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CESA E-Newsletter

June 2014

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Featured Contributions

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From the Chairman to all Members

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Professional Development

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My Life as a Temp

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Gen Y and the Workplace

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Wearable Technology

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Happiness at Work

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From the Chairman to all Members
Kathleen McKenzie

I am very disappointed to announce that the Commercial Education Society of Australia, now in its 104th year, no longer enjoys the patronage of the Governor-General. As you will all know, the Society been under the patronage of Governors-General since 1969—Lord De L’Isle being the first, and The Honorable Quentin Bryce, 2014, our last.

I understand that each Governor-General had to look at the contributions that the Society made and whether they reflected their focus. Australia has changed and there are now many areas that the present Governor-General is called upon to devote time to.

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Professional Development

CESA has recently had correspondence from a very keen member about significant changes that will occur in the accounting environment. He has made a considered insight into the accounting field, and noted that technological developments in accounting could possibly find transfer to an accounting position off-shore. He has suggested that the CESA could provide a niche market to those interested or involved in the accounting area interested in associating with a wider audience for professional development via the internet. This would be a fee-for-service.

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My Life as a Temp

This is my story. I have been temping for years. After being ‘deployed’, ‘redundant’, ‘put off’—whatever the word, after a company restructure eight years ago, I lost my job. I thought that temping would be a temporary measure until another full-time, ‘forever’ job came along. Well, it didn’t.

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Gen Y and the Workplace

My generation went to school, then business college and then to a job. Technology has changed a lot since the early 1980s, but the biggest change to me has been the change in attitude of what we now call the Generation Y or Gen Y employees who appear to have a different work ethic and a different outlook to us ‘oldies’ or Gen X. Gen Y have never experienced life without Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, iPads, iPods, mobile phones, apps, and social media at their fingertips, calling up movies on demand and even breaking up relationships by SMS.

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Wearable Technology

The latest and most fashionable wear is technology that is wearable like jewellery. It can fit both men and women. It is functional, personalised and fits the bill for merging fashion and technology into wearable designer-like aesthetics.

Ringlys are rings that connect to a smart phone. They can alert wearers to incoming calls via vibration and flashing lights. These are generally on the larger size because of the amount of technology housed in it. For example, it could be gold-plated brass bands with stones of your choosing. Wearable bracelets can do the same job. Bracelets are designed with a tapered, asymmetrical and narrow clasp.

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Happiness at Work

Today’s companies focus less on work–life balance and more about how work mixes with life. Organisations aim to combine values to unite the team and strengthen the business.

Companies foster productivity and loyalty because they favour results over input. They do this by creating policies that focus on the wellbeing of people as individuals, and then as workers.

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The Commercial Education Society of Australia was founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1911 as a non-profit company limited by guarantee. From 1963–2014 the Society was under Vice-Regal Patronage of The Right Honourable William Philip Sidney, lst Viscount De L’Isle, VC, KG, GCMG, GCVO, PC, through to The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO. The Society has been honoured with a grant of arms by the Earl Marshall of England. It was the first recognized body to offer examinations for vocational education and training (commercial education).

The Society provides a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities. It has a tradition of providing low cost educational opportunities without discrimination of any kind. It is dedicated to helping and encouraging colleges and staff to improve their teaching standards through networking with other members. It encourages students and individual candidates to strive for high standards and to reach their potential. The Society offers exams both nationally and internationally.

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Copyright © June 2014 Commercial Education Society of Australia

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