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Local Student Wins Business Scholarship Award

November 5, 2009 - Sarina, Queensland - Accredited Online Training's (AOT) state-wide search for future business entrepreneurs has resulted in one local high school student winning an exciting Scholarship that provides the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised Diploma of Business.

Seventeen year old Jodie Cliffe from Sarina State High School was selected as the winner of the QLD "Your Future" Business Scholarship Award Program for 2010.

The scholarship covers full tuition fees for the duration of the Diploma of Business.

A rigorous selection process began with a record number of applications from teenagers throughout Queensland and ended with Jodie Cliffe being selected as most outstanding student.

The selection process required each applicant to submit a profile about their interest in the world of business, career aspirations and their personal interests.

Paul Lange, CEO of Accredited Online Training, said Jodie's thorough understanding and enthusiasm in the field of business particularly impressed the three industry representatives on the panel.

"Jodie is a very talented young lady. She demonstrates all the attributes a scholarship student should possess as well as a professional attitude and strong commitment to furthering her education. It is evident that Jodie has excellent leadership skills and has a strong academic background and an impressive list of sporting achievements," said Mr Lange.

Since Year 8, Jodie has strived to acquire straight A's and distinctions in all of the subjects that she studies.

Her career goal is to be a Physiotherapist for the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Team, Australian Wallabies Rugby Union Team or Brisbane Lions AFL Team - something she regards as ambitious but highly achievable.

"Throughout these last few years of high school I have committed myself to push both my mental and physical attributes beyond my own personal boundaries. A quote which helps me concrete this in mind and put it into action is, "Don't ever tell me that the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon."

I believe that Accredited Online Training's Business Scholarship will help me to achieve my dreams by supplying me with firsthand knowledge and experience into the Business Sector so that I will be able to successfully excel in any given job."

Mr Lange said the future of Australian business is in good hands judging by the high quality of students choosing this career path and applying for our scholarship.

Established in 2003, Accredited Online Training is a Registered Training Organisation dedicated to developing and delivering high quality training online. The Business Scholarship Program was created to promote an alternative learning pathway for students debating on whether to start university take a gap year or immediately enter the workforce after school. The flexibility of online learning provides the opportunity for all too gain essential knowledge and skills to successfully enter today??s workforce.


Accredited Online Training Scholarship Award Program

November 5, 2009 - Cairns, Queensland - Accredited Online Training's (AOT) state-wide search for future business entrepreneurs has resulted in one local high school student wining an exciting opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised short course.

Seventeen year old Meghan Jennings from Cairns State High School was selected as the secondary prize winner of the QLD "Your Future" Business Scholarship Award Program for 2010.

A rigorous selection process began with a record number of applications from teenagers throughout Queensland and ended with Meghan Jennings being selected as an outstanding student.

The selection process required each applicant to submit a profile about their interest in the world of business, carer aspirations and their personal interests.

Paul Lange, CEO of Accredited Online Training, said Meghan's thorough understanding and enthusiasm in the field of business particularly impressed the three industry representatives on the panel.

"Meghan is a very talented young lady. She demonstrates all the attributes a scholarship student should possess as well as a professional attitude and strong commitment to furthering her education." said Mr Lange.

Meghan has been employed as an Administration Assistant with Edge Hill Accountancy for the past two years and has proven to be an invaluable member of staff.

Her career goal is to start up and manage her own business - something she regards as ambitious but highly achievable.

"Through personal experience based on my current job, I have grown a passion for the aspects involved in a business and hope to base my career on this passion. Through the Accredited Online Training scholarship I aim to build my experience and knowledge in the business industry as well as achieve my short and long term career goals."

Mr Lange said the future of Australian business is in good hands judging by the high quality of students choosing this career path and applying for our scholarship.

Established in 2003, Accredited Online Training is a Registered Training Organisation dedicated to developing and delivering high quality training online. The Business Scholarship Program was created to promote an alternative learning pathway for students debating on whether to start university take a gap year or immediately enter the workforce after school. The flexibility of online learning provides the opportunity for all too gain essential knowledge and skills to successfully enter today's workforce.


Dream Job - Manager

In many professions, the entire goal of going "up the ladder to success" means that you are making it a goal to become "the boss".

Part of the attraction to the job of manager when you are working your way up to it is the perception that a manager has much more power and ability to "boss people around" when it is you that runs the show. There is a good reason you have to work your way up to the job of manager because when you have developed the skills, the maturity and the understanding of your profession to become a manager, that is when you have gained the right skills to be a great manager.

All of us can think of terrible managers we have had. But if you thought about it, you can no doubt think of really great managers in your career too. A good manager can make it a joy to come to work each day. He or she can take a random bunch of people who are "the staff" and turn them into a real team that can accomplish great things for the company while enhancing their own skills and careers as well.

There are some outstanding reasons that make the job of manager one of the "dream come true" positions in business. At the management level, you enjoy the trust of the executive team to accomplish the goals of the business. But you earn the respect and trust of your staff to help succeed and move up the latter of success as well.

Middle management is sometimes regarded as a difficult place in the management hierarchy. You will be trusted with a significant amount of decision making ability and "power" as manager. But you also carry the high expectations of upper management and staff as well. It is a position of authority and responsibility that can bring out the best in you. And once you master the skills to be one of those "great bosses", success at the middle management level can be the most rewarding and exhilarating job you ever had.

