Overseas Education in Australia for Commerce Graduates from India

24 Oct

The commerce field is a diverse and vast field of expertise, encompassing subjects such as marketing, human resources, finance, international business, accountancy and many other up-and-coming fields.

Commerce graduates in India hold the degrees of B.Com, B.B.A., B.M.S., B.B.M or Honours degrees in any of the commerce and management subjects. These degrees are generally three years in duration.

Popular destinations for Indian commerce graduates are the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and Singapore. North American universities in Canada and the United States require a four-year undergraduate degree. Therefore, Indian graduates in commerce who have a Master’s degree can apply to North American universities.

Australian universities are particularly attractive to Indian students because of the large opportunities for skilled employment after graduation. Also, permanent residency in Australia is quicker for finance and accountancy graduates who can prove their skills as accountants, after two years of Master’s degree.

Notable universities in Australia for commerce graduate courses include:

  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne – Melbourne Business School
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Queensland
  • Monash University
  • The University of New South Wales
  • Griffith University
  • Bond University
  • Curtin University
  • University of Adelaide

The post-graduate degrees offered by these universities are:

  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Management (with many specializations)
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of Professional Accountancy
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Applied Finance

The degrees are of one, one and a half or of two years duration. They are based in cosmopolitan cities like Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide.

The requirements that these universities expect are:

  • First Class degree in a commerce subject from a recognized Indian university.
  • An IELTS/ PTE test certificate that is not older than two years or,
  • English medium of instruction certificates from college.
  • Complete transcripts of university studies.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • GMAT or GRE score (for M.B.A. only).

Students with 2 or 3 years of experience may apply for M.B.A. courses in Australia, as Australian universities expect work experience prior to enrolling in this degree.

The intake for these degrees varies from university to university. However, the usual intake semester is in the middle of July. Intakes are also available in February. Very rarely, intakes are also available in September or November, for specific courses.

What students can expect during their studies in Australia:

  • World-class infrastructure with well-equipped classroom and libraries.
  • Well qualified lecturers and professors.
  • Industry integrated practical programmes.
  • Internship opportunities in Australia.
  • Post-study work visa for graduates completing two years of Master’s degree.
  • Exemptions from taking certain examination from professional bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand etc.

General Information about Australia:

  • Highly developed country with a high standard of living.
  • High per-capita income and earning potential.
  • Strong welfare system with subsidized healthcare and education for residents.
  • Access to New Zealand for work and education is easy.
  • Considerable Indian population in major cities.

Opportunities to pursue finance and accounting master’s in Australia:

  • Courses are recognized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and other professional bodies.
  • Availability of scholarships for students with high grades.
  • Opportunity to pursue summer internships in Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Ability to qualify simultaneously as a Chartered Accountant in Australia and New Zealand.
  • High demand for registered accountancy professionals in Australia.

Opportunities for graduates:

  • Wide range of professions in finance and accountancy are listed in the Australian skilled occupations list.
  • Ability to apply independently for permanent residence after meeting the requirements.
  • Summer internships may lead to full-time job offers.
  • Priority is given to graduates of Australian universities during employment procedures.
  • Better integration to the Australian work environment improves chances of securing employment.

Australia is definitely the best country for Indian graduates wishing to pursue post-graduate study. Many world-renowned companies such as PwC, KPMG, Ernst & Young operate offices in Australia. This improves the employment opportunities for graduates especially from the Finance and Accountancy backgrounds.

 

 

 

 

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Opportunities for Computer Science Graduates in Melbourne

24 Oct

Australia is a very popular destination for higher education because of its attractiveness as a developed economy with a high standard of living. The quality of education and opportunities available for graduates is numerous. The ability to gain a reputed qualification and the chances of landing a full-time job makes Australia a top study destination.

Melbourne is Australia’s second-largest city. It is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live and work in. Many world-class universities are located in this vibrant city. Multi-national companies based in Australia all have offices and some even have head-quarters in Melbourne.

