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What is Cookery?

Ever spent hours binge watching Gordon Ramsay yell profanity at his chefs or Jamie Oliver cook healthy dishes in his beautiful kitchen? Well, these world famous chefs are evidently extremely good at what they do.  Chefs are in high demand all over the world. If you have a passion for cooking, this article is equipped with everything you need to know before stepping into your journey of becoming a chef in Australia. 

Cookery is known to be the practice or skill of preparing and cooking food. Typical responsibilities of chefs include overseeing food production at places such as restaurants, private homes, events, cafes and hotels. 

Different Types of Chef

I. Head chef 

Known also as an executive chef, they are responsible for the entire kitchen and have significant input into the menu. It takes years of experience to become a head chef. Most of the time, head chefs are not involved in any cooking ; instead, they oversee the quality of dishes before going out. 

II. Sous Chef

Sous Chef is the second chef in common in assisting the head chef, in overseeing the kitchen. 

III. Station Chef 

Station Chefs have a huge responsibility as they are in charge of an entire area in the kitchen. They work directly under the Sous Chef and are responsible for all the chefs working in their area. 

IV. Kitchen Manager 

Kitchen Managers tend to work to manage the behind the scenes of a kitchen’s operations. They tend to the stock levels of the ingredients as well as the functioning of the equipment in the kitchen.

V. Commis Chef

Commis Chefs are usually entry level positions in which they work alongside other kitchen staff to allow them to see how a kitchen works first-hand and to work beside an experienced cook. 

VI. Pastry Chef 

Pastry Chefs are specialised chefs that are skilled in making desserts, pastries, bread and other forms of baked goods. The primary responsibilities of pastry chefs are to bake, prepare and pair baked sweets to match demands. 

Skills Needed to Become A Chef in Australia

I. Communication Skills

When working in a fast-paced environment like a kitchen, you’d definitely need to have good communication skills. No matter the hierarchy, you would need to be able to not only listen effectively and follow orders or take charge as head to direct your chefs.

II. Attention to Detail

Attention to detail is important in ensuring the quality and consistency of every dish that goes out to customers. Examples of details that chefs need to have an eye for are like portion sizing, precision, presentation and heat control. 

III. Teamwork 

The professional kitchen can be a huge pot of people, coming from many different backgrounds, skill levels coming together with the same passion for cooking. Being able to work together as a team is crucial in ensuring a smooth workflow in the kitchen which then results in quality service of food. 

IV. Resilience 

Physical resilience comes in as working in the kitchen can be extremely demanding as chefs usually work 10-12 hour shifts in hot temperatures without breaks in between. Mental resilience comes in for you to be able to mentally cope with the pressure while being on top of your game while remaining focused and consistent in producing dishes for customers. 

General Pathway of Becoming a Chef in Australia

The full Commercial Cookery course comprises of –  

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery:  this is a one year training course, which offers both theory and practical training. A mandatory workplace training of 10 weeks must be undertaken in either a restaurant, hotel, cafe or coffee house as a trainee chef. Upon completion, you will become a qualified cook. 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery: this is a 6 month course, for students that have achieved Cert III in Commercial Cookery and want to have a higher role in a kitchen setting. Upon completion, you will become a qualified chef. 

Diploma of Hospitality Management (Commercial Cookery Pathway): this is a 6 month course for students that have completed both their Certificate III and IV of Commercial Cookery. This qualification helps you to enhance your skills and knowledge in hospitality operations which include inventory control, operational planning and customer service. 

Potential Career Choices for You; 

  1. Kitchen manager 
  2. Restaurant manager 
  3. Sous Chef 
  4. Unit Manager 

Entry Requirements to Study Commercial Cookery in Australia 

Academic Requirements

Certificate III & IV Commercial Cookery 

Qualification

Scores

SPM/IGCSE (Year 11 equivalent) 

Min. 4 passes

Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Commercial Cookery 

Qualification

Scores

Australian Year 12 qualification

ATAR Min. 50

GCE O Levels

Min. 4C’s

*NOTE : Any other equivalent of Year 12 qualifications can be accepted if it meets a satisfactory level, varying based on courses. Different courses have different entry requirements. 

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English Language Requirements

Certificate III & IV  Commercial Cookery 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 5.5  

TOEFL IBT 

Min. 46

Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Commercial Cookery 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 5.5  

TOEFL IBT 

Min. 69

*NOTE : Different courses have different entry requirements.

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Top Commercial Cookery Courses & Programs in Australia

#1 Le Cordon Bleu (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney)

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Program Name 

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery 

Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management 

Duration (Full time)

15 months (Cert III) 

6 months (Cert IV)

6 months (Advanced Diploma)

Intake 

January, April, July and October 

Indicative Fee (2021)

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#2 William Angliss Institute, Melbourne

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Program Name 

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management 

Duration (Full time) 

1 year (Cert III)

1.5 years (Cert IV) 

2 (Diploma including Cert IV)

Intake 

February, May, July and October 

Indicative Fee (2021)

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#3 Evolution Hospitality Institute, Sydney

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Program Name 

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management 

Duration (Full time) 

15 months (Cert III) 

24 months (Cert IV)

24 months (Diploma)

Intake 

January, April, July and October 

Indicative Fee (2021)

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#4 TAFE Western Australia

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Campuses: 

  • South Metropolitan TAFE, Bentley 
  • North Metropolitan TAFE, Joondalup 

Program Name 

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management 

Duration (Full time) 

12 months (Cert III) 

6 months (Cert IV)

6-18 months (Diploma)

Intake 

February and July

Indicative Fee (2021)

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#5 TAFE New South Wales

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Program Name 

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Diploma of Hospitality Management 

Duration (Full time) 

1 year (Cert III) 

1.5 years (Cert IV + Diploma)

Intake 

February and July

Indicative Fee (2021)

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How to Gain Permanent Residency as a Chef in Australia?

Upon completion of the programme and graduation, students from culinary courses have a pathway for Permanent Residency (PR status).  Here are 5 steps you’d need to take as a graduate chef to gain PR in Australia:

STEP 1 

Firstly, you’d need to apply for the Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) through Trade Recognition Australia.  For this, you would have to have completed AT LEAST a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery/Patisserie/Asian Cookery from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). You would also need a valid student visa, along with proof of 360 hours of work experience and/or vocational placement related to the nominated occupation of a Chef. 

Successful PSA results are needed for the next step, 485 (Graduate Stream) visa application.

STEP 2 

Application of the 485 (Graduate Stream) requires i) completion of AT LEAST *2 years of study in a field that is highly related to occupation of a Chef, ii) satisfaction of the required English Language capability, iii) successful PSA results 

*Many students take up Certificate III & IV in Commercial Cookery with an additional Diploma of Hospitality to satisfy the 485 visa requirements. 

STEP 3 

Next, you need to apply for a Job Ready Employment (JRE). To be eligible, you should have a i) successful PSA outcome, ii) secured a paid employment as a Chef, in where you have to perform the tasks listed as a Chef as listed on ‘Australia Business Statistics’ and acquire/in the process of acquiring a 485 visa. To be successful in this step, you would need to have completed AT LEAST 1,725 hours of paid experience as a Chef in the previous year along with submissions of monthly and quarterly journals to show the work you’ve been performing in your role with evidences (bank statements and pay slips)

STEP 4 

After completing about 863 hours of paid work experience within 6 months, you will be eligible to undertake the ‘Job Ready Workplace Assessment’ – then a Liaison Officer will be assigned to you in where a scheduled visit will be done to your workplace to assess all the tasks that you perform based on the monthly journals. If you are successful, your outcome letter will show that you are Job Ready, if not, it will show as Not Yet Job Ready. If failed, you are given another chance to retake the assessment. 

