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Aspiring Professionals Program

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News created: 22 Jun 2010

Merit Scholars photoAspiring Professionals Program, a new initiative for Merit Scholars, has been successfully launched in 2010. Macquarie’s Merit Scholars are selected based on their academic achievements and an ATAR of 98.5 or above at the HSC level. The program will focus on three key elements of Self, Career and Community, allowing Merit Scholars to develop the leadership, communication and career skills that are in high demand across all work environments. Program Manager, Bron Harrison, hopes the program will “reduce the gap between leaving university and starting work to a small step rather than the chasm, that it can be for new graduates”.

The official Merit Scholars Reception was hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steven Schwartz,  on 15th April 2010. It provided a great opportunity for first year Merit Scholars and their families to engage with the various Faculties and Academics that will be guiding them through their time at university. The event was well attended with over 80 guests.

The Aspiring Professionals program consists of tailored workshops, seminars, coaching, mentoring and access to university and industry leaders. The first workshop was held on 8-9th April 2010, focusing on the elements of Self. The participatory style workshop concentrated on developing and enhancing communication skills required in a corporate environment. The two day session was open to ten first year students. The small workshop environment provides students with more personalised, interactive and individual coaching. The session was well received, with the students describing it as a “positive experience”.  The program will be repeated later in the year to ensure all first year Merit Scholars have the opportunity to participate.

The program aims to also provide the students with an opportunity to learn, form new friendships  and socialise with their peers from different Departments and Faculties. The first social event was a Pizza Night at a local North Ryde restaurant. The event was attended by 25 Scholars and Associate Professor Leigh Wood, Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Business and Economics.  It was a great night for the students to meet Merit Scholars from all different degrees, to discuss university life, brainstorm ideas for the program and enjoy some pizza.

The program is currently seeking Industry partners to mentor and lead industry sessions. For more information, please contact Bron Harrison, Program Manager.

About Bron Harrison

Bron is a corporate trainer and consultant, specialising in communication skills within business. She provides solution-focused and collaborative training, aimed at senior managers through to entry-level staff and students. Working closely with corporate organisations as well as Macquarie University, Bron focuses on establishing key performance enhancement skills to ensure the organisation achieves its full potential. Bron has facilitated programs in the financial services, technology, pharmaceuticals, media, property and logistics sector. She has also held management positions in outsourcing management, services and relationship management across a number of industries in corporate Australia and across Asia-Pacific .


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