Top 5 Things I Wished I Knew Before Studying in Australia

Top 5 Things I Wished I Knew Before Studying in Australia

We recently caught up with Jane Tran, a Vietnamese student at Edith Cowan University who has been living and studying in Perth, Australia for a few years now.

 Jane admits she has found studying challenging. However, by approaching these difficulties with a smile and positive attitude she has been able to get a part-time job and successfully move into the degree program following her Pathway course.

ClickStudies asked Jane about what she wished she knew before starting her studies in Australia. Jane’s top 5 are as follows:

1. How can I find a part-time job?


2. What do the subjects and assignments look like? (Some knowledge would help me to not feel overwhelmed)


3. How difficult is it to pack for study abroad? In other words, what types of things should I prepare to bring before coming to Australia?


4. Which Australian state should I choose to study? Which school should I choose for study abroad?


5. What should I do on my first day in Perth? (Set up bank account, contact the university, get the public transport Smart Rider)


Below are some comments from Jane in Vietnamese:

Mình tên là Trân, hiện đang là học sinh năm cuối của trường đại học “Edith Cowan University”. Đối với Trân “Clickstudies” chính là kim chỉ nam giúp sinh viên quốc tế có được những thông tin hữu ích về trường học, các ngành học mà các bạn muốn theo đuổi,  cũng như là những định hướng sau khi tốt nghiệp phải làm gì để có thể có được một công việc tốt. Lý do mình chọn “Clickstudies” bởi vì cũng như các bạn sinh viên quốc tế khác, mình đã từng băn khoăn rằng Trân nên học gì? trường nào phù hợp, và sau khi tốt nghiệp mình sẽ tìm được việc hay không? Đó cũng là lý do Trân tìm đến với “Clickstudies”, bởi họ không chỉ giúp Trân tìm được một môi trường học tập tốt, mà còn giúp Trân tìm được hướng đi cho mình trong tương lai.    

Chúc “Clickstudies” ngày càng thành công hơn.


Top 9 Employability Skills Hiring Managers Expect and Want

Top 9 Employability Skills Hiring Managers Expect and Want

The world of work is rapidly changing due to the forces of technology and globalization, which is having an impact on employability skills. What does this mean for the companies that are looking for the best new graduates to take graduate positions at their organization? It means employers are looking for the technical skills that are gained from studies, such as engineering skills or IT skills. However, they are also looking for other skills, that are sometimes known as employability skills, or soft skills.  

Top 9 Employability Skills

  1. Communication skills
  2. Teamwork skills
  3. Innovation and creativity
  4. Problem-solving skills
  5. Initiative
  6. Planning and organization skills
  7. Professionalism
  8. Ability to use tools and technology
  9. Intercultural understanding

  When you study, consider how critical these skills will be for your future career. And think about how you might be able to get involved in volunteer or charity work that allows you to develop these skills while you study. In many cases, it will be the students who can demonstrate competence in these employability skills that will have the best stories to tell during the job interview and ultimately get the best jobs.

Top 10 Job Interview Tips for Non-Native English Speakers

Top 10 Job Interview Tips for Non-Native English Speakers


Having a job interview in English can be challenging for people sho do not have English as a first language. Here are some job interview tips that can help you prepare the right way for this important moment in your career.


1. Turn your ability to speak another language into a positive

Focus on the advantages you have in being able to speak more than one language. At the same time, don’t spend too much time speaking about your home country or culture, as this may be considered small talk and will not be relevant for the position you are applying for.


2. Practice your pronunciation of essential vocabulary

Make sure you know how to pronounce names, places and relevant information related to the job you are applying for. If words that are seen as important are incorrectly pronounced, this can seem sloppy and unprofessional to the native speaker.


3. Write down a list of questions that you expect to hear

It’s essential that you try to predict some of the ways that the job interview will go. While preparing for the interview, write notes about how you will construct your answers, including the verb tenses you will most likely need to use.


4. Be mindful of grammar

Grammar mistakes during job interviews can make you seem unprofessional, so be careful when you are talking about past events. Also, look out for grammar issues such as subject-verb agreement when preparing your answers. For example, say ‘they initiate’, not ‘they initiates’.


5. Be prepared to ask the interviewer to repeat a question

If you are not sure about the question, it is far better to ask the interviewer to repeat what he or she has said. Smile and confidently answer the question once you are clear again.


6. Understand and practice the appropriate use of formal interview language

There are common phrases that are often used in job interviews. For example, when you meet the interviewer for the first time, it is a good idea to show your appreciation with a statement such as “thank you for the opportunity to meet with you today”. Make sure you learn these useful phrases and practice saying them, so they feel natural.


7. Avoid informal business language

You may have picked up some information language during your studies. Keep in mind that a job interview is very formal, so you should always use the more formal phrasing of your answers. For example, you should say the number ‘ten thousand,’ not ‘ten grand’ or ‘ten k,’ which sounds too informal in a job interview setting.


8. Role-play the interview with friends

Practice as much as you can before the interview, so you are prepared to speak on any topic. You can do this with a friend who is a native speaker so that you can ask for constructive feedback on your grammar, pronunciation and word choice.


9. Ensure you know how to sound polite

You need to be friendly and likable during an interview and smiling and good manners go a long way to help. It’s important to use phrases such as: ‘nice to meet you,’ ‘please,’ ‘thank you,’ ‘excuse me,’ ‘thanks for the opportunity for this interview’ and ‘enjoy the rest of your day.’


10. Don’t be overly concerned that you are a non-native English speaker

In the modern world, workplace diversity is regarded as a positive aspect in most organizations, and a small level of language inaccuracy will usually be tolerated, as long as it does not interfere with your job productivity.


Bonus Tip – Make sure you have a question for the interviewer

In most job interviews, the interviewer will finish by asking: “Do you have any questions for me?” At this point, you must ask a question. You could “Can I expect to receive any extra training while I’m doing this job?”, or perhaps “What will I be doing on a daily basis?”. Remember, if you have no question, it may make the interviewer think that you are not an independent thinker, which may leave a negative impression to complete the interview. So make sure you have a few good questions ready for the end.

So that’s it. Good luck with your next interview and remember to breathe deeply and smile. Looking confident goes a long way to interview success.