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Career Programs

Carreer Programs

A great transition from college to the workplace

The best opportunity to apply theory to real world practice

Helping you develop a network of professional contacts and future referrals

Learning soft skills and a better understanding of Australian work culture

GBCA Career Centre Services

    • Resume and Cover Letter reviews
    • Help to find job and internship opportunities.
    • Career workshops and events.
    • Booking in a career consultation.

    No matter what your careers question might be, you can drop in and see our Career Centre team.

    Location and opening time

    Level 2, 337 La Trobe Street

    Monday – Friday

    9am – 5pm

    Contact Us

    Email: careerprogram@gbca.edu.au

Career Planning

Planning your career is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to sketch out your life in the workforce. May expect you’ll change careers several times in your life, changing individual roles as you climb up the ladder of seniority. The main factor driving this is change:

• On-going, rapid technological and societal changes mean that jobs and careers spring up or disappear all the time. A job you aspire to now may be gone in 10 years; likewise a job you are well suited for over the same timeframe may not be created as of yet.

• Personal satisfaction and meaning in a job is a powerful source of contentment. What you feel is meaningful to you will change.

• Each experience teaches you something: what is important to you right now may not be so significant next year. This could be job security, good money, work in alignment with your values, etc.

• Your skills will strengthen over time, and most people are interested in learning for life.

Getting to Know Yourself

Career development begins with self-awareness. You must ascertain what you deem important in work and life. Think deeply about your skills, motivations, interests and desires. This will help make informed choices about your career path. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

• What do I place value on in my work? Money? Helping others? Forging relationships?

• Do I prize flexibility over prestige? Career advancement over personal fulfilment?

• Where do I want to work? In an office? Remotely? In teams or individually?

• What types of activities interest me most?

• Do I want to focus on people, data, or technical activities?

• What organisations interest me?

• Do I have a desire to be an entrepreneur, technician, or administrator?

Here are some tools to help answer those questions: CareersUC has access to Career Voyage, an online vocational assessment tool. http://careervoyage.com.au/au/(get password token from Careers UC)

MyFuture – a website that includes a career exploration tool that enables you to build a profile based on your interests and education and training. You can browse occupations and industries and access career insight content.

Job Outlook – a careers and labour market research information site to help you decide on your future career.

Explore the Workforce

Once you have explored what you want in work, you’re ready to research the workforce. Find more information about the career you want by researching your options: Understand the typical careers your course leads graduates. You should:

• Check information about careers related to your major

• Talk to people who work in a related field; ask for mentorship or career guidance opportunity

• Use LinkedIn to see where alumni work

• Attend careers events and industry presentations

Professional Associations

A Professional Association is a peak body that represents a particular industry. Most professional industries such as media, law, health, accountancy, engineering, etc. have associations you can join. Some may require you to pass an examination (the Bar, for law; a CPA for accounting, etc.)
You can become a student (or graduate) member, which gives you access to meetings or special content. Some professional associations have job postings in your industry. Find a list of professional associations here: http://www.journoz.com/ausproforgs.html and https://www.tpb.gov.au/recognised-professional-associations.
Other alumni associations such as the Golden Key Honour Society may also accept applications based on academic performance.

Online Resources

There are many sources of information online to guide your workforce search.

• Graduate Careers Australia is one of the premiere sources of information about where Australian graduates enter the workforce. Information is grouped into level and study area, and salary levels. It also has an overview of many different industries. www.graduatecareers.com.au

• The Good Universities Guide online also contains a search function to investigate types of jobs and types of work in different fields. https://www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/careers-guide

• Graduate Opportunities provides similar information, focusing on graduate job placements: www.graduateopportunities.com.au

• Based on the information that you provide in ‘My Career Profile’, the Myfuture website suggests occupations based on your responses. It also provides information about a range of careers and industry recruitment information. www.myfuture.edu.au

• About’s Career Planning website has a wealth of information about forging your career. It is American but a lot of the information is relevant to Australia. http://careerplanning.about.com

• This Australian Public Service website assists recent graduates to identify and follow a career path in the APS. It can help you if you want to start or build a career in the public service. resources.apsc.gov.au/myaps/home.html#

• Students and graduates can also keep informed by following industry magazines or trade publications. For example, STEM students and grads might be interested in these resources: http://careerswithstem.com/

• Joboutlook provides useful information about industries and occupations, including average salaries and job prospects. www.joboutlook.gov.au

• Glassdoor contains further information about organisations and salaries offered: www.glassdoor.com.au

Set Up Your Career Goals

Once you’ve explored yourself and what kind of jobs you’d be a good fit in, you can start designing your career goals. If you’re still unsure, check out the following resources:
Make Your Mark is a career guidance website helping you find out your strengths. Explore career and further education options, plus info on being an effective job seeker: www.makeyourmark.edu.au/my-future
The following site has information about how to make career decisions, with templates of practical ways of going about doing this. www.businessballs.com/problemsolving.htm

To get our students ready for careers, GBCA Career Centre offers both soft skills training and on-job training

Career Soft Skills

Attend a range of workshops and events designed to develop your career soft skills

Career Workshops

GBCA has monthly “Skill Up Workshops” to help you develop edge of future edge. During these small workshops, you will be taken through the fundamentals of the job application process. Individual workshops focus on unique aspects of applying for jobs, allowing you to sharpen each new skill. One skill at a time. The topics of our career workshops are:

• How to discover yourself for a career goal?

• How to write a successful resume?

• How to write a successful cover letter?

• How to address responses to selection criteria?

