In recent years, more increasingly Chinese students choose to study in overseas universities. According to a report by the Chinese Ministry of Education, the admission number of the college exam (Gaokao) decreased from 10.5 million in 2008 to 9.15 million in 2012. Among those students who did not take the exam, was a group who studied overseas. There were 340,000 Chinese students at universities abroad in 2012. This number increased 20% compared with last year. More specifically, the Australian government reported in 2013, that China is the largest source country of international students for Australia. In 2011, there were almost 160,000 enrolments by Chinese students, which accounted for 30% of all international student enrolments in that year.

One important reason is Chinese students believe they can achieve better education in Australia than in China. The education industry is a pillar industry in Australia, which is constantly improving the educational system to attract students from all over the world. Australian universities are ranked amongst the top universities in the world; amongst these are University of Melbourne, Australian National University and University of Sydney.

Secondly, the economic situation of Chinese people has greatly improved. Many Chinese families have enough money to support their child to study overseas. Those Chinese parents hope their child can open the eyes and obtain abundant knowledge and experience through studying overseas.

Finally, it is a common view in China that overseas graduates can get high-income jobs. At present, in China, the average national graduate has a great deal of pressure to get a good job. As a result, many graduates are not employed or are not willing to look for a job. Therefore, studying overseas can help them to change this situation.

After graduation, some of Chinese students hope to immigrate to Australia. Australia also welcomes people from different areas. There are over 7 million immigrants in Australia. Why do they want to stay here? Maybe the most important thing is that Australia has a great living environment. For example, Melbourne achieved world’s most livable city status several times. Moreover, Chinese graduates can make much more money in Australia than in China. In addition, immigrates can enjoy many Australian public welfare.

On the other hand, the majority of Chinese graduates in Australia hope to come back to China. According to a report of Chinese education ministry, the number of Chinese students coming back to China after graduation grew 38% in 2011. One reason is the policy about immigration is stricter for international students. Many Chinese students choose to study accounting and finance in Australia. This is because they know it is good way to immigrate. However, after graduation, students who want to immigrate to Australia need to get a result of 7 score of IELTS. It is pretty difficult for most Chinese students of business faculty. Moreover, some of them maybe do not adapt to the life style in Australia. There is totally different culture between Australia and China. Furthermore, at present, the Chinese economy is quickly growing. There are many opportunities for overseas graduates. According to a survey of Australian Education International, 77% of employed Australian-educated graduates are satisfied with their job in China. Therefore, through studying in Australia, it is not a problem to get a good job for Chinese students when they come back to China.

Unemployment has always been a global issue, and there are many reasons why people lose their job, such as redundancy, company failure, or when they are injured. There are not enough jobs available for people, especially the young generation.

In recent years, more and more Chinese people choose to go abroad to study in order to have a better future. However, with fierce competition and differences in culture backgrounds, it is not easy to find a decent job in foreign countries.

Some students choose to open their own business. Is it the best way for international students?Actually, this solution has pros and cons.

If you think it is a fun and exciting career, you are only partially correct. There are also many unpredictable risks for the entrepreneur. However, not everyone wants to take risks, nor have abilities to tackle crisis.

In contrast, international students who are passionate and creative, as well as having the capacity for risk-taking and forecasting future possibilities are equipped to set up their own business. They can address the issue of unemployment. Moreover, they also can enhance their individual value, and make their life better and happier via their efforts.

In my story, I interviewed a dancer who is named Yiaoqian Guo. She was out of work because she injured her waist, and could not stand on the stage to dance as a professional folk dancer. However, she did not give up, and chose to come to Melbourne to study and to update her skills. Now she has opened her own dance training centre in Melbourne.

I hope that her story will encourage international students who are facing difficulty in their careers to improve their outlook. I also want to inspire them to never give up on their dreams. If you have passion and believe you can do well, just make an effort and try to do it. Even if we face difficulties in our lives, we should build confidence for the future.

