Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Thirty two industry organisations attended to meet the 150 School of Science students at the ECU School of Science Get Connect Careers event on Friday, 8 March 2019.
The venue, building 32 plus marquees, on the Joondalup campus struggled to contain the sheer wealth of industry representatives who came from a variety of industries including government, environmental, finance, mining, security, recruitment services and consultants.
In this week, we also celebrated International Women’s Day, which began 106 years ago! The annual day is a global celebration aimed at recognising and celebrating women’s achievements throughout history and the present, eliminating discrimination against women, recognising their political achievements, and equality in education and the workplace. ECU is the only Australian University named after a woman, and is carrying on the legacy created by Edith Cowan in creating opportunities for all, regardless of their background, by creating work ready and world ready graduates.
Alongside a sector leading Work Integrated Learning program (WIL), the School of Science created the Get Connected Careers event in 2018 to promote connections between our students and industry representatives. While students gain the benefit of meeting future employers, industry partners also benefit in getting access to students, before they hit the employment market.
The event allows students to build confidence and competence in talking to industry representatives, learn more about their organisations and what graduate programs or Work Integrated Learning opportunities they may have available, thus helping students to plan their career pathway whilst still with us here at ECU. The reality is that employability is more than classes, assignments and exams; it is about people, communication, collaboration and lifelong learning. This event is held in recognition of such realities and aims to provide students with the opportunity to create networks and recognise the connection between discipline knowledge and the ‘soft skills’ that enhance employability outcomes.
We value the contribution that our industry partners make to the School and the university as whole. Many of the representatives at the event were looking to recruit students, or offer Work Integrated Learning opportunities or contribute to our course consultative committees. Regardless of the type of contribution they make, events like this would not be possible without their time, expertise and sense of community.
Our ECU Vice Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman and the Executive Dean School of Science, Professor Andrew Woodward held the opening addresses, followed by the alumni presentations from Alice White (Bank West) and Juraj Galba (Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at the Native Vegetation Regulation branch). They engaged with the audience and provided a helpful insight to the world beyond university life. Once the speeches were complete, students were able to network with our industry representatives and gain further information regarding future career pathways.
For more information on our Get Connected Careers Fair and to view a list of our industry attendees, please click here.
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