International Workplace Practice

Your teachers receive many emails each day. Unless the email is of a personal nature, students should post their query on the subject Moodle forum site so all students can benefit from the information provided in the answer.

If emailing directly, in order to enable them to respond to your emails appropriately and in a timely fashion, students are asked to observe basic requirements of professional communication: Consider what the communication is about

  • Is your question addressed elsewhere (eg. in this subject outline or, where applicable, on the subject’s eLearning site)?
  • Is it something that is better discussed in person or by telephone? This may be the case if your query requires a lengthy response or a dialogue in order to address. If so, see consultation times above and/or schedule an appointment.
  • Are you addressing your request to the most appropriate person? Specific email title/ header to enable easy identification of subject related/ student emails
  • Identify the subject code of the subject you are enquiring about (as your teacher may be involved in more than one subject) in the email header. Add a brief, specific header after the subject code where appropriate.

Professional courtesy

  • Address your teacher appropriately by name (and formal title if you do not yet know them).
  • Use full words (avoid ‘text-speak’ abbreviations), correct grammar and correct spelling.
  • Be respectful and courteous.
  • Academics will normally respond within 1-2 business days. If the matter is urgent, you may wish to telephone the Teaching Staff whose contact details are given in this subject outline or contact the School
  • Please ensure that you include your full name and identify your seminar or tutorial group in your email so that your teachers know who they are communicating with and can follow-up personally where appropriate.

On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Examine and apply intercultural theory in order to prepare to participate effectively in recruitment processes and global workplace environments.
  2. Research and analyse an organisation’s culture, values and recruitment requirements.
  3. Align skills, knowledge and experience to a specific job requirement and process.
  4. Synthesise and analyse research in order to compare and contrast career options and examine intercultural challenges.
  5. Communicate effectively using appropriate workplace etiquette, intercultural competence and professional business communication

In this task you must write a report which evaluates career opportunities and threats, and develop recommendations based on these findings. Your report must be structured as follows:

  1. a) Choose your target industry and related professional occupation. Evaluate whether current trends in the Australian Labour Market will present career opportunities and/or threats within your target industry. Areas for suggested research include but are not limited to: employment trends, impacts of technology and competition in the labour market.
  2. b) Choose one OTHER industry and related professional occupation relevant to the Masters qualification you are currently studying. Evaluate and explain why this industry and occupation is a viable option for your career path. In your justification you must refer to  relevant labour market information and other secondary research. The industry you choose must be different to the target industry  you identified in Part A.
  3. c) Identify 2 creative job seeking strategies and discuss how you can create opportunities when seeking work in your chosen profession/s. This discussion must be in relation to Part A and/or Part B.
  4. d) With reference to the intercultural theories discussed in class, identify and evaluate 2 – 3 intercultural threats and/or opportunities you might face in recruitment or the workplace.
  5. e) Recommendations section. Based on your research and analysis in Parts A – D, write 3 – 4 recommendations which will increase your employability and prepare you to enter the Australian job market.