Posts Tagged ‘Avondale College’

Graduate Accounting Position Vacant

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Graduate Accounting Position Vacant

There is a position vacant based in Melbourne for an accounting graduate.

This is a ‘rotating’ position, learning the various components of the organizations main accounting systems – Sun, MAZE and Payroll. The successful applicant will be sponsored to complete their CPA. Applicants need to be a good team player, willing to learn and contribute to the development of a center of excellence in processing and report preparation.

For further details, or to submit your CV, please contact Mr Kingsley Wood,

Marketing Internship – Sydney

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Commencing January 2015, 2 days per week for 6 months

An exciting opportunity has become available for a 6 month Marketing Internship at Vitality Works. You will have the opportunity to be part of a fast growing Occupational Health company with a multi-national presence across Australia and New Zealand.

We are looking for a passionate and motivated Marketing Intern to be involved in all areas of Marketing for the Vitality Works business.

As an intern you will be employed by Vitality Works whilst you gain valuable practical experience in your chosen field. You will work with industry professionals and leaders in their field taking on responsibility for individual projects and gaining valuable insights into the workings of this fast paced, dynamic organisation.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with social media posts and updates as directed by the Marketing Manager
  • Update marketing collateral – forms, presentations, brochures, etc.
  • Assist in organising events – breakfasts, expos and presentations
  • Updating the website
  • Data mining of existing client databases

The successful candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • Currently in the second half of your Marketing/Communications degree
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Team player
  • Highly organised and deadline focussed
  • Proficient with MS office and design tools such as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign

We are an organisation driven by our mission and values. If you share our passion for what we do, our products and can respect our Christian based principles this is a great opportunity.

To apply please submit your cover letter and resume using the link below.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chances are some of you will have just had a shiver run down your spine and your blood pressure rise. Others of you will be feeling exhilarated and eagerly anticipating what lies ahead. The mere thought of chaos polarises people between these extremes.

Because organisations are typically moving from one chaotic state to another nowadays, it is important to try and make the most of your available resources while still succeeding.

ChaosIn a recent article dealing with Chaos, Peter Economy proposes 9 strategies that can enable you and your organisation to thrice amidst chaos. While reading the full article (found here) will be of most benefit to you, following are the 9 strategies in point form:

  1. Adopt fluid and situational hierarchies
  2. Value and foster communication skills throughout the organisation
  3. Operate with a high degree of internal transparency
  4. Solve problems by “letting a thousand flowers bloom”
  5. Value and make use of improvisation
  6. Focus organisational learning on judgement, creativity, and scenarios
  7. Define your company by its mission
  8. Invest heavily in knowledge workers
  9. Empower people doing work – especially entrepreneurs and innovators

Are you maximised to thrive in chaos? Which of these strategies do you need to implement to ensure your business success?

The Avondale Business School can advise your organisation on being effective in these areas – find out how by contacting Warrick Long at the Avondale Business School.


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No Battle Plan Survives Contact With The Enemy

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The military is noted for excellent planning, management and leadership. Yet there is one caveat they recognise in all their planning – the maxim coined by German military strategist Helmuth von Moltke, “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” Which War Planning2is all about recognising the need for flexibility and being adaptable once implementation begins.

Colonel Michael Musso shares this and other lessons from his 25 year US military career in an article published by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. These principles translate well into private enterprise for leaders to implement.

The whole article can be found here, and you will need to read it to fully unlock all the lessons and wisdom behind each of these four maxims:

  1. Don’t run in the Pentagon
  2. Your best-laid plans may not survive first contact with the rising sun
  3. Think before moving towards the sound of the guns
  4. Circulate the battlefield without giving orders

After reading these, take a moment to reflect on your leadership and whether you are being a “tactical” leader.

The Avondale Business School can help you and your team develop leadership skills – find out how by contacting Warrick Long at the Avondale Business School.


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Workers Getting “Even”

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Employee TheftWe know that change in the workplace causes stress for employees, which can manifest itself in destructive behaviours like ‘go slows’, long lunches, and stealing office supplies. All of these things cost the business in terms of both finances and productivity. Typically advice to managers is to weather the initial storm and things will then settle down.

It seems that advice is wrong. The latest research by Kevin Eschleman, Nathan Bowling and David LaHuis (read more here >>) have found these destructive behaviours can be felt weeks and months later than expected. It seems that people who appeared to have initial good coping mechanisms respond destructively later on. And surprisingly, those workers seen as being more “agreeable” to the change are at least – or more often more likely – to engage in destructive behaviours, just later on and not initially.

