I’m sitting at my desk considering what type of blog post students would want to read right now. Commentary on the budget? How to get a job? Will I ever get that break?
For 5 ½ months, I’ve worked in Careers and Employment and learnt an incredible amount from those around me. Lately, I’ve considered what it means to develop and define your career. Is a career something you realise at a young age and do anything to achieve? Or do you experience a life bulb moment and suddenly realise you knew all along? What about the culmination of your experiences? Working in Careers and Employment, I’ve learnt there is no set answer. The cliché is true: each person will go through a different experience.
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Over the past few days, I’ve been speaking to grad recruiters about the qualities they seek in the ideal candidate. I’ve also run into some students who are currently going through the application process and feeling frustrated after submitting over fifty applications. Whether you are a first year student or in your final weeks, it may not be that simple to walk into the perfect job. Sometimes you will get led down a path you didn’t expect and end up learning skills you never even imagined. As the mid semester break starts, consider what Griffith provides to enhance your employment prospects
Every year, the Careers and Employment team run the Industry Mentoring Program which matches students to mentors in their field and it offers an invaluable opportunity to expand your networks.
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It’s a hub of activity here at the Careers and Employment office as we finalise all the preparations for the Careers Fair happening this week at Griffith. If you aren’t aware, it is peak grad recruitment season as company recruiters busily tour the country talking, promoting and encouraging uni students to apply for their programs. This week it is Queensland’s turn as industry visits the Nathan campus on Tuesday and Gold Coast on Thursday culminating with Australia’s biggest career expo, The Big Meet, where up to 100 companies will be looking for high quality graduates and undergraduates. In the past weeks, our team has been putting together the Careers Fairs and promoting the benefits of the event in assisting with the hunt for employment after university. But let’s be honest, there can be so much going on at uni sometimes that you can completely miss the email or reminder from your lecturer about upcoming events which may help you take a closer step towards your future life.
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The employment market can be tough and it’s not always easy to find part time work so you can support yourself financially during your studies. These seminars will go over where to source job vacancies and outline tips and strategies for securing part time work.
These sessions will include information for both domestic and international students.
Places are limited so attendance will be on a first in, first dressed basis. Ensure you arrive early to guarantee your place.
You can also access our online finding a part time job session and there are lots of resources on this page to assist you in your job search. http://bit.ly/1hZbsom
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Companies Now Recruiting for 2015
It’s that time of year once more. The major companies are opening their metaphorical recruitment doors and accepting applications from a herd of eager, dewy eyed final year students looking to break their way into some of the top companies in the world.
Graduate programs are a fantastic place to start your career, although they are competitive, with companies accepting hundreds of applications each year. Don’t let that deter you, however, as securing a coveted place in these programs offer a myriad of benefits.
The graduate programs are usually structured with extensive training and development opportunities. Some of them work on a rotational basis, meaning you get the opportunity to experience a range of different roles (a benefit scarcely seen in typical entry level positions). You will also be earning a decent entry level wage while receiving this training and are in a great position to develop and grow your career with a top tier company. You can also apply for graduate programs with various government departments.
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Attention Recent Graduates!
10 Secrets of Success in Securing Graduate Employment
Graduate job search is much more than getting your resume together and applying online for jobs. There are too many graduates who have this covered. This seminar is designed to help you to stand out from the crowd.
It will review strategies past graduates have used successfully to secure employment, steps you can take to improve your own job search and links to resources to help you along the way.
It is aimed at FINAL YEAR STUDENTS & GRADUATES (but students from any year are welcome). It is never too early (or late!) to learn how to succeed in finding graduate employment. The key is to start now, take action and seek help when you need it.
Students are welcome to attend seminars on any campus.
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Networking is a daunting concept. By now, you are probably aware that over 75% of jobs are unadvertised, and consequently, networking is the best path into employment. But the idea of networking and how to do it can seem overwhelming and somewhat impossible. You may think you don’t know anyone, or you don’t know where to start or how to even approach people.
It could be easier than you think.
Here is the story of Student Employment and Communications Officer, Sarah Binney and how she landed her graduate role through networking:
I am a journalism graduate from Griffith who started full time employment in the Careers Office mid last year. Beginning my graduate job search was a scary concept. I had friends who had been out of university for years and were still working their casual jobs at our local cinema. I thought I would be destined to a life of stacking shelves and listening to customers complain that we stocked Pepsi instead of Coke – a decision that was obviously made by me, a lowly retail worker (insert sarcastic tone of voice here).
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The CPA Panel Event was a huge success! Thank you to all our panel members and those students who attended.
Last Tuesday Griffith Careers, in conjunction with CPA Australia, held a panel event for accounting students at the Queensland College of Art in South Bank.
The event showcased the personal career journeys of three CPAs in different stages of their career –
Sean Marjason, Senior Consultant, Business and Controls Assurance
Julie O’Brien, Senior Advisor, Financial Solutions Group, Queensland Treasury Corporation
Craig Morton, General Manager Finance and Commercial, Thiess Australian Mining.
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