In early September, there was a focus on student employability as Macquarie Business School and the Department of Computing hosted their inaugural Employability Conferences, while the School of Engineering hosted their second event. These conferences provided students with tailored insights and networking opportunities within their respective disciplines, with the post-event feedback from students and partners indicating that they would like more of these networking opportunities in the future.
The inaugural Macquarie Business Employability Conference, held on September 8th, brought together over 170 students and representatives from 13 industry partner organisations. The event commenced with a VIP reception, where Executive Dean, Professor Erik Knight extended a warm welcome to industry partners and student societies. Ms Kamlee Coorey, Partner in Corporate Tax at Deloitte, delivered an inspiring Keynote Address.
The Keynote speaker was full of wisdom. She discussed how she was able to land her job in the tax industry despite not being able to know from start which path she would take. She gave valuable tips on how graduating students can seek internships and eventually know what job is suitable.MQBS student
MQBS students then engaged in a series of focused sprint sessions, connecting with industry professionals and peers. The closing session emphasised three employability takeaways: Show up, be confident and ask questions and was followed by lunch and networking.
The inaugural Computing Student Employability Conference, held on September 12th, was attended by 200 students alongside representatives from 13 industry partner organisations. The event commenced with a welcome from the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Professor Lucy Marshall, and a thought-provoking keynote address by Associate Professor Steve Cassidy, Director of Education (IT).
My favourite part was talking with the industry experts and gaining their insights on future projects.ESEC student
Another highlight for many of the students was the concluding interactive Alumni panel session, which gave students insights into potential career paths.
Finishing off the Student Employability Conference Series on September 14th, the School of Engineering held its second Student Employability Conference, attended by over 100 enthusiastic engineering students. Attendees listened to esteemed alumni, industry partners, and careers staff, with sessions covering essential topics such as opportunities for international students, building a professional brand, and engagement opportunities with Engineers Australia.
I enjoyed speaking to multiple different disciplines and companies and get an understanding of the future environment I would be working in.IT student
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