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Business and leadership skills laid bare

 Professions Feature

Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship students have been helping CPA Australia uncover the success secrets of Australian business leaders to help students get a head start in their careers.

Six students were flown to Melbourne for an exclusive day of mentoring led by CPA Australia CEO Alex Malley, and a preview of their new campaign, The Naked CEO.

Back on campus as student ambassadors they've been promoting the campaign to their peers across the University.

The Naked CEO is an online reality series offering a behind-the-scenes look at what it really takes to be a business leader, giving the next generation of business leaders a rare chance to learn from the current generation.

Interviews with business leaders, including Woolworths Chairman James Strong and the Zanerobe fashion label founders, give a rare glimpse into the boardrooms of innovative and successful companies.

Students hear how they handle the day-to-day challenges of running a business and, most importantly, experience first-hand the qualities it takes to be a successful leader.

Student ambassador Vanessa Kolaczkos, a final-year Commerce student, said The Naked CEO provided a "true perspective of what is possible for students, what you can obtain from life and the endless opportunities available".

"I have been able to gain a greater understanding of what I can achieve and how I can go about this," said Vanessa. "I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to meet Alex Malley and have a valuable conversation with him where he offered me advice that I've taken on in relation to applying for graduate programs.

"I would strongly recommend any students to get involved. It's not limited to just Commerce/Business students; it's a future planning campaign that can assist any student with direction and career pathways."

Vanessa is Vice-President of the Adelaide Business Students' Society (ABSS), which is assisting the promotion of the campaign through their ongoing activities.

Vishal Jodhani, in his second year of a Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, said: "As an Entrepreneurship student, I especially enjoy their meetings with start-up businesses and the advice they offer to others considering the same path. Overall, for me, these are bite-size doses of valuable lessons and inspiration, presented in a light and engaging format."

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