We aim to help students through all facets of their university life, offering support, opportunities, and a sense of community to our near 10,000 members. University may have its ups and downs, but BSOC will always be there to guide you. Whether it’s socially, academically or professionally, BSOC has the tools, resources and events to help you get where you want to go. We encourage you all to take this coming year by the horns, to leave no stone unturned, and to ensure you make the most of every opportunity that surrounds you. This marks the beginning of thrills, fun, learning, and memories; what is to become one of the most influential chapters of your life, so make the most of it!
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Don’t just dream of a better future, create it. Rebecca Glover is a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Financial Officer of World Vision Australia. We sat down with Rebecca to find out how becoming a CA has helped her to become a difference maker. What is a ‘typical’ day for you? On a typical day, I have a range of conversations and decisions I need to make with regards to primarily the financial management of the organisation. One of the key things that I pay a lot of attention to is understanding what it is that our supporters are interested in funding. What it is that from a field side they have needs in, and understanding how to match those resources that are coming from those donors to those needs in the field. As the chief financial officer, it is imperative for me to be able to say hand on heart that we have done the best we can to make sure our resources are deployed to their maximum effect. What do you enjoy most about your role? What actually brings me a great sense of contentment is the idea that I am using my life as best I can, with the skills that I have, trying to help others. I feel like, in the role that I do now, I am actually using those skills to benefit as many people as possible, and in many corners of the globe. There is something inherently rewarding about knowing that the decisions you make, or the analysis that you’re doing, the report that you’re building, whatever that is, is ultimately to serve others. What advice would you give to students interested in a career in the not-for-profit sector? Get out there and volunteer. It’ll give you a taste of what the sector is actually like. It’s incredibly diverse, and it is very different from the for profit sector, it’s motivated by very different things. The decisions that the organisation makes are based on different criteria. And as an organisation that is there to help other people, I want to employ people who find that intrinsically rewarding. Because to me, this isn’t just any other job. This is a job that other people are depending on us to do our job well. So I’m interested in hiring people who demonstrate that they are interested in helping others too. How do you think becoming a Chartered Accountant has helped your career? I think being a Chartered Accountant has been the key stepping stone in my career. I don’t think I would have had the opportunity to work at the calibre of organisations that I have. I certainly wouldn’t be able to take on this role as Chief Financial Officer at World Vision Australia without having that particular designation. To see the video of Rebecca’s journey, other inspirational CA stories and information on becoming a CA go to youunlimitedanz.com The information in this advertisement is of a general nature only and is not intended to be advice. Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) does not expect or invite any person to act or rely on any statement, view or opinion expressed in this advertisement. © 2017 Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand ABN 50 084 642 571. All rights reserved. 418-DEC-17
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The Opal Travel App is free for Android and iOS. You can plan your travel, top up and manage your Opal card, receive upcoming stop alerts, get fare estimates and find out about service disruptions. Express Buses are the most convenient way to uni, picking up students every 2-6 minutes during the 7-10:30AM peak period. Central Station to UNSW 891 (Stand D), stopping at lower (Gate 3) and upper campus (Gate 8)
UNSW to Central 893 (High St Gate 3) 898 (High St Gate 8)
Other key services: Museum Station near Town Hall to Kensington M10, 392, 394, 396, 397, L94 Leichardt to Coogee via Anzac Pde & High Street 370 Burwood to Bondi Junction via High Street 400
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Main Library Nobody at university will recommend the infamous all-night study session, but we’ve all thrown one at some point. If you’re a night owl, the Main Library features UNSW’s only 24/7 study space. Law Library Although extremely popular with students from all faculties, the Law Library features private study rooms which can be booked online (so does the Main Library). Make sure to book ahead as reservations are usually exhausted weeks in advance.
Business School: The Place Beautifully furnished and at the heart of the Business School, this new study space is in high demand. Don’t expect to find a seat too easily during peak university hours. Bookshop With renovations wrapping up in 2019, the new bookshop will feature a cafe and plenty of great reads. Residing adjacent to the Business School, this will undoubtedly become a popular spot to grab a coffee and sit down with a novel or a textbook.
