Prospective graduate students get a sneak peek into GSBE student life

June 11 / 63

Fiona Abud, FBE Marketing and Recruitment Manager, briefs Graduate Ambassador Team (GAT) members
Fiona Abud, FBE Marketing and Recruitment Manager, briefs Graduate Ambassador Team (GAT) members

The Graduate School of Business and Economics has started a program to give future graduate students an authentic look at what being a graduate student is like. 

The Graduate Ambassador Team (GAT) program sees students enrolled in GSBE graduate programs participate in recruitment activities and social media forums where they connect with prospective graduate students to give them an authentic, student’s view of graduate study. 

Program Manager Michelle Segal said the student ambassadors were chosen because they were passionate about their studies, and were interested in gaining marketing experience by supporting GSBE’s marketing and communications activities. 

“Our prospective students want to know what it was like to be a GSBE student, and they don't necessarily want to hear about the student experience from staff,” she said. 

“With the GAT program, they get to communicate with team members in person at events or via our website or social media in an informal way, so they can ask all the questions they want about what it is really like to study here.” 

Ms Segal said through the program, GAT team members developed their interpersonal and communications skills and observed and worked as part of a professional marketing and communications unit, which would benefit their future employment prospects. 

Team member Matthew Ross is completing his Master of Management (Economics). He said he became involved in the program to improve his networking and communication skills in a professional environment, and to become involved in a student association at GSBE.

“The program has improved many of my skills, which are transferable to job applications and interviews, and complement my studies at the GSBE,” he said. 

“I take pride in being the face and voice of my faculty. I am passionate about sharing with prospective students how to get the most out of their study life.”

 Team member Fiona Tan, who is completing her Master of Management (Accounting), said being part of the team had equipped her with many practical skills, especially public speaking skills. 

“We are supervised by the marketing staff of the faculty. The interaction with them is in itself attractive, and I am excited to work with a group of outstanding students and learn from their diverse insights,” she said. 




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