The School of Accounting and the Industry Engagement team hosted the Co-operative Education Employers' Fair to bring together prospective employers with students seeking work placements.
The fair saw over 18 exhibitors and more than 80 students attend the successful event held at the Melbourne Town Hall. It is designed to help students find cooperative work placements in their third year of study through the Cooperative Education Program.
Garry Carnegie, Head of the School of Accounting, said: “This is a wonderful example of directly engaging students with the world of professional accounting practice, specifically allowing them to explore different types of accounting roles, opportunities and employment contexts with considerable input from a range of employers who are active in graduate recruitment.”
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.
An additional session on the day involved a speed interviewing workshop conducted with 24 students from the Bachelor of Business (Professional Accountancy) who rotated through 15 minute interviews with 8 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, a bootcamp session was held which included interview preparation and assisting 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.
Students are currently being followed-up for further interviews and six have received offers for next year.
Michael Kend, Undergraduate Major Coordinator from the School of Accounting, said: "The fair allowed eligible accounting students to participate in mock interviews and networking with leading Australian employers.
“Every year this event is an important opportunity for our accounting students, as they can engage directly with employers and gain maximum benefits from the opportunity."
Story: Rita Truong