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Health and Wellness University brings about lots of life changes. If you’re struggling with anxiety, financial hardship, disability, or sexuality there are a range of tailored services at UNSW to help you out. UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) If you need motivational support, mood management, or assistance transitioning into uni, don’t be afraid to visit the friendly team at CAPS on the Quad ground floor, opposite the ARC office. Professional counsellors and psychologists can provide face-to-face or phone consultations, with or without appointment. Visit counselling.unsw.edu.au for more info. Disability Services UNSW’s dedicated team of Disability Advisers provides support for those dealing with health conditions, learning disabilities or other personal circumstances. Reach out to this great team for educational adjustments to classwork and
exams, assistive technology and notetaking services, and help applying for Special Consideration for assessments. Visit student.unsw.edu.au/ disability for more info. Ally @ UNSW This lighthouse program aims to eliminate barriers such as fear and ignorance that prevent safe and welcoming spaces for all students and staff who identify as LGBTQI. Visit student.unsw. edu.au/ally for more info. Queer Collective @ ARC The Queer Collective is an SRC body representing all LGBTQI students on campus. They meet twice a week and host a range of events and activities throughout the year at the Queerspace in Room 9.21 in the Chemical Sciences Building. Visit arc.unsw.edu.au/voice/ src/queer for more. University Health Services Need to see a GP? Comprehensive general health services can be found on the ground floor of the Quad.
Stellini Pasta The most authentic Italian available on campus can be found here at the UNSW terraces. Choose your variety of pasta and a delicious combination of fresh ingredients for a hearty meal to power you through your next tutorial.
Jewel of India Take a visit to the Indian subcontinent on your lunch break and drop by for a mouth-watering butter chicken or a vegetarian Dum Aloo. Follow your nose to UNSWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spice capital for a generous serving of curry with naan bread or rice.
Roundhouse Long day on campus? Why not grab a drink and a bite at the Roundhouse! They offer great deals on burgers and sides with all your favourite drinks. Stay a bit longer and you might catch a live performance in the Beer Garden!
The Little Marionette Searching for the best coffee on campus? Little Marionette has you covered. Rated highly by sleep deprived students, you can choose from a range of coffees from basic to extra specific orders. Pick up a small snack on your way and you’re ready to tackle the day!
Stockmarket Finding a healthier choice that doesn’t sacrifice on taste and won’t break the bank can be hard. Visit Stockmarket and choose from heaps of delicious ingredients to create a salad, pasta or soup that will satisfy mind and body.
Coffee on Campus Located on middle campus, this cafe is the perfect spot to meet friends in between tutes. They offer a variety of coffee, juices, sandwiches, hot meals and small snacks to prep you for your study sessions. The relaxed atmosphere provides a great place to catch up on uni work, doze, or make new friends.
Glossary KEY TERMS AT UNI
Specific subjects, usually 6 UoC (units of credit) e.g. ACCT1501: Accounting 1A. Start first year with core courses and flexible core courses. Check your handbook and program progression plan to decide which courses to study. Note: Some have pre-requisites.
gen ed /ˈdʒɛn ɛd/
General education courses are required for single degrees. Some have course codes beginning with GEN. Check your gen ed requirements in your handbook.
elective /ɪˈlɛktɪv/ Prescribed electives:
Are courses you can choose from a specific set list. They are not essential to your degree or major(s).
Possible courses that are not specified by UNSW, but may still be restricted.
Selecting which courses you will study in each term for the upcoming year. Occurs once a year.
Selecting your classes and timetable for each course in the upcoming term. Occurs just before each term.
census date /sɛnsəs deɪt/
Deadline to change class registration and course enrolment for the upcoming term without financial or academic penalty.
Deadline to drop:
The deadline to drop a course is after the census date. You can drop a course with financial penalty, but no academic penalty before this date.
study load /ˈstʌdi ləʊd/ Full-time load (per year):
You are a full-time student for a certain year if you study at least 36 UoC over terms 1,2,3, with at least 1 course per term.
Full-time load (per term):
You are a full-time student for only a specific term if you study less than 36 UoC in a year, but study at least 2 courses with 6 UoC in a certain term.
Part-time load / underloading:
Studying less than 36 UoC over terms 1,2,3; and less than two 6UoC courses in a certain term.
The recommended load. 48 UoC per year (8 courses). 54 UoC per year (9 courses) is still considered normal.
