Buddy with Grads

Most technology grads have the right skills to inform small business about how to get onlin, build social media pages and content and also do high level requirements and process maps for their key business outcomes.

If the government could pair up interested grads with a keen SMB then it would work well as a symbiotic relationship. The grad would learn all about business operations, finances, staff challenges etc while sharing their expertise on basic technology roadmap. 

The grad could be offered a 10-20% discount on their hecs fees for working on a 6 month assignment with a small business plus it would look great on their resume and open up doors for other opportunities 

Why the contribution is important

Gives the grad real world experience and insights into business operation and strategy. And offers technology advice to small businesses in a cost effective way.

in addition to training having access to a real person to talk and discuss technology issues and business needs is vital to uplift the digital capability of the small business sector in Australia.

by erumn on November 28, 2017 at 07:29AM

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Average rating: 5.0
Based on: 2 votes


  • Posted by DigitalEconomyTeam November 28, 2017 at 12:14

    hi erumn - thanks for your idea, you raise some great points! What kind of industries or types of business do you think would most benefit from this program?
  • Posted by wayfarer January 11, 2018 at 16:32

    This would be an outstanding idea for graduate industry placements - most students need additional industry experience as they work through their undergraduate or postgraduate degree - providing a systemic industry placement to upscale SMEs through business schools and computing departments would be providing a win-win program.
  • Posted by smalldigbizteam January 12, 2018 at 10:33

    Wayafer, thanks for your comment. Check out www.ribit.net. This is a service developed by CSIRO/Data61 which is a job platform linking students in STEM and related subjects with businesses. It is getting some good outcomes for both students and businesses.
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