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Careers Fair

James Cook University is welcoming students to come and visit the Careers Fair.

By Judith Aisthorpe

Students of James Cook University are being encouraged to get involved in their future and attend the annual Careers Fair next week.

The Townsville Careers Fair has been booked out with 52 local, national and international companies and organisations setting up shop to help students gain information and connections in their chosen field.

Careers and Employment Officer Rosie Gonzalez, organiser of this years annual Fair says the Refectory will be packed with opportunities that students should take advantage of.

“A wide range of organisations across all industries will be attending the fair and all students from all year levels are strongly encouraged to attend,” Rosie says.

“Students in their final year of study should be aware that graduate programs for 2015 are open now and will be promoted at the fair. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to find out more about the programs that are on offer, get tips on how to apply and ultimately, secure employment before they graduate.”

With almost every discipline being showcased, students can be sure to find an employer.

Many students are taking the opportunity to visit the fair such as third year Chemical Engineering student Emily Killoran.

“Hopefully [I] meet potential employers, there’s a lot of engineering companies that are going,” Emily says.

Law and Economics student Mathew is hoping to find out about graduate work.

“[I’m going] to see what sort of post Uni work I can do and also what sort of internships and stuff they offer during the degree,” Mathew says.

Participating businesses use the Fair as an opportunity to recruit interested students.

Opportunity: Students at last year's Careers Fair

Opportunity: Students at last year’s Careers Fair

The fair allows students to access and find information about vacation programs and graduate positions that employers have on offer, Rosie says.

Stallholder and Silver sponsor of the event Crowe Horwath is hoping students will visit and find out about their current programs.

“It is a great opportunity for us to meet with students and tell them about all the fantastic graduate and work experience opportunities available to them at Crowe Horwath,” Regional Resourcing Manager Jennifer Mitchell says.

The Careers Fair also coincides with CareerFEST, a weeklong event of activities and workshops.

The CareerFEST is perfect for students to find out more about their career options.

“CareerFEST is a program of career events including industry panels, employer information sessions and of course the signature event, the Careers Fair. The CareerFEST events run from 17th to 21st March, and provides students the opportunity to build connections and engage with employers on campus,” Rosie says.

CareerFest runs on both Cairns and Townsville campuses next week with the Careers Fair in Cairns: Monday 17th March 9.30 -1.30pm at the library and the Townsville Fair: Thursday 20th March 10-2pm in the Refectory.