Studying more than 54 UoC over terms 1,2,3 is overloading and requires a 65+ WAM and an application to your program authority.
The UNSW handbook gives information including different degrees, program structures, your required courses, course descriptions, possible majors and minors, potential career options, and more. Always consult the version of the handbook for the year you started your degree (the 2019 version).
Bojangles & CrossAngles
Bojangles and CrossAngles are two different online websites you can use to plan your timetables before registration opens. This allows you to quickly register before classes fill up. Bojangles: tdransfield.net/utilities/bojangles CrossAngles: my.campusbiblestudy.org
Uni-Verse is a mobile app you can use to see maps, key dates, Moodle activities due, library loans and fees, upcoming Arc events, and more. You can also access updated info about your timetable and exam timetable, which is useful when there are sudden room-changes.
If you cannot find information online, try contacting the UNSW Business School Program Authority: www.business.unsw.edu.au/about/ contact Ph: 93853189 (Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm)
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Analysis of financial information to manage business resources and investment decisions effectively.
The study of investment decisions, financial markets, valuations of financial assets, and financial risk.
Using market research and analysis to communicate value to stakeholders e.g. customers, and clients.
MANAGEMENT Guiding and organising people, relationships, and organisations; developing goals and regulating resources.
FINANCIAL ECONOMICS An economy-wide analysis of how individuals, firms, and markets manage financial risk.
REAL ESTATE STUDIES Management and research of real estate investment in both public and private sectors.
HR MANAGEMENT Managing employee recruitment, orientation, and treatment, and the workplace environment and culture.
Organising and analysing data to inform good business decisions and solve problems.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Development, strategy, and management of multinational organisations.
BUSINESS LAW The study of legal requirements and regulations underpinning all forms of commercial activity.
BUSINESS STRAT & ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT Strategic decisionmaking informed by economic behaviour.
TAXATION The study of taxation legislation, regulations, and policies to inform business conduct and decision-making.
Using economic theory and analysing economic drivers to inform business decisions.
ECONOMICS (economics degree only)
The study of the production, allocation, consumption, and transfer of wealth.
ECONOMETRICS (economics degree only)
Using maths and statistics to describe and analyse economic hypotheses.
ACTUARIAL RISK MGMT & ANALYTICS (actuarial studies degree only)
Analyse and manage a range of risks in the context of a global financial environment.
ACTUARIAL STUDIES (actuarial studies degree only)
Evaluate and manage risk by applying mathematical, statistical, and financial analyses.
QUANTITATIVE DATA SCIENCE (actuarial studies degree only) The study of methods to organise, model, and analyse data relevant to businesses.
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These are designed to aid in your learning and understanding of the topic covered in the last lecture. Utilise lecture recordings and notes of the relevant topics to aid in preparation for these weekly or fortnightly quizzes.
Similar to final exams, these usually consist of multiple choice and/or openended questions. Ensure a full understanding of the applicable topics and ask your tutor questions where there are gaps in your knowledge.
Reports involve analysing selected issues by using the frameworks and theories of the course. Ensure an abundant amount of time to complete the report (donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave it until the last minute!) and routinely check your work for any errors.
Marking class participation aims to improve studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; communication skills and enhance their understanding of course content. Regularly attend tutorials and complete any assigned work as preparation. These are easy marks for dedicated students.
The format of these will vary but generally contain multiple choice questions and/or open-ended questions. Utilise any available past exams or challenge questions posed over the course to be totally prepared. Written by Manil Abeysekera
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StudyTips Tip 1: Organisation You might be thinking: “How on earth am I meant to keep track of everything?” To answer that… stay organised! At the beginning of each term, look through your course outlines and mark down assessment deadlines to track due dates- whether that be with a diary, post-its or calendars. Do not rely on memory to remember those dates. Making it a habit to mark down due dates and regularly checking them will save you a lot of stress for the rest of your university life.
Tip 2: Study zone Find a quiet study space! If you find that you’re easily distracted at home, try studying at your local library. You can also come earlier or stay back after classes at university to study. Put your phone on silent, leave it in your bag so that you’re not constantly checking notifications.
Make sure your study space is decluttered. You do not need 15 highlighters on your desk. Keep it minimal!
