THE Melbourne International Student Conference returns for a second year, inviting students interested in developing themselves personally and professionally, and working out what it means to live and work in globalised world. Find out how you can take part.
The Melbourne International Student Conference returns for a second year this September touching on a question young people, educators and employers are all asking – what kind of experiences do students need to succeed in a global marketplace?
Taking place over the weekend of September 5 to 6, the theme for this year’s conference is “Game-changing experiences in a globalised world”, and will focus on helping students develop the capability to relate and work effectively across cultures, gain insight to Asia’s growing influence, and carving out the kind of experiences necessary to thrive in a globalised world.
Not just an event for international students, the conference this year also invites Australian students interested in exploring opportunities to travel and work overseas, meet students from Asia and other parts of the world, and network and build some useful contacts along the way.
The conference will this year feature keynote speaker Dai Le, CEO and founder of DAWN. A firm believer in a representative and inclusive Australia, and passionate about enabling Asian Australians to reach leadership potentials, Dai’s career has spanned from media as an award-winning journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, to politics, diverse leadership and advocacy.
Delegates will also hear from Foundation for Young Australians CEO Jan Owen AM, named the inaugural Australian Financial Review & Westpac Group ‘Woman of Influence 2012’. Author of two books, Jan was the executive director of Social Ventures Australia, and founder of the CREATE Foundation, the national consumer body for children and young people in out of home care.
Highlights of the conference this year include the Young Upstarts business pitch competition, and the ever-popular Professional Networking Night hosted by CPA Australia, as students put their best foot forward for the chance to win a one-on-one meet-up with the evening’s mystery guests, represented across business, engineering, health, media, marketing and the arts.
A cultural competency workshop delivered by Red Tape Consulting director Tom Parker will help students develop their cultural quotient (CQ), which is quickly becoming the new differentiator for career advancement in an era where technology has made distance nearly irrelevant, and employers are looking for talent that can navigate different cultures in a global marketplace.
The RMIT Global Dialogue Series: Global Employability Forum will turn the tables on the conversation around education and employability. Local and international students, employers and recruiters present their scorecard on the current education system in preparing graduates for life and work in a globalised world, and invite a panel made up of representatives from Australian education institutions and governments, to respond.
Learn and play
TAG sessions in 2015 will focus on exposing students to new ideas and knowledge that will benefit different aspects of their lives, from personal life, to work life and social life. Delegates can choose from as many as 20 workshops covering topics ranging from investments and entrepreneurship, working and doing business in Asia, to travel, beauty and style, food, fitness and health.
A board games night will also open up a space for friendship, self-discovery and learning. Over games such as Cashflow, Relationality, Settlers of Catan, The Coup, Articulate and Once Upon a Time, there’ll be plenty to draw out of gameplay – from communication, negotiation and relationships, to strategy, trade, resource management and financial literacy.
The Melbourne International Student Conference will be taking place at RMIT University Storey Hall on September 5 and 6, and is jointly hosted by the City of Melbourne and Meld Magazine. The cost of the conference is $50 and students can register via the conference website. Do book early as spaces are limited.