STEP 5

Final step of the process is to apply for a ‘Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA)’. To be eligible, you should have a successful PSA and JRWA outcome, along with providing your Liaison Officer with journals and paid employment evidence covering at least 12 months (at least 1,725 work hours). Once all of these steps are completed, you can use your JRFA for your Permanent Residency visa application. 

NOTE: It is important for you to also understand that this is just one of the requirements needed to apply for a PR Visa, where all the application criteria need to be satisfied to get a visa grant. 

For more information regarding the application of permanent residency in Australia as a Chef,  please contact Excel Education

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Studying Abroad During a Pandemic

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The thought of studying abroad in a foreign country itself is scary. But it is even scarier when there is a raging pandemic to think about. If you are considering studying abroad during these times, you probably have a lot of questions about what it is like to be an international student during a pandemic far away from home.

Studying abroad is undoubtedly an experience that will expand your horizons, help you develop empathy, and broaden your perspectives. It is an enriching experience that will definitely stay with you for the rest of your life. However, perhaps just like you, a question that many students have now is whether they could have this experience during a time where most countries’ borders are still closed. 

If this is the case for you, we are here to provide you with the answers to all of your studying abroad related questions. Below we have a list of questions we think you might have and the relevant answers to them to help you make the first step towards planning your studies overseas. 

Are Universities Accepting Applications?

We have good news, the answer is yes! Even though many countries still have travel bans put in place, most universities are accepting applications from international students. 

Here’s how it is for universities in Malaysia, Australia and the UK.

Malaysia

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Malaysia borders are currently open for international students (Except for students from specific restricted countries). All new and existing students from other countries are allowed to enter Malaysia with the condition of a 7 days quarantine period post arrival, which you need to pay for before arrival. 

Currently, all of the universities in Malaysia are accepting students from all over the world, although the classes continue to be conducted online due to a spike in the amount of covid-19 cases. 

In Malaysia, different universities have different intakes throughout the year depending on the course. 

For more information regarding the intakes offered and the application process in your preferred university, contact Excel Education

Universities in Malaysia are moving towards conducting hybrid learning for students, depending on the Covid-19 situation in the country. So you won’t be missing out on the whole university experience for much longer. 

Australia

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Entry into Australia for international students is unfortunately banned at the present and travelling to the country remains strictly controlled due to the pandemic. The state governments and universities are however trying their best to open borders for international students as soon as possible. 

In fact, the state of Victoria, in which two of the most famous universities of Australia, Monash University and University of Melbourne are located, proposed a recovery plan for international students to enter Australia. This is definitely a positive sign for all international students out there. 

If you are considering applying to a university in Australia, you can opt for February or July intakes. Some universities also have intakes throughout the year, providing you with more flexibility. 

For more information regarding the intakes offered and the application process in your preferred university, contact Excel Education.  

Just like Malaysia, Australia has both online and face-to-face classes for students. This is so that students who are unable to join physical classes can study in the comfort of their homes. It is, however, subject to change depending on the Covid-19 situation. 

United Kingdom (UK)

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UK borders are currently open for both international and existing students except the students returning from countries on the banned travel list. All travellers must undergo a self-isolation period of 10 days upon arrival. 

UK universities are currently processing all applications from students all over the world and the general intakes are in January and September. Some universities however, have intakes all year round. 

For more information regarding the intakes offered and the application process in your preferred university, contact Excel Education

Universities in the UK as well, are operating both physical classes and online classes keeping the students who can’t join on campus classes in mind. Hybrid classes can however change to full online classes of course, depending on the Covid-19 situation in the country.

Will You Be Able To Get a Student Visa?

As travel restrictions around the world are starting to loosen, many countries are providing visas and have updated their visa applications processes. 

Malaysia

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Even though Malaysia has had its borders closed for tourists since the beginning of the pandemic, students can still apply for student visas and enter Malaysia once the visa is approved. 

Students can apply for a visa to the immigration of Malaysia through their academic institution. You can track the visa application from the Education Malaysia Global Services website. You are allowed to start your studies online during this process, if you are overseas. Once the visa is approved, you are given a visa approval letter, with which your visa upon arrival in Malaysia is confirmed. 

You also need a travel authorization letter in addition to the visa approval letter before you can enter Malaysia. In addition to this, you will need to do a pre-arrival and post-arrival test for COVID-19, which you have to pay for. 

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Australia

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Just like Malaysia, Australia also allows students at all locations to apply for a visa. This means students will be able to enter as soon as travel restrictions are lifted without any visa delays. 

Another good news for students aspiring to study in Australia is that online study, whether it is remotely or in the country, is now counted towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa, as long as you possess a student visa during the period of study. 

Once you are able to enter Australia, it is a must for you to be quarantined in a quarantine facility for 14 days upon arrival, which you may need to pay for.

United Kingdom (UK)

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The case for the UK is quite different from Australia and Malaysia. If you are to take on online learning from a UK University, you are not required to obtain a visa. However, if you wish to study in the country you will need to apply for a visa. After you apply, you will get the decision on your visa application within 3 weeks. 

Currently in the UK, if you are forced to study online due to the pandemic, you will still be eligible for the 2 year post-study work visa, which is great news for the international students in the UK. 

Additionally, you need to take a Covid-19 test before and after arrival to England if your country is not on the green list, which you will need to pay for. You will also need to self-isolate for 10 days if your country is not on the green list. Malaysia is currently on the amber list, meaning students entering from Malaysia will need to quarantine at home.

What is it Like To Study Abroad During a Pandemic?

Universities understand the plight students are in during the pandemic, and most universities are moving towards blended learning with both physical and online classes so that no student is left out. However, the uncertainty of changing to full online classes remains, depending on the situation of the Covid-19 cases in that specific country. 

Many students as well as lecturers were introduced to online learning during this pandemic. Tutorials, classes as well as meetings with lecturers are carried online, in addition to being able to access libraries only through digital resources. 

While some students find this form of education not so effective, there are many students who find it more suitable for them than face-t0-face classes. For example, one of the biggest perks of online classes is that you can record the classes and watch them later at your own convenience. You can also join your classes anywhere, anytime. 

The cons of online learning that have been pointed out by many students is that they are unable to get the real university experience such as  making new friends, doing group work and extracurricular activities. Another major problem you might have if you are studying in a different country might be the time difference. If there is a big time difference between your country and the country you are pursuing your studies in, you might find yourself waking up in the middle of the night for a 10am class. 

Hence the answer to the question of what it is like to study during a pandemic can be very subjective and you can only find out what it is really like for you once you start your studies.

Is It Safe To Study Abroad During a Pandemic and Should You Do It?

In light of the pandemic, universities all over the world are undoubtedly trying their best to make learning a safe experience for all of their students. However, it will be good to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the details of exactly how your course of interest is going to be taught to make sure the new form of learning will still provide you an engaging educational experience. 

Universities have hybrid learning and contingency plans to provide a safer experience for their students in case the government brings any changes to the regulations. 

Hence, if you are really interested in pursuing your studies abroad, there is nothing to be put off about because you can always speak to the university you are looking to apply for and they will definitely give you good advice on your enrollment process and any restrictions that you may need to be aware of. 

What is most important for a student during a time like this would be to be flexible and open to changes that you may have to face along the way.  

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Top Universities to Study Financial Technology (FinTech) Degree in Malaysia

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For those of you interested in technology and finance, the emerging industry of Financial Technology (FinTech) might just be the perfect course for you. Especially, considering the digital times we are living in today. In fact, to cater to the skill gap in financial services, technology application has become a necessary skill for graduates. 

With the explosion of the internet and mobile internet, the relevance of Financial Technology (FinTech) has grown rapidly over the years and the traditional accounting and finance industry has been moving towards digital transformation. 

Before the Covid-19 Pandemic hit the world, it was quite clear that FinTech would play a crucial role in financial services in the coming years. However, the covid-19 has accelerated that process, and it will not be wrong to say that the future of FinTech is already here. 

