Students learn the secrets to career success

22 Feb 2018

Several TCB law students embarked on a journey towards career success at the first BEL SET Employability Conference for 2018.

Hosted by UQ’s award-winning Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Student Employability Team (BEL SET), the conference aimed to boost business, economics and law students’ employability and help them learn new skills to get ahead.

The one-day intensive conference was available to current BEL students and recent graduates.

This semester’s itinerary included special guest presentations from the Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland and EY, a campus recruiters panel session on vacation/graduate programs and clerkships, networking time with recruitment agents, and a range of interactive workshops run by BEL employability specialists.

Director of BEL SET Rhea Jain said there were endless takeaways for students.

“As we heard from our keynote speakers, find what you are passionate about and be tenacious and genuine in your pursuit of it,” Ms Jain said.

“Everyone experiences setbacks in their journey; however, learning from them and seeking support can be instrumental to success.”

Top takeaways and tips

Fifth-year Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws student Maggie Cai

"Everyone else is in the same boat and just as nervous as you are: just go for it."

Fifth-year Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) student Maggie Cai said she would advise future conference attendees to talk to as many people as possible, including recruiters. 

"During conversation with recruiters, don't just make small talk, Ms Cai said. 

"Go deeper and make it a little more personal; find out what you really want to know."

Conference highlights

The networking with recruiters event ‘Accessing the Hidden Market – Alternative Routes to Graduate Success’ was a huge success. Multiple students signed on for temp opportunities across a range of recruiters, and one student secured the role of Adecco’s CEO For A Day. This opportunity opened exclusively to attendees on the day of the conference.

One lucky student was also the recipient of a Google Home Mini, the grand prize in the conference prize draw.

To learn more about the BEL Student Employability Team (or to book an appointment and get some top employability tips straight from the team), visit their website.

Originally published on the BEL Faculty website