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To: d.johnson@vandalay.com.au
From: mengyinw@our.ecu.edu.au
Date: Apr 12, 2013
Subject: Further Information about Business Edge Program

Dear Mr Johnson,

Thank you for your email. I would be happy to provide you with information about the Business Edge Program, and explain how the skills I have developed make me an excellent candidate for this position.

ECU designed a specific program called Business Edge what helps students develop their employability skills, which also helps students to prepare better for their future career. Business Edge Program is a basement course for students who desire business knowledge and skills, which are essential to the modern society. On the one hand, students attain the high level of critical thinking and effective communication skills. On the other hand, the course also provides some activities to help students develop independent study that will support students to adapt to a fast-pace society. According to this program, I gain the professional-business skills such as self- awareness, working effectively with others and problem solving. These skills have strong relationships with employability required by company.

Business Edge Program is a series of unique courses designed by ECU. Individual skills and team-based learning can be developed in imitative business environment within the class. Bushiness Edge Program is the best example that students could develop employability skills. In the Business Edge Program, four key teaching philosophies are used to help students to develop their personal characteristics and prepare better for their future career. In addition to, Business Edge Program has experienced lecturers to cultivate professional students for business organizations. The teaching philosophies also ensure the quality of course.

Business Edge Program provides students more opportunities to gain the experience for competition. Students get the fast track to career as soon as they want to be. Business Edge Program has the significant feature that is not only a specific class but also a bridge connecting university life to work life. Business Edge Program focuses on teaching practical skills and team working skills so that the graduate students will be more confident and job ready in workplace.

There are 10 employability skills which Business Edge Program focus on.

1. Working effectively with others
Working effectively with others includes six behaviours such as team working, cultural and diversity awareness and conflict resolution. This skill encourages students to take part in corporation and influence others in a positive way. Furthermore, working effectively also means students can attain useful information from people who have different cultural background and different experience.

2. Communicating effectively
There are five behaviours in this skill, which are verbal communication, giving and receiving feedback, public speaking, meeting participation and written communication.

3. Self-awareness
4. Thinking critically
5. Analysing data and using technology
6. Problem solving
7. Developing initiative & enterprise
8. Self-management
9. Social responsibility & accountability
10. Developing professionalism

Next I will raise several examples to explain how Business Edge Program gives me the skills for the specific criteria from the company. Furthermore, Business Edge Program helps me develop these skills to adapt quickly in job atmosphere.

Excellent communication

In Business Edge Program, I acquire the excellent communication skill. In this program, some activities such as presentation provides me enough chance to practice my oral English. We also have assignments and essays to develop written communication skill. We also have an activity named self-discovery to help us discover our interaction styles. Moreover, Business Edge Program organizes some activities for group work, which are relevant to the...
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