Career Information Session — insights and advice to advance your career

Posted by Rachel Waterhouse, National Director, Engagement, Governance Institute of Australia on 15/12/2016

On 24 November in Sydney we held a Career Information Session for those seeking to enhance their career and further their knowledge as governance or risk professionals through postgraduate study opportunities. 

Attendees were treated to insider advice on the career pathways to success as the session featured two prominent recruiters in the governance, risk and compliance space — Mahlab and Heath & Ford — as well as a postgraduate course adviser, current course director and past student.

Course Director Joanne MacDonald emphasised the calibre of the students at Governance Institute, and described how over the years the types of students had expanded and now represent a wider variety of industries — resulting in a broader community of professionals and the ultimate environment for students to make contacts in various fields, a change which has also extended into our membership.

There was discussion around modes of study and choosing between online or face-to-face, as although the online option affords you the ultimate flexibility, you cannot go past the benefits of forming connections and sharing stories in the classroom.

Another key point that was reiterated by the panel was the practical nature of Governance Institute’s postgraduate courses, as students are encouraged to use real workplace issues as case studies and for discussion where appropriate, so that they can literally apply what they learn in class into their role the next day.

Lionel Mateo, a past student who completed the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance, shared his inspiring story of how networking at his Graduation event was the catalyst to securing his current role as Company Secretary of AMP.

During the Q&A section, the recruiters addressed how traditional hiring methods for company secretary and governance roles are changing, and are not necessarily requiring strict legal or accounting backgrounds — although the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance which gives you an internationally-recognised qualification is becoming a necessity for some. Ultimately the preferred experience comes down to the hiring manager.

Make the intelligent choice for your career

If you’re considering postgraduate study in governance or risk management we have two upcoming Career Information Sessions in Perth and Brisbane.

Can’t attend in person? Watch the re-cap videos from the recruiters and a current student on how our postgraduate courses will provide you with unrivalled insights, practical knowledge and skills you can apply directly to your role.


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