Higher Education Case Studies
PACE program (Participation and Community Engagement program)
The award-winning PACE program is a unique initiative that broadens students’ study experience by embedding practical activity into their degrees. PACE connects students with a partner organisation to provide a mutually beneficial outcome. As a Work Integrated Learning specialist, Performance Careers is partnering Macquarie University's Department of Accounting & Corporate Governance to provide specialist practical seminars to help deliver this unique curriculum. This program was winner of the B/HERT ‘Excellence in Accounting Teaching Collaboration 2014’ award.
Professional Career Skills Program
Working with Macquarie University's Department of Accounting & Corporate Governance, Performance Careers delivers a tailored practical ‘Professional Career Skills Seminar’ series specifically focused on developing the employability skill needs for graduates entering an accounting profession. The series consists of 4 seminars focussing on Career Success Skills, The Australian Professional Workplace and Professional Business Communication.
"I am delighted to say that Performance Careers developed and conducted the Performance Career Skills Program for our students. This is one of the best programs that I have ever had the pleasure of being involved with. The measure of success for me is the feedback from the students who attended this program in 2013 and 2014. The feedback from our students is always overwhelmingly positive, the way in which the program was designed and conducted made it both enjoyable and a lifelong learning experience for students.
The trainers were extremely well prepared and the material provided to students was highly professional. The operational support provided by their team made it easy for us to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Very professional, very helpful and the program is always enjoyed by all – students and staff."
- Deputy Head of Department, Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University
CSU / Kaplan Business School / AIH / Federation University
Career Skills Workshops
With an ongoing commitment to helping their students and graduates achieve career success, CSU / Kaplan Business School / AIH / Federation University have employed the expertise of Performance Careers to provide ongoing practical employability skills training. Performance Careers continues to provide tailored workshops to suit the specific needs of the tertiary providers / Universities and their students. Workshops provided include: Career Skills Needs, Linkedin and Online Profiles, Resume Preparation, Networking and Interview Preparation.
"Our relationship with Performance Careers is key to the career success of our students. The workshops and events they run on campus are engaging and informative, with exceptional feedback from the students. I would highly recommend Performance Careers workshops for career success".
- National Careers Manager, Kaplan Business School
“The CSU students have really gained value from the career skills workshops conducted in our Melbourne and Sydney Study Centres. The Consultants at Performance Careers are really professional and engage very well with the students. They have an excellent knowledge of recruitment practices and many of our students have commented that the workshops have really made a difference in the way they approach their career preparation.”
- Careers Development Manager, Charles Sturt University Study Centres
Melbourne Polytechnics / Federation University (facilitated by ATMC)
Victorian Government Internship Initiative - Study Melbourne
In October 2013 the Victorian Government released the International Education Strategy for Victoria 2013-2018, which committed to expanding work experience opportunities for international students. The strategy included the establishment of a Study Melbourne Internship Program, international student internship opportunities in the private and public sectors, as well as working with employers to build awareness of the benefits of engaging international students.
As a leading professional Work Integrated Learning provider, Performance Careers is partnering with Melbourne Polytechnics and Federation University (facilitated by ATMC) to deliver professional internships to selected high performing students. As part of the program candidates receive intensive career skills workshops, resume and interview preparation, a personalised learning and development plan, 10 to 12 week Professional Internship in their nominated field of study (3 days per week) and a dedicated Placement Consultant to coach, guide and provide feedback throughout.
Charles Sturt University
Work Integrated Learning program
Performance Careers has been working with CSU Study Centres since 2013 and since late 2015 CSU Study Centres have offered eligible graduates the opportunity for Industry Placements through the Performance Careers WIL Program. With a large international student cohort the program is a key strategic initiative for CSU Study Centres to help students boost their career prospects by widening their understanding of Australian workplace culture, providing an entry point into industry and helping students to build their professional networks.
The 12 week industry placement and is open to students from IT, Accounting and Business/ Commerce disciplines, and commences after completion of the student’s CSU course. To date 182 CSU students have participated in the Performance Careers WIL placement program.
“We chose to partner with Performance Careers for the WIL program as we have had a good working relationship with them for several years and enjoy working with them. They have assisted us in finding high quality WIL placements for CSU Study Centre graduates. Many of these graduates have gone on to be employed by their host companies and are now very successful in their careers. Performance Careers offer a unique program where each student is supported and mentored from the initial meeting with a Placement Consultant through to the end of their WIL placement.
Each student has a learning & development plan with learning outcomes and receives feedback along the way as well as an evaluation at the end. Performance Careers is really making a difference to the career success of their students and has a dedicated team of Consultants who really care about the students and bring out the best in them. Performance Careers are knowledgeable, flexible and are also leading the way in this space.”
- Kristina Glennon, Careers Devlopment Manager, CSU Study Centre Sydney
"I wanted to do an industry placement to increase the chances of getting a job and to further my career in the accounting industry. The most challenging part of the placement was to understand a problem and use your creativity, understanding and knowledge to find solutions to problems you've never had the experience to deal with. In universities, you always have examples of problems in the book and similar scenarios are asked - the placement made me aware of the practicality of the job and has given me confidence.
A placement allows you to make mistakes and learn from it. I learnt a lot just by observing and I got to experience using software such as Simpro and Quikbooks. I got to advance my excel skills with constant use of Pivot Tables and Vlookup and increased my Communication and Organisation skills. The financial controller who I closely worked with was impressed and recommended me to the Managing Director – as a direct result of the placement I was offered a job starting in Jan 2017."
- Elpha Pradhan, CSU Student, Accounting Placement