Tip 3: Take advantage of resources There are many resources out there to help you, and often, they are passed around from student to student. Try joining a Peer Mentoring Program or societies to connect with other students. Additionally, take advantage of PASS classes. They offer a much more personal and one-on-one teaching experience if you’re struggling with a subject! In the end, keep these tips in mind, but find study habits that work for you. Written by Caroline Wu
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Your full-time status is relevant to Centrelink, Youth Allowance, and Opal Concession status. You must study at least 18 UoC over T1,T2 and T3, AND at least one course per term to attain full-time student status for a whole year. You can be full-time in specfic terms by studying at least 2 courses. For example:
18+ UoC per year 1+ course every term: Full-time status for whole year
Key Dates 2019
18+ UoC per year <1 course every term: T1: full-time T2: full-time T3: part-time
O-Week: 11 Feb - 15 Feb Teaching period: 18 Feb - 1 May Study Period: 2 May - 4 May Exams: 6 May - 18 May Break: 19 May - 2 June
Registration: 8 Apr - 28 May Teaching period: 3 Jun - 12 Aug Study Period: 13 Aug - 15 Aug Exams: 16 Aug - 31 Aug Break: 1 Sep - 15 Sep
<18 UoC per year <1 course every term: T1: part-time T2: full-time T3: part-time
Term 3: Registration: 22 Jul - 10 Sep O-Week: 11 Sep - 13 Feb Teaching period: 16 Sep - 25 Nov Study Period: 26 Nov - 28 Nov Exams: 29 Nov - 14 Dec
What do Trimesters Mean for You? Different Curriculum and Assessments
Course length has decreased from 12 weeks to 10 weeks, so content may have changed. Assessments have also been redesigned. This means you should be more wary about relying on past-papers, old notes, and word-of-mouth.
Easier Exchange The UNSW 3+ calendar is better aligned with academic calendars in the northern hemisphere. So, it is likely that exchange will not increase your degree length by as much as it did previously under the semester calendar system.
Flexibility and Opportunities The option to study 9 courses per year allows you to catch up so that your degree is not extended if you undertake an internship, exchange, and other opportunities. Progression is more flexible to suit every student. Everyone below is studying the same BCom degree with the same 144 Units of Credit:
Lighter Load More Experiences
Regular Load Early Finish For more info visit: https://student.unsw.edu.au/new-calendar
MGMT 1001 - Management
ECON1203 - Business Stats
- Look at the course outline. - Understand all requirements, including formatting requirements. - Learn how to reference correctlyUNSW provides a website detailing how to Harvard reference. - Be comfortable writing reports. - Don’t leave deadlines until too late, especially with the reports. - A large portion requires teamwork and problem-solving. Keep an open mind and be a team player.
- Don’t get overwhelmed by the theories presented in your lectures, focus more on practicing questions. - ATTEND PASS CLASSES! They only go through the most relevant information and help you understand the course content in a simple manner. - Keep up with tutorial questions! - Learn some Excel skills. - Use practice questions from MyStatLab, especially those relevant to formulae to learn course content.
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ACCT1501 - Accounting 1A
ECON1101 - Microeconomics 1
- Do textbook questions until you feel comfortable with every question. - Do all the set tutorial questions. - Thoroughly understand the fundamental ideas as early as you can. - Look at the worked examples in the textbook and your lecture slides. - Watch online video tutorials. - Do the tests slowly and steadily. - Practice makes perfect- this subject is far more about practice than memorising content.
- The best way to gain a solid foundation is to learn textbook content. - Come to tutorials having attended your lectures and read through the relevant chapter. This way you can test your understanding of economic concepts in class and ask your tutor for help where things get tricky! - You’ll be hard-pressed to find past papers, but if you complete all tutorial and study questions you will find the exam questions very familiar.
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You will need research skills throughout your time at uni, even for first-year subjects such as MARK1012, MGMT1001, and MGMT1101. You are expected to use more sophisticated resources, mainly academic peer-reviewed journals.
What to Try:
1. Find academic journals online with Google Scholar and UNSW library databases.
What to Avoid: Avoid magazines, articles, infographics, news articles, and works that don’t have references. 2. Get a NSW State Library card to access many more databases such as EBSCO and ProQuest. It is free, and will be sent to you in the mail.
e.g. This is from Google Scholar and is published by Harvard University, but is an article with no references. Avoid these!
