Media Release

09/08/2013
Speed networking
Science and Sustainability students at James Cook University in Cairns will meet local professionals at a Speed Networking function on Monday 12 August.

Science and Sustainability students at James Cook University in Cairns will meet local professionals at a Speed Networking function on Monday 12 August.

JCU Graduate and Student Employment Officer Lisa Crema said the event was based on the speed dating concept, with employers spending eight minutes speaking with two or three students at a time.

Representatives will be attending from: the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority; Conservation Volunteers; NRA Environmental Consultants; both the State and Federal Departments of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; Cairns Regional Council; TropWater; Queensland Health; Arup; and the Cairns Crocodile Farm.

“In previous years students have really enjoyed meeting local professionals, hearing their career stories and learning about the range of opportunities available to them when they graduate,” Ms Crema said.

“It motivates and inspires them to continue their studies and be proactive in pursuing a career in their field.

“An enterprising law student emailed a contact immediately after the event one year and she immediately secured volunteer work, which in turn became part-time work and eventually a graduate position with the firm.

“The industry professionals who attend learn more about JCU offerings and are very keen to stay involved with students.

“They become involved in our Employer Connect networking program, attend future events or offer work opportunities for students as most are very impressed with the students who attend the event.”

Issued August 9, 2013

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