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ACS Victoria presents the February 2019 Young Professionals Half-Day Conference

Targeted towards but not limited to students currently completing their studies, this special event will allow participants to keep abreast with their professional development through the facilitation of three separate sessions, highlighting ways in which you can stand out and succeed as a skilled professional.

Registration End Date: Wed, 13 Feb, 05:00 PM

  • where

  • Clarendon Auditorium, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
    2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf
    Melbourne VIC 3006
  • when

  • Event Start: Fri, 15 Feb, 08:30 AM
    Event Finish: Fri, 15 Feb, 12:30 PM
  • event price

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<p>The morning will consist of three workshops, each facilitated by a different industry professional and topic. Each session will allow participants to keep abreast with their professional development and provide further insight into what steps they can take to help build a successful career within IT.<br><br>Continued professional development can deliver a deeper understanding of what it means to be a professional, and ensures that your knowledge stays relevant and up to date within the industry. Don&#39;t miss this special event.<br><br><b><u>Session 1 - &#39;Be inspired to build your career in IT.&#39;</u><br>Presented by Maria Moreno</b></p> <p>Maria will take you through a presentation about the role of IT within an organisation. Using her personal journey, Maria will provide fresh insights and practical tips to help you start your journey in the Australian ICT industry, including:<br><br>·       The importance of connections<br><br>·       Why communication should be a priority<br><br>·       Benefits of continuous learning and development<br><br>·       The implications for the IT team of the future – new skills and mindset<br><br>·       Expectations vs reality<br><br>Maria will compare IT roles in not-for-profit organisations and corporates, and will introduce you to some tools for your IT career journey.<br><br>Join Maria and learn how to diversify your skillset in ICT industry.<br><br><b><u>Session 2 - &#39;Never mind the robots... soft skills are key to your career success!&#39;</u><br>Presented by Emily Stekly</b><br><br>Many young people enter the workforce thinking their technical skills are what’s going to land them that dream job or lead to a successful career. Truth is, hundreds of graduates emerge every year, sharing the same knowledge and technical qualification -  but only some of them will excel in their careers. <br><br>Soft skills, such as the ability to self-manage, communicate, influence and respond effectively under pressure, are now recognised as critical to operating successfully in today’s business environments. <br><br>During this session you will explore: &#39;what the heck are soft skills exactly&#39;, &#39;the value, role and impact of soft skills in the workplace&#39;, &#39;why some graduates cruise, and others fly&#39; and many more&#39;.<br><br>Also you will learn how to apply soft skills to navigate the workplace effectively, increase their professional value and create more opportunities to pursue their goals, and ultimately, find greater fulfillment in their career journey. <br><br><b><u>Session 3 - &#39;How to pass your next IT job interview&#39;</u><br>Presented by Naren Chellappah</b><br><br>Do you struggle with interview questions like ‘tell us about yourself?’, ‘what are your salary expectations?’ or ‘what makes you the best candidate?’<br><br>This interactive interview training workshop will teach you how to answer the first question you get in job interviews ‘tell us about yourself?’<br><br>You will also discover the top 10 interview questions asked during job interviews, and learn the ACECIS interview answer structure, to help you pass your next job interview. <br><br>Finally, attend this workshop to find out the top 3 questions recommended by ACECIS to ask at the end of your next interview – to ensure you leave a lasting impression.</p> <p><u><b>Professional Year students - Attending the half-day conference will count for all 6 CPD hours required to complete your studies. All three sessions must be attended in order for your enrollment to be processed. <br><br>If your registration name is required to be changed, please contact ACS Victoria at [email protected]</b></u></p>


Professional Development


 08:30 AM - 09:00 AM  Registration open                          
 09:00 AM - 09:05 AM  Formalities commence                          
 09:05 AM - 10:00 AM  Session 1                          
 10:05 AM - 11:00 AM  Session 2                          
 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM  Morning Tea & Networking                          
 11:20 AM - 12:15 PM  Session 3                          
 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM  Formalities conclude                          

