Career tip: Ask when you have the chance

Good interview is a 2-way conversation: have a chat about where your CV match with the job description, remove any ambiguity and build based on what you and the interviewer had talked about.  

Not asking questions when offered to, may be appealing to some employers; but it more cases the interviewee may be perceived as unprepared or disinterested. It is the employer’s opportunity to get to know you, but it is also your chance to get to know them and the job better. 

The best questions are the ones based on the conversation that you just had. Make sure you have a couple of interchangeable questions in your head (based on your research) prior to the interview – most of the time you’d only be able to use one or two of the questions – don’t stress if you don’t feel any of the questions you had prepared are suitable – you can always ask about the company culture or how the job became available as a backup, then up the conversation from the “Big Picture Perspective”. 

(Career tip will return in Feb 2019, we would like the thank the kind DMs and cards from our students! To revisit our career tips so far, follow #GBCAAU #bejobready on our official social media channels and blog!) 

Career tip: Be kind about past experiences

Badmouthing anyone during any point of a job application will certainly make you come across as a negative, critical and with a bad attitude. You wouldn’t want to show a potential employer that you’re someone that may be difficult to get along with. 

Occasionally, an interviewer may attempt to test your attitude by asking questions like “Have you ever worked with someone you didn’t like?” This might seem to be encouraging a negative response, but instead of badmouthing a past employer or co-worker, it would be nice to focus on what the problem was and how you had handled the problem. If you recall, draw the focus towards the positive outcome based on a bad scenario.  

Stay with the facts and how you contributed to the resolution can be a great way to showcase your soft skills. 

Career tip: Be 15 mins early (to an interview)

First impression can take you a long way, we all know that if you don’t hand in your application on time you wouldn’t be considered – then you shouldn’t be arriving at your interview late or barely on time.  

At any professional environment, paid or unpaid, showing up late implies that you are disorganised and unable to manage your schedule properly; or simply not caring about this job enough to be there at a timely manner; or respect the HR process and the company; any of these can cost you an opportunity.  

To avoid this major mistake, why not doing a dry-run to make sure that you know your way from home to (almost) the reception desk at your interviewer? Don’t go in and surprise the receptionist though!   

On the day of the interview, arriving 15 minutes in advance can be a great way to show that you’re keen and well organised. The 15 minutes can also be a great buffer to handle your nerves, recover from unexpected traffic or enjoy a quick cup of coffee or tea.  

If your interview is conducted via a webcam, make sure that you’re ready 15 minutes prior to the session, send a quick hello message to your interviewer and offer to test the connection with them. It is unlikely that they’d respond but it is another nice way to show that you are taking initiative!  

Career tip: Are you a Show-Off?

Many reality shows dramatise how people brag about their abilities to a point that is borderline arrogance, people with strong personality may try to control a conversation without knowing it. One must ask him/herself, “Is it the best way I wanted to present myself?”  

There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. In order not to come across as a Show-Off, avoid over-selling, truthful with facts and be self-aware – sometimes admitting a weakness then showing the willingness to learn and develop, can win HR managers over a lot easier than being disingenuous. 

Think about the “Reality Stars”, many said they’re “not themselves when the cameras are rolling.” 

Career tip: Are you preparing for an interview?

Many employers ask, “What do you know about our company?” during an interview.  

It’s not a difficult question but one must make sure to have done the homework. Look at the company’s ‘About Us’ page; research by reading their social media platforms, e-News or blogs like the page you’re reading now, these may give you a good idea about what the company is; building upon what you’ve learnt, you should hypothesis what the company’s strength & opportunities, weakness & threats and showcase what you can offer based on it (Don’t call them out on your hypothesis though…) 

Sometimes pre-interview stress or lack of time lead some to skip this seemingly simple step. But an open-ended question like this may just be your way to show how much you care about the interview! In many cases, 0.5pt is all the differentiation between the winner and the first runner-up.

“Developing successful business networking” Seminar

GBCA is co-hosting a discussion panel around the theme of developing successful relationships between Australia and China. The keynote speakers are from Addsum, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, EMR Capital and PwC. They will present their professional experience and views about how to succeed in developing businesses across Australia, China, Europe, Hong Kong and the US.

Don’t miss out! This is a great opportunity to leverage your professional networks to venture into China’s fast growing economy and access to billions of potential customers.

GBCA looks forward to seeing you there!

“Developing successful business networking” Seminar

GBCA collaborate with Ability English to provide student Pathway Courses

GBCA collaborate with Ability English to provide student Pathway Courses

GBCA has entered into a recognition arrangement with our partner- Ability English (RTO No.22172 CRICOS Number: 03024A).

This recognition arrangement could help Ability English student’s gain direct entry into GBCA’s Vocational programs when they successfully complete their Ability English Course. GBCA can offer students the following courses:

Diploma of Interpreting (Mandarin – English, Spanish – English), Diploma of Business, Diploma of Information Technology and various Bachelor programs in Commerce, IT and others.

Furthermore, students who successfully complete GBCA’s Diploma of IT may gain up to one-year credit exemption for the Bachelor of IT at University of Canberra or Deakin University. Students completing GBCA’s Diploma of Business may gain up to one-year credit exemption for the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at University of Canberra.

This is a great opportunity for Ability English students to have various options and fulfill their dreams of studying and working in Australia.

Student Satisfaction with GBCA Remains High

Thank you to all of our students who took part in the end of unit student survey! The results were very enlightening for us at GBCA. We are so glad to see our students marked the results we were impressed with:

  • More than 99% of our students were satisfied with the training overall!
  • More than 97% of students strongly agreed and satisfied that they felt the training prepared them for work.
  • 97.5% of students satisfied our training facilities and materials.

These outstanding results are really encouraging for our future students who we hope will choose to study with us at GBCA.

GBCA has entered into an recognition arrangement with Explore English

Date: 22-June-18

GBCA has entered into an recognition arrangement with Explore English ( RTO No.22172 CRICOS Number: 03024A).

This recognition arrangement facilitates direct entry to GBCA’s Vocational programs. Students who successfully complete General English – upper intermediate or English for Academic English 1 at the NEAS accredited Explore English centre will automatically meet the English entry requirements into GBCA’s VET programs. Students completing GBCA’s Diploma of IT may gain up to one year credit exemption of the Bachelor of IT at University of Canberra and Deakin University. Students completing GBCA’s Diploma of Business may gain up to one year credit exemption of the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at University of Canberra.

This is a great opportunity for international students to have various options and fulfil their dreams of studying and working in Australia.

For further information, please contact megh.shetty@gbca.edu.au

International Education – Delivering Value to the China Market

International Education – Delivering Value to the China Market

This Wednesday, the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) Victoria will host their annual education forum ‘International Education – Delivering Value to the China Market’. This event is hosted by Westpac and proudly sponsored by GBCA.

GBCA would like to warmly welcome you this event, where you will have the opportunity to hear from speakers including:

  • The Hon Phil Honeywood, National Executive Director, International Education Association of Australia
  • Mr Rob Thomason, Group Executive, Member Engagement and Education, CPA Australia
  •  Ms Judith Uren, Manager International Education DEDJTR, Victorian Government
  •  Professor On Kit Tam – Professor of Finance RMIT/Vice President ACBC and Chair ACBC Education and Training Working Group
  •  Irene Yu, VIC Director, Cultural Diversity Leadership EAG, Westpac Group

The event details are as follows:
Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018
Time: 10.15am for 10.30am – 2.00pm
Venue: Westpac, Level 12, 150 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

For more information or to make a booking: https://bit.ly/2Iz4DLZ
We look forward to seeing you there!