The study of computer science is regarded as a very reliable and highly profitable stream of profession. Reliance on computer and information technology is growing day-by-day. Australian companies seek to hire candidates of information technology with the relevant skill sets and capabilities.

The availability of employment opportunity combines with the availability of quality education makes Melbourne a sought after study destination among other Australian universities.

The Universities based in Melbourne are:

  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – RMIT
  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • La Trobe University
  • Victoria University
  • Deakin University
  • Swinburne University of Technology

All of these universities are ranked in the top 10% of universities world-wide.

The most popular degrees for post-graduate studies in computer science are:

  • Master of Science – Computer Science
  • Master of Data Analytics
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of Science – Cloud Computing
  • Master of Business Analytics
  • Master of Science – Robotics
  • Master of Computer Science and Engineering

 

The University of Melbourne and Monash University have a very competitive admission and selection process. Therefore, the expectation of candidates applying to these universities is a very good bachelor’s degree and a very good standard of English, as proven by high IELTS or PTE scores.

 

Other universities in Melbourne like RMIT, Victoria, Deakin and Swinburne provide a very good level of education and at comparatively lower costs.

 

Most of the courses offered by these universities are accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). This accreditation ensures that the candidate is able to pursue simultaneous certifications in his/her chosen field.

 

The courses in computer science and allied fields offered by universities in Melbourne are usually of two years in duration. Students who have completed a similar undergraduate degree may complete the degree in one year or one and a half year’s duration.

 

What students can expect while studying computer science and information technology in Melbourne:

  • World-class degree and teaching.
  • Faculty have wide experience in their subject of expertise.
  • World-class infrastructural facilities in Melbourne.
  • Tailored career counselling from professionals in the university.
  • Ability to pursue summer internships in the various universities in the city or in Sydney.
  • Opportunities for exchange semesters with other universities around the world.

 

 Opportunities for students and graduates

Graduates of computer science are highly sought after in Australia.

  • Graduates with required skills can apply independently for permanent residence.
  • Full-time opportunities may be obtained for those who have completed summer internship.
  • Students who have completed two years of higher study in Australia may obtain a post-study work visa.

What students must know before applying:

  • A good undergraduate degree in a similar field from a recognised Indian university.
  • A percentage or grade equivalent of at least 60%.
  • Intakes in Australian universities are usually in July.
  • Some courses are available in February or November.
  • Transcripts, degree certificates, letters of motivation and English language certificates must be ready before applying.
  • Accommodation and health insurance details must be sorted before departure.
  • Visa information for student visa applicants is clearly given in gov.au.
  • At least 60 days’ time must be available for the processing the applications.
  • Pre-departure orientation.

 

Therefore, all these opportunities highlight that Melbourne is a very attractive location for pursuing a master’s degree in computer science or information technology. Greater demand for qualified professionals in this field also improves the chances of employment for graduates.

 

Oratory Skills: Speaking

21 Sep

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This section evaluates a candidate’s communication skills. The use of the right language with the correct grammar is one of the criteria he/she is marked on. Not only this, the candidate must be able to move out of the generic and speak descriptively on the topic at hand.

  • Section 1: General Questions (4-5 minutes)
  • Section 2: Cue Card Topic (2+1=3 minutes)
  • Section 3: Follow up/Discussion questions on the topic (4-5 minutes)

The test takes between 11-14 minutes. The topics for discussion are very generic and relatable to every day. An example of a topic for Section 2 would be the following:

Describe a foreign country you have never been to. You must say:

  • where the country is
  • when you will go there
  • why you would like to go there

The speaking test is also marked on a band of 9 according to the following criteria:

  • Fluency and coherence – the ability to speak accurately and logically without much hesitation
  • Lexical resource – the ability to use the right vocabulary and sentence structuring.
  • Grammatical range and accuracy – use of correct grammar
  • Pronunciation – the ability to say words in their right pronunciation effortlessly

 

 

 

Grammar and Vocabulary Skills: Writing

21 Sep

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Writing consists of two sections. While general training has letter writing, the academic training aspirants will be tested on their analysis of statistical/tabular/dioramic data. Grammar is one of the key testing points in this section. A candidate is also assesses on his ability to arrange data and respond correctly to a given statement.

