A speed interviewing day at RMIT has brought together prospective employers with accounting students seeking work placements.
The event is a new initiative to help students find cooperative work placements in their third year of study through the Cooperative Education Program, one of the best 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, invaluable when competing in the job market.
The speed interviewing was conducted with 30 students from the Bachelor of Business (Professional Accountancy) who rotated through 15 minute interviews with 10 prospective employers.
Participating organisations included Accru Melbourne, Coles, DFK Collins, Grant Thornton, HLB Mann Judd, King & Whittle Pty Ltd, McGrath Nicol, Moore Stephens, Pitcher Partners and PwC.
In order to fully prepare students for the day, Career Development and Employment ran a series of interview preparation workshops and met individually with students who wanted further guidance.
On the day, a sense of excitement quickly overcame any feelings of nervousness or fear and there was an energetic buzz in the air.
The feedback from each organisation was extremely positive with all indicating that they would like to participate again.
Duncan Pittard, General Manager, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are pleased this event was such a success and would be happy to provide support again in the future“.
Twelve students are currently being followed-up for further interviews and eight have received offers for next year, indicating that at least one in four students were successful in gaining a co-op placement from the event.
James Lozankoski, one of the successful students, said: “The event opened so many gateways for us by providing the opportunity to meet with some great employers“.
Another student, Tara O’Toole, described the day as really rewarding and said it helped her to get rid of fear of interviews.
Garry Carnegie, Head of the School of Accounting, said: “The speed interviewing approach to facilitating co-op placements offers advantages to the University well beyond the domain of the School of Accounting.
“Next year, the College of Business will be exploring the possibility of expanding this initiative.“
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