Job Search Business Concept Awarded By Rmit

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Job search business concept awarded by RMIT

An original business concept that helps international students find work to support

their studies in Australia has won two major prizes in RMIT University’s prestigious

2008 Business Plan Competition.

Xenia Consulting Services, whose business venture myjobgenie connects

international students with Australian employers offering part-time and casual jobs,

was awarded the $5,000 Merchantlink third prize and the $5,000 City of Melbourne

International Trade Award at a gala ceremony last week.


Team Leader Samuel Johns, of Richmond, said he was excited to receive such

recognition for the recruitment start-up from the judges of the competition, which

this year awarded $70,000 in prizes.

“There’s a really high demand for this kind of service because international

students can really struggle in the employment market,” Mr Johns said.

“By making it easier for these students to find part-time work, we hope not just to

help them support their studies but also enhance their experience in Australia.”

Myjobgenie plans to operate out of India and Australia, helping students prepare

resumes and cover letters before their departure and offering interview training on

arrival in Australia. Employers are able to search a database listing the students’

profiles to match their labour requirements. 

The annual competition – one of the largest of its type in Australia – is open to

RMIT students worldwide and encourages student teams to create innovative

businesses and ideas through the development of competitive business plans. 

RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the

judges had trouble separating the finalists because of the high standards of all the


“Every year, this competition reveals the incredible creativity of our students and

2008 was no exception,” Professor Gardner said. 

“The concepts in our top eight ranged from a free comedy show website to a start-

up aiming to manufacture hybrid fuel cells for the next generation of green cars.

We congratulate all our entrants and look forward to discovering the innovative

business plans that RMIT students will bring to the competition in 2009.”

For more information: 

For interviews: Samuel Johns, 0438 588 705, and RMIT Business Plan

Competition Manager, Fiona Sullivan, (03) 9925 5189.

For general media enquiries: RMIT University Media and Communications,

Gosia Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735.

20 October, 2008

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