Behind the scenes: the making of IEAA’s guide to employing international students

Posted by Navitas Professional on 9 June 2016

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Recent International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) research has indicated that some Australian employers are missing out on the benefits of employing international graduates due to common misconceptions.

These include the belief that ‘shifting visa legislations make employing international students difficult’, ‘international students can’t speak English’ or ‘we’re a local business, we don’t need international presence’, to name a few. (IEAA, Employability Guide 2016).

To address these misconceptions, IEAA partnered with Navitas Professional and SAE Creative Media Institute and created a video illustrating the positive impact international graduates can have in the Australian workplace.

SAE student filmmaker, and international student Ana Carolina Lima, was hired as in intern Production Manager to work with freelance filmmaker, Mariona Guiu Pont, and the project was sponsored by ETS TOEFL, SAE and Navitas.

Navitas Professional introduced IEAA to our industry partners at Mantra Group, Interior Secrets and Softball Australia; companies who have employed international interns and who continue to employ international graduates. They were enthusiastic about contributing to this education initiative and sharing their positive experiences.

“It was extremely fun filming on location, in particular watching the interns express their excitement and growth, like Sue at Mantra Group, when they’ve succeeded in their roles” says Anna McLeod, a Navitas Professional student advisor.

Watch the video and see how these international students exceeded company expectations, contributed to business growth and helped to broaden cultural horizons.

Where to next?

Navitas Professional is currently assisting IEAA to produce another video. The new video features international student graduates giving advice to fellow international students about ways to overcome challenges when starting a career. We’re hoping to see the final version launched at the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) conference this July.

Stay tuned!

We would like to give special thanks to:

Filmmaker: Mariona Guiu Pont
SAE student film intern and Production Manager: Ana Carolina Lima

Our host companies and their interns:

Mantra Group
Regional financial controller VIC/TAS: Julian Porter
2014 Intern, Assistant Accountant: Siew (Sue) Hui Tong

Interior Secrets
CEO: Bill Huynh
2012 Intern, Senior Manager: Bikesh Singh

Softball Australia
Marketing Manager: Jim Dorash
2015 Intern, IT Coordinator: Jane Wang


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