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Terms & Conditions

  1. Cancellations must be processed through the website. A refund will only be considered if it is 5 working days prior to the event. No refunds will be given after the registration closing date.
  2. To avoid disappointment, ensure you pay for your booking(s) (if required) before the registration closing date. Anyone that has not received a confirmation email will not be on the event attendance list and therefore will not be admitted to the event.
  3. ACS reserves the right to change the program at any time. Every effort will be made to ensure a program of equivalent standard and members are updated with changes.
  4. Payment (if required) in full is required by the event date in order to attend.
  5. All dietary requirements are considered and catered to in the best possible way for our members, however we cannot guarantee a 100% allergen free environment.
  6. ACS reserves the right to prohibit entry of any person to an ACS event, or eject any person from an ACS event based on behaviour deemed inappropriate by ACS staff and/or its agents and others working under its authority.
  7. Professional Year students - Attending the half-day conference will account for all 6 CPD hours required to complete your studies. All three sessions must be attended in order for your enrollment to be processed.
  8. Tickets are non-transferable.


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Naren Chellappah

Naren Chellappah

Head Career Coach at ACECIS, Naren Chellappah has extensive experience helping international students, skilled migrants and job seekers get jobs in Australia. He has held senior management roles at Pacific Brands, Swinburne University of Technology, Monash University, the Salvation Army Employment Plus and Melbourne Business School (Melbourne University).

Naren and the Career Coaching team at ACECIS use their extensive industry networks and knowledge of the Australian job market to help you secure internships, job interviews and job offers in Australia.

The ACECIS Career Coaching team provide a range of careers services and internships to help you get a job in Australia.  With more than 30 years of corporate experience in Australia in sectors such as finance, engineering and marketing, we have used our expertise and extensive links with companies to help more than 200 skilled migrants and international students get internships and full-time jobs in Australia.

We help provide you with resume and cover letter writing, LinkedIn optimisation, job application customisations, internship support, job interview training and one-to-one Career Coaching to help you get job interviews in Australia. 

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Emily Stekly

Emily Stekly

Emily’s got a knack for seeing potential in people - helping them dream big and take action to realise their purpose. She gets a real thrill when she can bring someone out of their comfort zone and have them achieving things they didn't think possible!

Founder of Stekly Projects, Emily specialises in coaching the fundamental soft skills of young people at the formative stages of their career. She helps them explore their professional potential as next generation leaders and learn how to operate successfully in today’s business environment. 

She believes soft skills - such as the ability to self-manage, communicate, relate and influence - are critical if you want to stand out from the pack, create value from your technical expertise, and thrive in an uncertain future of work. 

Emily has observed and tapped into the value and impact of soft skills throughout her unique, decade-long blend of experience. From her career in Human Resources, recruiting and developing graduates for an award-winning architecture firm, to project managing and directing performance artists, freelancing as a storyteller and consulting on people and culture issues for small business - she is driven to help young professionals understand the value of soft skills and apply them to build fulfilling careers.

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Maria Moreno

Maria Moreno

Maria Moreno was appointed IT Manager at Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) in 2018, she has over 10 years’ experience in IT covering Business Analysis, Strategic Planning, Project management and IT operations. She has a Bachelor of Business (Appl. International Business) a Diploma of Project Management (Swinburne University) and is in the final year of gaining a Master of Digital Business Management (Swinburne University). Maria manages a “best of breed” supplier model to ensure flexibility and scalability of IT services and resources. Maria works across all GDV business units to develop the Business Project Roadmap for IT and works with delivery partners to deliver these projects. She also manages the delivery of helpdesk and operations through a partner relationship. The focus of her role is ensuring good IT Governance is in place and effective partner relationship are delivering business requirements on time and on budget.

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2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf,Melbourne,VIC,Australia

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