Friday, 27 March 2020
This year saw over 180 of our students networking with over 100 industry representatives to discuss graduate and career opportunities at our Get Connected Careers Fair held on Monday, 9 March 2020.
The ECU Sports and Fitness Centre (Building 22, Courts 1 & 2) was large enough to host such a large event, with people coming in and out throughout the afternoon. The opening address was given by the School of Science Executive Dean, Professor Andrew Woodward, who warmly welcomed students, industry and staff to the event. Students were eager to get networking and ‘get connected’ with our industry representatives from across the sector from computing, security, science, government, mining, recruitment services and, network with our very own Work Integrated Learning (WIL) stand, ECU Careers and Employability Services and Alumni Relations.
Many students were prepared for the event as those who registered received an information package prior to the event. This pack included a floor plan of the event which listed the industries that were going to be present and included their locations on the map. They were also provided a copy of the ‘career passport’ in preparation of what is expected of them at the event that also included helpful preparation questions to ask the industry reps when they visited the stalls. The prepared students were noticed by industry as one provided feedback of:
“I have seen the quality of the students improve each year in understanding and confidence, this being particularly noticeable in 2020. Keep your excellent team together and keep listening to their ideas.”
And another said:
“I am impressed with how well organised your event was and it was great to see students having to register to get information like who will be at the stalls."
The overall aim of the event is to encourage the understanding that employability is more than classes, assignments and exams. It is about people, communication, collaboration and lifelong learning and creating a connection between various networks. It aided to increase students confidence in talking to external professional that will help enhance their employability outcome.
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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