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Award-winning Job Smart program gets international students career-ready

20 January 2020
Employability skills program gives students a career headstart
Three international students share the impact of the Business School's Job Smart program on their professional development.

Job Smart is a one-stop program that guides international students on how to achieve career success anywhere in the world by providing job application support, networking opportunities and local work experiences in Sydney. In 2019, Job Smart won the Employability category in the AFR Higher Education Awards.

Hear how three students have benefitted from the program.

Mason Yin
Mason Yin
Master of Commerce (Finance and Banking)
Jesse Peng
Jesse Peng
Bachelor of Commerce (Management and Finance)
Anabella Irene
Annabella Irene
Master of Commerce (Big Data & Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

The program assisted students to build necessary skills, offering plenty of networking opportunities that enabled us to build connections with industry professionals. Whilst I secured my internship from the Industry Placement Program, the Job Smart program prepared me for employment stages through mock interviews and mock assessment centers.

I worked for ING wholesale banking department, which deals with government agencies and large corporate entities. During my internship, I was working with Real Estate Finance team where I learned how to draft a client account plan, master sheets for the assets portfolio and real estate market analysis. Despite my deliverables being far from satisfactory, my mentor provided me with constructive feedback. Thanks to the Job Smart Program, I was able to act resiliently in these situations.

Aspiring to be a skillful analyst, I am hoping to develop my critical judgement. With the support of my mentor, I aim to build my business acumen by refining my accounting and real estate knowledge and credit rating rationale. 

Thanks to the program, I was given the opportunity to work on my employable skills, especially given how hard it was to do so before her first real job. The program offers a "Dress for Success" monthly event which provided me with networking opportunities.

Here, I landed a marketing internship at the Fred Follows Foundation which opened more doors for me, including a place in the United Nations Millennium Fellowship, where I learnt from global leaders and worked with other students across the world from schools like Harvard University. 

For me, Phase Two of the Job Smart Program was highly valuable. This phase offered me a real working environment stimulation which allowed me to form a team and work on real cases. The learnings provided me with real practical skills which I carried through in my latter mock interviews.

Whilst my career aspirations lies within the consulting industry, I was granted a marketing internship at L'Oreal Luxe in China. I am excited to improve my employable skills as I believe that this real work experience will help clarify my future career path.

Thanks to the network opportunities offered by the Job Smart Program, I was able to earn an internship in the Analytics and Cognitive consulting division at Deloitte. With a passion for emerging technologies and data, I am excited by the opportunity to understand the different issues clients face in the real world.

The program was beneficial for me as it provided me with value feedback on my resume. By networking with a wide range of professionals, I developed my business acumen and received advice on how to professionally present myself to potential employers with confidence and proactiveness.

Learn more about the Job Smart Program