Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Victoria hosts first international student careers fair

Victoria today hosted its first-ever careers fair targeted at international students in Melbourne.

Minister for Trade and Investment, Tim Pallas visited the Study Melbourne International Student Careers Fair, co-organised with SEEK – a dedicated event to connect students and graduates with employers.

“We want to offer international students the best employment prospects after their studies – and we’re working with industry and the international education sector to deliver just that,” said Minister Pallas.

“Victoria’s unemployment rate is historically very low and businesses are eager to snap up in-demand skills, particularly in areas like engineering, tech and health.

“Having completed their studies in Melbourne at some of the world’s top universities, international students have a lot to offer to local employers.”

More than 30 exhibitors attended the Careers Fair including Swisse, SEEK and Bupa, as well as the Commonwealth Government which assisted with questions relating to visas.

Last year’s launch of the International Education Recovery Plan 2025 outlined the Labor Government’s vision for the sector’s growth. A key pillar of the plan is providing meaningful post-study work opportunities for international students and graduates and to nurture talent.

Minister Pallas said the State Government was also delivering for international students by promoting the Commitment to Action to Improve Employment Outcomes for International Students, along with a tailored search function on SEEK to land professional graduate roles in their field of study.

Under the Commitment to Action, employers publicly pledge to employing more international students, offering more work experience opportunities, setting employment targets, removing barriers to employability and sharing success stories.

To date 25 employers have signed on to the Commitment to Action including, Swisse, Indonesian tech unicorn Bukalapak, e-Centric, The Lyon Group and Marriot International.

When searching for graduate opportunities on SEEK, international students can use the hashtag #MelbourneStudentCareers to receive job listings that match their field of study from participating employers.

To learn more, visit studymelbourne.vic.gov.au.

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