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Business School Facilitator Profiles - Where Are They Now?

Farhan Ali

Farhan Ali
Degree:
Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies)
Degree completion: 2013
Years active in PASS: 3 years (2011-2013)
Subject/s facilitated: BUSS1001 (Understanding Business), BUSS1002 (The Business Environment)

Previous Employment: Investment Banking Analyst, Credit Suisse
Current position: Strategy Associate
Current Company: Woolworths Limited


My time in PASS as a Facilitator and Team Leader really supported my transition to full time work. PASS provided me with the confidence to take on challenging tasks while also giving me the opportunity to take on feedback in a constructive way, as well as to provide feedback to others, even those who are more senior than I am!
PASS allowed me to work collaboratively within a team, but also to work autonomously where necessary and take ownership of my tasks. This skill has been a valuable addition in my current employment where I am required to facilitate group discussions, and manage group projects.




Jeremy Dean

Jeremy Dean
Degree:
 Bachelor of Commerce
Degree completion: 2013 
Years active in PASS: 1 year (2014)
Subject/s facilitated: BUSS1030 (Accounting, Business and Society), ACCT1006 (Accounting and Financial Management)

Current position: Experienced Analyst - Assurance and Advisory
Current Company: Deloitte


PASS has helped me learn to adapt to any situation that I may encounter. Each PASS session is always different with unique and unknown challenges and likewise events within the workforce are not always predictable. The ability to improvise and articulate your thoughts under pressure is a valuable skill within the fast-paced business world. Additionally, PASS helps develop strong interpersonal skills, both in terms of fostering relationships with others and strategies to understand the challenges an individual is experiencing. These soft skills are vital in a client-facing role such as assurance and advisory. 




Alisha Malhotra

Alisha Malhotra
Degree:
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
Degree completion: 2012
Years active in PASS: 2 years (2012-2013)
Subject/s facilitated: BUSS1001 (Understanding Business), BUSS1002 (The Business Environment)

Current position: Senior Consultant, Financial Risk Management
Current Company: KPMG Australia


Working in PASS provided me with opportunities to cultivate important skills that have proven to be very useful in my current employment. My top 3 are;
Communication -being able to express yourself especially when promoting yourself in an interview and to clients whilst also being able to explain your ideas (e.g. in a meeting or a report) and steer your career, through performance management and networking, is the most important and rewarding skill I have developed in my time as a PASS facilitator.
Listening- Is a relevant transferable skill from the facilitation environment to the workplace, particularly when starting a full time job for the first time and trying to find your feet. It is also critical for identifying areas for improvement in our client's processes.
Compiling agendas and ability to facilitate a meeting - As a facilitator it was important to bring structure to a meeting, but to be adaptable as needs changed. These skills are incredibly relevant to my job, and at every level, where having a clear intent for a meeting is always necessary. However, often responses from our clients can cause us to diverge from a set agenda. This particularly occurs where there is an opportunity to pursue further work with our clients.




Robert Pietriche

Robert Pietriche
Degree:
Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws
Degree completion: Bachelor of Economics 2011; Bachelor of Laws 2014
Years active in PASS: 4 years (2010-2014)
Subject/s facilitated:CLAW1001 (Foundations of Business Law), LAWS1012 (Torts), LAWS1023 (Public International Law)

Previous Employment: Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice PLG Brereton AM RFD, Supreme Court of New South Wales
Current position: Graduate Lawyer
Current employer: Herbert Smith Freehills


PASS assisted in the development of a wide range of skills. Most significantly, working as a PASS facilitator improved my communication skills by improving the clarity and precision of my delivery of ideas as well as by building my confidence in managing different types of personalities. Similarly, my broader work within the PASS team as a mentor and team leader assisted in the development of my interpersonal skills, such as by increasing my awareness of the importance of tact and constructiveness in my dealings with others and improving my ability to manage others. In addition, working within the program taught me how to manage my time and prioritise competing tasks and deadlines, how to synthesise information quickly and efficiently (both prior to sessions in preparing for each week's activities and during sessions in identifying the key problems and challenges faced by students), and the value of innovation in developing new approaches to daily tasks, all of which are crucial skills in any workplace.

Overall, I have found that my time working within the PASS program has provided me with invaluable practical and professional experience which has not only assisted me in securing positions in my chosen field, but which has also assisted me in adapting to, and thriving in, full-time professional employment.




Michael Su

Michael Su
Degree:
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.)
Degree completion: 2011
Years active in PASS: 3 years (2009 to 2011)
Subject/s facilitated:
Economics (2009-11)
Maths in Business (2011)

Current position: Senior Business Analyst
Current Company: McKinsey & Company


There are three specific skills that PASS has taught me that are also extremely relevant in the workplace:
Forward thinking and planning - to set up a successful PASS session you have to be able to play out the session in your mind, identify potential issues and resolve them before stepping into the classroom. For example, will a particular exercise require prior knowledge? Will you have time to complete a particularly interesting but complex problem? As a management consultant, I go through the same exercise in my head ahead of each meeting, this is because I will often get only one chance to speak with the client, and so each meeting must be thorough and well-planned. You'd be surprised how many meetings are ineffective simply because they aren't structured well.
Top-down communication - one of the skills I picked up as a PASS facilitator, and later as a team leader, is top-down communication. This means always starting with the overall message before giving details. This method of communicating can be very efficient, especially when communicating a new concept. As a management consultant, I often need to lead or participate in meetings with senior clients or partners who do not have the full context of the situation. Being top-down in these instances really helps to clarify the message and to avoid confusion.
Capability building and coaching - PASS differentiates itself from lectures and tutorials through its dedication to the Socratic method of teaching, which relies on asking the participants questions instead of giving them answers. This is backed by extensive research into adult-learning which states that adults retain more information when they come to the answer themselves. As a management consultant, I am frequently required to run capability building workshops for clients and colleagues, and so I rely on the Socratic method every time.




Michael Stocks

Michael Stocks
Degree:
Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)
Degree Completion: 2014
Years Active in PASS: 2 years (2013-2014)
Subjects Facilitated: BUSS1001 (Understanding Business), BUSS1002 (The Business Environment)

Current Position: Associate Product Marketing Manager
Current Company: Google


Being able to effectively facilitate discussions with groups of people is an invaluable skill that the PASS program really helped me hone. Everyone can always get better at communicating and being a part of the PASS program really took my presentation skills to the next level. My time in PASS certainly helped prepare me for my current role and I had a whole lot of fun while doing it.




Lily Wei

Lily Wei
Degree:
Bachelor of Commerce/ Master of Management
Degree Completion: 2012
Years Active in PASS:2 years (2010 to 2011)
Subjects Facilitated: ACCT2012 (Management Accounting A))

Current Position: Risk Consultant
Current Company: KPMG Australia


The skills I gained from being a PASS facilitator are very relevant and applicable to my current job, especially in terms of effective communication and critical thinking. Through communicating with PASS participants in a confident, positive and constructive way, I'm better prepared at conducting daily client interviews. On the other hand, the critical thinking skills I developed helps me analyse client issues from multiple perspectives and come up with more value-added solutions. My time working as a PASS facilitator has allowed me to communicate with students and colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds. This provided me with a deeper understanding of different cultures and work styles, enabling me to establish a creative relationship with clients and colleagues.