Career tip: Be kind about past experiences

Badmouthing anyone at any point of a job interview will make you come across as someone 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 interview might attempt to test your attitude by asking questions, such as “Have you ever worked with someone you didn’t like?”. This might seem like a prompt for a negative response, but instead of speaking ill of a past employer or colleague, try focusing on what the problem was and how you ultimately dealt with it. Explaining how you contributed towards resolving the issue can be a great way to showcase your communication skills.

This article was written and edited by Arthur Chan and Matthew Leach.
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Career tip: Be 15 mins early (to an interview)

First impressions can take you a long way. We all know that if you don’t hand in your application for a job on time, you won’t be considered for the position. As such, you should avoid arriving late to your interview at all costs.

In any professional environment, showing up late implies that you are either disorganized and unable to manage your schedule properly or that you simply don’t care enough about your job to be there in a timely manner. As such, turning up late to an interview can cost you a valuable opportunity.

To avoid this major mistake, why not practice travelling from your home to the location of the interview ahead of time? This will ensure that you have a route planned out and that you’ll be aware of how long the trip will take.

On the day of the interview, arriving fifteen minutes in advance can be a great way to show that you are both keen and organised. It can also give you the time you might need to deal with your nerves, enjoy a quick break or provide a buffer against any unexpected traffic that might have slowed you down.

If your interview is being conducted over the internet, you should still make sure that you’re ready fifteen minutes ahead of schedule. Consider sending a quick “hello” message to your interview and offer to test the connection with them. They might not respond but it is a nice way to show that you care about this opportunity and that you are willing to take initiative.

This article was written and edited by Arthur Chan and Matthew Leach.
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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.” 

This article was written and edited by Arthur Chan and Matthew Leach.
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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

This article was written and edited by Arthur Chan and Matthew Leach.
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“Developing successful business networking” Seminar

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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.

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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.

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To register please use this link:

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GBCA looks forward to seeing you there!

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Student Satisfaction with GBCA Remains High

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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

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

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1529633126933″] 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. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1529633139495″] This is a great opportunity for international students to have various options and fulfil their dreams of studying and working in Australia. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1529633149781″] For further information, please contact [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

International Education – Delivering Value to the China Market

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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.

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

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  • 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

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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

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For more information or to make a booking:
We look forward to seeing you there!


First outstanding teacher and student awards ceremony

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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

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Winning teacher representative Lan Cross making speech

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1525651609915″] 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. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”4699″ img_size=”ivan_project” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1525654607118″]

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

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1525654722062″] 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.” [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”4702″ img_size=”ivan_project” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text c_id=”.vc_1525654829083″] In the end. All the attendees took the opportunity to take pictures together. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Study vocational courses with government funding at GBCA

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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.

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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.

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For further details on subsidy please do visit our website link