• Job interview skills

• Time managing skills at work

• Efficient communication skills for team work

• Office etiquette

Click here to see the coming workshop

Career Events

In order to help students get the latest information from job market, GBCA Career Centre organizes students to have career conversations with:

• HR Manager

• Industry CEO

• Executive Recruiter

Internship

As Industry Based Learning(IBL), internship can benefit students in these aspects:

• Apply theory to real work practice and gain valuable work experience

• Helping you develop a network of professional contacts and future referrals

• Develop and refine skills

• Receive financial compensation

• Gain confidence

• Transition into a job

GBCA students can approach internship opportunities through different ways, including:

GBCA Partnered Industries

GBCA has partnered with industries to give our students opportunities of internship. Our partner industries are from these fields:

• Information Technology

• Airline and aerospace services

• Architectural design

• Media & communication

• Real estate property development

• Corporate travel

Professional Placement Agency

IPA (Industry Placement Australia)

http://industryplacements.com.au/

LIVE Projects

LIVE Projects is a Study Melbourne Program under the LIVE (Lead, Intern, Volunteer, Experience) initiative. Participating students undertake a unique three weeks collaborative project learning experience to solve a real business problem for a Victorian government, business or community organization.

Participation in LIVE Projects is open to all international students in Victoria with places organized through participating Victorian universities and TAFEs.

GBCA is proudly involved in LIVE Projects Program.

Every year there will be GBCA students qualified and picked to join LIVE Projects Program.

To find out more or to apply to join LIVE Projects, contact GBCA Career Centre.

Volunteering

Being a volunteer means surrounding yourself with like-minded people, working together to help others. You will meet new friends, network with mentors, and make unique connections.

Explore the volunteering opportunities:

● GBCA resources

GBCA can recommend our students to GBCA collaboration industries and companies for volunteering

● Website searching

Our students can also find themselves volunteer work opportunities through volunteering websites, such as:

Volunteering Victoria http://volunteeringvictoria.org.au/for-volunteers/
Volunteering Australia https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/#/
Go Volunteer https://govolunteer.com.au/

GBCA organizes our students to have face-to-face communication with successful volunteers to share volunteering experiences.

▪ Think about the type of work you would like to do
▪ Think about how much time you would volunteer
▪ Research volunteer organizations
▪ Enjoy your volunteer experience

Jobs and Opportunities

The GBCA Library is designed to provide a comfortable learning environment that enables and supports students’ and teachers’ learning, teaching and research needs. The general collection contains all the required textbooks, along with additional references that are recommended for each course offered at College. An Academic and Career support collection is included to empower students to succeed both at GBCA and afterwards in their respective careers. Support materials for the international students’ study of the English language are also provided. Course relevant magazines and daily newspapers are provided to ensure that students’ and teachers’ knowledge is current regarding their field of study and international events. The Library is situated in Level One of the Queen Street campus. It is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. There are study spaces available, printer and computers with access to the Internet, MS office and MYOB Educational Edition installed.

GBCA Resources

GBCA cooperates with companies from different industries to provide internships, part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities for students. Our partner industries and companies are from these fields:

•  Airline and aerospace services

•  Information Technology

•  Architectural Design

•  Real estate property development

•  Media & communication

•  Corporate travel

Visit our Careers page to view our latest vacancies

 

Job Searching Websites & Useful Links

Career & Study Links

My Future/Job Outlook – Study and Career Information in Australia

Job Search

CareerOne
Australian Job Search
Seek
Indeed
Job Search Portal (An excellent link to a range of resources)

Graduate Careers & Employment

Graduate Careers Australia
Job Outlook – Department of Employment
Labour Market Information Portal
Graduate Opportunities

Government Links

Government Internet Gateway
Government On-Line Directory
Fair Work Ombudsman
Australian Public Service (Commonwealth/Federal Government) Career Information
State Government Career Information

Government Job Vacancies

Australian Government Gazette
ACT
Victoria
NSW
Queensland
South Australia
Western Australia
Tasmania
Northern Territory

University Employment

University jobs in Australia

Volunteering

Volunteering ACT
Go Volunteer
ACT community directory
Community Development Network ACT

Working Abroad & International Opportunities

Transitions Abroad
Work Gateways UK
Overseas Jobs
Greenheart Travel
BUNAC
Go Abroad
EasyExpat

Networking to Get A Job

Networking is about making sure that when people hear a job, they think of you.

Tip one: Make a list of people you know through university, work, social networks, family networks and extracurricular activity groups, and consider how they might be connected to your chosen industry.

Tip two: Don’t forget about online networking. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin are all great networking tools. Make it easy for people to find you, show them what you can do.

Career Fair

• Melbourne Career Expo

Careers Consultation

One-on-one Careers

Consultation
When you make an appointment for a Career Consultation, one of GBCA friendly career advisors will meet you face-to-face for approximately 30 minutes.

The consultation will help you review your:
• Job-specific resume

• Cover letter

• Key selection criteria responses

The consultation will also help you in:
• Interview performance

• Job searching tactics

• Short-term and long-term career planning

Contact
To find out more, or to book an appointment, contact the team via email: ting.zhao@gbca.edu.au

Career Quick Tips

Use these career quick tips to help with all stages of your career development and job application.

All quick tips are available as PDF files for you to download

• VIC-GOVERNMENTemployabilityskills

• Cover letters tips

• Resume tips

• How to address key selection criteria

• Interview tips

• How to prepare for industry event

• Working experience tips

• CoverLetter No-Work-Experience

• CoverLetter Work-Experience

• Resume example without Work Experience

• Resume example with Work Experience