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ECU Business Experience giving school students an extra edge

Wednesday, 06 October 2010

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Work experience is an important factor when searching for new employees, with Graduate Careers Australia stating that employer’s value, and prefer, job applicants who possess skills such as team work, communication and problem solving.

In light of this, Edith Cowan University (ECU) hosted the inaugural ECU Business Experience on Friday, 17 September at the Joondalup Campus, to provide school students from across the Perth Metropolitan area with the chance to meet like-minded individuals and get their first taste of a competitive business environment.

Seven schools participated in this year’s challenge, which saw teams of six students from years 10 and 11 participate in an ECU Business Edge workshop focussing on developing participant’s business communication and presentation skills.

Following the morning workshop, students were given four hours to complete a comprehensive case study, which they then presented to a panel of judges from the Faculty of Business and Law and industry.

The judges assessed the teams on their ability to create quality solutions to the problems, apply teamwork skills and effectively present their ideas.

The winning team was announced at an awards reception held at the Kurongkurl Katitjin Art Gallery at the end of the day, with the students from Wesley College announced as the overall winners.

Wesley College’s Headmaster, Mr David Gee, said the ECU Business Experience challenge was a great learning experience for his students.

“The Wesley students put in a true team effort, with each boy contributing to the presentation of their analysis.”

Marketing and Communications Support Officer from the Faculty of Business and Law, and ECU Business Experience Coordinator, Mr Ben Hamer believes the program is a fantastic opportunity for school students to get a taste of a business environment.

“Entering the workplace can sometimes be a daunting experience, and we hope that the Business Experience program provides students with an insight into the business world, and helps create confident business professionals.”

The winning students in this year’s challenge were Jack Coughlin, Darren Sweeney, Darren Wee, David Silberman, Meng-Yeow Lim and Wesley Moore and were accompanied on the day by their teacher, Ms Kathy Krajcar.

Each winning student received a prize, and the school was presented with a cheque for $750.

For more information on the challenge, visit the ECU Faculty of Business and Law webpage.

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