Must be able to hit the ground running

JUNE 2010

THE ultra-competitive employment market means business graduates need more than high academic results and qualifications to stand out, according to an expert in management education.

Director of management and entrepreneurship consultancy Positive Leadership, Seamus Tattersall, says companies are after recruits who can deliver immediate results.

“Workplaces want ‘applicable knowledge’. They are looking for employees who can hit the ground running; they don’t want to waste time re-educating new starters,” says Tattersall, who teaches the business management curriculum at Southbank Institute of Technology.

“In a competitive workplace, employers want to see the person’s practical experience as well as their qualification.”

Tattersall says tertiary education institutions are finding an increasing demand from executives as workplace competition heats up.

“My students come from all walks of life including the public sector, from large companies, from SMEs, and some are business owners,” he says.

“Our accelerated and advanced diplomas are aimed at those who are already in the workforce and are looking for career advancement, or for those looking for qualifications to support their industry experience. It’s designed to give people in the field the opportunity to formalise their knowledge in an academic and collegiate environment.”

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