Businesses can limit the potential for these destructive behaviours by being aware of the potential and ensuring employees have multiple options available to them to cope with workplace stress. Different workers cope with stress differently. Also, management cannot assume that just because the initial storm associated with change appears to be over, that it is indeed all over, as this research proves that is not the case.

The Avondale Business School can advise your organisation on being effective in these areas – find out how by contacting Warrick Long at the Avondale Business School.


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“The moderating effects of personality on the relationship between change in work stressors and change in counterproductive work behaviors” by Kevin J. Eschleman, Nathan A. Bowling and David LaHuis was published online Oct. 3 in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology and can be read at

Hide Your Nerves

Sunday, November 23, 2014

It is natural and even healthy to be a little nervous at times, but for some of us it can be debilitating. Sometimes people can smell our fear, and go “in for the kill”, exploiting your fear. Either way it is not pleasant.

If you need to buy yourself some time to bolster yourself, or even need to hide your nerves, then management guru Peter Economy has 8 tips to help. The full article can be found here, but as a teaser, the 8 points are:Nervous

  1. Breathe
  2. Don’t admit it
  3. Speak slowly
  4. Relax your body
  5. Maintain eye contact
  6. Ask a question
  7. Be yourself
  8. Fake it until you make it

Try these the next time you feel nervous, and put everyone at ease – especially yourself.

If you would further information on how Avondale Business School can help your organisation, contact Warrick Long


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The Rising Cost of Absenteeism

Monday, November 17, 2014

Employee absenteeism rose to 7% in 2014, the highest level it has been since 2010 according to a recent survey of Australian businesses. Australian employees took an average of almost 10 days of sick leave, costing businesses $33 billion in payroll costs and lost productivity. The survey, which stretched across 103 medium and large sized employers in Australia, found that the average cost of absenteeism had risen to over $3200 per employee each year. The research appeared to support the idea that the “sickie culture” was alive and well, with over 70 per cent of respondents indicating that absenteeism is caused by an ‘entitlement mentality’.

You can read the full article here

- Peter Williams

ABS Human Resources Specialist




5 Ways to Fail as a Leader

Friday, November 7, 2014

leadership2A recent article in Business News Daily (Read it here>>) looks at five major reasons that new leaders are unable to perform successfully, as well as four categories of skills leaders need to succeed.

While the article itself goes into more detail, and is recommended to read, the 5 ways to fail are:

  1. Over- or under-confidence
  2. Approaching leadership with the wrong expectations
  3. Lack of training in the right skill set
  4. Ignoring the need to build relationships
  5. Failure to listen

And the 4 categories to master are:

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Communication skills
  3. Team skills
  4. Culture and systems

The Avondale Business School can help you and your team develop leadership skills – find out how by contacting Warrick Long at the Avondale Business School.


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Marketing Internship Opportunity 2015

Thursday, November 6, 2014



If you are a committed and enthusiastic Marketing student eager to gain some experience applying your classroom lessons to real world scenarios then Avondale Business School has the opportunity you need.

We have an internship available for you in Semester 1, 2015 to come and get some experience in your field of study.

The successful applicant needs to have completed at least two years of their Marketing Major in their undergraduate degree.

To apply, send your application and Curriculum Vitae via email to or leave a hard copy with Elna Hale at the ABS foyer.

The closing date for applications is 17 November 2014.

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The Unsociable Team Member

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dysfunctional TeamCollaboration, Teams, Partnerships, Alliances. All buzzwords in business at the moment, which capture the concept of working in teams and highlight how important it is in business today. But what happens when one of the team members is technically brilliant but much less so socially? Often the team is disrupted and becomes disharmonious and less effective.

For leaders and managers this is a problem which needs to be fixed sooner rather than later or else risk slowing the entire organisation down. Usually the most expedient option is to change the team member. However this is not always feasible or warranted, especially if that team member has invaluable skills needed for the project. Unfortunately in a time-poor working environment leadership frequently sees these sorts of issues as hindrances that need a quick resolution. But maybe there is a better solution. One that may take a bigger investment of time up front, but one that yields a heftier reward in the long run.

In their recent blog, MindTools addresses this very issue (Managing Unsociable People) and propose some excellent ideas that can see the organisation bring out the best of these people and achieve way beyond initial expectations. The article is a great read and well worth the few minutes it takes to do so, but as a preview, here are some of the main points for working with that unsociable team member:

  • Understand why this person is unsociable – there is more to them than meets the eye, and no two people are alike.
  • Identify their strengths and weaknesses – focus on the strengths, work around the weaknesses, and whatever you do, don’t micromanage them.
  • Identify their motivation – and then reward them accordingly
  • Encourage communication – early, open and honest.

If you would further information on how Avondale Business School can help your organisation, contact Warrick Long


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