An industry that was once seen as an industry disruptor and potential competitor in the financial service sector, is now accepted and invested in by many financial giants. With FinTech, financial institutions become more efficient and effective, by providing customers with more variety in choices, increasing transparency and saving much of the time wasted doing financial transactions.

What is FinTech?

When someone says FinTech, online transactions and e-payment is what comes to mind for many. However, this new industry is much more than just that. 

Financial Technology (FinTech) is a growing engineering discipline that is essentially about the application of technological innovations into financial services. It was once associated with only financial institutions. However, it has now moved beyond simply just being a feature that is provided by financial institutions as it can now be present in all sectors, with the application of cloud-based technologies that is a combination of open source software and blockchain technologies. 

Listed below are the trending areas in FinTech globally:

  • Insurtech
  • Regtech
  • APIs
  • Payments
  • Online Banking
  • Lending 
  • Blockchain Crypto
  • Smart contracts

The introduction of digital currencies, crowdfunding, platforms, robot investment advisors, big data analytics and algorithm-driven trending strategies has extremely influenced the way people do payments both online and offline, as well as, store, manage and finance their businesses.

FinTech Growth in Malaysia

There is no doubt that 2020 was a wavering year, with the pandemic that has affected millions of lives, but it has also fueled the growth of the Malaysian fintech industry. 

  • Covid-19 has accelerated the the shift to digital transactions 

Although Malaysia has been moving towards digital transformation for the past decade, Malaysia’s Government Control Order (MCO) has tremendously accelerated the FinTech space in Malaysia. It aided in adding 3 million new mobile banking service subscribers in 2020 as well as pushing the use of e-wallets and payments. Merchants were quick to notice the trend and join in with over 400,000 new businesses registering for QR code payment which was approximately 164% compared to the previous year. 

The e-wallet industry of Malaysia has also matured rapidly with over 40 non-bank providers such as Touch N Go, with 5 million users and 300,000 merchants. 

  • Digital finance adoption is on the rise 

Digital finance is also booming in Malaysia across different FinTech segments such as e-remittances, wealthtech, and cryptocurrency trading. 

  • FinTech Innovation due to regulatory changes 

In 2020, the government  released Malaysia’s digital banking framework on electronic know-your-customer (eKYC) to facilitate digital onboarding and later, the Central Bank  released a licensing framework  for digital banks. Forty parties have thus far formally shown interest and submitted online applications to hop on into the digital banking sector.

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What are the Career Options for FinTech Graduates?

  • Entrepreneur
  • Data Analyst
  • Strategy Analyst
  • Payment System Specialist
  • FinTech Specialist
  • Compliance Expert
  • Product Developer
  • Financial Analyst
  • FinTech Quantitative Developer
  • Banking Specialist
  • Business Development Associate
  • Blockchain developer 
  • Application developer

Subjects You will Study in a FinTech Degree in Malaysia?

  • Blockchain economics
  • Essentials of FinTech
  • Enabling FinTech
  • Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technologies
  • Crowdfunding and Alternative Lending
  • Investigations in Financial Technology
  • Financial Technology Project
  • FinTech Governance, Risk Management & Compliance

General Academic Entry Requirements for FinTech Degree in Malaysia

STPM

minimum 2 grade C+ ( CGPA 2.33 ) in 2 subjects and a credit in mathematics 

A-level

minimum grade C in 2 subjects and a credit in mathematics

UEC

5 Grade B’s including mathematics

Matriculation/ Foundation

minimum CGPA 2.50 and a credit in mathematics

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other specific entry requirements, contact Excel Education. 

General English Language Requirements for International Students in Malaysia

IELTS

minimum score of 5.0

TOEFL IBT 

35-45

MUET

Band 3 

Pearson (PTE):

36

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other specific entry requirements, contact Excel Education. 

Where to Study FinTech Courses in Malaysia?

Asia Pacific University

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Asia Pacific University (APU) has two courses providing specializations in financial technology. One course for those of you interested in Banking and Finance, and another course for those of you interested in Informational Technology.

Both of these courses are designed to provide the students an edge with the latest technologies in the Industrial Revolution 4.0. 

Both the degrees encompass 2 years of on campus studying and 16 weeks of first-hand industrial experience. 

Course Details (Information Technology with Specialization in FinTech)

Program

BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a Specialism in Financial Technology (FinTech)


Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons) with a Specialization in Financial Technology 

Intake

May, September & November 

Duration

3 Years 

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM87,000

International Students: RM88,200

 

Taylor’s University

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The course, Bachelor in Accounting(FinTech) at Taylor’s University is the perfect course for those of you interested in a combination of accounting and financial Technology as this course is specifically designed to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of both sectors. 

This unique course gives students the opportunity to meet the demands from different industries including the “Big Four” accounting firms, multinational corporations, banking and financial services, public listed companies, and government agencies. 

This course is the first of its kind and provides the opportunity for students to do two internships for more industrial experience. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor in Accounting (FinTech)(Honours)

Duration

January, March, August 

Intake

3 years

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM99,906

International Students: USD29,219

 

Multimedia University (MMU)

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The course at Multimedia University (MMU) is the one for you if you are interested in the engineering aspect of financial technology. Specifically, it is a blend of IT, Mathematics, finance, and financial modelling modeling skills, all of which are essential aspects of the financial technology industry.

This course involves three years of on campus studying and internship during the fourth year. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Financial Engineering (Hons)

Intake

April, July , September & November

Duration

3 and a half years 

Indicative Fees (2021)

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Top 3 Career Choices If You Love Working With People

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#1 Social Worker

Are you an empathetic person? Do you have good verbal and non-verbal communication skills? Do you have a good conscience and have a good sense of the social world? Are you highly culturally competent? A social work degree might be the right choice for you if your answers are yes to the questions above. 

Social Work is an academic and practice based field that seeks to improve quality of life for individuals, families and communities. The Social Work industry is derived on the understanding and striving to improve the lives of others. A degree in social work equips graduates with the knowledge and skills required for the industry such as legal and ethical standards in social work, case management, psychology, human behaviour and even sociology. Social Workers usually have huge responsibilities with helping individuals, families and groups of people through the hardships they are facing such as addiction, domestic violence and helping them cope to improve the quality of their life. 

A degree in Social Work is usually 4 years long which includes a minimum of 500 hours of practicum in a social community program or agency. 

Potential Career Opportunities : 

a) Child Welfare Social Worker 

b) Community Development Officer 

c) Youth Project Officer 

d) Social Work Teacher

e) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker

*Note: Do keep in mind that specific careers require higher qualifications to pursue.

General Entry Requirements for Social Work Degree in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

A-Levels                                              

Min. 3B’s

STPM

Min. 3B’s 

Australian Matriculation

Min. ATAR 80

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 6.5-7.0 

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 94

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 65

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

Top 3 Recommended Universities for Social Work Degree in Australia

1. University of Sydney

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Social Work 

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$46,000

2. Deakin University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Social Work 

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$32,600

3. Griffith University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Social Work 

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$28,500  

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#2 Psychologist

Are you interested in the way people think and behave? Do you have good research skills?

Do you have the ability to relate to and empathise with individuals of different backgrounds? Do you have good observational and communication skills? A psychology degree might be the right choice for you if your answers are yes to the questions above. 

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour  in which they seek to understand, predict and further explain the functioning of individuals, families and communities. The Psychology industry encompasses biological predispositions, social influence as well as environmental factors that are believed to be the reasoning behind the understanding of other people. In Psychology, you will study behaviour, development, emotions, personality, motivation and even the thoughts that go through the mind of individuals. The main field in which psychology is used is in the mental health sector in which psychologists use their knowledge and skills of principles, prior research and findings from clinical experiments to help clients overcome their psychological illnesses.

