Chal­lenge to im­prove skills for busi­ness

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UNIVER­SITY busi­ness stu­dents can launch their ca­reers by ap­ply­ing their ter­tiary skills to an on­line busi­ness chal­lenge that has been set by the In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ac­coun­tants.

Its 2011 Stu­dent Chal­lenge aims to take stu­dents out of the class­room and ap­ply their busi­ness acu­men, cre­ative think­ing and an­a­lyt­i­cal abil­i­ties to a real-life busi­ness prob­lem which is fac­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion Aus­tralian Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion.

In­sti­tute chief ex­ec­u­tive Graham Meyer says un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents will learn from and di­rectly con­nect with high-pro­file mem­bers of the ac­count­ing pro­fes­sion, giv­ing them an edge in what can be a highly com­pet­i­tive grad­u­ate jobs mar­ket.

He says it prom­ises the win­ners a ‘‘def­i­nite ca­reer tra­jec­tory’’ with ‘‘money can’t buy ex­pe­ri­ences’’.

‘‘This year’s chal­lenge will not only help par­tic­i­pants boost their CV and net­work with prospec­tive em­ploy­ers but also pro­vides an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to help make a dif­fer­ence to a global eco­nomic is­sue,’’ he says.

There are two chal­lenges of­fer­ing dif­fer­ing re­wards and tests, one be­ing open to first-year stu­dents and the other to sec­ond, third and fourth-year stu­dents.

Un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents in busi­ness, fi­nance or ac­count­ing-re­lated cour­ses at any Aus­tralian univer­sity can en­ter now at www.stu­dent chal­

En­tries close on Au­gust 31.

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