Students to enjoy showcase of regional employment

Published 02 March 2009

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A Rural Careers Expo, to be held at the University of New England next week, will inform UNE students about regional Australia’s wide variety of employment opportunities for graduates.

On Wednesday 11 March, representatives of regional organisations and businesses will visit the University to participate in the Expo. They will be providing information to future graduates – and answering their questions – from 10 am to 2 pm in UNE’s Lazenby Hall.

This will be the first event of its kind at UNE. While some organisations regularly send representatives to the University to talk to students about graduate employment opportunities, the Rural Careers Expo will bring them – and representatives of other organisations – together under the one roof on the one day, giving students a broader perspective on the opportunities available.

“Our aim is to make students aware of the excellent employment opportunities that regional Australia has to offer,” said Julia Perryman, a UNE Careers Officer. “The Expo will also help to strengthen the University’s relationships with a wide range of regional employers.”

The Rural Careers Expo is being run in conjunction with the NSW Farmers’ Association. In supporting the venture, the Association has emphasised that “all services and professions are vital for sustainable living in the bush”. “Your degree doesn’t have to be in Agriculture if you want to find graduate employment in Moree, for example,” Ms Perryman said.

She pointed out that undergraduates in their final year should be looking now for positions in 2010. “The employers attending the Expo will be promoting opportunities in graduate employment, and some will also be offering bursaries and scholarships aimed at students in their penultimate undergraduate year,” Ms Perryman explained. “We’re encouraging students in their first and second years of study to start thinking about where they want to go in terms of employment, and how to get there,” she added. “The Rural Careers Expo will be a good opportunity for them to start that process.”

Organisations attending the careers expo will include a variety from the health, finance and educations sectors, as well as government departments and local government councils.