The School of Accounting’s annual Cooperative Education Employers’ Fair has helped students get a head start in their job search.
The event provided more than 100 first and second-year Bachelor of Business (Professional Accountancy) students with the opportunity to meet 26 prospective employers from a variety of industries as well as officials of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and CPA Australia.
Employers included PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Pitcher Partners, Telstra, Vic Super and Mutual Trust.
Representatives from the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) also attended, offering assistance to students who want to get a head start in the international job market.
Bronwyn Jones, Industry Placement Coordinator, said the Employer Fair was particularly useful for students who were preparing applications for cooperative work placements in their third year of study.
The Cooperative Education Program is one of the prized examples of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) offered by RMIT.
The program allows business students enrolled in four-year undergraduate degrees to obtain a year of work experience during their third year of study, giving them a strong advantage in the job market.
Professor Garry Carnegie, Head of the Accounting, said: “The event gave students information about different career opportunities and allowed them to network with potential employers.
Participants were encouraged to undertake research before the day and come along with prepared questions for employer representatives.
“Planning early, developing a job search strategy and gaining experience in the community through paid work or in a volunteer capacity provides students with a head start in the job market,“ Ms Jones said.
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