Employability Matters: 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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Career Fair & Expo events

Time to dust off your CVs and get ready to talk to people who could make a difference to your future career prospects.

The 2018 Employability Matters Conference runs 9 – 13 April, a week long event that brings you an inspiring line up of top employers, a new career fair, keynote speakers, the volunteer expos.

Make the most of our revived Match Ready format on Tuesday 10 April to find out how to put your best foot forward before attending the Culture and Society Career Fair and Volunteer Expo during Employability Matters.

Keynote Speakers

Culture & Society Keynote Speaker - Passionate social change campaigner & White Ribbon Ambassador, Richie Hardcore is a keynote speaker coming up in April. He will be hosted by the schools of education, language & culture, social science & public policy for the inaugural Culture & Society Career Fair. Everyone is welcome. Expect to pick up valuable tips on how to tackle some of those tough challenges when entering the workforce.

Match Ready Keynote Speaker – Lacey Knight, Auckland Council Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant will deliver tips at Match Ready on how to best prepare for networking with employers.

Leadership Keynote Speaker – Chloe Swarbrick, Green Party MP & Youngest Member of Parliament will talk about how her career journey into politics inspired to be a voice for youth.

Leadership Keynote Speaker - Hema Patel, General Manager of Lightbox an experienced business leader who thrives on startups and innovation especially in the media and technology. Hema shares her passion for the importance of diversity of thought into leadership. (Sponsored by CAANZ)

Leadership Keynote Speaker - Ben Thompson, Chief Operating Officer of Thankyou is committed to social enterprise with the aim of ending global poverty. Hear his inspiring take on leadership.

A first for…

The inaugural Culture & Society Career Fair – representing the schools of education, language & culture, social sciences & public policy – has attracted a number of new employers onto AUT campus. A vibrant addition to the calendar of career fairs for 2018.

New employers for this event include – RFA, Best Start, Recreate, Sarah’s, NZEI and more

2018 campus dates and schedules

Semester 1

Monday 9 April

Chloe Swarbrick (12-1pm)

Leadership Speaker
Green Party MP, Youngest Member of Parliament

Location: WA224B
Register


Barfoot & Thompson (1-2pm)

Employer Presentation
Careers in sales and property management

Location: WA224A
Register


DXC Technology (2-3pm)

Employer Presentation
Graduate programme

Location: WA224B
Register


BNZ (3-4pm)

Employer Presentation
Graduate programme and internships

Location: WA224A
Register


Fletcher Building (4-5pm)

Employer Presentation
Graduate programme (Building Products Division)

Location: WA224B
Register

Tuesday 10 April

Volunteering Expo (11am-1pm)

Employer Presentation
Including ATEED, Greenpeace, Red Cross& many more

Location: WG308
Register


MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment) (1-2pm)

Student Workshop
Employment rights and responsibilities

Location: WG308
Register


NZ Defence Force (2-3pm)

Employer Presentation
Legal careers in the forces

Location: WG308
Register


Perpetual Guardian (4-5pm)

Employer Presentation
Internships, graduate opportunities and co-ops plus industry insights

Location: WG308
Register

Wednesday 11 April

Air New Zealand (12-1pm)

Employer Presentation
Recruiting cabin crew

Location: WA224A
Register


Datacom (1-2pm)

Employer Presentation
Georgiana Johnson talks women in tech

Location: WA224B
Register


The Warehouse Group (2-3pm)

Employer Presentation
Diverse career opportunities with NZ’s largest online retailer

Location: WA224A
Register


Hema Patel (3-4pm)

Employer Presentation
Lightbox General Manager (session sponsored by CAANZ)

Location: WA224B
Register


Code with Xero (4-5pm)

Employer Presentation
Take part in an interactive session with Xero

Location: WA224A
Register


Networking with Xero (5-6pm)

Employer Presentation
Meet the team face-to-face

Location: WA224 Atrium
Register

Thursday 12 April

Culture & Society Keynote Speaker - Richie Hardcore (11am-12pm)

Keynote Speaker
Passionate social change campaigner, public speaker, and 'White Ribbon Ambassador'

Location: WA224B
Register


Culture & Society Career Fair (12pm-1pm)

Career fair
Meet top employers, explore career opportunities

Location: WA224A & Atrium
Register


MBIE (3-4pm)

Employer Presentation
Hear about MBIE’s recruitment strategy

Location: WA224A
Register


Vodafone (4-5pm)

Employer Presentation
Graduate programme, internships and networking

Location: WA224B
Register

Friday 13 April

Ben Thompson (11am-12pm)

Leadership Speaker
Chief Operating Officer from Thankyou NZ

Location: WA224B
Register


Kraft Heinz (12-1pm)

Employer Presentation
Graduate programme

Location: WA224A
Register


The changing landscape of Maori business in New Zealand (1-2pm)

Employer Presentation

Location: WA224B
Register


Semester 2

13 August - 17 August 2018

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.

Employer numbers grew over 2017 Employability Matters

Over 77 employers came on campus for September's highly successful Employability Matters event and delivered presentations, met with students and talked about graduate job and internship opportunities. These employers included KiwiRail, the supreme winner of the 2017 AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards.

Sample of employer presentations:

Code with Xero – Find out a little more about the back end of the accounting software that Xero provides. Then stay on to network with Xero graduates and other employees face to face.

Air New Zealand – Have you ever wanted to work for Air New Zealand and wondered how to get your foot in the door? They are recruiting now for cabin crew and want to hear from you if this is something you’d consider as your first career move.

The Warehouse Group – Did you realise the wide range of career opportunities on offer through the Warehouse Group, the brand behind Torpedo 7, Noel Leeming, Warehouse Stationery and The Warehouse? No? Well come hear from some of their key executives.

Employers attending the event