Finally, I want to say some additional words. Individuals have different psychological frustration tolerance when they face difficulties. Some people can quickly overcome negative feelings and turn over a new leaf. However, others may experience a low mood for a long time. If you are the latter, you would be better to find positive ways to adjust your situation. Whatever the reasons, we should believe that everyday will be a brilliant new start.

Melbourne leads the way for creating sporting opportunities for young girls.

Most girls around the world would dream of having the opportunity to play and use the same facilities as their favourite sporting heroes such as Raphael Nadal and Maria Sharapova.

Here in Melbourne, girls have access to exactly that. They can rub shoulders with Casey Dellacqua and Jelena Dokic while training at the National Tennis Centre. They can use the star’s facilities to get changed, play on the same courts and have access to international coaches for their tennis lessons.

Eleven year old Jennifer Madgwick is part of the National Tennis Centre’s Development Squad and trains there after school. “I really enjoy tennis, it’s a very social sport and I can train here after school as it’s only a short drive away for my mum”, she said.

AFL is also a huge part of Melbourne’s sporting culture and it’s not unusual for kids to be overly passionate about supporting their favourite team. Some kids start playing AusKick at five years old. Although AFL is traditionally played by men, the local footy clubs usually try and cater for the girls who have a passion for the sport. “I can kick a footy as well as the boys at school. My teacher asked me to join the school AFL team and he put me straight into the full forward position because of my kick. The boys didn’t mind, as I scored a few goals,” Jennifer said.

Chris Pearce, who has been involved in the local community for many years, has enjoyed working at local sporting clubs. “Australia’s known throughout the world for its sporting excellence. I think in Australia, girls have the same opportunities as boys to participate actively in sports, all the way through to the highest level, where all our most wonderful champions have represented Australia”, he said.

Melbourne offers girls a huge range of representative and local sporting opportunities, in basketball, netball, athletics and AFL, that cater for girls at all levels. “Most clubs have teams at every level, and as you learn the game and the rules, you can progress into the development squad if you really like the sport”, Jennifer said.

Redundancy in the media by Elizabeth Anderson

Posted: May 29, 2014 by lizzie85 in Music

From a news perspective, redundancy makes a great story, particularly when it is on a large scale. There are a lot of angles- a business struggling to survive and stay profitable, a heartless business, the possibility of salvation, the concern about quality and the struggling battler who will suffer as a result. There has been quite a bit about redundancy in the news lately, as more and more companies are looking to cut margins. When there is a story about a big business moving jobs offshore to save money and boost profits, the media really loves it and goes searching for the human angle. However, when it is the media itself that is cutting jobs, sending work offshore and cutting margins, the way the media reports it is a little different. Depending on which media company is currently undergoing redundancies, will influence how the story is told. But all sides generally shy away from personalising these stories, because they know it may be them next. Generally the story will focus on numbers- how many are going. Any opposition will focus on quality issues. This story focuses on the human person, and his family, of someone affected by the changes in the mediascape. It takes a nameless, faceless person from the “300 pre-production staff” cut from Fairfax Media’s bottom line and introduces him, his family and the problems he is going to face. In an industry where there are mass redundancies, it can be difficult to find a new job. There are more people out there looking for less jobs. The is true in the mediascape and it is especially true in smaller cities or towns where there often are no other places for a middle-aged man with that skill set. Redundancy stories are often popular because there is something of a voyeuristic element from the audience. They watch and can feel better that they still have their job; not that they wish bad on others, it just affirms their own place. There is sometimes almost a feeling that the reason this person lost their job was somehow their own fault, and therefore it could not happen to the viewer. However this story shows that redundancy is not just something that happens to someone else. The department in question was efficient, the people were skilled. However they are a department that not many people outside the media industry would even know exists. Because of that it is worth sharing their story and making sure the media is under the same scrutiny that they place on other businesses.

As more and more jobs are lost due to the influence of economical and governmental forces, finding stable employment is becoming harder and harder to attain.

