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Unitec and MIT stage first collaborative careers' festival

  • Healthcare careers

Unitec and MIT have staged their first ever joint careers festival for the Tāmaki Makaurau region, focusing on Health, Nursing, Social Work and Counselling.

The purpose of the recent Health CareerFest was to connect students studying healthcare, social practice and nursing to key industry organisations and partners, and to offer assistance with navigating the recruitment and application process, as well as CV-writing and interview skills.

Unitec and MIT partners who participated in the online event included Auckland DHB, Counties Manukau DHB, Waitemāta DHB, Whanau Awhina Plunket, Anglican Trust Women and Children (ATWC) Putting Family First, and the Department of Corrections.

Alumni from both institutes were among the speakers, offering first-hand experience of the job-seeking process.

Shani Sauerman, Senior Industry Partner at Unitec, said, “Historically, Unitec has focused on job opportunities in West and North Auckland, and MIT has focused on the South – simply because of our different geographical bases.

“By creating our first ever joint career festival, we were able to offer a broad view of regional employment opportunities for our health students, supported by our region-wide partners.

“We’ve had very positive feedback on the event from both students and partners, and we look forward to extending our collaborative careers approach to other Schools and disciplines.”

Julie Prentice, Head of External Engagement and Marketing at MIT, added, “This is just one example of the real value that MIT and Unitec can provide our ākonga and industry partners across Tāmaki Makarau, as we work together as part of Te Pūkenga.”