Potential Fields You Can Explore with ONLY an Undergraduate degree: 

a) Government 

b) Marketing & Market Research 

c) Health Promotion

d) Social Research 

e) Human Resources 

f) Policy Development 

To become a professionally accredited psychologist in Australia, you would need to undertake a Bachelor’s Degree along with an honours year, followed by progression into a postgraduate Master’s degree or Doctorate degree (PhD) (optional) 

Potential Fields of Psychology you can explore after qualify as a registered psychologist: 

a) Clinical Psychology 

b) Clinical neuropsychology

c) Community psychology 

d) Counselling psychology

e) Educational psychology

f) Forensic psychology

g) Health psychology

h) Organisational/industrial psychology

i) Sports psychology

j) Academic psychology

General Entry Requirements for Psychology Degree in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

A-Levels                                                                                                                                                  

Min. 1B’s & 2C’s

STPM

Min. 3.3 (Best of 4 subjects)

Australian Matriculation

Min. ATAR 83

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

IELTS

Min. 6.5 

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 79

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 58

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

Top 3 Recommended Universities for Psychology Degree in Australia

Before picking your university of choice, be sure your program is accredited by the ‘Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)’!

1. University of Melbourne

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Program Name                                                    

You can study Psychology as a major through: 

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Biomedicine 

Bachelor of Arts

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time) +1 year if you opt for Honours 

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$46,464 

*Varies based on which Bachelor’s degree you decide to pursue

2. University of Queensland

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Program Name                                        

You can study Psycholgy as a major through:

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science  

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time) 

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$34,208 – A$43,504 

3. Griffith University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychological Science 

Bachelor of Psychology 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Intake 

February, April & July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$28,500 

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#3 Early Childhood Teacher

Do you love children? Do you love the ability to share knowledge to other individuals? Do you have an incredible amount of patience? Are you energetic and organized? Are you a good listener and communicator? Do you have creative and critical thinking skills? An education degree with a specialization in early childhood education might be the right choice for you if your answers are yes to the questions above. 

Education is known as the exchange of teaching and learning. Studying Education as a degree will prepare you with adequate knowledge and skills needed to teach in preschools as an Early Childhood Teacher. Early Childhood Education focuses on developing and educating children between the ages of 0 and 8 years old. You will learn various methods of teaching-learning processes to be implemented in classrooms as well as structures of how to accurately evaluate student’s performance. 

It is also important to keep in mind that to work as a Teacher in Australia – you will need to have a course assessed by the ‘Australian Institute For Teaching and School Leadership’ which is the equivalent to at least four years full-time higher education (university) level study. The qualification of your choice should also include a minimum of 45 days of supervised teaching practice with students. 

Each state in Australia has its own education system, which means you will need to ensure that you meet all the specific registration or accreditations required for the state you wish to work in.  

Because of this, it is recommended that you check with the specific state that you would like to teach in. 

Potential Career Opportunities: 

a) Early Childhood Teacher 

b) Youth and Children’s Support Officer 

c) Tutor 

d) Education Administrator

General Entry Requirements for Education Degree in Australia

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification

Scores

A-Levels                                                                                                                                                  

Min. 2C’s & 1D

STPM

Min. 2.67 GPA (B- average)

UEC

Min. 2.5 GPA (B3 average)

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Qualification                                                    

Scores

IELTS

Min. 7.0-7.5

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 79

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 58

*NOTE : Different universities have different entry requirements. Contact us for more information. 

Top 3 Recommended Universities to Study Early Childhood Education

NOTE: The following recommended Early Childhood Education programs are accredited by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

Additional requirements may apply based on universities or states chosen to teach in. 

1. Monash University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Education (Honours)

Specialization: Early childhood and primary education 

Program Duration 

4.25 years (Full time)

Intake 

February

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$34,000

NOTE: If you plan to teach in a preschool or kindergarten setting then you’ll need to register with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

2. Griffith University

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Program Name                                               

Bachelor of Education 

Primary Major : Major in Early Childhood Education 

Minors to Choose From: English, Mathematics or Science 

Program Duration 

3.5 years (Full time)

Intake 

March and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$30,500 

NOTE: The Bachelor of Education is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)

Upon successful completion, you will be eligible to apply for registration with QCT. 

3. Flinders University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education 

Program Duration 

4 years (Full time)

Intake 

March

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$31,000

NOTE: Upon successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia.

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Study International Relations in Malaysia 2021

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If you are someone who loves learning about the way this world works, and how countries around the world operate, International Relations might just be the best choice for you.

What is International Relations?

International Relations is a broad subject that allows you to learn about the relationships between different countries and governments. International Relations can have various names such as, global studies, international affairs or international studies. This course usually comes under a university’s social science and humanities department. 

During your course of study as an international relations major, your main focus would be on national states and large governmental organizations such as the European Union (EU), United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO). This subject mainly falls under the political science category or its interdisciplinary. Degrees as such cover topics such as, law, politics, geography, economics, history and global issues. 

Reasons You Should Consider Studying International Relations?

We live in a world filled with uncountable amounts of global issues, ranging from war to poverty, deforestation to epidemics and pandemics. The world therefore, is in dire need of individuals who can speak up and make a positive impact on the world for the better. International Relations can give you a deeper understanding of global issues and puts great emphasis on political science, culture, economics, education and the impact they have on society as a whole. Hence, International Relations is definitely an interesting course to invest your time and effort in. However, the question you should ask yourself is why should you consider studying it. No worries, because we have a list of reasons why you should go for it right here.

  1. You enjoy debating and engaging in conversations about global issues 
  2. You aspire to make a difference in the world 
  3. If you are looking for a career in the government sector, it is a great starting point for your career
  4. The unique skill sets you develop with this degree will be high in demand 
  5. Opportunity for many career paths, including public affairs, international business, politics and government and international organizations such as the UN

 

What Are The Career Opportunities for an International Relations Major?

A degree in international relations will equip you for wide range of sectors such as ( but not limited to);

  • Government sectors
  •  Aid and non-government sectors
  •  Finance and international business
  •  Foreign ministries
  •  International media and journalism
  • International organizations
  • Political analyst
  • Communications Specialist 
  • Lobbying
  • Policy advice and think-tanks

General Academic Entry Requirements for International Relations Degree

STPM

• 2 Passes in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.0) and a Credit in English at SPM Level or its equivalent.

A-level

• 2 Passes in A-Level in any 2 subjects, and a Credit in English at SPM/O-Level/ IGCSE or its equivalent.

UEC

• 5 Grade B’s in UEC including English.

Matriculation/ Foundation

• Passed Foundation programme (minimum CGPA of 2.0) with a Credit in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent.

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education. 

General English Language Requirements for International Students

IELTS

5.0

TOEFL IBT 

34

MUET

Band 3 

Pearson (PTE):

36

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education. 

Top Universities to Study International Relations in Malaysia

University of Nottingham, Malaysia

University of Nottingham is a private university constantly ranked among the top 100 universities across the world (QS World University Rankings 2021) offering programmes from foundation level to doctoral degrees. The university provides excellent teaching, learning and research facilities such as a library, computers, study areas, labs, and online lessons alongside virtual labs as well. 

On campus, students have a wide variety of other facilities such as a purpose-built sport complex and swimming pool to ensure students stay physically and mentally fit.  

The entry requirements and course fee for University of Nottingham however, is quite high. Hence, it is very important for you to take a look at your budget and academic qualifications before applying. For enquiries you may contact Excel Education.

Course Details 

Program

International Relations BA
(Hons)

Intake

September 

Duration

3 Years (Full Time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM37,000 per year

International Students: RM43,300 per year 

Taylor’s University

Taylor’s university is often regarded as Malaysia’s top private university based on QS Ranking. Taylor’s is also ranked the top private university in Southeast Asia, placing them among the world’s top flight universities. It is the one of the few universities in Asia which are rated 5 star for online learning as well. 

