What makes you attractive?

What makes you attractive?

To employers that is. 

Every year UC hosts a series of Careers Fairs to connect you with employers before you graduate. Kicking off the series is the Commerce Careers Fair and Law and Justice Recruitment Evening, Wednesday 7 March in the Undercroft.

Commerce Careers Fair
Wednesday 7 March, 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Undercroft, Puaka-James Hight

Law and Justice Recruitment Evening
Wednesday 7 March, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Undercroft, Puaka-James Hight

If you aren’t in your final year yet, Careers Fairs are for you too. Learn about internships, summer jobs and part-time work – it is never too early to start thinking about the direction you are going in and what your next steps might be.

Come along and talk to employers, find out what they have to offer and what you can do to make yourself an attractive candidate after graduation – you might find there are simple things you can do now to make yourself an even more attractive graduate.

Top tip 1: Don’t be guilty of narrow thinking. Did you know banks often recruit engineering graduates too? Careers Fairs are a great way to find out all your options and you never know you might find a different career opportunity you never thought of.

Top tip 2: Put your best self forward at the fairs. Leave scruffy at the flat.

Peer support for postgrads

 Suvo is a PhD student from India studying Media and Communication at UC. Read on about how SOAR Advisors help postgraduate students. 

Hi there.

 ­As an international student, it took me a while to get used to UC and the new Kiwi environment, but the Postgraduate Office, along with a range of UC services like the Academic Skills Centre, Rec Centre, a variety of student support services and the Library really helped me to settle in. My department and initial supervisor also played a big part in helping me to feel at home in Christchurch and at UC.

I have also learned so much from my fellow students and friends from around the world.  But still, there was something missing: formal peer support. To fill this gap, the Postgraduate Office has created the SOAR Advisors, a group of peer advisors I’m now proud to be part of. SOAR Advisors help new postgrad students settle comfortably at UC during the initial months of their study, and can also provide assistance with skills including academic writing, literature reviews and a variety of data analysis tools.

We help students from across the campus, and work with the Academic Skills Centre and the Postgraduate Office to organise events like GradFest. As a SOAR Advisor I’ve learnt a lot both from my colleagues and from the students I’ve worked with; it’s also a great opportunity for all of us to make new friends along the postgrad journey. For more information about the current SOAR Advisors and how they can help you, please join our Facebook page or find us on the UC website.

This is your place – watch the cultural narrative video

The Cultural Narrative is about how we reflect our distinct place and space at the University of Canterbury Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha in Ōtautahi Christchurch, and we now have a video that shows this.

Next time you take a walk around campus consider our environment, our buildings, our flora, our fauna, and how our naming and our signage  help create UC’s distinctiveness.

The Cultural Narrative ensures this reflects both the ideology of the University and also the mana of the Tūāhuriri, the people of this land, Ngāi Tahu of the south, and Māori as part of a global community. 

Check out the video here and the image gallery. 

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