Career fairs, events and workshops

The Employability Lab hosts a number of events like career fairs, expos and presentations where – as potential employees - students and graduates can meet employers. We also run regular career development workshops and recruitment events.

Workshops and employer presentations

Employers are on campuses almost every week participating in lunchtime or leadership speaker series, industry panels and talks about potential employment with their organisation, including internship and graduate opportunities.

Past presenters include Samsung Electronics NZ, MYOB, Deloitte, BNZ, NZME, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Counties Manukau DHB and AR/VR Garage.

A great leader’s insights about their career journey can be very powerful.

AUT attracts a diverse and interesting number of speakers, including:

  • Media personality and te reo advocate Stacey Morrison
  • North Harbour Basketball Director of Talent Development Vince Minjares
  • Counties Manukau CEO Margie Apa
  • Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick
  • Start-up entrepreneur Scott Cardwell

Many AUT graduates return to AUT to talk to students about their experiences in the workplace. This is a great way to hear about the transition into the workplace and pick up tips about how to approach an organisation and what employment is like in the ‘real world’.

Industry experts and graduates are invited to industry panels to give students more in-depth understanding of specific industry needs, expectations and challenges.  Science, ICT, business, hospitality, tourism and engineering representatives have all participated in industry panels at AUT.

Match Ready workshops prepare you for career fairs. There are no Match Ready workshops running this semester because we don't have any career fairs planned for Semester 2.

Look out for Match Ready next year because they are a great way to get ready for career fairs. The intensive practical workshops are faculty specific and cover themes including how to research employers in your industry, and effective ways to network. Match Ready also offers tips on CVs, LinkedIn profiles and creating your elevator pitch.

Career fairs, expos and event series

During the academic year we host a number of bigger, specialist events that employers attend. They're an excellent opportunity for you to network with prospective employers and get information about organisations.

Career fairs offer valuable real contact with employers from some of New Zealand's leading busi​nesses and entrepreneurial organisations.

Career fairs are faculty-specific, bringing large numbers of employers onto campus on a single day. Employers set up stands so students can approach them to discuss graduate roles and internship possibilities. Many students successfully secure roles through career fairs.

The fairs attract corporates, start-ups, government agencies and health organisations, among others.

2021 fairs

In 2021 we are running career fairs during COVID-19 alert level 1 only. Check Elab Online for details of what's on this semester.

Elab Online

Not used Elab Online before? It’s easy. Log in as a ‘current student’ using your AUT ID and password, then search in Events for the workshops or career fairs you are interested in.

Run each semester, Employability Matters is a regular 12-week series of on-campus presentations, workshops and panel discussions for AUT students.

Employability Matters attracts top employers and industry leaders onto campus who are keen to interact with students, offer advice and talk about the career opportunities in their industries. This is a stress free way for students to mix and network with employers after presentations.

Employers are always on the look out for potential employees, so even if they're not doing a graduate recruitment drive they are still keen to meet students and find out what you're doing and have to offer. Come and be inspired!

Past employers include Samsung Electronics NZ, Haka Tours, Foodstuffs, Spacetime, Revolution Creative, Disney Cultural Exchange.

More info

Contact us for more info: or go straight to our online portal, Elab Online and search for 'Events'.

Log in to Elab Online

Haven’t used Elab Online yet?

It’s easy to log in – just choose ‘Current student’ and enter your Student ID number and password.

The Volunteering Showcase opens up opportunities for students to find out about the availability of volunteering across many charities. Organisations that attend include Engineering without Borders, StarJam, St John, Child Cancer Foundation, EcoMatters and Surf Life Saving Northern Region. The showcase runs each semester.

Volunteering is strongly encouraged by Employability and Careers as a great way for students to build up workplace skills, learn about their community, improve confidence – and give back. Both our employability awards – AUT Edge and Beyond AUT awards – require volunteering hours.

Volunteering and leadership awards (AUT Edge Award and Beyond AUT Award)

Student FAQs

Register to attend events: Elab Online

Details of all our career events and workshops are listed on Elab Online, where you'll also find our job board and other resources.

Log in to Elab Online to browse events and register to attend.

Haven’t used Elab Online yet?

It’s easy to log in – just choose ‘Current student’ and enter your Student ID number and password.

Log in to Elab Online

Contact us

Drop into the Employability Lab or email us:

Live Chat

Have a quick career question? Ask it on Elab Online (look for the red pop-up)

Locations on campus

Visit us at the Employability Lab at the City Campus in WA202.

We're also at:

  • North Campus: Tuesdays in AS, level 2
  • South Campus: Mondays in MB, level 1 reception

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