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ALG Connect Term 4, 2023

Volume 24

Our Student Newsletter aims to provide you with nationwide updates, exciting events and activities around your city, student stories, news and relevant announcements!

This newsletter is for you! If there is anything you’d like to include in the next newsletter or share with the community, just reach out to your campus Student Experience Team 😃

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ALG HERITAGE WEEK

International Student Day – Friday 17th November 2023

International Students’ Day is a great opportunity to honour students all around the world. It is a day to celebrate multiculturalism, diversity, and cooperation. At ALG we want to celebrate each and everyone one of our students and recognise the huge commitment they have made to studying abroad. 

In week 6, we are excited to host ALG Heritage Day, an event where we invite all students to share a taste of their cultural heritage by bringing their favorite traditional dishes to be enjoyed by our community. We also encourage our students, trainers, and staff to embrace the spirit of the day by wearing their traditional attire. It’s a chance to celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures that make up our ALG family.

Date: Tuesday, 14th and Wednesday 15th November 2023
Time: 12pm
Location: On-Campus

 

STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

We are excited to share that we have received a number of applications for our 2024 Student Ambassador Program. The team have started reading through each application and will reach out to those who have applied within the next 2-3 weeks.

Thank you for everyone who has submitted an application fr the program and we look forward to working with some of you in 2024!

EXTEND YOUR STUDIES

Are you graduating in Term 4 2023? Maybe considered continuing your studies to level up your skills?

We warmly invite you to continue your educational journey at ALG next term. We offer a range of courses that you may be eligible to enrol in.

Extending your studies at ALG provides you an opportunity to:

  • Enhance your skills further and gain new ones.
  • Broaden your scope of knowledge.
  • Expand your career opportunities

$500 Scholarship Offer
To get you started on your next course at ALG, we are pleased to offer you a $500 scholarship towards the tuition fees for the first term of your next course. Additionally, there will be no joining fee (normally $595) and no CoE deposit is required.

This offer is valid for all applications received from today, Tuesday, 26th September until Wednesday, 24th January 2024 for enrolments into Term 1, 2024.

To apply, simply click the link below, use the promo code “STICKAROUND500“, and complete the form indicating your preferred intake as Term 1, 2024.

STUDENT COUNSELLING SERVICE

At Australian Learning Group, we truly understand that life can present challenges that can weigh heavily on your mental health and well-being. That’s why we are here to offer a helping hand through our free Counselling Service, which is run through AccessEAP.

Our program provides a safe space where you can talk to a qualified professional counsellor who will provide short-term, solution-based counselling and coaching. We understand that seeking counselling can be a daunting prospect, but we assure you that it’s okay to ask for help. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed, uncertain or simply need someone to talk to, these counsellors are here to listen and help you navigate your way forward.

So, we strongly encourage all students to take advantage of this service, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need support during your studies and time in Australia. Remember, we’re here to support you.

How do I book an EAP session? 

AccessEAP is contactable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by telephoning 1800 959 192. For all urgent enquiries, please contact this number immediately. You can also book via the website accesseap.com.au or through the AccessMyEAP app.

What will it cost me? 

Your EAP counselling sessions are free!

Confidentiality 

Even though your EAP is provided by Australian Learning Group, EAP is a confidential service. You will be allocated an identification number at the time of registration and this number is used for all records relating to you rather than your name.

Meet our Student Experience Team!


 

Meet our wonderful student experience team; Mitchell, Shreya, Hansa, Ariyanti, Bianca, Demi, Lincoln, Ginny, and Bernadette.

Student Experience are available between 8:30am – 5:o0pm, Monday to Friday via email, phone, or on-campus!

GRADUATION & TERM 4 2023 ORIENTATION

This year we were able to hold our very first physical graduation ceremony since COVID. Student graduates from Term 4 2022, Term 1 2023 & Term 2 2023 to celebrate their successes and receive their certificate.

We also welcomed our brand new Term 4 students this term at Orientation Day in early October.

 

Making the Most of Christmas When You Can’t go Home

Insider Guides – International Student Resources

Click here to check out Christmas events and activities in your city!

‘Tis the season to be jolly! This year, although Australian borders are opening up, the Christmas season may still feel very different for those who aren’t reunited with their families and friends back home.

But fret not, you can still participate in the holiday season and enjoy some Christmas cheer through a wide range of events and fun things to do!

1. Go shopping at the Christmas markets 

From art, fashion and food, to all the festive knick-knacks, Christmas markets are the best places to go to for shopping local, picking up last-minute gifts, and kickstarting the festive season. 