  • Task 1: Letter writing/Chart Writing (Academic)
  • Task 2: Essay writing

A candidate is given a total of 60 minutes to complete both tasks. They are advised not to spend more than 20 minutes on the Letter writing/Chart writing and not more than 40 minutes on the Essay writing.

3 types of letters can be asked which are:

  • Formal
  • Semi – formal
  • Informal

Essay writing is based on a number of topics which include technology, education, parenting, leisure, housing, etc.

Chart writing is more of an analytical assessment. A candidate is given a chart/graph/table/diagram and must report the facts, in the data given.

Scoring

The writing questions are marked out of 9 according to the following criteria:

  • Task Achievement –all parts of the task should be fully addressed
  • Coherence and Cohesion – the content should be written in cohesive paragraphs
  • Lexical Resource – the ability to use a wide range of vocabulary
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy – use of many grammatical structures with accuracy

 

Comprehension Skills: Reading

21 Sep

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Part 2: Reading (60 minutes)

The Reading section consists of three reading passages with a total of 2150-2750 words. These passages are taken from journals, magazines, books, and newspapers etc.

In General Training, texts included in this test are topics that are generic in nature and for a non – specialised audience. Academic reading however has articles that are academic in nature as to test the knowledge of students taking the IELTS exam to study in a foreign university. The purpose of this section is to see if aspirants are able to identify the key ideas in the text, skim through comprehensive detail and follow a sequence of an argument.

It consists of 3 pages divided into 3 sections. 35 – 40 questions can be asked and one’s band score is based on how many answers he/she gets right.

The question types include:

  • True/False/Not Given
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Summary Completion
  • Sentence Completion
  • Multiple Choice: Choose a single answer
  • Multiple Choice: Choose multiple answers
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Diagram Completion
  • Table Completion
  • Flow Chart Completion
  • Matching Headings
  • Matching Paragraphs
  • Matching Sentence Headings
  • List Selection
  • Choose a title
  • Categorisation

The raw score to band score, conversion table is below:

 

Scoring – General

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Scoring – Academic

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Communicative Skills: Listening

21 Sep

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The Listening section of the test is designed to assess a candidate’s ability to follow a sequence of conversation and understand the central theme of it. People conversing in Australian, British, New Zealand and American accents are heard on the given pre-recorded CD-ROM.

The candidate must listen to four sections in the recordings:

  • Section 1: Conversation between 2 people
  • Section 2: Monologue
  • Section 3: Conversation between 3-4 people
  • Section 4: Conversation on an academic subject

In each section, a series of 10 questions follow. These questions include:

  • Multiple Choice: Choose a single answer
  • Multiple Choice: Choose multiple answers
  • Matching Content
  • Plan/Diagram/Map Labelling
  • Note Completion

Based on the number of right answers, a candidate is scored on a band. For example, if a candidate scores 33/40 he is given a band score of 7.5 as illustrated in the table below.

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Understanding IELTS in 3 Simple Steps

21 Sep

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Step 1 – What Is IELTS?

IELTS: INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM

The International English Language Testing System is an international English exam that is accepted as a proficient test of one’s English listening, reading, writing and speaking ability.

The number of organisations accepting IELTS results has reached 10,000, cementing the test’s position as the world’s leading English language test for education and global migration purposes.

Since one’s grip on the language is crucial in the educational field and employment market, the importance of this exam has increased over the years.

This being said, the number of IELTS exam takers is estimated to be in the millions.

 

Step 2 – IELTS Exam Types

The IELTS exam is of two types:

  1. Academic Training
  2. General Training

Note: The Listening and Speaking sections are the same for both tests. Reading and Writing however differ, with these sections being more scholastically orientated for the Academic section.

Step 3 – IELTS Format

The following is the format for the examination:

Part 1: Listening (40 minutes)

Part 2: Reading (60 minutes)

Part 3: Writing (60 minutes)

Part 4: Speaking (11-14 minutes)