Also avoid sites like Wikipedia and Britannica. However, they are good starting places! You can often get an overview of the topic, and find good sources by checking the reference list at the end.
4. Aside from journals, try using annual reports from businesses and governments, and statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 3. Use filters when searching databases. Always make sure “peer-reviewed” is checked!
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It’s the weekend before your microeconomics assessment and you’re studying away when all of a sudden, you receive the dreaded text from your friends – Are you coming out!?
Underst and Your Priori t ies. University life demands that you balance competing areas in your life. For most, it is a difficult task. However, understanding where your priorities lie is imperative in gaining the most out of university. So take some time out to see where your priorities lie, keeping in mind how you think you will make the most out of university and what you actually value the most.
Be Organise d. In order to allocate your time, organisational skills are extremely important. I would strongly advise to plan your days ahead of time, whether that be through a diary or your device’s calendar. This will help you know what to do and for how long. But keep in mind maintaining a balance, At the end of the day, if you know you can balance everything, it’s fine to accept the invitations of friends on a night out! All the best. Written by Michael Kim
You may feel overwhelmed by all the different opportunities and events at UNSW. Despite this, uni is a fantastic place to find yourself and surround yourself with like-minded individuals. So, how can you get involved?
What’s out there?
How? Stay updated: If you’re interested in a society, sign up to their emailing list to know about upcoming events. Info is shared on social media, so keep updated on Facebook and Instagram!
Societies are a great way to find new friends and develop long lasting friendships! Events that meet your social, academic and professional needs are run by numerous different societies. If you want to be more involved, join a subcommittee! This allows you to play a part in processes behind societies while developing your experience and skills. Applications for subcommittees open soon!
ARC Arc maintains student life at UNSW and provides many opportunities. Arc also has a range of sporting activities at varying levels of competition as well as volunteering!
Roundhouse To relax with friends or attend parties, look no further than the roundhouse! Shows and events are run on a regular basis throughout the year.
Don’t be afraid to sign up! Peer Mentoring programs and camps are a great opportunity to meet new people. Volunteering opportunity presented by ARC? Subcommittee recruitment for a society has just started? Don’t hesitate to sign up! It never hurts to try, and the university experience is all about trying!
A good conversation topic is talking about different societies on campus! You can learn a lot from talking to people, such as volunteering opportunities you hadn’t heard of, or new activities on campus. These may allow you to engage in something different to foster your uni experience and personal growth! Written by Corey Won
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Getting involved with a society is a great way to meet new people at uni and engage with the community! BSOC is the constituent society for UNSW Business School students, and is the largest UNSW society. We regularly run evens throughout the year, including events for socialising, sports, and career development. Getting involved is easy! Attend fun social events such as Camp and Cruise, and sign up for Peer Mentoring to help learn more about uni and meet fellow first-years. Finally, apply to join BSOC subcommittee, where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to help run BSOC with a team of like-minded individuals.
Some BSOC Events to Look Forward to: Orientation Camp 22-24 February
Cruise 18 April
Subcommittee Recruitment Opens in March
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Sport plays an integral role in shaping our wellbeing, so unsurprisingly there are a plethora of sporting opportunities available to students on campus. Social sports are a great way of getting yourself involved whilst making new friends in a casual environment. Many societies offer a diverse range of casual events ranging from social basketball, soccer, touch football to underwater rugby and quidditch. The Business Society offers annual events such as social basketball and extraordinary sports (e.g. rock climbing and laser tag) which serve as a fun way to get active and to make new friends.
competitive sporting events which are held by many societies (e.g. BSOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball, netball and oztag tournaments). Some of these events are held at an intervarsity level which gives teams a chance to compete against other universities. Students who are seeking a high level of competition may be able to trial for university teams. An example would be the annual University Games, where representative teams from different universities travel to another state and go head to head over a week long period.