The international relations programme offered at Taylor’s University is actually Asia’s first International Relations degree combining 2 years of on campus university learning and a year of first hand industrial experience. 

Course Details 

Program

Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (International Relations)

Intake

March, August, June (Special Semester) 

Duration

3 Years 

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: 86,570

International Students: USD25,885

Asia Pacific University (APU)

Asia Pacific University is one of Malaysia’s premier private universities with a unique fusion of technology and innovation in order to transform students into highly competent and successful professionals. APU is an award-winning university with over 200 prestigious awards at local and international levels.

If you want to opt for a university with lower entry requirements and course fee, APU just might be the right choice for you. 

Through APU’s International Relations Degree, you will be able to learn about global affairs through debates, film studies, discussions and reports in addition to studying the latest news reports. 

Course Details 

Program

BA (Hons) in International Relations

Intake

May, September 

Duration

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Local Students: RM78,000

International Students: RM88,200

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Data Science vs Data Analytics: Which Degree to Study?

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Data is a collection of information normally gathered through numbers or observations to be used for the analysis of trends, user behaviours or disease outbreaks. In a corporation or business, data is often gathered for marketing purposes, financial analysis or to make a better decision for the company. In today’s world, as long as you own a smartphone with different mobile applications, chances are your user experiences and activities are being tracked and stored as data. As the world moves towards digitalization, this data is growing exponentially with time and at a high increase rate, which results in what we referred to as ‘big data’ today. 

Thanks to big data, companies are able to connect with users by offering services or products based on their activity on the Internet such as personalized music, movies and shopping items. However, such massive data requires professionals to parse through them to get the right information. Thus, birthed data science and data analytics as a career that one could pursue as a professional. 

In this article, we will highlight the differences between data science and data analytics so that students would have a clear idea of pursuing their career based on their interest in the data world.

What is Data Science?

Data science is an integrative approach to extract key information and insights from large structured or unstructured data. Data science involves data mining, statistics, machine learning and programming to interpret data and present the outcomes or predictions for the decision-making process. The common tasks carried out by data scientists are as the following:

  • Collecting large sets of data from various sources.
  • Use a wide range of tools and techniques such as SQL, data mining and data integration methods to evaluate and prepare data.
  • Cleaning and validating the data for accuracy, completeness, and structure.
  • Devising and applying models and algorithms to extract insights from big data.
  • Analyzing the data to identify patterns and trends.
  • Interpreting the data to discover solutions and opportunities.
  • Presenting to stakeholders the possibilities of solving business problems with the results for decision making.

In today’s world, data science helps businesses and organizations to provide value to their consumers. Data enables businesses to provide various resources to solve major problems. Companies such as Netflix and YouTube extracts information from big data to deliver the right product to users. Algorithms help the company to create personalized recommendations for users based on their watched or browsed history. 

Data science also enables the game industry to keep gamers engaged with stunning graphics and motion. Data insights and creativity help developers to create an interactive and complex storyline for the games by gaining information of what the player wants and design new game concepts, scenario and mechanics. Game companies also apply machine learning algorithms to upgrade their user’s character as they move up to higher level. 

What is Data Analytics?

 

Data analytics is the process of analyzing existing datasets to draw conclusions for current problems for businesses. The main objective of data analytics is to maximize the efficiency and productivity of a business. Thus, a data analyst is responsible to analyze large sets of data to identify trends develop charts and presentations to help businesses make more strategic decisions.

The common roles of data analyst include:

  • Designing and maintaining data systems and databases, including removing corrupted data.
  • Mining data from primary and secondary sources, then reorganizing said data in a readable format.
  • Use statistical tools to interpret data sets, paying particular attention to trends and patterns that could be valuable for decision making. 
  • Preparing reports for executive leadership that effectively communicate trends, patterns, and predictions using relevant data.
  • Liaise with programmers and organizational leaders to identify opportunities for process improvements and system modifications

There are several types of data analytics with distinct attribute include of a business or organization.

Descriptive Analytics

Analyses records such as monthly revenue, quarterly sales and website traffic to study and spot trend changes.

Diagnostic Analytics

Compares descriptive data sets to identify dependencies and patterns. This helps an organization determine the cause of a positive or negative outcome.

Predictive Analytics

Determines expected outcomes by detecting tendencies in descriptive and diagnostic analytics. This enables an organization to take strategic action such as approaching customers who are unlikely to renew a contract.

Prescriptive Analytics

Prescriptive analytics uses complex algorithms and advanced technology such as machine learning to address potential problems or keep updated on industry trends.

What are the Differences Between Data Science & Data Analytics?

Data science and data analytics may overlap in terms of job roles, the significant differences between them is the job scope. Data science is more of a broader study in mining large datasets, meanwhile, data analytics focus more on a specific version to extract actionable insights that can be executed immediately based on existing data. The following table shows the key differences between data science and data analytics.

Careers

Data Science

Data Analytics

Scope of Data

Broader study in extracting information from large datasets

Specific and more concentrated on a particular dataset

Data Structure

Unstructured 

Structured

Objective

Find the right questions to solve potential problems

Find actionable data to solve existing problems

Fields of Study

  • Search engine 
  • Machine learning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Programming 
  • Data visualisation
  • Designing principles
  • Statistical analysis
  • Data modelling

Core Skills & Tools

  • Hadoop
  • Apache Spark
  • Java
  • Power BI
  • Tableau
  • SAS

Academic Requirements to Study Data Science & Data Analytics in Australia

STPM

CGPA of 3.30 or minimum grade B in 3 best subjects

A-Levels

A minimum grade of BCC

UEC

The average score of A2

ATAR

A minimum score of 76 points

International Baccalaureate (IB)

A minimum score of 25 points

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English Requirements to Study Data Science & Data Analytics in Australia

IELTS

Overall score of 6.5 with 6 points in each sub-bands. 

TOEFL

Overall score of 79: Listening:16, Reading:16, Speaking:18 and Writing: 21

PTE

Overall score of 58 with 50 points in each sub-band

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Top Universities to Study Data Science & Data Analytics Degree in Australia

#1 The University of Melbourne

The major is designed to give students an intellectual understanding of integrating and applying statistical and computing principles to solve large-scale, real-world data science problems. It is suitable for students interested in a career in government or industry or who wish to pursue specialised graduate study.

Program

Bachelor of Science (Data Science)

Intake (2021)

March & July

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $41,912 – $ 45,944

 

#2 University of Adelaide

This degree will equip students with opportunities for improvement and growth, where they could work in government, consultancies or large corporations, at home or abroad. Students are also able to apply their knowledge to drive decision-making in a venture of their own.

Program

Bachelor of Applied Data Analytics

Intake (2021)

February & July

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $41,500

#3 University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

This program equips students to practice as data science and analytics professionals, developing information technology skills, expertise in statistics and mathematics, and familiarity with key business and policy development areas.

Program

Bachelor of Science in Analytics

Intake (2021)

February & July

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $38,736

#4 RMIT University

Students will build a practical understanding of recent developments in computer science, information technology and statistics, as well as apply mathematical and statistical knowledge to new and ongoing problems.

Program

Bachelor of Data Science

Intake (2021)

February & July

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $34,560

#5 Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

This degree entails the theory and practices for data acquisition, storage, management, processing, analysis and visualisation.  This program is well crafted by QUT to focus more on enhancing students’ mathematical skills and coding languages.

Program

Bachelor of Data Science

Intake (2021)

February & July

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $34,200

#6 University of South Australia (UNISA)

Combining both data analytics and information technology, Students will learn to analyse and visualise big data sources and data trends as well as to generate data management strategies such as cost reductions, effective decision-making processes and the development of new products and services.

Program 

Bachelor of Information Technology and Data Analytics

Intake (2021)

January, April, June & September

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $23,000 

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Top 5 MBA Programs in Australia, Based on QS Ranking 2021

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To get an MBA? Or not to get an MBA?

