Connecting SIT students with potential employers

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SPEED networking is a great way students and employers can promote themselves to each other, Southern Institute of Technology employment liaison Phil Dobson says.

The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) has partnered with the Southland Chamber of Commerce to hold a speed networking session at SIT’s Downtown campus next month, the fourth time such an event will be held.

The speed networking session involves SIT’s Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters students who are studying business enterprise, applied management, accounting and information technology meeting and having a five-minute one-on-one conversation with representatives from Southland businesses without any obligation or commitment for employment.

Mr Dobson said primarily the event was designed to create advocates for the students, whereby the business representatives would go away from the event speaking highly of the calibre of students they had met.

Invercargill was still very much a place where “word of mouth” endorsements were important, he said.

“We want to be a topic of conversation.”

Previous events had also resulted in students gaining employment.

Mr Dobson said about six students were placed in jobs directly or indirectly last year as a result of the speed networking session.

Interest from students and businesses in the speed networking opportunity had grown since its inception, he said.

Two years ago the event attracted 15 businesses and 150 students. Mr Dobson said that event had been “over subscribed” and was not the intimate affair organisers had hoped for, so last year it was capped at 10 businesses and 50 students, which had worked well.

The organisers aimed to have a cross section of businesses represented at the event and ensure the students attending the event had the skills and experience relevant to those businesses, he said.

SIT speed networking session, SIT Business Hub, SIT Arcade, Don St, Invercargill, Tuesday, August 14, 4pm-5.30pm. To register, phone Phil Dobson on (03) 211 2699 ext 8670 or email phil.dobson@sit.ac.nz

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