Career tip: Are you a Show-Off?

Just as reality shows often dramatise how people brag about their abilities to the point of borderline arrogance, individuals with a strong personality may come across as overly prideful without realising it. Ask yourself: is this the best way that you can present yourself?

There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. In order to not come across as a show-off, you should avoid over-selling yourself. Be honest with your colleagues and with yourself; being open about your weaknesses and showing the willingness to learn and develop will do a lot more for you than being disingenuous and feigning competence.

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

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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 to answer but it pays to do your homework. Take the time to go to the company’s website and look at the ‘About Us’ page, check out their social media platforms and read news articles and blogs that discuss the organisation in question. This should give you a good idea about the company’s various strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to prepare an argument showcasing what you could potentially offer. You should focus on discussing how you can play to a company’s strengths rather than its weaknesses; potential employers will usually favour positive potential employees rather than negative ones, especially when the subject at hand is the status of their company.

Either stress or a lack of time can lead some interviewees to skip this simple step, but an open-ended question can be the best way to show just how much you care about this opportunity! Taking the time to prepare for questions such as these can help push you ahead of the competition

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“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

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!

First outstanding teacher and student awards ceremony

On Friday 27th April, Global Business College of Australia (GBCA) and the University of Canberra-Melbourne (UC-GBCA) held their first outstanding teacher and student awards ceremony. More than 20 teachers and students participated in this event. The awards included the “Outstanding Contribution Award”, “Outstanding Student Award” and “Outstanding Academic Award” for the best performance of GBCA and UC-GBCA teachers and students in the past year.

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GBCA Academic Partnership Manager Mavis Lim with UC-GBCA “Outstanding Contribution Award” Winner

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GBCA Training Manager Amelia Guan with GBCA “Outstanding Contribution Award” Winner

Winning teacher representative Lan Cross making speech

Ian Cross, the award-winning teacher representative, shared all his experiences in teaching and educating people. He thanked UC-GBCA for comprehensive resources and support for both teachers and students. He said that this award is an encouragement for staff and students. As a qualified university teacher, he is not only good at teaching, but also at understanding students’ thinking. Based on this understanding of his students, his teaching methods become more effective as well.

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GBCA Academic Partnership Manager Mavis Lim with “Outstanding Student Award” Winner

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GBCA Training Manager Amelia Guan with “Outstanding Academic Award” Winner

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“Outstanding Student Award” Winner representative Juan Manuel Andrade making speech

Afterwards, the student representative Juan Manuel Andrade made a speech. He expressed his thanks to UC-GBCA teachers and staff. He mentioned that “studying the undergraduate course of IT at the University of Canberra in Melbourne is a perfect choice for me. UC-GBCA teachers are professional and patient. They not only give me careful guidance in my studies but also thoughts and support for everything in my life. In addition, I can use the rich learning resources of UC and GBCA, and enjoy learning and living in Melbourne, the most livable city in the world.”

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In the end. All the attendees took the opportunity to take pictures together.

Study vocational courses with government funding at GBCA

Government Subsidized Training is aimed at  developing employability skills and create job ready graduates. Under the Skills First program, GBCA is an approved provider to deliver Funded programs.

Our portfolio of courses are focused on building Foundation skills among new migrants, Certificate courses in Account Administration and Bookkeeping to foster careers in Finance and Accounting.GBCA offers opportunities for internships to its students. Australian citizens or permanent residents are welcome to apply.

For further details on subsidy please do visit our website link https://gbca.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/GBCA-course-fees-Domestic-students.pdf

The Open University of Hong Kong Visited GBCA

On the 2nd of February, GBCA received guests, Prof. Alan Au and Dr. Mandy Li from the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK).

Dr. Celina Yu, the Managing Director of GBCA, briefly introduced the academic success that GBCA has achieved and outlined the advantages of short-term study tours. GBCA study tours cover a wide range of fields such as business, entrepreneurship, art, English language, etc. “There are so many opportunities to offer at GBCA: classes from tutors with rich industry experience, local government visit, business research, just name a few. We pride ourselves on helping students acquire professional knowledge and practical skills, to broaden their horizons and stimulate creative thinking so as to better integrate themselves into the future international community,” concluded Celina.