For many young professionals, this is the question they find themselves back and forth with. With it’s long standing years of reputation as a qualification, the demand for MBA’s remains incredibly high with top companies constantly looking to hire MBA graduates. But what makes them so employable? Read on – as this article will equip you with everything you need to know about MBAs as well as the ‘Top MBA Programs in Australia, Based on QS Ranking 2021’

What is an MBA?

Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally accredited qualification that gives current and future leaders with leadership and financial management to further elevate their professional career. What can you expect from an MBA degree includes general knowledge in multiple principles such as accounting, economics, finance, marketing with the option (depending on the university and programme of choice) of specialization in a specific niche principle. 

Most MBA programs consist of a comprehensive structure that’ll equip you with real-world projects, exposure to different business functions. Along with practical experiences from case studies, group work and individual assessments. 

As MBAs cater to individuals that are already in the working field, you will be able to opt for a full time or part time course. Something to also note about NBA’s are that they can be applied to almost every field & industry. 

What is QS Ranking?

QS World University Ranking is an annual publication by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The worldwide known QS Ranking system now comprises the global overall and subject ranking of higher education institutions divided by different regions : Asia, Canada, Europe, Global, Latin America, North America and Oceania. 

Read more here: Top 3 University Ranking Systems 

Why should you pursue an MBA?

Is an MBA really worth it? You may be asking yourself this question, wondering if stepping into an MBA qualification is the right path for you. Well, MBA can be looked at as an investment into your personal and professional development. Here are the top 3 benefits of pursuing an MBA : 

1. Advancement of management & leadership skills

An MBA programme is equipped with adequate knowledge and skills that are necessary for you to thrive at your job. You’ll be equipped with necessary tools, techniques to prepare you to adapt to the ever changing business environments. It will force you to step out of your comfort zone and bring your team, business and company to the next level. No matter if you’re a consultant, an entrepreneur, or business owner, you will be able to enhance your problem solving skills,decision making skills, analytical skills, communication skills and even challenge yourself to think and work creatively in the competitive world of business. You’ll also learn time management and crisis management!

2. Networking & business opportunities

An MBA also creates the opportunity for networking. Students that undertake MBA’s are usually from different industries and roles. Interacting with fellow students, lecturers, teaching staff & business people will be able to expand your management capabilities. This helps also in creating opportunities for growth within your respective demographic market, You need to meet the right kind of people and to have the right kind of talents in your company to be able to succeed.

3. High salary potential

Many individuals consider MBA’s to be investments into their professional careers. And of course, when you invest in something you’d most definitely expect a high return as well. Australis sits among the ‘Top 10 Countries In the World’ for MBA salary prospects. Acquiring an MBA qualification automatically puts you in the upper hand of higher & better paid positions in companies as compared to degree holders. 

Job & Career Prospects

Here are some of the industries & job prospects that you can consider upon completing your MBA program:

Industries 

  • Banking 
  • Finance
  • Consultant 
  • Education
  • Government 
  • Health Care
  • Non-Profit Organizations 
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing 
  • Energy & Resources

Job Prospects 

  • CEO
  • Entrepreneur
  • Managing director
  • Project manager
  • Chief managing officer 

General Entry Requirements for MBA in Australia

It is important for you to note that most of the MBA programs are extremely competitive & many times, individuals would have to go through interviews before gaining acceptance into the university. 

Bachelor’s Degree 

Minimum, CGPA of 2.5 -3.0 

English Requirements (IELTS)

Minimum. 7.5 with no less than 7.0 for individual test 

*Note: Requirements may vary among universities. Contact us for more details! 

For entry into most MBA programs, individuals are required to complete a Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized tertiary educational institution. They should also have acquired at least 3-5 years work experience in where at least half of those years must be at a managerial, supervisory and/or senior professional level

Top 5 MBA Programs in Australia, Based on QS Ranking 2021

#1 University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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Ranking 

QS Ranking in Australia: 1st

QS Ranking In The World: 4th

Program Structure 

Core phase: Nine core courses completed over two terms

Elective phase: Seven elective courses completed over two terms 

Duration

1.5 years (Full Time)

Intake 

January 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

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#2 Macquarie University

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Ranking                                                                                             

QS Ranking in Australia: 2nd

QS Ranking In The World: 19th

Program Structure 

Foundation zone: foundational knowledge needed to success in the course if you’re from a different disciplinary background 

Core zone: compulsory & covers the specific disciplinary or professional requirements of the course

Flexible zone: provides breadth to the course & is comprised of elective units 

*Depending on the admission point for which you qualify (see Entry Requirements), you will need to complete some or all of the zones.

Duration

1.5 to 2 years (Full Time)

Intake

January 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$40,000

#3 Deakin University

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Ranking 

QS Ranking in Australia : 3rd

QS Ranking In The World: 29th

Program Structure 

Core units: 8

Elective units: 4 

Duration

1 year (Full Time)

Intake

July and November

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$35,400 

#4 La Trobe University

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Ranking 

QS Ranking In Australia: 4th

QS Ranking In The World: 31st

Program Structure 

Year 1 : 120 credits (Core)

Year 2 : 60 credits 

  • 15 credits from chosen Capstone
  • 15 credits from chosen Core
  • 15 credits from chosen Electives

Duration

1.5 years (Full Time)

Intake

March, July and November

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$42,000

#5 Curtin University

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Ranking 

QS Ranking In Australia : 5th

QS Ranking In The World: 45th

Program Structure 

One chosen specialisation

  1. Leadership
  2. Energy Futures
  3. Innovation & Business Success 
  4. Digital Marketing 
  5. Business 

 (each 4 units, 100 credits), with 7 units (200 credits) 

Duration

1.5 years (Full Time)

Intake

February 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$44,900

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5 Ways Studying Abroad Helps You Grow As A Person

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The benefits of studying abroad are plenty. If you know someone who has studied abroad, chances are they never stop talking about how amazing it was and how it changed their life. Some of it may sound cliché, but it’s true. Studying abroad has loads of benefits like getting to travel, getting access to a higher quality of education than you might’ve gotten at home, impressing your future employers- you’ve heard it all before.

For some international students, the three or four years they spend abroad makes them realise just how much they love it back home, and they go back with a much greater appreciation for how things are back home. Some of them instantly know that they want to live and work abroad after their studies. Others discover their love for travel and exploration, but don’t necessarily want a permanent foreign address. 

Studying abroad is a semi-permanent way of testing the waters to see whether a life abroad is the right fit for you. Everyone’s experience is different. You never know how it will affect you until you try it out yourself. Whatever you decide, whatever works for you, by the time you’re done with your studies abroad, you will have gained new skills, enlightened perspectives and a new found lucidity for your future. 

Here are 5 ways studying abroad can change you and help you grow as a person:

1. Ability to Expand Your Worldview

A person’s worldview- their beliefs, their values, their attitudes, the way they approach the world both ground and influence their decisions, their thoughts and their actions. Being in the same place for your whole life and being around the same circle of friends you’ve had since kindergarten limits and biases your worldview. 

Studying abroad gives you the chance to learn from people who were raised with different cultures, values and beliefs than you, and ultimately have different worldviews. It allows you the chance to look at the world through a different lense that simply visiting a place for a week or two cannot. You will begin to realise that things can just be different- it doesn’t have to be better or worse. Just different. 

You will see that the formula for success that you have been fed as a child isn’t the one and only way to go. In the end, you are able to realise what matters to you, and what works for you. Some of your values may change, while the others become stronger than ever. With this new found outlook on life, you are able to re-evaluate your sense of identity and keep your life goals in check.

