Indigenous Careers Fair connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to industry leaders

Indigenous Careers Fair connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to industry leaders

RMIT University’s first Indigenous Careers Fair gave students an exclusive opportunity to network with industry leaders.

The event was attended by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vocational and Higher Education students from RMIT and other local universities.

Feedback from both students and employers was overwhelmingly positive, with many highlighting the value and enjoyment gained from genuine, meaningful conversations with each other.

"The opportunity to meet industry partners while still studying is an invaluable way to network," said RMIT student Tikea Lakeman.

This sentiment was echoed by James Muliett from Swinburne University, who said, “I learnt so much about pathways and support for myself and other indigenous students.”

Dean Hannan-Murray from RMIT noted the benefit of tailoring the event to the needs of Indigenous students, saying "It was a very intimate event, perfect for Indigenous students who might be reluctant to go to bigger, mainstream events.”

Employers attending the Indigenous Careers Fair included Deloitte, Metro Hub and more. Photo: Charlotte Franks

Industry and business representatives also welcomed the opportunity to make connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and support equal opportunities for recruitment and student placements.

"We had some really positive conversations and meaningful engagement with the students and other stallholders on the day," said Michael Oosterwyk, Business Development Manager at AFL SportsReady.

Cherie Lancaster, Talent Acquisition Manager from Shape Australia agreed, saying, "It was fun to reach out to a group of people that we often find hard to engage with."

The Indigenous Careers Fair was run in collaboration between RMIT Careers and Employability and the Ngarara Willim Centre.

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  • Indigenous Australia

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