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Justin’s story – What it means to be job ready

Learning in the classroom is just the start. Business and commerce students at ECC and ECU are involved in activities that provide the hands-on experience and knowledge that the industry requires from graduates.

ECC Alumnus, Justin, is an International student from Vietnam. Now studying his Bachelor of Commerce at ECU, he got there with the help from ECC;

“At Edith Cowan College, the lecturers from my experience were awesome. They were very helpful, supportive and knowledgeable.”

The ECC classes are smaller than those at university, making it easier for the students to communicate with the lecturers because they have better one-on-one time with the students. The lecturers have the industry experience that students, like Justin, a value in a teacher.

“There is a difference between the academic world and the real world. So, it is good to bring that kind of insight into the classroom. What I like the most about ECC is definitely the campus. They have very new and modern facilities.”

Justin was provided with theoretical learning and practical skills to make him successful in the business environment. Students learn a range of business concepts and many abilities including employability, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, communications and problem-solving.

So, what makes ECC & ECU the best for Commerce? We ask ECC Academic Program Coordinator, Niva Kaspi, for her insight; “ECC understands the needs of our students. Teaching is interactive and engaging, with lots of opportunities to meet new people in a non-threatening environment. ECU Commerce degree gives all students the opportunity to have workplace integrated learning, either with opportunities for internships within a company or in a simulated environment on campus.”

Graduating with learning experiences, Justin has learned how to apply the theory in a practical and real-world setting with a guaranteed internship. The range of subjects covered in the course allows students to be well-rounded business individuals that will be ready to handle anything in a corporate setting.

Courses have a strong employability focus and as such, they provide students with skills required by respective industries. These are both discipline skills, relating to their major, for example accounting systems and processes or marketing practices, also interpersonal skills, such as working in teams, communicating, thinking critically, and being lifelong learners.

Justin’s passion is in business marketing, but there is a large range of majors available to commerce students including accounting, finance, event management, health management, hotel management, human resources management, international business, law in business, management, project management, sports business, hospitality & tourism management, advertising & public relations, international hotel & resort management.

Perth is an ideal study destination, with beautiful weather and affordable living costs, it is ideal for students seeking an Australian lifestyle. Justin tells us what he likes best about Perth;

“I did my research before I come to Perth. One of the stats that I like is that Perth remains one of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world. And I am grateful to be in one of these cities. I feel like we have very high security, very high living standards, good infrastructure, the crime rate is low, and we have very good accommodation.”

What future jobs are available for commerce students? There are various sectors that offer employment opportunities to commerce graduates: the corporate sector, government agencies, mining and resources, and service and hospitality. ECC gives students the building blocks to be prepared for business opportunities available in Perth and worldwide.

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