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Getting inside other franchise departments
Written on the 22 February 2010 by Fiona Taylor
Getting an inside look at different franchise departments is one of the perks The Coffee Club Property and Franchise Development Coordinator Amie Windrim received from building her networks.
Amie says the opportunity arose from networks she made through a franchise course.
“I met up with a few of the other students at their workplace and had the opportunity to see how other businesses ran their franchising departments, which was fantastic,” she said.
Amie was looking to complete a franchise course last year and enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Franchising following a recommendation from her CEO.
“I was looking for a course specific to franchising to get some in-depth knowledge on the sector, as it is very relevant to my position at The Coffee Club,” Amie said.
“My CEO suggested the Graduate Certificate in Franchising would be beneficial.”
Amie had done some study before, but only bits and pieces and hadn’t completed a degree, so she gained entry based on her professional experience.
By July she should graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Franchising, and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.
“I’ve made some great contacts through the courses, both from the franchise sector and marketing and other industries,” Amie said.
“We had great industry guest speakers, and as the class was quite small we had an opportunity to speak directly with them and really get the benefit of their experience and knowledge.
“There were also people who had up to 20 years franchising experience in the class and I was really able to benefit from them sharing their perspectives on things.”
A lot of what Amie learnt in the course was directly related to her position at The Coffee Club, from classes relating to the Franchising Code, recruitment, legal issues and marketing to name just a few.
The program also provided opportunities for Amie to attend business events which again allowed her to network and make contacts in the sector.
“Our lecturer Lorelle arranged invitations for business seminars and dinners, which again allowed us to make contacts in the sector,” Amie said.
“I appreciate the effort Lorelle made to ensure we got a lot from participating in the course.”
While not all networking events are free, students receive discount tickets to Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence and Griffith Business School Alumni Network events.
Once Amie completes the Graduate Certificate in Franchising she plans to continue building her networks and skills with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), she said.
“I’ve really enjoyed studying at the Graduate Centre in South Bank, and am enjoying all of the courses I’m doing at Griffith. I would definitely recommend the Graduate Certificate to anyone looking to study,” Amie said.
The Graduate Certificate in Franchising is available online and can be studied from anywhere in Australia, New Zealand or the world.
To find out more about upcoming networking events or franchise courses and education options email email@example.com
Author: Fiona Taylor