Wed 8 Sep 2021

Virtual Career Fairs giving student new opportunities

WITT students have made some valuable connections with potential employers over the last few weeks despite the covid lockdown.

A series of online Careers Super Fairs has allowed hundreds of polytechnic students from around the country to meet with employers via zoom.  Each industry specific Fair started with focussed panel discussions with a number of key employers from the relevant industry and then students were able to meet employers live in their virtual booths.

While WITT students participated in the Engineering Careers Super Fair and the Construction Careers Super Fair prior to lockdown, WITT Employment Coordinator, Jo Syme said it was brilliant that the virtual nature of the Fairs meant that the Business & Consulting and the Computing & Technology Careers Super Fairs were not disrupted by the Level 4 lockdown. 

“This new initiative allowed students to explore their career possibilities with employers from around the country from the comfort of their own home” she said.

TSB was one of many employers that participated in the Fairs.  TSB’s People & Strategy Head of Operations, Kushla Rosser said “TSB enjoyed participating in both the Business and Consulting and Computing and Technology virtual fairs held over the last two weeks.”

“It was great to listen and interact, help with questions and feedback from graduates and students from WITT and other polytechs across Aotearoa.”

We had some excellent engagement with WITT students in the tech session, and hope to continue talking with these young people to explore potential career options at such an exciting time in the banking sector” she said.

Engineering student, Nikita Greiner, found participating in the virtual Engineering Careers Super Fair was really worthwhile.  “I enjoyed listening to the diverse range of representatives that were on the panel from different engineering organisations that had a varied range of skills and backgrounds.”

“They provided insight about what would be involved if you were to work for them and what they look for when recruiting students for their internship programs.  It also made me really understand how important it is to not only have the right skills and education but to be aligned with an organisation’s values and purpose” she said.

If you would like more information about the Career Fairs phone us on 0800 WITT NZ or email info@witt.ac.nz.