Thousands of students recently met with prospective employers from a broad range of industries at the annual RMIT Careers Fair.
Coles Talent Coordinator, Rebecca Allen, said a high calibre of students attended the fair and asked about Coles' graduate programs.
"Their questions were thorough, well-prepared, thought-through, and articulate," Ms Allen said.
"We were very impressed with the students' curiosity and motivation.
"We will be in contact with students who we thought stood out on the day to directly encourage them to apply for our Graduate Program."
Other exhibitors included Arup, Australia Post, BDO, Bloomberg, Cardno, Coles, Beca, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, Optiver, Telstra, Theiss, VicRoads, KPMG, Fulton Hogan, IBM, Golder Associates, GHD, Aurecon, Institute of Charted Accountants, CPA and Engineers Australia.
International Business student, Samuel Cranney said it was far easier to talk to prospective employers face-to-face rather than navigating through endless graduate websites.
"You actually get a feel for what working at the company is like and get a better idea of what sort of things you could be doing there. It was kind of exciting," Mr Cranney said.
Human Resources consultant for Arup, Tom Slack, said careers fairs were a great opportunity to connect with a lot of students in a short period of time.
"RMIT's Careers Fair this year was excellent for Arup as we were able to have quality conversations with educated and driven students," Mr Slack said.
"Students wanted to understand what it takes to secure a graduate position and how they could stand out.
"We spoke to a lot of very promising students."
RMIT's Career Development and Employment team coordinated the event and helped students prepare by providing workshops and a variety of online resources as part of Careers Week.
Adam Rowland, Manager of Employment and Employer Services, said the Career Development and Employer team worked to broaden students' career awareness from the day they begin their studies at RMIT.
"One of our key strategies is to establish engagement opportunities to increase students' employability," Mr Rowland said.
"From our online Careers Toolkit, which helps students improve their applications, to the RMIT CareerHub - an online jobs board that promotes a wide array of career opportunities and events with guest speakers for all disciplines - we try to assist students and graduates every step of the way.
"Our new 'Create Your Future Career' campaign is helping students to explore, experience and engage with employers.
"We were delighted to offer such a comprehensive Careers Week to support the future employment of RMIT students."
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