Catch the Vision and Share It

Every business has a corporate "vision". It often is expressed in abstract terms in the company mission statement, which is buried in the business plan for the organization. But employees rarely read the business plan of the company. As a middle manager, you enjoy that unique position of being part of the management team of the company so you can get a good understanding of the company vision.

Being a manager means you are more than just "the paid help". You have a level of ownership in what this company is all about. The company depends on you tremendously to take that vision for what the company wants to be and what it wants to achieve and to turn that vision into something real and tangible for management, for the employees that work for you and for the most important community any business has which is the community of customers who embrace the company vision as well.

Being a manager also means that you no doubt rose up out of the ranks of the workers of the company. It is the workers of any company that are the arms and legs to really make things happen. Because you came from that world, you understand how employees of a company think. You are in a unique position to be able to speak of the company vision but do so in "employee language" so you can energize the workers who are your staff to embrace the company vision and make it their own as well. As a middle manager, you alone can pull off this translation of executive vision to employee goals and dreams. But when you are successful with that translation, you empower the entire company for tremendous success.

The Bridge to Management and Staff

To say that executive management and the staff of each department don't understand each other very much is an understatement. But this is another reason why becoming a manager in a company makes you such an important member of the team. You are that liaison between those two worlds because you understand the motivations of the executive team to make the company successful and profitable but you also know what makes an employee tick and what motivates him or her to do great job for the company.

At the same time that upper management and the working population of a company don't speak the same language, they need each other tremendously. Employees want to know what is expected of them and that their work will make a difference in the long term success of the company. Management needs a stable and educated staff to be able to work efficiently at the goals set out for them by management and to make contributions to the corporate goals.

Management needs to know what employees think of the projects being taken on because it is common that someone who actually works with the products of the company can tell management the right direction not take to make those products successful. Just as important, the employees can tell upper management if a particular idea or project is not going to work and why.

But the communication channel from employees and the executive suite doesn't work very well. It needs a translator to make employees understand the vision of the company and how that vision translated into the work they are doing. It also needs a translator to take the ideas, suggestions as well as the needs of the employees to management to effect change from the bottom up. That translator is you, the middle manager and there may be no more important job in the company then getting these two populations of the business, management and staff, working together.

Building the Army
The phrase "our most important asset is our people" is often used in advertising by companies that want to emphasize that it is the talent pool in their workers that makes the company great. Any company that is going to go on to great success recognizes that it is the combined abilities of the people who work for the company that will make that greatness a reality.

But it isn't enough to just have employees to come to you with a great resume. You have to take those talents, that background and training and those skills and energize them with strong motivation to do well. You have to give the employees a sense of ownership and the freedom to "think outside the box" if that will make the company success. You must give the employees an assurance that they are valued and that they have a great future with the company that makes it worth coming in every day to give their jobs everything they have.

In short, if a business is like an army, the soldiers are those employees that you manage every day as their link to the executive world. It is you that can turn that gathering of assorted talents and personalities into a trained army both trained and skilled in conquering the business world for the company but energized to be part of the team that makes that happen. Turning employees into that army is one of the most exciting goals of management and one of the many reasons that becoming a manager is a dream job.


Technology: Key Element for the Progression of your Business

Since the beginning of time, people have sought new innovation and creative ways to improve business operations. There is little doubt that technology is a vast and ever changing part of our everyday lives, and if you're in business, it is crucial to keep up to date with the latest technological tools and resources necessary to keep your business current. By doing so, you will increase the caliber of your business no matter what industry you are in.

In the "old days" there were piles of paper files and various other methods of organizing information, but today we have our information stored neatly on the hard drive of the office computer, or likely a network of them. The way we transfer, store and protect information is changed forever, and in order to stay in the game, it's important to know your options. Keep informed about new products so that you can make informed decisions about whether the "latest and greatest" is going to benefit your business. The idea is to use technology to our advantage in order to make business run more efficiently, which in turn saves money.

Of course, the technology necessary to enhance your business depends on the business you're in. If you run a "Bed n' Breakfast," you won't likely have the need for an IT department, but you will certainly want updated computer and communication systems. You may also consider money management software, saving time and money, as well as providing the ability to generate reports. Analytic software is great for getting a snapshot view of the progress and/or "ups and downs" in your business, allowing you to tweak your marketing/advertising or possibly alerting you to areas where you might save money by making cuts.

One might not consider a "Bed n' Breakfast" a business requiring a lot of technology, but my point in using it as an example is to point out how technology can benefit ANY business. In this example, an updated payment system would be beneficial in that it would provide for fast and reliable (virtually instant) payment processing with more options than the traditional "cash or check" method. This also can be integrated with building a database of guests, which can be used for promotions, notifications, etc. The ways to use your database of information is endless.

Business has been revolutionized by the use of the internet in countless ways. If you have a business, no matter what it is, you need a website. This is where you introduce and inform the World about your business. The internet has also changed the way advertising is done and it would be highly beneficial to any business to get up to speed on these methods so not to be "left in the dust" by competitors.

While it may seem overwhelming to keep up with what's out there, and figure out what technology is right for YOUR business, it is really just a matter of evaluating your business goals and exploring what's out there in terms of "tools" to get you there more quickly and efficiently. You might start by doing simple Internet research and comparative shopping. Look for reviews from other individuals and business owners to see how technology products are working for them. At any rate, don't let your business collect dust while your competitors capitalize on the use of technology to propel their business.