Elite Students Visit Office of Bloomberg LP
11th October, 2016
Dr Paul Howe, Director of Professional and Vocational Programs organised a visit, talk and office tour for a group of students to the offices of Bloomberg LP.
Bloomberg L.P. is the largest financial software company in the world. It is also one of the largest data and media company globally headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Bloomberg L.P. was founded by Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York in 1981.
Bloomberg L.P. provides financial software tools such as an analytics and equity trading platform, data services, and news to financial companies and organizations through the Bloomberg Terminal. The Bloomberg Terminal is considered the industry standard – used by many of the large investment buy and sell side investment houses. Bloomberg L.P. also includes a wire service (Bloomberg News), a global television network (Bloomberg Television), digital websites, a radio station (WBBR), subscription-only newsletters, and three magazines: Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets, and Bloomberg Pursuits.
The students were firstly given an office tour by the Senior Director of Bloomberg of their beautiful office. Located on the top 2 floors of the iconic 1 Bligh Street building, the Bloomberg office enjoys a panoramic view overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Students were then given a training session on the use of the Bloomberg terminals. They were given insight into Bloomberg’s history, the financial markets, buy and sell side and how the terminals help investors, hedge fund managers and financial advisors. Students learnt the various functions of Bloomberg, short cut keys, the trading and financial analyst functions. The Senior Director of Bloomberg then answered student’s questions on career aspirations, working at Bloomberg and getting a job in the accounting and finance sector. The students’ visit coincided with the delegation from the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Vinit Shah, a final year professional accounting and finance student commented “It was great experience to see how finance works in the real world. I have learnt a lot from this company visit. Thank you for taking us to Bloomberg Paul.
Elite Students Attend CPA International Students Forum
4th October, 2016
As part of the ongoing engagement with external industry leaders and ongoing professional development Elite students were invited to the International Students Forum at CPA Australia in Sydney.
Dr Paul Howe led a group of students to the event. The CPA International Students Forum offered Elite students fantastic insights into building a professional career after graduation. Speakers on the night included Peter Mackey, the Director of StudyNSW in the NSW Premiers Cabinet. Peter explained the support given to international students in terms of employability and developing a career from the State government. Elite students were invited to participate in “Interchange 3.0”, a program to boost international students’ entrepreneurial skills and employability and “Intersective – NSW Global Scope” initiative which will give 400 NSW International students (including those at Elite) to gain meaningful work experience across 11 NSW government agencies, NGOs and private sector companies. Dr Paul Howe will lead these ongoing initiatives at Elite in collaboration with Peter and the NSW government.
Students also had the chance to meet the CEO of Performance Education, Owen Firth. Owen gave an inspiring talk on how to overcome challenges for international students in gaining a successful career after graduation. The 4 challenges he outlined were “communication skills”, “gaining relevant work experience”, “culture adaptability” and “gaining a competitive advantage in the recruitment process”. After the event students were invited to cocktail and canapés with Owen where he shared his thoughts on entrepreneurship and starting your own business – and how entrepreneurship can be a very rewarding path for international students.
Muhammad Salman a final year student at Elite commented “the event provided us with a fantastic opportunity to network with not only the people at CPA but also to meet relevant heads of many companies. I am sure these contacts will be very useful after I graduate from Elite. Thank you to Paul and Elite for taking us to the event”
Elite Alumni Shines as an Entrepreneur – The Personal Experience and Career Trajectory of an Aspiring International Student
15th September, 2016
Cecilia Tao, an Elite alumni and one of Elite’s first ever graduates was interviewed by a local Australian newspaper on her “path to success” in her newly adopted country of Australia. Cecilia grew up in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China. After taking the first prize in the CCTV Cup English Speaking Contest in her home province she was selected to represent China in the Asian Varsity Debates. Cecilia explains she has always been ambitious and career driven – not only with her academic studies but also undertook various extracurricular activities including the piano, ballet, drum, bel canto, guitar, acting and hosting. She came to study in Australia in 2009 both at the University of Sydney and at Elite Education Institute. When she came to Australia she explained she “faced many challenges and experienced many fears” many of these she had to deal with for the first time. She explains: “Whenever I encountered tough times, I will try to encourage myself to sustain a bit longer. I have been through so much in Australia. Now, there is nothing to fear!”
Cecilia adapted herself to the new life quickly during her study at Elite and the University of Sydney. In 2011, Wang Gang (the Vice President and Minister of Science and Technology) was invited by the Australian government to visit New South Wales. The Vice President attended the welcome dinner held by Professor Michael Spence – the president of the University of Sydney. Although Cecilia was still studying simultaneous interpretation as a postgraduate she was honoured to be selected as the simultaneous interpreter for the dinner .
Throughout her studies, Cecilia displayed early signs of entrepreneurship and was always an ambitious young woman. During her studies, she founded Etone Holdings and now serves as the president and CEO of the company. Etone has successfully hosted many large-scale events including “Sing in the Frozen” where she organised the renowned “Ice & snow festival of Harbin” in Australia. Her company has also organised the Spring Festival Gala in Harbin which achieved considerable success. Cecilia’s company has many ambitious plans for expansion – including winning the right to host the “Indoor Ice & Snow Festival” and the sole partner for staging the press conference of the China-Australia Media Forum in 2017.
Cecilia has high praises for the Australian education system in general but also more specifically the academic and professional development she enjoyed at Elite. “I am very grateful to all the staffs at Elite. Staffs were always very helpful. “The courses I took was always relevant. It taught me the real-world skills for me to becoming an entrepreneur. The experience of coming to Australia, the friends I have made here, the struggles and the joys that I have experienced will be something that I will cherish in my life forever.”