International student award for community-minded Thomas

Thomas Remont, an Advanced Diploma of Accounting student, has thrown himself into life in Perth, winning him the International Student of the Year Award at Central’s Student Awards 2015.  In addition to his work as a volunteer international student ambassador for Central, Thomas is also involved with a variety of organisations including Friends of Kings Park and WA Aids Council.

Thomas’ leadership skills match his natural energy and enthusiasm for life as an international student. He has enjoyed the cultural diversity Central offers. “Studying at Central Institute of Technology has really opened my horizons and exposed me to other cultures. We are lucky to have such a diversity of different cultures.”

Thomas has advised friends from overseas to come to Central, “not only because of the quality and recognition of the training, but because of the atmosphere and environment of study”.

Thomas made a conscious decision after moving from France to be proactive in his new environment by being involved in the community and different organisations.

With this strong social conscience, Thomas’ long term career goal is to work as an accountant for a non-profit organisation, such as an environmental or community services organisation.

EDITORS NOTE: Thomas has recently won the Council of International Students in Western Australia (CISWA)’s 2015 International Student of the Year Award. Congratulations Thomas!

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Trainee award winner Deanna finds career path

Deanna Scorda, winner of Central’s Trainee of the Year 2015 Award, has found completing a Certificate III in Government, a life changing experience. Deanna’s traineeship at the Department of Attorney General gave her the opportunity to learn about the various business areas and the Department as a whole. She is well on her way to achieving her long term goal of progressing her career as she has already gained a permanent position.

“I have developed many skills throughout my traineeship including communication and correspondence, finance, policy writing and customer service. In addition, I learnt new software applications and have the ability to train staff,” said Deanna.

“The achievement I am most proud of is completing my traineeship units within six months, securing higher duty acting opportunities and most of all, securing permanency in the tenth month of my traineeship. I credit these achievements to my strong work ethic and being surrounded by motivating people who encourage excellence from all.”

Deanna was awarded Trainee of the Year at Central’s gala Student Awards night and has been described by her lecturers as a sensational individual who unknowingly inspires those around her. Deanna is now the face of traineeships for people with a disability within the public sector. Her diplomacy, humility and willingness to help others with their careers is already making Deanne an ambassador for training in Western Australia.

“I have had many opportunities to help other trainees and have embraced public speaking opportunities, in particular for Persons with a Disability Week and for the Department’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan. I endeavour to set a high example to the other team members and always have a helping hand if needed. Having a disability has trained me to be able to solve problems, think flexibly and efficiently, empathise and represent people from all walks of life,” said Deanna.

“In the future, I hope to continue to promote the Traineeship Program (in particular Disability Traineeships) throughout the Department.”

Marketing in the mix

Most people think being a musician is all about playing music and in many ways they’re right, but if that’s all you do, you might have an increasingly dwindling audience.

Central’s music students were taught the incredible value of promotion thanks to the music business panel sessions held on 30 April at The Venue at Central’s Leederville campus.

Central music students not only learn about music, but how to promote themselves in order to be to be successful in the industry. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions about all elements of marketing to key people in the music industry.

The sessions featured significant names from the music industry and were divided into two panels.  The first panel was focused on marketing and featured: Central lecturer Kristy Brown as moderator, Music editor for the West Australian Simon Collins, X-press editor Bob Gordon, Publicity at EMI Dixie Battersby and from marketing and communications at RTRFM, Andjelka Jankovic.

Artist Panel 1

The second panel consisted of current artists including: The Waifs’ Donna Simpson, San Cisco’s Scarlett Stevens, Diger Rokwell’s Ash Hosken and Laura Jane Lowther from Kucka. It was moderated by Central lecturer Scott Adam.

Each discussion was led by student questions, followed by a ten-minute Q&A at the end for off the cuff questions and advice. Students learnt not only the importance of marketing and promotions, but also had the opportunity to create invaluable industry contacts.

Most musicians overlook the importance of creating and maintaining a media presence, but the ability to talk to industry and artists alike, showed students its overwhelming importance.

“We’ve had really good feedback from all the attendees. Having both industry and artist representation available to answer questions has shown the students not only what they need to do and how they should do it, but the amazing results that are possible if they do it well”, said Central Music Business lecturer Kristy Brown.

The great success of the music panel sessions means they are extremely likely to become an annual fixture, a periodic reminder that although there may be no business like show business, it is still a business.