Finally, sports related excursions such as BSOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual ski trip are fun getaway options which For those with a competitive allow you to be active and also side to them, options include spend quality time with friends. Written by Travis Wu and Cindy Zhang
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International Exchange is considered to be one of the best university opportunities. It’s a fantastic chance to encounter new perspectives and establish relationships with like-minded individuals around the globe. UNSW has a plethora of opportunities for exchange, with over 200 partner institutions based in 39 different countries.
How does it fit into my studies? Overseas exchange can be done for 1-3 terms, and is a full time study load. Courses completed contribute to the units of credit required for your degree, and do not extend your degree (maximum of 24 credit units transferred per half year). However, the marks aren’t transferred. Instead, your academic transcript shows ‘satisfactory’ for these courses.
How do I apply? There is an exchange tutorial on Moodle outlining the application process. For exchange in Term 1 of the next year, the deadlines for these applications are in May. For exchange in Term 3 of the next year, the deadlines are in October.
In general, a credit average is required to go on exchange, however, some institutions require higher grades, so you should check the UNSW website to see the criteria for different universities, as well as whether they have your courses available. Undergraduates need to have completed 24 units of credit and have at least 18 remaining credits at the start of exchange.
What about opportunities other than exchange? The Business School offers other travel opportunities such as COMM3020, which is a course allowing students to study and work overseas, and the First Year Immersion Program in China, which provides first year students the chance to undertake intensive study in the mid year break at the Antai Global summer school. To find more details or other travel opportunities, refer to the UNSW or Business School websites. Written by Wilson Lin
Career Accelerator is a set of programs aimed at helping students develop core career skills. It is available to all Business students at UNSW. Starting with the CA: Essentials online modules, you can easily and meaningfully build important workplace skills including Orientation, Communication, Teamwork, Planning and Organising, and Self-management. Earn digital badges to visualise your learning while unlocking access to valuable opportunities for future professional success. Internships and Consulting Projects Getting industry experience while studying will greatly improve your chances of getting the job you want when you graduate!
Networking and Events Access workshops on campus and exclusive networking opportunities hosted by employers at their premises, or compete in highly regarded international business case competitions. Global Opportunities Spending time overseas can be an invaluable part of your degree. As a student at the Business School you have a world of opportunity available to you, including for-credit short-term courses, study tours, Student Exchange and more.
Mentoring and Alumni Take advantage of CAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mentoring programs designed to help prepare you for a successful career in business.
Feburary 26th is a special day on the Term 1 calendar as it marks the UNSW BSOC Careers Fair. Held at Leighton hall from 9AM12PM, the Careers fair is probably the largest business-oriented careers event on campus. It provides the perfect opportunity for networking with recruiters from leading firms such as JPMorgan, EY, Google, Microsoft and Macquarie Group whilst also allowing you to discover more about the career opportunities on offer. The best aspect of the Careers Fair is the opportunity to really understand what it’s like to work as a graduate, as real employees offer a rare glimpse into their everyday lives. There will be free coffee, muffins, smoothies, sandwiches and fruits as well as prizes and merch to win for early bird attendees!
One of the great things at UNSW is the dedicated Careers and Employment Department. It provides a variety of tools and resources to assist students in the daunting task of finding a job. At the same time they hold seminars, events and offer career consultations to further assist you in the job hunt! Another great tool that most UNSW students don’t know about is the Careers Portal! It is an online job board for UNSW students refreshed every week with new opportunities from cadetships, full time work to scholarships and internships overseas. It provides a clear insight into the recruiter’s requirements, how to apply, pay, start date and duration of work. Written by Jim Ji
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Written by Illian Yuan Over the course of your university life, you are bound to encounter an interview – whether it be for a society role or your career. Here are a few tips on how to leave a positive impression!
1. Preparation Do your research Make sure you know the values, culture, and vision of the company/society. Ensure you understand the importance of the role you’re interviewing for. STAR method Outline the Situation; Task; Action; and Result. This is a good foundational way to structure your responses: be prepared to provide anecdotal examples to questions regarding how you’ve demonstrated certain skills and behaviours.
2. Composure Take your time If you cannot answer a question immediately, it is okay to ask for a moment to think before responding! Stay engaged It is easy to lose focus. Asking interviewers to repeat questions, answering only the first half of the question, or not properly answering is not a good sign! Find a balance and be genuine Whilst it is important to put your best foot forward, be mindful of not coming off as overconfident. Avoid sounding robotic or rambling!
