professional year
Sydney Campus
Level 2-4, 545 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Melbourne Campus
Level 7, 399 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: 1300 780 520
Web: professionalyear.info
Email: py@eca.edu.au

Welcome to ECA’s Professional Year! If you choose to study with us, you will be studying with an educational provider of choice. We believe in quality education for our students, so that they are armed with the technical knowledge they need for a lasting professional career, but we are equally focused on professional development and the acquisition of vital skills for the Australian workplace.

The ECA Professional Year provides international students with:

  • A pathway from university study in Australia to professional employment within Australia.
  • The opportunity to gain 5 migration points, and to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
  • Free IELTS support classes (achieve IELTS 7 and gain an extra 10 points towards migration).
  • Guidance on developing job search portfolios and competencies, and the experience of working in a small team simulated business project.
  • High quality Internship placement.
  • Enhanced employment opportunities (1 year work experience = extra 5 points towards migration).

See ECA PY Advantage for details about our free workshops.

The ECA Professional Year Advantage

ECA gives all Professional Year students the option to take three FREE workshops to enhance their employment opportunities and internship experience.

The ECA IELTS Advantage

  • Specialised IELTS support activities in writing, reading, listening and speaking.
  • Optional sessions on IELTS test strategies, including hints and preparation tips.
  • A demonstration of English competency to prospective employers

Practical Professional Development

  • Introductory MYOB classes (or equivalent) for SMIPA (Accounting students).
  • Introductory SharePoint classes (or equivalent) for PYP (IT students).

Professional Job Search Support

  • Assistance with job search and placement for students’ first professional job.
  • Opportunity for a potential 5 immigration points after one year of professional experience in Australia.

Testimonials

The team at ECA Professional Year enjoy watching our students achieve their goals and strengthen their skills in their chosen fields. Feedback is an important way for us to ensure we continuously improve, so we appreciate the time our students have taken to pass on their experiences with us. Here are what some of our students had to say.

"The ECA PYP gave me the knowledge to understand the Australian Workplace Culture. The ECA Program polished my skills and gave me the confidence to be successful in interviews for highly demanding jobs. Thank you ECA for bringing out the best in me." "The ECA PYP has been a fantastic experience. It has helped me to build up my confidence level. Also, I've learned about the Australian Workplace Culture and behaviour. I believe I've developed more knowledge and skills regarding the accounting field than before I joined this course." "I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to ECA. I really appreciated the effort made by the education staff and teachers. I gained real accounting experience from my three month internship. As an international students, it helped me a lot to be involved with a local workplace."

Why should I enrol in ECA PY?

The ECA Professional Year (PY) can offer you the chance to fine-tune your skills and find employment in your selected field. The trainers have a wealth of business and teaching experience, and enjoy sharing their knowledge with students. They are friendly and approachable and always aim to create a classroom environment which is a great place for learning. ECA works with professional partner organisations and a wide range of host companies to ensure relevance, quality and currency.

What sort of training is offered?

The ECA PY offers a range of training techniques to ensure your academic needs are met. Our teaching and learning methods include face to face classroom instruction, supervised computer lab work, role playing, presentations, simulated interviews, small team project work, and the supervised industry internship.

When should I enrol?

ECA is accepting new enrolments in PY all year round and new classes are scheduled to start in every month of 2014. Please refer to the program calendar on the website.

How do I get an Internship?

ECA provides an internship service to assist you in finding and completing a suitable and rewarding internship. Subject to ECA approval, you are able to arrange your own internship (self-sourced) if you have suitable contacts within the industry. If not, an ECA internship officer will find an internship position for you, and manage the whole process.

How does my ECA PY impact on my migration points?

Upon graduation you will be able to gain 5 additional migration points towards your skilled migration Expression of Interest (EOI), which is required if you wish to stay permanently in Australia.