Lauren Kempe – Roving Student Reporter for E+I 18
For many students, breaking into the industry their degree has been preparing them for can be a difficult task; even more so, their ability to stand out from the crowd when finding a job at the end.
On Tuesday, the crew from the Careers and Student Development team at UON stepped out in to the thick of campus life at Callaghan, Ourimbah and NeW Space to get young job seekers excited about capturing the attention of future employers in a different kind of way.
This is the first year the University of Newcastle has launched the ‘Me in a Minute’ program and it’s all about getting students to recognise the unique knowledge and skills they have that set them apart from others, and communicating these attributes in an engaging, 60 second video that appeals to modern-day employers.
UON staff getting behind the Deakin University initiative approached students all across campus, giving them information flyers and ‘Boost’ chocolates, spreading words of encouragement and boosting students’ confidence in going the extra mile to gain employment.
Speech Pathology student Jane was approached, and she said the program would be the push many students like herself need to get out of their comfort zone and demonstrate their practical skills that are highly sought after in workplaces like the ones she aspires to be a part of.
‘I think an exercise like this would prove you’re comfortable talking to people and interacting with them in a professional environment.’
With some students already involved in a long-term sense, the focus of today’s event was in creating awareness for the program itself and how students can begin working with Careers Services to map out their individual strengths and aspirations in a professional sense and produce this video to share on their LinkedIn profile, or share directly with an employer.
To create your own ‘Me in a Minute’, visit the Me in a Minute webpage.