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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2018 campus dates and schedules 

Semester 1 

18 April - 13 April 2018

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. This included KiwiRail, the supreme winner of the 2017 AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards.

Sample of employer presentations:

  • Digital at the cutting edge – PwC Digital senior experience designer Sarah Rad talked 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 outlined 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 was looking for tourism, engineering, and business graduates to become the next generation of KiwiRail influential and inspiring leaders.
  • Innovative start up Teknique - The secret weapon behind successful consumer camera products. Teknique talked of the journey taken in development of this business that integrates cameras into IP cloud solutions, drones, wearable devices and much more.
  • Graduate employer for food, pharma and environmental laboratory testing, Eurofins - World leader and local employer Eurofins loves to employ AUT science graduates. They outlined their graduate recruitment scheme and supportive environment.
  • Future of accountancy careers panel - BDO Auckland, Crowe Horwath, Grant Thornton, RSM, and Staples Rodway discussed careers in accountancy, then network with students.  

Career Fair & Expo events

Two Career Fairs and a Expo were also included into September Employability Matters. This was a first!

Hospitality, Tourism, Events, and Culinary Arts Career Fair 
Recruitment opportunities included front line positions in hotels, tourist attractions and global brand Disney Cruise Line. This was the first time dor Disney Cruise Line to recruit at AUT offering on board career roles eg co-ordinators for child care, recreation, hospitality and culinary arts.

An extensive number of hotels attended the fair, including the Langham Hotel, Heritage & City Life Hotels and Millennium Hotels.  

Job search app business Sidekicker also attended, as did ATEED.   

Law Career Fair

AUT’s first Law Career Fair as an informative event, highlighting a number of career opportunities in legal and non legal environments/organisations. Employers included Disputes Tribunal of New Zealand, Duncan Cotterill, Government Legal Network, Public Defence Service, Employsure and YouthLaw Aotearoa.  

Volunteering Expo
Last but definitely not least was the Volunteering Expo where students found out about volunteer sector career opportunities and how to help communities, give back and gain valuable work experience. A range of organisations with different opportunities attended including Breast Cancer Foundation, Conservation Volunteers, StarJam, Volunteering Auckland, Heart Foundation and IHC.

Employers attending the event


Last updated: 11-Oct-2017 8.36am

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