Graduates get helping hand into job market
Southern Institute of Technology students will get a taste of the real world this month to help adjust to life outside the classroom.
The first SIT Moving On Expo will be held on October 23, to help students transition from study to the realities of job hunting and careers.
SIT student support officer Shannon Thomson said many former students returned to campus after they had left the polytechnic to ask for advice and assistance in finding jobs.
Some sought advice immediately after graduation, while others returned a few months down the track, after having little success in the job market, she said.
Ms Thomson and her colleague Tracey Young planned the expo to provide students with more knowledge before they graduated and left campus, so the transition to work would be easier.
The expo would give banks, recruitment agencies and budget advisory services, as well as government agencies such as Work and Income and the IRD, the chance to share what they could offer to graduating students, she said.
Workbridge Inc employment consultant Maureen Slow said it was very common to see new graduates, especially former international students, in need of help and support when it came to seeking jobs after study.
Although the economic climate was tight, landing a job in Southland was not impossible, she said.
She suggested looking outside the tried and true job-seeking methods and taking advantage of all local resources when looking for work.
The SIT Moving On Expo will be held in Hansen Hall on October 23. Organisations wanting to participate in the expo should contact SIT.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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