Over 100 attendees, including more than 30 new members took time out of their day on Tuesday, March 11th to take part in our first networking event of the year. Located on Level 2 of The Spot, the idea for our High Tea event was conceived with the intent to provide our members with the opportunity to learn first-hand tips and advice about the recruitment process and internship experience. Members were able to hear about the experiences of current students who have recently completed internships and vacation work with firms such as ANZ, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble, KPMG and PwC.
85 Broads President Danting Guo opened the event with a speech and a round of introductions of the 20 vacation work students who had graciously accepted the invitation to attend the event and impart invaluable advice to the attendees. Recent graduate Georgia Bailey, currently working in the Institutional Banking and Markets division of Commonwealth Bank was the featured speaker, delivering an informative speech on what students looking for graduate and vacation work should be doing in preparation. Her three key points of advice were as follows:
1. Do your research
Make a comprehensive list of the companies you would like to work for and then conduct thorough research, not only on the job position you’re applying for and the application process but also on the company’s history, culture, community projects they’ve been involved in and the overall values of the company. Think about why you would like to work for them and be prepared to answer such questions during the interview process. Companies want to know how you will fit into their organisation and it is important not to underestimate the emphasis placed on cultural fit.
2. Make note of dates
Dates for when applications open and dates for deadlines in particular should be noted and referred to throughout your application process. Being well-organised is key.
3. Be yourself
It is difficult to assume a facade, and maintaining a facade is likely to make you tense and have a detrimental impact on your interview performance (and potentially, work performance). The best course of action is to just be yourself, and be the best version of yourself.
With these parting words of wisdom, the event progressed into a highly animated networking session presiding over tables of tea, coffee and sweet afternoon delights.
Thank you very much to all of our attendees, especially our guest speakers. Again, welcome to all of our 2014 members, new and returning, and may this year be a great one filled with events that you find inspiring, exciting, motivating and fun!
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