03 April 2012

Showcasing work-ready accounting students

<em></em>Students network with potential employers at the School of Accounting Cooperative Education Fair.

Students network with potential employers at the School of Accounting Cooperative Education Fair.

<em></em>Students network with potential employers at the School of Accounting Cooperative Education Fair.

Danielle Doyle from Dominion Private Clients and Luke Morrison from Pitcher Partners.

More than 100 RMIT University students attended a recent Cooperative Education Employers’ Fair run by the School of Accounting.

The successful annual event provided first and second-year Bachelor of Business (Professional Accountancy) students with the opportunity to meet more than 25 prospective employers from a variety of industries.

This is particularly useful for students who are preparing applications for cooperative work placements in their third year of study.

The Cooperative Education Program is one of the best examples of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) offered by RMIT.

The program allows business students enrolled in four-year undergraduate degrees to obtain a year of work experience during their third year of study, giving them a strong advantage in the job market.

The event provides the perfect opportunity for students to learn about different career opportunities and to network with potential employers.

“All employers who took part in the event are offering cooperative education positions in 2013,” Bronwyn Jones, Industry Placement Coordinator, said.

“We also offered mock interviews which allowed students to practise their interview and communication skills with independent recruitment staff and RMIT academics.”

Two accounting professional associations were also present along with the newly formed Accounting Student Association.

Students were encouraged to do their research before the day and to come along with questions.

"Planning early and developing job search strategies gives our Cooperative Education students an edge,” Ms Jones said.

“Employers noted the professional dress of the students, with one commenting that if you look and sound like an accountant you probably are an accountant.”

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