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Feast of an opportunity at Career Fest

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Career Fest 2017 is aimed at increasing students’ awareness on graduate programs and graduate employment options.
USQ students around the world have a team of industry and career experts at the ready this week to help discover their dream job.

Career Fest 2017 is underway, a primarily online event aimed at increasing students’ awareness on graduate programs and graduate employment options. Career Fest will bring students career and employability workshops, industry events and webinars.

USQ Student Services’ Senior Career Development Officer (Graduates) Rebecca Boddington said various activities would inform participants about the future world-of-work and equip them with skills and knowledge to be career-ready after graduation.

“We encourage our students to log on to the Career Fest Online Portal to view a range of employer profiles, career resources and event details,” Mrs Boddington said.

“The importance of these online sessions is accessibility – they are able to reach the entire student cohort, regardless of campus or mode of study.”

Students will get a crash course on employment-based social networking service LinkedIn, and attend industry panels via webinar.

The first panel will be held at USQ Toowoomba and feature Senior Lecturer (Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering) Dr Steven Goh, Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Principal Project Manager David Pemberton, Transport and Main Roads Project Engineer Zoe Eather, and Ergon Energy Advanced Analysis Manager Josh Hockey. The Future of Health industry panel at USQ Ipswich will host industry representatives from Sports and Exercise, Child Safety, Youth Work and Psychology, discussing what employers look for in graduates and the skills required to be successful in a role.

USQ has a wealth of online employability resources to boost student employability and enhance their graduate opportunities, such as the Graduate Employability Program (short and interactive online lessons, accessible anywhere at any time) and the USQ Industry Experience Program (practical learning-based industry experience allowing an organisation to host a student for industry experience).

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