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2. Better Cross-Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity

Studying abroad lets you immerse yourself in a community of people of diverse backgrounds. You will be exposed to a myriad of new things, new holidays, new customs, new religions, new types of food, new approaches to life, new philosophies. This level of exposure forces you to see variety and different perspectives in a more personal and upclose manner.

You become more tolerant of people generally, you learn to understand, respect and accommodate to people’s individualistic differences, learn to see where they are coming from. Developing a sense of how people from other cultures think and feel, you become more compassionate and empathetic. 

It’s completely normal to feel a certain level of cultural shock when you initially move to a new country. But this again gives you the opportunity to identify cultural biases you didn’t even realise you had, and free yourself from prejudices. You become aware of issues you may have never considered giving a second thought to. Global issues and events in the world that once seemed so distant, now feels so personal. In the end, you become a better communicator and a more well-rounded person.

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3. Greater Flexibility & Adaptability:

During your first few weeks living abroad, you may be the only person you can rely on. The sense of familiarity, control and order that you were used to back home is gone. Everything is coming at you, full speed, and you will find yourself needing to adapt, and fast. Navigating the public transportation system, managing your own finances, making your own doctors appointments, making new friends, learning to order food in a new language, meeting deadlines, all of this can be overwhelming. 

But at the end of the day, you are a better person for it. You realise that you are more resilient, more confident, and independent than you ever thought you could be. You are left with a greater feeling of maturity and a sense of self, and just generally more capable of taking on challenges in the future. 

Through interactions with people of different backgrounds and cultures, you will learn to be more accommodating towards people’s differences. You will learn to re-evaluate things in a more holistic approach, to think deeper, and from other people’s perspectives before you react to a situation. In general, the way you approach things and the way you see things will change, and you will learn to adjust your expectations, from people, from the world and from yourself.

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4. Greater Appreciation for Your Own Culture

As much as studying abroad is an opportunity for you to delve into other cultures and understand it better, it’s also an opportunity for your colleagues abroad to get to know you and your culture better.

This will get you pondering about how your culture is perceived by others. The parts of your culture that you’re most proud of that you want to introduce your friends and share with them. Even the most ordinary things about your country and how you lived, things you never gave a second thought about might be so fascinating for your friends abroad.

Life abroad is also often a crash course on everything you took for granted back home, the smallest everyday things like getting lost on your way home will make you realise how easy things were back home. Ultimately, all of this will make you appreciate where you come from a little bit more. 

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5. Self-Discovery

The process of figuring out life abroad is a journey filled with self-discovery. You are free from your everyday responsibilities, distractions and expectations from back home. No one knows your name, no one expects you to live up to a certain standard- you are free from your cultural and familial expectations and norms. You are free to be your own person and discover yourself.

If you decide to take each day as an opportunity to be proactive, you may find yourself doing things you would have never in a million years thought about doing back home or on your own time. You’ll learn to find beauty in change and embrace them instead of shying away from them.

A lot of young adults’ hobbies and interests are based on what their friend groups are interested in- often times it is a compromise of what works for everyone. But now, you are free to pursue what interests you. You may be surprised to know that some of your interests have changed, or to discover an interest in something you never thought about before. 

Taking bits and pieces of the behaviours and philosophies from the people around you who are of different cultural backgrounds and upbringings can help solidify you as a person. You may find that these people are doing certain things better than how it’s being done back home, and adapting these perspectives to your own life lays the foundation for you to build your life goals and expectations around it, and achieve your full potential. 

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Degree and Courses to Study for People with Color Blindness

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“What colour is this?” – Does this question annoy you on a different level?  As a person with colour blindness, I can relate to this feeling when my friends would always point out things and expect me to guess the right colour. If I got the colour wrong, I would get laugh at but if I got it right, they’d go on to point out more things for me to guess. Initially, I felt fine, but it’s gotten annoying over time when my friends continuously do that over and over again. I felt as if I was my friends’ entertainment. 

Having that experience with me, I felt my inability to distinguish colours has made it difficult and challenging for me when it comes to deciding the right career. We are restricted to many careers that we dreamed about in our childhood. But despite that, we are completely normal and we can do things that most people with normal colour vision could do too. There are ample careers out there that people like us can thrive. Thus, I wrote this article to inform students with colour blindness that there are opportunities available out there for them to decide.

What is Color Blindness?

To simply put, colour blindness is also known as a colour vision impairment where a certain group of people lack the ability to see or differentiate between certain colours. They tend to get confused with two different but similar colours, for example, mistakenly identifying purple with dark blue or red with green and vice versa.

Colourblindness can either be inherited or acquired later in life.  

  • Inherited color blindness is when people are born with this color vision impairment. The color blindness gene is normally passed down from close family members on the X chromosome, which also explains why men are more affected than women. 
  • Acquired colour blindness affects both men and women equally as they are aged. Diseases damaging the optic nerve or the retina of the eye can lead to acquired colour blindness. 

The common misconception about colour blindness is that people think that the world through colour blinds’ eyes is just black and white. In reality, the majority of colour blinds really do see colours. It is estimated that a person with normal colour vision is able to see 1 million different shades of colours, while a person with colour blindness is only able to see 10,000 different colours. 

Types of Colour Blindness

There are normally three types of colour blindness. The different types of colour blindness vary in the range from difficulty in differentiating certain colours to unable to see colour at all.

A. Red-Green Colour Blindness

The majority of people with colour blindness have inherited this type of defect. People with this type of colour blindness find it difficult to distinguish between red and green. There are four types of red-green colour blindness.

  • Protanomaly – People with this defect sees red greener and less bright.
  • Deuteranomaly – It makes the green look redder. 
  • Protanopia and deuteranopia make people unable to tell the difference between red and green at all. 

B. Blue-Yellow Colour Blindness

This type of colour blindness is less common where people struggle to differentiate between blue and green as well as yellow and red. There are two types of blue-yellow colour blindness.

  • Tritanomaly makes people difficult to see the differences between blue and green, and between yellow and red.
  • Tritanopia causes people hard to identify the differences between blue and green, purple and red, and yellow and pink. The colours also would look less bright for them

C. Total Colour Blindness

Also known as monochromacy, lives up to the term “colour blindness” as people with this type of defect are completely blind to colours. The world in their point of view would look like a black and white movie running on the television. This type of people is sensitive to light as well. 

Common Struggles of Colourblind People

Colourblind people tend to face difficulties in simple tasks that a normal person doesn’t see as a problem at all. For example, colour blinds are frustrated when it comes to cooking when they are unable to decide if the meat is cooked or needs more time. Choosing ripe fruits might sound easy but it’s not in the eyes of colour blinds. 

Colour blindness impairs people to drive sometimes where obtaining a driver’s license is a problem. The step of getting a license is to pass the computer test that requires candidates to complete ten Ishihara colour plates without fail before proceeding to further questions. Colourblind people often find this test impossible to get all ten questions correct. Thus, they have to find an alternative way, where they will need a doctor’s approval in order to complete the computer test. This process can be a frustrating one because normal people could just pass the tests on the first attempt. 

There are limitations for colour blind people to pursue certain careers that highly emphasise perceiving colours. This includes but not limited to careers such as pilot, police officer, firefighter, doctor and electrical engineer. Most of them would not realise that they are colourblind until they pursue their dream career.  

Careers and Degree Choices for Colourblind

On the bright side, there are many other careers that focus more on skillset over colour vision ability. Despite the inability to differentiate colours, students are packed with hard skills and transferable skills that can be a great advantage for them to pursue careers in the following recommended fields.

Civil Engineer

Some of the roles in engineering require strong colour vision such as electrical engineers, where their role is mainly handling multi-coloured wires. However, engineering careers such as civil engineering does not mainly require colour vision because they work on blueprints and sketches that are printed in black and white. Students will need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a passion for mathematics to pursue their career as a civil engineer.

