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Jessie Johnson

Jessie Johnson

Jessie Johnson

"I use my new business skills at uni, in the workplace, and in my social life!"

"I was fortunate enough to achieve a very high score in my TER so I had my pick of unis and courses when I left school. ECU appealed to me because the Accounting degree was practically focused, and I wanted a course that would leave me confident and work-ready.

One of the most helpful aspects of the course is the Business Edge program. It teaches you a range of skills that are essential to the modern business world. I have found them valuable at uni, in placement situations and even in my social life.

I also valued industry involvement at ECU – last year I participated in the Deloitte Dream Team."

Accounting and Business Law student


At ECU, we teach business differently from other universities. We believe in the importance of developing your employability skills to better prepare you for your future career in the workplace. We were the first in Australia to teach employability skills in a specially designed program called ECU Business Edge.

So what are these employability skills? They are a list of skills, behaviours and attributes first developed in 2002 by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Business Council of Australia, with funding by the Australian Federal Government. They are considered essential if students want to be ‘job-ready’ when they finish their degree. We revised them further to keep them up to date and relevant for future graduates and the contemporary workplace. We want students to have a competitive edge in the job market when they graduate.

Employability skills include:

  1. Working effectively with others
  2. Communicating effectively
  3. Self-awareness
  4. Thinking critically
  5. Analysing data and using technology
  6. Problem-solving
  7. Developing initiative and enterprise
  8. Self-management
  9. Social responsibility & accountability
  10. Developing professionalism

Find out more about these skills.


ECU Business Edge is taught in specially designed classrooms with up to date technology to allow you to work with others on real world problems.

Student-centred learning

It’s student-centred so there are plenty of role-plays, scenarios, interactive multi-media and activities where students develop their employability skills by ‘doing’. In the final capstone unit, students get the opportunity to do practical work integrated learning with local businesses to really extend their skills and abilities.


The program responds to the voice of the employer through the relevant content and innovative facilitation styles, which support and further develop the identified employability skills. The ECU Business Edge team continually strive to enhance the relevance of the program by consultation and interaction with the local business community.


  • 2013 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2012 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Undergraduate
  • 2012 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by Sessional Staff
  • 2011 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by Sessional Staff
  • 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Service to Students
  • 2010 Dean’s Award for Innovation in Teaching & Learning
  • 2009 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Engagement in Learning & Teaching
  • 2009 Dean’s Award for Innovation in Teaching & Learning
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