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How to get a job after university

By Fiona Shaw
July 13 2018

Posted in Blog, Events, Student Resources

How to get a job after university!

Job hunting is never a fun experience, but the post study job hunt is one of the most anxiety ridden things you will have to do during your entire university career. You are plagued with self-doubt and frustration when all you get is a computer generated unsuccessful email if you even get one of those at all.

So, to help get students more prepared for the upcoming job hunt, Summer of Biz hosted an event with Victoria University of Wellington Commerce Students’ Society, VicCom, a few weeks ago. Together, we brought in real life employers who hire graduates to come and speak to the students. But don’t worry – in case you couldn’t make it or forgot what they said I’ve got you covered!

Here are some of the key takeaways from our wonderful panel!


What employers are looking for:

You may be surprised to find out that it’s not actually all about the grades for employers these days. Yes, some of the big 5 do use grades as a screening tool for their grad programme applicants, but many other organisations are moving away from using grades all together. Yes, good grades show that you can/ do work hard and that you can learn but in terms of functioning in a real world working environment, they aren’t a great litmus test.


What our panel said employers really want to see:


Employer pet peeves!

The job hunt is hard and sometimes you’re going out for multiple jobs at one time. In this anxious time, you can get caught up and make stupid mistakes. Most are forgivable but according to our panel, these are things you really should avoid…


Some final advice from our panel:


Our panel:

Alyson Garrido – Career Coach

Hannah Mundell – Senior Recruitment Specialist@ Assurity Consulting

Julie Mitchell – Manager HR @ Ministry for Primary Industries

Sarah Trass – Talent Acquisition Team Leader @TradeMe

David Harris – Marketing Specialist @ GS1



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