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Lawyers usually conduct researches, draft documents, providing counselling to clients about their legal rights arguing cases in the trial rooms. This career suits well for colourblind people because the entire career pathway does not relate to colours at all. However, students enrolling in this degree will need to have critical thinking skills and communication skills to thrive in this career.

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Accountant

The main role of an accountant is to prepare and interpret financial records for a company or organization. This career does not correlate with colour vision. Instead, an accountant needs to be excellent with numbers and possess strong analytical skill. A typical degree course in accounting takes three years to complete and upon completion, graduates may pursue their careers in ACCA or CIMA to become a certified chartered accountant.

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Journalist/Copywriter

Journalist and Copywriter are two different job scope. Journalists usually work for prints, media and broadcasts. Meanwhile, copywriters work on articles and contents to promote a product or service for businesses. Both careers involve research skills and creativity to write about a specific topic. A degree in journalism is suited for students to pursue a career in either one of the profession.

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Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutritionists and dietitians help their patients maintain a healthy lifestyle and advise them on choosing the right food to eat depending on their health condition. The work involves verbal communication and paperwork. Thus, it is important to have strong communication skill and writing skills. Students may need to obtain a degree in food science and dietetics if they wish to pursue their career in consulting people on a healthy diet to help them achieve their health goals.

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Everything You Need to Know About Studying Aviation in Australia

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What is Aviation?

At one point or another, you must’ve wondered what it would feel like to have a career that requires you to fly high in the skies. In layman’s terms, Aviation is the study of the science behind designing and flying aircraft.

10 Different Fields of Aviation

Despite common misconceptions, a career in Aviation does not necessarily mean you will become a pilot. Here are all 10 different fields of Aviation you could potentially dive into explained : 

#1. Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering deals with all aspects of designing and building machines that operate in the air. These engineers also work to test different prototypes to make sure that they function accordingly. Aerospace engineers design individual components for the aircraft such as the engineers, airframes, wings, landing gear, control systems and instruments. They also test the strength, reliability and durability of these components or as a whole aircraft. 

#2. Air Traffic Control

Air traffic control is a service provided in ensuring the safety of aircraft, pilots, flight attendants and passengers. Air traffic controllers are usually ground-based and communicate with pilots throughout the entire flight, providing information back and forth between incoming and outgoing flights to ensure the safe flow of all flights in the sky and avoiding any sort of collision.

#3. Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft maintenance is the task required in maintaining the quality of the aircraft which includes ensuring the airworthiness of the aircraft by overhauling, inspection, replacement, defect rectification and the embodiments of modifications. Regular maintenance of the aircraft will extend the aircraft life to ensure that the aircraft will perform safely for an extended period of time. 

#4. Aviation Management

Aviation management is the operation of airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers and any business related to the aerospace industry. Activities such as planning, designing, operating and maintaining aircraft and airports will be conducted. You will be provided with a deep understanding of both the land-side and air-side daily operations of running an aviation business.

#5. Aviation Safety

Aviation safety refers to the tasks of ensuring aeroplanes are free from any form of injury or loss. This industry is in direct support of the operation of aircraft, which are reduced and controlled to an acceptable level. Careers in aviation safety include aviation safety inspectors and aviation safety technicians.

#6. Cabin Crew

Cabin crew are responsible for the comfort, safety and welfare of passengers travelling on aircraft during short-haul and long-haul flights. Their roles and responsibilities include the participation in preflight briefings with pilots, conduction of preflight inspections of emergency equipment, demonstrating the use of safety and emergency equipment, ensuring passengers have met safety requirements; serving and selling food and drink; attending to passengers’ needs; reassuring passengers during the flight; administering and coordinating emergency medical care as necessary; and providing directions to passengers, including evacuation orders. 

#7. Civil & Military Aviation

Civil aviation includes all non-military aviation, including private and commercial flying. Passenger, cargo, private and commercial flights fall under civil aviation. However, military aviation is the complete opposition and referees to the use of military aircraft and other flying machines to conduct aerial warfare.

#8. Pilot Training

Pilots fly and navigate aeroplanes, helicopters and other aircraft. Besides the typical becoming an aircraft pilot, you can also consider becoming a helicopter pilot. With this, you can work and be employed by a variety of employers such as the government, tourism companies, offshore support or even under emergency medical services. 

#9. Flight Instruction

Flight instructors for aviation resemble teachers for schools. Flight instructors teach aspiring pilots how to fly using a combination of classroom simulators, and live flight instructions. These real-life simulations aid students in gaining the skills and knowledge needed with the feeling of flying a real plane without actually flying a real plane. 

#10. Aviation Transport

Aviation transportation is otherwise known as aviation logistics, this field is an incredibly crucial part of the global economy. They facilitate integration into the global economy and provide vital connectivity. It helps to generate trade, promotes tourism and creates employment opportunities.

Before considering picking a specific niche field to study, it is important for you to look into the academic and professional requirements needed in order to pursue the career after taking your degree.

General Entry Requirements to Study Aviation in Australia

English Requirement 

Qualification 

Scores

IELTS

Min 6.0

TOEFL (IBT)

Min. 70

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Min. 52

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Academic Requirement

Qualification                                                                                                                                           

Scores       

Year 12 Equivalent (A-Levels, Matriculation, AUSMAT, UEC & IB)

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Top 5 Universities to Study Aviation in Australia

#1. University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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Program Offered                                                

Bachelor of Aviation (Flying)             

Examples of subjects offered

  1. Introduction to Aircraft Engineering 
  2. Energy and Environmental Physics 
  3. Commercial Aerodynamics 
  4. Aviation Safety and Resource Management 
  5. Simulation Application and Air Traffic Management 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full-time)

Intake 

January and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$47,760

Program Offered 

Bachelor of Aviation (Management)

Examples of subjects offered

  1. Microeconomics
  2. Airport Management 
  3. Sustainable Aviation and Tourism 
  4. Airline Marketing Strategies 
  5. Aviation Law and Regulations

Program Duration 

3 years (Full-time)

Intake 

January, April and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$47,760

#2. Griffith University

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Program Offered                                     

Bachelor of Aviation 

Examples of subjects offered

  1. Aviation Law 
  2. Safety Management 
  3. Contemporary Aviation Management 
  4. Economics in Aviation 
  5. Safety Management

Program Duration 

3 years (Full-time)

Intake 

January and April

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$34,000

Program Offered 

Bachelor of Aviation Management 

Examples of subjects offered

  1. Business Decision Making 
  2. Aviation Research Methods 
  3. Economics in AViation 
  4. Light Aircraft Systems 
  5. Flight Procedures 

Program Duration 

2-3 years (Full-time)

Intake 

January and April

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$34,000

#3. Edith Cowan University

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Program Offered 

Bachelor of Aviation 

Examples of subjects offered

  1. Fundamentals of Flight 
  2. Human Factors in Aviation 
  3. Aircraft Performance 
  4. Advanced Aerodynamics 
  5. Principle of Industrial Maintenance 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full-time)

Intake 

January and April

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$32,000

#4. University of South Australia (UniSA)

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Program Offered                              

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)

Examples of subjects offered

  1. Aviation Physics
  2. Aviation Practice 
  3. Introduction to Aviation Management 
  4. Airline Transport Pilot Theory 
  5. Commercial Pilot Theory

Program Duration 

3 years (Full-time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$35,900

Program Offered 

Bachelor of Aviation (Management) 

Examples of subjects offered

  1. Airport Management 
  2. Aviation Law 
  3. Principles of Economics 
  4. Human Factors 
  5. Airline Operations Management 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full-time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$35,900

#5. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT)

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Program Offered                                        

Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation)

Examples of subjects offered

  1. Aviation Mathematics 
  2. Human Factors in Aviation 
  3. Sustainable Aviation and the Environment 
  4. Airport Design 
  5. Aircraft Airworthiness 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full-time)

Intake 

February and July 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

A$39,360

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