Careers Advisers to gain first-hand experience of UNE

Published 23 May 2011

signpostSchool Careers Advisers will gain a deeper understanding of living and learning at the University of New England when they travel from near and far to participate in UNE’s biennial Careers Advisers’ Summit in the second week of June.

The Summit, which runs from the 8th to the 10th of June, is an opportunity for Careers Advisers to visit the campus, to hear from current students, and to attend seminars on various aspects of study at UNE. They tour the residential colleges, the world-class sporting complex, and ‘Booloominbah’, the historic mansion in which the University began.

“Careers Advisers always find it extremely valuable to actually see the University campus,” said Ruth Bartlett-Taylor, a member of UNE’s Schools Liaison team. “They spend a lot of time talking to their school students about UNE, and they find it easier to provide campus information when they’ve actually seen the campus. And over the two days they enjoy talking with current UNE students – for example over breakfast in the colleges – about what their UNE experiences have been like.

“The University treats the Careers Advisers to a couple of days rich in networking opportunities and unique New England experiences. The Summit is a showcase for both Armidale and UNE.”

“University staff members thoroughly enjoy working – and relaxing – with the Careers Advisers during the Summit,” Mrs Bartlett-Taylor said. “Without the assistance of Careers Advisers, we in the Schools Liaison team would find our job extremely challenging. They welcome us into their schools to speak to students, they bring their students on excursions to UNE, and they ring us for advice or even just a friendly chat. This makes our job so much easier and more enjoyable.”

Mrs Bartlett-Taylor is particularly looking forward to seeing the Careers Advisers from the Central and North West regions of NSW, with whom she works closely.

Brian See, another UNE Schools Liaison Officer, said that the Summit was also a great chance for the many Careers Advisers who studied in Armidale to revisit the campus. “These Careers Advisers have been wonderful advocates for UNE over many years and will always be valued alumni,” he said.

Careers Advisers who are interested in attending the Summit and have not yet registered their interest can e-mail events@une.edu.au.