Professional Year Course Structure and Schedule
Professional Year Timetable
Face to Face Modules
Encompassing seven 4-week long subjects, this first stage is designed to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and communication skills to successfully integrate into the Australian business setting in your nominated profession.
Students are required to attend the campus one day a week; a choice of weekday and weekend days are available.
Australian Business Culture
This subject focuses on developing communication skills in Australian multicultural and diverse work environments. Practical and authentic scenarios, case studies and simulations are introduced to practise and improve these skills.
As a Professional Year student you will actively participate in the classroom activities that provide many opportunities to enhance understanding of cross cultural communication, appreciation of different cultures and how these cultural differences will affect business operations in a global market. Australian Business Culture allows you to look at the role of teams in organisations and the qualities of effective teams and leaders in the workplace.
Accelerating Interview Skills
You will develop the skills needed to master the job selection process through a series of hands-on activities that focus on developing telephone screening and face-to-face interview skills. Skills taught include how to self-assess and develop your personal brand, enhance your online presence and master interview preparation and performance. You’ll learn how to follow up on interviews and the process for receiving and accepting job offers.
Long term career plans are usually a low priority for recent graduates. However, we will encourage you to develop short, medium and longer term career management strategies to achieve your goals. Finding the job is only the first step; once employed there are many things that you’ll need to do to demonstrate you are the right person for the job.
Employer expectations, induction and orientation programs, building workplace relationships, networking, and professional development are some of the themes reviewed in this module.
Australian Workplace Environment
We provide a macro to micro perspective of the Australian workplace environment by increasing your understanding and knowledge of relevant Australian workplace legislation, including Workplace Health and Safety regulations.
You’ll explore the development and importance of a company’s vision, mission and core values statements and how they are linked to organisational, team and individual performance. Equally important is the understanding of appropriate behaviour, workplace norms, and business etiquette to allow you to settle in to your workplace with confidence.
Applying Job Search Skills
This focuses on how to secure employment in your profession, starting with developing self-awareness, identifying personal characteristics, and highlighting your strengths and weaknesses. We will discuss and evaluate job search strategies and methods to target appropriate job opportunities. Part of this process is understanding the hidden job market, analysing job advertisements and understanding exactly what the employer is looking for.
With the support of highly experienced trainers, you will develop a tailored job application including: job application emails, cover letters and resumes.
Professional Workplace Meetings
Workplace meetings are an integral part of any work environment and are often an essential mechanism to achieving business outcomes. This subject specifically focuses on developing skills to organise and participate effectively in business meetings.
You will participate in mock meetings and learn appropriate meeting behaviour, vocabulary, arrangements and responsibilities, documentation and protocol for meeting follow up.
Professional Workplace Writing
Effective workplace writing is a critical skill for the workplace and one that you will be using on a daily basis in your profession. The aim of Professional Workplace Writing is to hone your email and report writing skills. Developing the areas of email structure, style and etiquette, and grammar and language usage will be important in creating good first impressions and maintaining reputations with internal and external stakeholders.
Report writing focuses on researching, planning and organising information, drafting to include appropriate structure and design, and final submissions.
Professional Workplace Communication
This subject develops the essential workplace skill of communication and interaction with internal and external clients. This communication could be face-to-face or on the telephone and the context could be formal or informal.
To address this, the focal areas are developing confidence, understanding clients’ needs, establishing rapport, building empathy, enhancing language use and actively listening. In addition, dealing with complaints appropriately and displaying cultural awareness are also key factors to build this skill. In this subject you will learn through active participation in role-plays and interactive classroom activities.