Employability is increasingly at the forefront of family decisions when choosing an international education destination country and programme.
Despite choosing New Zealand education for its potential career benefits, international students in New Zealand can find themselves disadvantaged in the labour market on graduation. One reason for this is that many tend to focus on their academic studies first, delaying the social networking and communications skills and their connections outside the university until the end or near end of their studies. While kiwi students are aware of the need to include co-curricula activities, work experience and networking from the start of their studies, international students are not displaying the same level of awareness.
The International Students Employability Insights Pilot programme aimed to remedy this situation by connecting students with University alumni where students could learn about working in the New Zealand marketplace. The pilot began with the Careers Service, International Office, Alumni Office and one Faculty (Science) as a collaborative university approach to improving international student experience and outcomes.
The programme provided networking opportunities for selected students who were partnered with alumni. Our alumni offered employability insights for their partnered students and offered them a chance to visit them in their workplace, to demonstrate how their career has developed since their graduation and how their degree helped them to get where they are today.
This presentation will provide a detailed description of the pilot programme, the various responsibilities across the university and what we learned for the future.