3. Smile, laugh, and remember it is okay to be nervous Interviewers are looking for people who can get along with people in their team, so make sure you display a fun personality!
There are so many opportunities at uni, make the most of it, try something new and see where it takes you!
- Vivian Nguyen, Vice-President Internal
- Jessica Sun, Co-President
Know where your priorities lie; spend your time and headspace accordingly. Stay organised to sustain uni, work, relationships, etc.
- Katherine Wu, Publications Director
Dedicate time to catch up with your friends even if it’s difficult, because relationships are harder to maintain than you think!
- Caroline Wu, Education Director
Join societies to make new friends and maximise your first year experience!
- Travis Wu, Sports Director
Apply for things and put yourself out there! You might fail many times, but there’s growth to be had in every experience :) - Wilson Lin, Marketing Director
- Monica Qin, Philanthrophy Director
Don’t feel guilty if you find yourself stressed or struggling to balance your commitments. Just do your absolute best!
Don’t underestimate self-care! It’s okay to take breaks when you need them. It makes uni & life in general easier to manage! - Xanthea Yee, HR Director
- Lisa Qi, Marketing Director
Embrace the uni experience at your own pace. Being overwhelmed is natural, but bounce back and say YES!
If at first you don’t succeed, change your plans, not your goals.
You get out what you put in, so give it your all. - William Chen, Co-President
Failure breeds success! - Jim Ji, Careers Director
Jessica Sun: President Degree: Comm/Law Likes: Japanese food, walks on the beach Favourite Holiday Spot: Whitsundays, Switzerland Hobbies: Planning holidays Favourite Artists: Shawn Mendes, Illenium
William Chen: President Degree: Comm/CompSci Favourite Holiday Spot: New Zealand Favourite Food: Chicken Hobbies: Going to the gym, eating good food Spirit Animal: Goat, since they seem content wherever they are
Samuel Ting: Treasurer Degree: Comm/Actuarial Hobbies: Audio books, kick boxing, TV shows Favourite Movie: The Prestige Favourite Food: Oysters Favourite Music Genre: Classical, Acoustic, Trap, Old RnB
Amy Sun: VicePresident Activities Degree: Comm/InfoSys Likes: Netflix, podcasts Party Trick: Can lick her elbow Talents: Can sleep anywhere Spirit Animal: Sloth
Vivian Nguyen: VicePresident Internal Degree: Comm/Law Likes: Milk tea, makeup Hobbies: Youtube, making to-do-lists Favourite Holiday Spot: Thailand Secret Obession: Sailor Moon
Lien Zhu: VicePresident External Degree: Comm/InfoSys Hobbies: Hiking, photography, travelling Favourite Artists: Khalid, Dean Lewis, Post Malone Secret Obsession: Star Wars Party Trick: Sleeping
Joanna Cao: VicePresident Operations Degree: Comm/Law Favourite Colour: Pink Secret Obsession: Animal Crossing Dislikes: Fish that are too big, like tuna Favourite Artists: ZHU, Phum Viphurit
Jim Ji: Careers Director Degree:Comm/Intnational Likes: Food, startups, business, the outdoors Secret Obsession: Travelling, painting Favourite Artists: Kanye, Post Malone, Frank Ocean Favourite Pasttimes: Swimming, TV shows
Sheree Liao: Careers Director Degree: Comm/Adv Sci Favourite Sport: Touch football Favourite Movie: Our Times Hobbies: Dancing Talent: Can jump over own leg
Branda Le: Partnerships Director Degree: Comm/InfoSys Secret Obsession: English cream golden retreivers Favourite Movie: American Psycho Likes: Chutoro nigiri Favourite Artists: Daniel Caesar, Queen, Coldplay
Michael McCann: Competitions Director Degree: Commerce Favourite Movie: Coach Carter Favourite Holiday Spot: Turkey Spirit Animal: Sloth Favourite Food: Ramen
Kevin Shaji: Competitions Director Degree: Comm/Law Secret Obsession: All things history Favourite Artists: Short Stack, XXXTantacion Party Trick: Bad karaoke Favourite Movie: Midnight in Paris
