Employers impressed with AUT students

15 Mar, 2019
Crowd at the Business and Economics fair

Students and graduates poured into the 2019 Business and Economics Career Fair on Monday 11 March, primed to meet as many employers as possible and hear about future career options.

The 40 employers attending talked until they were hoarse to the 600 plus participants, dishing out water bottles, lollies and reusable bags, as well as information and advice. They were delighted with the interactions they had with students.

Fletcher Building Graduate Recruitment Business Partner Rochelle Grant says it was an awesome event. “We were delighted to be part of the AUT Event, the students were all extremely engaging and enthusiastic and came prepared with questions. I’ve also been extremely impressed at how many have reached out since the event through LinkedIn and Facebook which is really good to see. AUT ran a seamless event and we were thrilled with the support from the team.”

Fonterra Recruitment Business Partner/Early Careers James Russell described it as a great event where he spoke to many talented individuals that he hopes he will see applications from when their graduate applications open.

As an employer, James says it is vitally important that we engage with all students to educate and ensure they are aware of all graduate opportunities across the business.

Fonterra regularly attends AUT career fairs and employer presentations and has employed a number of AUT graduates. James says career fairs are a great place for high calibre students to stand out from the crowd and open up doors by presenting themselves in the right way.

“We also see career fairs as a great chance to promote our brand and the programme and a fantastic platform for us, the employers, to target and select specific study areas to ensure we stay ahead and/or compete in the market.”

Kate Kearins, PVC and Dean of Business, Economics & Law at AUT adds our students benefit enormously from the direct contact they have with employers at the Careers Fair, pitching themselves and having their questions answered directly by energetic recruiters.

“Impressions count and we’re proud when our students step forward with confidence. We’re grateful to the great employers who put themselves in front of our students and the career opportunities they are demonstrating to AUT’s great graduates.”

The next career fair event at AUT is the ICT and Engineering Career Fair on Wednesday April 3. For more information, contact Employability Relationship Manager Rachael Marsters at rachael.marsters@aut.ac.nz

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