Career fairs, events and workshops

The Employability Lab hosts a number of events like career fairs, expos and presentations where you can meet employers and hear about job opportunities. 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 leader’s insights about their career journey can be very powerful and offer a lot of inspiration and aspiration as they talk about how they faced challenges and made the most of situations.

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

  • 'Girls That Invest' podcaster and founder Simran Kaur
  • Media personality and te reo advocate Stacey Morrison
  • North Harbour Basketball Director of Talent Development Vince Minjares
  • Counties Manukau CEO Margie Apa (now CE of Health NZ)
  • Central Auckland and Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick
  • Start-up entrepreneur Scott Cardwell

Find out more about our speaker series through eLab Online.

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 join industry panels that offer students in-depth understanding of specific industry needs, expectations and challenges. The discussion among the panel offer lively and interesting insights into their industries. Science, ICT, business, hospitality, design, tourism and engineering representatives have all participated on industry panels at AUT.

AUT Employability and Careers runs a daily schedule of workshops, including CV and cover letter writing, networking, interview practice and job search skills etc. We also run faculty workshops designed to help you prepare for specific employer events and career fairs.

Faculty workshops

These are intensive practical workshops that are tailored for your faculty and cover themes including how to research employers in your industry, and effective ways to network. Industry speakers usually present or participate in panel sessions. The workshops also offer tips on CVs, LinkedIn profiles and creating your elevator pitch. Workshops are run on campus or online.

Career fairs, expos and event series

During the academic year we host a number of bigger, specialist events that employers eagerly attend wanting to meet potential employees. These events are an excellent opportunity for you to network with prospective employers and get information about organisations.

Career fairs offer valuable real-time 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.

Top employers and industry leaders come onto campus keen to interact with students, offer advice and talk about the career opportunities in their industries.

Employers are at stands where students can approach them to discuss graduate roles and internship possibilities. This is a stress free way for students to mix and network with employers.The fairs attract corporates, start-ups, government agencies and health organisations, among others. Many students successfully secure roles through career fairs and other events.

2022 fairs

Semester 2

  • Business and Law Career Fair - Tuesday 19 July, 11am to 1pm
  • Hospitality, Tourism, