Employability Matters 2017: free events to enhance your skills

Meet  lots of employers, network with industry leaders and gain precious tips from people in the workplace.

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Campus dates and schedules 

City Campus: 18 September - 22 September 2017

South Campus: 25 - 26 September 2017

and North Campus: 27 - 28 September 2017

What is Employability Matters?

Employability Matters is a series of free events for students that is run twice a year by the Employability and Careers team. The events attract presentations and panel discussions from high calibre employers and industry leaders, who are keen to interact with students, offer advice and talk about the career options in their industries.  

The Employability Lab also runs skill workshops during Employability Matters that help you enhance your work readiness, such as CV writing, job search, interviewing, LinkedIn and more. These are similar to the employability workshops the Employability and Careers team run regularly throughout the year. 

Why should you attend?

Events include presentations and panel discussions from top employers and industry leaders. Get advice and take the opportunity to talk about career options across a range of industries.

Enhance your employability skills

Employers are looking for well-rounded graduates who know how to present ideas, communicate concepts, lead discussions, network confidently, produce a great CV and work collaboratively. 

Employability Matters is where you learn from winners in the workplace, hone your skills through workshops and networking, build your confidence and find out about the AUT Edge Award. 

A diverse range of employers have signed up to present at September Employability Matters, representing all the major industries that employ AUT graduates. Book now:

NB: You will need to be logged into CareerHub to book. Please use your AUT access codes. If you have any problems email careerhub@aut.ac.nz

Employer presentation themes include:

  • Digital at the cutting edge – PwC Digital senior experience designer Sarah Rad talks about leadership in this innovative niche. PwC Digital brings together experts in strategy, innovation, experience, research and design, technology solutions, data and analytics and cyber security. An AUT alumna, Sarah outlines her digital journey.
  • Multiple opportunities for tourism, engineering, and business graduates with KiwiRail - One of the country’s biggest tourism operators and property owners and developers, KiwiRail is looking for tourism, engineering, and business graduates to become the next generation of KiwiRail influential and inspiring leaders.
  • Graduate recruitment for food, pharma and environmental laboratory testing - World leader and local employer Eurofins loves to employ AUT science graduates. Hear more about their graduate recruitment scheme and supportive environment.
  • The limitless career possibilities in tourism – Te Puia International Markets Manager Mary Tolley talks about the many tourism career opportunities outside of Auckland. Rotorua-based Te Puia is one of the country’s leading cultural experiences, home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, Pikirangi Village and NZ Māori Arts & Crafts Institute. 
  • Future of accountancy careers panel - BDO Auckland, Crowe Horwath, Grant Thornton, RSM, and Staples Rodway will discuss careers in accountancy, then network with students.  
  • Learn about Employability and Career services and the AUT Edge Award - daily sessions on both

Career Fair & Expo events

For the first time Employability Matters will hold two Career Fairs and a Expo during the week.

Hospitality, Tourism, Events, and Culinary Arts Career Fair 
Recruitment opportunities include front line positions in hotels, tourist attractions and global brand Disney Cruise Line. This is the first time Disney Cruise Line has come to AUT offering on board career roles eg co-ordinators for child care, recreation, hospitality and culinary arts. Job search app Sidekicker also attending. Register here!
Wednesday 20 September  

Law Career Fair
At AUT’s first Law Career Fair, find out more about what the future can offer in legal and non legal environments/organisations once you graduate. Employers include Disputes Tribunal of New Zealand, Duncan Cotterill, Government Legal Network, Public Defence Service and YouthLaw Aotearoa. Register here!
Thursday 21 September 

Volunteering Expo
Find out about the volunteer sector career opportunities and how you can help in your community and add value to your CV. A range of organisations with different opportunities will be showcase including Breast Cancer Foundation, Conservation Volunteers, StarJam, Volunteering Auckland, Heart Foundation and IHC.
Friday 22 September 

Employers attending the event


Every employer attending September Employability Matters is offering recruitment and industry opportunities for students. The only exception is Immigration NZ, who are providing an information session for international students with an opportunity for 1:1 discussion afterwards.

Last updated: 06-Sep-2017 9.21am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.