GBCA and OUHK probed into collaboration models, such the Global Immersion Program, Overseas Training Centre, and bachelor degree exchanges. Both parties found common ground to further deepen their cooperation and co-develop a new chapter.

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Creative Plan to Win the Future︱2017 “China Southern Airlines Cup” Creative Marketing Plan Contest Concluded Successfully

On the afternoon of December 15th, the 2017 “China Southern Airlines Cup” Creative Marketing Plan competition, jointly hosted by China Southern Airlines (CSA), Victoria Chinese Students and Scholars Association (VCSSA) and Global Business College of Australia (GBCA), was successfully held.

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2017“CSA Cup” Creative Marketing Plan Competition

The event received the concrete support from Mr Jian Zhao, Consul General and Mr Zhiyong Yang, Consul, Education Office from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne. The competition was judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts and professionals, which consisted of Professor On Kit Tam, Vice Chairman, Australia China Business Council Victoria, who is also the chair of the judging panel, James Hudson, Director of Corporate Affairs and Marketing, Alibaba Group (Australia and New Zealand), Graeme J. Chipp, Managing Director, Growth Solutions Group, Dr Chuyang Liu, China Adviser, Austrade and former Trade Commissioner of Australian Trade Commission, Professor Wei Shen, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Relations), Deakin University and Visiting Professor of International Business, Lancaster University, Dr Adam Zhang, General Manager, China Southern Airlines Melbourne Office, and Dr Celina Yu, Managing Director, GBCA.

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Opening remarks delivered by Dr Adam Zhang, General Manager of China Southern Airlines Melbourne Office

The competition was officially launched with Dr Adam Zhang extending a warm welcome speech to all the guests, judges and contestants, on behalf of CSA. He expressed his gratitude to everyone who provided ongoing support to the development of CSA, especially towards students studying in Australia, who made significant contributions in strengthening the Australia-China flight route. This year, CSA organized a creative marketing plan competition to provide young talents with the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas and put their marketing skills and knowledge into practice.

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Opening remarks delivered by Consul General Jian Zhao from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne

Consul General Zhao from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne also delivered opening remarks. He expressed that he was very pleased to be invited to attend the event and congratulated the success of the 2017 “China Southern Airlines Cup”. He emphasised the devotion and effort the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne has dedicated to enhancing the learning and living experience of students in Australia, and in increasing the exchange and communication between China and Australia. This contest not only provided a platform for young talents of both countries to share ideas and interact, it also actively explored bilateral educational exchange and cooperation between China and Australia.

Judges commented on the performance of contestants

After the preliminary round, eight teams advanced into the final presentation. Each team delivered a 7-minute presentation followed by a 3-minute question segment from the judging panel. The contestants showed great potential and presented many intellectual and innovative ideas and received high praise from the audience. After the eight finalist teams completed the competition, Professor On Kit Tam, chair of the judging panel, made a summary of the performances of the finalists and sent his best wishes to them in continuing to innovate in their future study and work life.

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Professor On Kit Tam made a summary of the competition

The competition concluded with, team 8“Nerdy Analyst” winning the first prize, team 1“Skyteam” winning the second prize and team 4 and 6, team“Unique”and “The Airplane Guys” respectively winning the third prize. A number of individual awards were also presented to outstanding presenters that showed great potential and confidence, and organisational awards were awarded to supporting association as a mean of appreciation towards their effort.  The audience also received generous prizes including movie tickets, GBCA course vouchers, flight ticket and plane models sponsored by CSA.

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First prize: Nerdy Analysts

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Second prize: Skyteam

Third prize: The Airplane Guys

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Third prize: Unique

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Lucky audience received economy class international return fight ticket

Group photo of all judges and contestants