Supporting students with disability to step into employment

Tue 8 August 2017

University careers fairs help to connect employers to talented students. It is a great way for businesses to meet large groups of potential candidates seeking internships and graduate roles.

For the Australian Network on Disability (AND), these events support us to promote our Stepping Into™ Internship and PACE Mentoring programs for students and jobseekers with disability.

Here’s where we’ve been this month:

Bel Heiner talks to students at AND's stand at the Deakin University Careers FairExperience and Employment Expo T2 2017, Deakin University

Held on 2 August, Program Coordinators Isabel (Bel) Heiner and Philip Zamora represented AND at Deakin University’s Experience and Employment Expo.

The event aims to connect students to employers for internships, vacation work, volunteering, international experiences and graduate programs. Bel and Philip chatted to many students who wanted to find out about employment options that might be available when they finish their studies.    

Image shows the Great Hall filled with students and exhibitors. 2017 Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair, The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney hosted this three-hour event, which welcomed a variety of different businesses and organisations, including AND members, Commonwealth Bank, the University of Sydney and Deloitte Australia.

Program Coordinator, Philip Zamora was joined by Meg Bishop, Marketing and Public Relations Manager and Nina Meredith, Project Coordinator, to greet hundreds of eager students. Some identified as having disability and others were interested to find out what we do to share that information with friends and family.

Display board with AND posters at Make Experience Matter expoMake Experience Matter: Opportunities Showcase, Melbourne University

As part of the Make Experience Matter fortnight at Melbourne University, AND participated in the Opportunities Showcase by having an exhibit on display for the three-day gallery session. Students were welcome to wander through to discover internship, volunteering and overseas opportunities.

AND’s Melbourne-based Program Coordinator, Bel, attended on one of the days to speak with students about the Stepping Into internships and PACE Mentoring program available to students with disability.

Vacation and Internship Fair, RMIT

On the 3rd of August, RMIT held a three-session fair, allowing exhibitors to target students within specific disciplines. AND attended the 2nd session, in which students from faculties of Business, Commerce, Law, Communications and Social Studies were invited to attend.

Bel had the opportunity to meet with many bright, engaged students looking to develop their employability skills. A number of students took information about the Stepping Into and PACE Mentoring programs, and followed up with emails to AND after the fair.

The day after the fair, Bel attended RMIT again to present a session arranged by the RMIT Career and Employability team specifically for students with disability. This session was incredibly popular and students eligible for the programs could speak directly with Bel about their applications.

What’s coming up?

Careers fairs offer a valuable opportunity for AND to talk about the work we do and spread the message about the success of our programs.

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