Karrie Chen: Sponsorships Director Degree: Commerce Likes: Catching up with friends, sleep, food, rollercoasters Favourite Sport: Dance Party Trick: Baby freeze Favourite Music Genre: Acoustic, soft pop
Manil Abeysekera: Sponsorships Director Degree: Comm/Law Favourite Colour: Black Favourite Food: Pizza Hobbies: Chess Favourite Artists: Frank Ocean, ASAP Rocky, G-Eazy
Cindy Zhang: Sports Director Degree: Comm/Arts Likes: Travelling, big hugs, puppies, sports Dislikes: Slow walkers, hot pot, missing flights Talent: Bad jokes Secret Obsession: Reading books
Travis Wu: Sports Director Degree: Comm/Law Likes: Sleeping Dislikes: Not eating vegetables Favourite Movie: The Dark Knight Talent: Reciting useless movie & TV show facts
Illian Yuan: Social Director Degree: Comm/InfoSys Likes: Sulbing, dogs, sushi, watches, the beach Dislikes: Coriander Secret Obsession: If You are the One Favourite Movie: Love, Rosie
Elizabeth Williamson: Social DIrector Degree: Comm/Law Likes: Overeating Dislikes: Coriander Party Trick: The splits (but don’t ask her to) Favourite Artists: J Cole, Jhene Aiko, Khalid
Michael Kim: Social Director Degree: Comm/Law Likes: Netflix Favourite Movie: Hot Fuzz Hobby: Visiting all-youcan-eat restaurants Secret Obsession: Watching eating shows
Pennie Li: IT Director Degree: Comm/CompSci Secret Obsession: Hamsters (even though they’re illegal here) Favourite Food: Grilled Salmon Dislikes: Bittermelon Likes: A positive bank balance
Kevin Cao: IT Director Degree: Commerce/ Electrical Engineering Spirit Animal: Cow Favourite Food: Stirfried tomato and egg Favourite Movie: Léon: The Professional Secret Obsession: Bubble tea
Lisa Qi: Marketing Director Degree: Comm/InfoSys Favourite Food: Anything with tomato sauce Talents: Reciting Friends Secret Obsession: Celebrity gossip Favourite Historical Figure: Kris Jenner
Wilson Lin: Marketing Director Degree: Comm/Law Favourite Food: All food Favourite Sport: Pool, basketball Secret Obsession: Kpop Favourite Music Genre: Pop, Disney, hip hop, kpop, and more
Hannah Ng: Marketing Director Degree: Comm/Media Likes: Movie marathons, karaoke Favourite Foods: Bubble tea, Japanese food Secret Obsession: Sharks Favourite Movie: Our Times
Lachlan Berry: Publications Director Degree: Economics Likes: University Dislikes: University Spirit Animal: Kangaroo Favourite Historical Figure: Santa Claus
Katherine Wu: Publications Director Degree: Comm/Design Favourite Foods: Watercress, milk tea Favourite Holiday Spot: Japan Likes: Brunch, movie marathons, history docos Dislikes: Chilli, buses
Corey Won: Education Director Degree: Comm/Law Favourite Music Genre: Disney, RnB, hip hop Secret Obsession: Geography Hobbies: Memes Favourite Holiday Spot: Maldives
Caroline Wu: Education Director Degree: Comm/Science Likes: Cheesy films, flowers, museums Favourite Food: Gelato Favourite Movie: Shawshank Redemption Secret Obsession: Photography
Bruce Feng: HR Director Degree: Comm/InfoSys Likes: Dogs, food, milk tea Dislikes: Raw tomatoes, milk tea with no pearls Secret Obsession: Pembroke corgis Favourite Sport: Tennis
Xanthea Yee: HR Director Degree: Comm/InfoSys Likes: Boost, karaoke Dislikes: Caterpillars Favourite Food: Sour Straps from Woolies Favourite Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Monica Qin: Philanthrophy Director Degree: Comm/Law Favourite Artists: Lil Wayne, James Arthur Secret Obsession: Crime shows Likes: Dogs, online shopping, pawpaw ointment Dislikes: Eggplant, okra
Michael Le: Philanthrophy Director Degree: Commerce/ Economics Spirit Animal: Butterfly Secret Obsession: Minesweeper Likes: Spending money Dislikes: Horror movies
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