This is especially worrying for current students and graduates who are or have already dedicated years into studying, only to end up struggling to secure employment within their respective fields, or worse yet, remain unemployed.

For most students and graduates, entering the corporate world can become strenuous and frustrating. The employment process is a rigorous system that can sometimes feel specifically selective to applicants who have years of relevant experience. In most cases, students and graduates often lack corporate experience due to educational priorities and inflexible working availabilities.

Graduate Careers Australia’s annual Australian Graduate Survey reveals that there was deterioration in the short-term employment prospects of new graduates in 2013 compared to 2012. Out of 182,174 Australian resident bachelor degree graduates, 71.3% were found to have entered a full-time role within four months of completing their degrees whilst 18.1% had secured part-time or casual positions whilst continuing to pursue full-time employment.

Increasingly, many students and graduates have been turning to employment services and training initiatives in hopes of boosting their chances in securing gainful employment.

Whilst it seems that a majority of graduates find full-time employment, it remains unclear if their full-time roles are relevant to their field of study. For most, settling into a role they have fallen in becomes their only viable option whilst some continue to pursue further studies in order to broaden their horizons.

For the unlucky few who continue to work part-time or casually in mainstream fields like retail, financial burden can quickly settle in and relying on government assistance is their only way of remaining stable.

However, although tertiary education is pursued by many and arguably essential in developing a lasting career, a select few opt a different route. Starting a full-time career in entry-level roles that require little to no prerequisite is sometimes a more suitable option for those who have no desire in higher education. For them, this means that they have the chance to climb the corporate ladder earlier, however, may mean settling for a lower salary than that awarded to a bachelor degree graduate in the same position.

Ultimately, entering the workforce as a full-time employee can be daunting for everyone, however, when it comes to developing a career, it is noteworthy to consider that there are various avenues that can be taken beyond tertiary education.

References:

Grad Stats 2013, Employment and salary outcomes of recent higher education graduates, Graduate Careers Australia, retrieved 25 May 2014, http://www.graduatecareers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/GCAGradStats2013.pdf

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Supplement to my UGS: The impact of being made redundant mid-life.

By Alex de Vos

Marketing expert Jess Benton was 30 when she was made redundant from her role as an online content manager for a small PR agency.
Although the redundancy was initially a shock, it was an opportunity for Jess to pursue a dream of opening up her own small business.
She later went on to secure a full-time role with a company she truly admires.
But not everyone who is made redundant will use the opportunity to move roles or even climb the corporate ladder.
For those who are laid off in mid-life, redundancy can be a big problem.
Conflict Solvers’ mental health trainer Fred Stern said although there’s a percentage of employees who won’t find redundancy stressful, the “bulk” of people are likely to suffer a mental health illness.
“Some people might see the redundancy as something that has finally forced them to do something different with their lives so for them it won’t be stressful,” he said.
But for the older generation, being made redundant can bring on a lot of stress, he said.
Mr Stern noted depression and anxiety as the most common types of mental health illnesses people are likely to suffer following a redundancy.
“The older the person is, quite often the more severe the mental illness is,” he said.
“They might have a big mortgage they’re trying to service or perhaps they’re still trying to put their children through school.”
Mr Stern advises people struggling to cope with redundancy to seek professional help.
“When people come in to see me I check that they’re in a frame of mind where they can actually cope, and then I advise them to see their local GP if the redundancy is taking a toll on their mental health,” he said.
“It’s important that people have support systems in place when they’re exiting the workforce –such as a supportive family or partner.”
But with the pension age set to rise to 70 by 2035, older employees might be forced to find other work after being axed.
In a move to help older employees find jobs, the federal government announced earlier this month it would pay subsidies of up to $10,000 over two years to employers who hire mature workers – those over 55.
Mr Stern said the government should be doing more to assist those made redundant later in their working careers.
“I think there needs to be more systems put in place to up-skill these workers so they are still employable, as well plenty of support for older people suffering mental health issues,” he said.

