Careers and Employment hosts International Careers Conference

September 11 / 69

Careers and Employment has hosted the 2011 International Careers Conference for students and staff in conjunction with AIIA, the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

The annual event gave students, graduates and professionals the opportunity to discuss issues and challenges involved in securing a job overseas.
Speakers included United Nations Representative Ian Howie, Julienne Hince, Deputy State Director of DFAT Victoria, and Jane Munro, Head of the University’s International House.
Guest speakers from AusAid, Austrade, ASIS, DFAT, PwC, Rio Tinto, United Nations and World Vision also took part in interactive seminars.

Careers and Employment consultant Graham Habgood said the conference was unique, because it involved a diverse range of organisations, some of which didn’t normally participate in career fairs and on-campus information sessions, and  provided excellent opportunities for students to network.

“Jobs with international organisations and international placements are notoriously difficult to secure for young graduates,” he said.

“Federal departments like DFAT get thousands of applications for a handful of places in their graduate programs.

“Students need to be proactive, to network, to research, and to find how they can find a job in an extremely competitive market.”

Mr Habgood said all the speakers had worked internationally, and spoke from personal experience about the how they dealt with the challenges of cross-cultural communication, work values and expectations, and coping with the stresses of working in an unfamiliar environment.

“Attendees gained vital insights into professional development, career opportunities and networked with representatives from the corporate sector, international finance, government, security and intelligence, the NGO sector and more,” he said.
“I was particularly impressed by the speakers from the international agencies and Services, who spoke about the work of the UN system and NGOs in the development field.”

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