Brisbane’s recent coldest day in 103 years seems like a world away as I prepare to meet with Griffith graduate Brooke Santurini at the Gold Coast Tourism office in the heart of Broadbeach. People wander the busy precinct in casual summer attire, stirring memories of carefree summer holidays with my family. I wonder if you lived and worked on the Gold Coast you’d be able to maintain that relaxed holiday feel.
My questions are soon answered as Brooke reflects on how she ended up at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus as a Bachelor of Business student majoring in Management and Marketing. Growing up in Daylesford in country Victoria, Brooke’s family would often visit the Coast for their holidays and her enjoyment of the lifestyle influenced her decision to accept a rural scholarship to study at Gold Coast campus.
Do you sometimes wonder where you could end up after graduating? We, the Careers and Employment Service, got to catch up with some amazing, successful and interesting graduates for our ’30 Grads in 30 Days’ campaign. Each day in August, we will feature stories from Griffith grads across our social media. The stories focus on how they ended up at Griffith, their uni experiences and career journey since graduation.
In May 2013, I made the difficult decision to leave the place I had become accustomed to for the last five years. It was my apprenticeship into the tertiary sector, taught me how the systems worked, allowed me decipher the never-ending acronyms of university and build relationships with fellow staff, industry and students. In the process, it became one of the great loves of my life. On my last day, I looked back on everything I had accomplished knowing that I gave everything and my degree in Communications allowed me to try things I once imagined impossible.
I have a secret addiction I’m going public with. I’m a Twitterholic. I get overly delighted when a post gets retweeted, favourited or someone I admire becomes a follower. Until now, I haven’t shared my Twitter obsession publicly. After attending Red University yesterday to hear from PR experts and learn valuable insights into the world of journalism from professionals in television, magazines and newspapers, I can now feel secure in knowing my Twitter addiction is actively shared and encouraged.
Red University is the forward-thinking initiative of integrated communications firm Red Republic which offers university students studying Communications, PR and Journalism the opportunity to gain inside knowledge of the real world of PR and journalism. In its second year, Red University delivers an intensive workshop focusing on taking the first steps into the industry, delivering and writing the perfect pitch and developing a personal brand to stand out from the crowd.
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.
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.
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.
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