What Makes Australia a Great Country for Business Students?


As two of Rob O’Byrne’s foremost passions are helping people succeed in business and helping people to learn about business, it seemed like a great idea to write a post about business study in Australia. If you’re a young or mature student, planning to undertake some study outside of your home country, there are far worse locations that you could choose than the Land of Oz. To illustrate the point, here are a few important reasons why Australia is a great country for business students from anywhere in the world.   Focus on International Business As a nation, Australia is necessarily supportive of global trade, since it depends a lot on overseas markets. Hence business students have access not only to study programs with a focus on international trade, but also to a population of fellow students encompassing a wide range of nationalities and cultures. Absence of Cultural Boundaries The Australian business-education environment blends the perspectives of Eastern and Western business and management styles and methodologies. In short, Australia is not only well-versed in hosting international scholars, it’s a great country for business students to gain an appreciation of professional diversity. Work Experience Opportunities When you enroll with an Australian educational institution, you can be assured that you will be given ample opportunity to gain experience in the industry for which you are studying. Internships in Australian companies are usually plentiful, as are industry-specific projects, where you and your fellow students work on solving live problems for real businesses. So Good, You Might Want to Stay Australia is also a great country for business students to stay on after graduation. If you fall in love with the country during your studies, there are a few channels through which you can stay on after graduation, either for a short or longer period of time. Other advantages include the fact that...

Working With External Consultants: A Tip for Internal Employees


If you’ve ever worked for a company that’s brought in external consultants to solve a business problem, or if you’ve ever done any reading about consulting as an occupation, you might be aware that consultants tend to get a bit of a bad rap, particularly among internal employees. Oftentimes that’s because staff feel threatened and simply aren’t aware of what drives consultants to do what they do. It’s a commonly held misconception that external consultants make easy money by “taking your watch and telling you what time it is”. However, as Rob O’Byrne will happily tell you, the reality is that reputable consultants choose their career out of a genuine desire to help people grow and improve their businesses. An Employee’s Anecdote I remember when I was working as an employee on a large business-change program and the executive sponsor announced that an external consulting firm would be taking over the reins of the project. One particular comment in the executive’s briefing made me bristle (along with a number of my colleagues). He said: “These consultants are coming in because they have the knowledge and expertise that you guys don’t, so you will do what they ask of you and that’s not negotiable.“ While I will never give that executive ten-out-of-ten for tact, at least I have learned enough to understand where he was coming from. To paraphrase what I believe he intended to make clear; consultants in your industry have a high degree of knowledge, spread across a number of specialities, gained through working with many different companies on many different projects. Conversely, you as an employee, have a high degree of knowledge about your company’s operation. Consultants want your knowledge, to help them understand your company’s problem, so they can apply their knowledge to solving it. The takeaway I urge you to remember is this … If you...