Video  —  Posted: May 29, 2014 by Alex in Music

Although our nation is a developed one, driven by the revolution of technology and communication, the force that social media extends upon many industries is one that is often overlooked. The many ways that it impacts social elements in everyday contexts are one thing, but the ability it has given the unemployed is another. With many people still struggling to find work, moving the search to this online format has opened up a range of opportunities to job seekers that was never available before.

Traditional job boards such as Career One and SEEK have long upheld the employment search on the internet, but with the integration of social media into the business world, these websites are beginning to give way to a new kind of interactive tool for the unemployed. Those who are comfortable enough to use social media to find potential vacancies within their skillsets and job fields are finding work easier than they ever had previously. Additionally, businesses are able to minimise the efforts and costs of associated with traditional employment procedures by headhunting in circles of networks within their own social media professional networks.

Australia currently sits at one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the world, but the challenge for those without jobs is still a more prominent issue. Being able to spot work where it is available demands attention and constant monitoring of print medias, but the rise of the social media-business relationship means followers of certain companies can be contacted as soon as perspective job opportunities become available. Social media websites like LinkedIn are dominating the traditional resume and CV by enabling users to display their skills, experience and connections in a public space, whilst allowing those who view their profile to endorse them for their work efforts—what better way to advertise your abilities than to show them off in a global context?

Businesses are flocking to online sources to fill openings within their companies by using social media forums liked the aforementioned LinkedIn, the infamous Facebook and even Twitter to personally headhunt the perfect individual to become a part of their team. No longer do they have to go through the tedious task of interviewing without knowing what they’re truly going to get.

Not all Australians feel satisfied yet with replacing the face-to-face communication of traditional job seeking with social media, but its bound to become a major player in the way businesses go about driving their futures.

Video  —  Posted: May 28, 2014 by Cassie McBlane in Music
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By Lisa McGrath

With uncertainty in our economic climate, more people are facing the prospect of a redundancy. In recent years, Australia has seen thousands of people lose jobs, particularly in the manufacturing, telecommunications, mining and airline industries. Australian jobs have also been shipped offshore including sectors in call centres, banking, retail and information technology (IT). However, it’s not all doom and gloom, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the number of people unemployed decreased by 29,900 to 713,200, in March 2014.

Redundancy is a fact in our working lives, which many of us can not avoid. A job loss is a traumatic experience and while most of us take the news personally, sometimes there are other factors at play; where the job loss had nothing to do with the individual. Market changes, reorganisation, restructuring and change in executive management are all too prevalent in today’s business landscape, which can often lead to a loss of job. Professional services are available to help individuals move on and secure another job elsewhere. Some career assistance services will take a step further and encourage an individual to focus on the areas of interest and look at the change as an opportunity and not a rejection. Sometime’s a redundancy can be the best thing that ever happened to us. It can free you and force you to get out of your comfort zone.

Many people lives have changed for the better both personally and professionally. This story is about focusing on the positive and embracing the many opportunities waiting to be discovered.

Ian Renouf found himself in this position and quickly fell in the trap of feeling rejected. He lost his motivation which ultimately impacted on his love of competing in Ironman’s and triathlon’s. For a brief time, Ian lost control and stopped doing the things he loved doing the most in life. This caused a downward spiral where he almost reached the point of depression. Ian quickly picked himself up, dusted himself off and began searching online where he found the help of a career mentor. Richard Webbe coached Ian on building a memorable resume, interviewing with confidence and how to get in front of key corporate decision makers. Armed with these tips and some pre-arranged introductions, Ian was ready to face the world with a new outlook and perspective. He managed to secure a role which was a step up from his previous job and more challenging. Ian is now back in the game and back into his fitness training. He has now entered himself into several thriathlon’s and has more energy and motivation than ever before.

References:
Trading Economics – http://www.tradingeconomics.com/articles/04102014023751.htm, retrieved 19 may 2014.

Video  —  Posted: May 28, 2014 by lsmcgr in Music
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