2. Find the best Christmas lights where you are

Most cities in Australia host incredible Christmas light displays, with some even offering performances under the twinkling Christmas trees.

3. Go carolling as a group 

If you’re into singing Christmas songs, there are lots of opportunities for carolling. Search online for carolling in your city; you’ll find big, city-wide events, to small community groups looking for enthusiastic volunteers. 

4. Volunteer locally 

Christmas is the best time to connect with your community and support services through local events. 

5. Host a party for fellow international students 

Take the initiative to host a party at your place and invite your friends. Decide on a theme, set up a photo booth with props, create a playlist, and incorporate a game or two. Ask your friends to bring a dish for a potluck, or cook a traditional Christmas meal together. In Australia, a barbeque is always a hit as Christmas is a summer festivity here.

6. Decorate your bedroom and get cosy 

If you prefer to unwind and enjoy your own company, deck the halls (of your bedroom) with holiday cheer. Buy a small Christmas tree and decorate it, hang fairy lights, light a sweet-scented candle, and create your own Christmas wonderland that fills you with joy. 

7. Organise a virtual celebration with family and friends back home 

There is no doubt that you will be missing your family and friends who are located in another part of the world. Combat this by setting up a group video call and involving yourself in what they are doing (or vice versa). 

8. Listen to Christmas music and write postcards 

Surround yourself with Christmas music and write Christmas messages on postcards for the special people in your life. 

What’s On In Your City!

WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE

The Made Local Market Christmas 2023

Like Etsy but in real life, this local-focused market returns to Brisbane for two days of pre-Christmas browsing and buying — and with over 140 local makers, designers, artists and creators selling their wares.

Supporting creative small businesses and scoring a killer gift for your loved ones is a win for everyone involved, so head along and get your shopping sorted.

Entry costs $2 — and, the whole thing will be cashless, so don’t forget your cards. There’ll also be craft workshops, maker demonstrations, food trucks slinging bites to eat, and plenty of places to get caffeinated.

When: 4th – 5th November 2023
Where: Exhibition Building, Brisbane ShowgroundsClick here for more!

WHAT'S ON IN MELBOURNE

Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights

Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights is back and we are celebrating 25 years of this magical event, filled with the joy and wonder the season brings. Mark the date on your calendar, here’s what’s to come!

An annual tradition for many, the festival is much loved by locals and visitors – those who are young and young at heart. You can expect something for every member of the family!

Christmas performances, market stalls, kids craft activities and of course, the big man himself, Santa will be there to take your Christmas wishes and pass them onto the elves in time for Christmas morning. 

When: Saturday, 25th November 2023; 5pm – 10pm
Where: Davey Street, Frankston
Click here to find out more!

Christmas in the City

See the city light up with dazzling decorations, festive events and family-friendly activities!

Christmas in Melbourne is a special time, with decorations and projections adorning the city. Traditional favourites like the giant Christmas tree at Fed Square and the Myer Christmas Windows draw visitors from near and far.

Malls and markets offer inspiration for Christmas gifts, Santa makes an appearance for the kids, and the city’s bars and restaurants provide the perfect backdrop for Christmas catch-ups.

Where: Melbourne CBD
When: 24th November – 25th December 2023

WHAT'S ON IN PERTH

Chrismtas Twilight Market

If you’re looking for a fun way to kick-off the festive season, then head to the Christmas Twilight Market at the Supreme Court Gardens in Perth.

You will find 80 of WA’s best makers and crafters, a tempting array of food plus live music and a pop-up bar. Keep an eye out for some kids activities and a visit from Santa!

When: 17th November 2023Where: Supreme Court Gardens; Cnr Barrack Street and Riverside Drive, Perth WA 6000
Click here to find out more!

WHAT'S ON IN SYDNEY

Good Food & Wine Show Christmas Market

Gather your friends and family to experience the best in local food, wine, and entertainment at the Good Food & Wine Show Christmas Market 2023. Where:
Carriageworks 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015Dates
Friday 17 November – 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 18 November- 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 19 November – 10:00am – 5:00pmClick here to find out more! 

Writing a Resume

Resume writing is a skill that often needs constant tweaking and mastering. Especially being new to the industry, you can greatly improve your chances of obtaining an interview if you have a strong, professionally produced resume to show your skills and experience!

The following resources will help you generate ideas and inspiration to create and constantly develop your resume:

Indeed Career Advice – The new guide to job search and preparation
Writing your Resume – A comprehensive guide, starting from scratch, to develop your first resume!
10 Steps to a Successful CV – Tips and tricks to help you develop your own personal resume.

Acknowledgement of Country

Australian Learning Group acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of the land in which we meet.

We pay our respects to the Elders of the past, present and future.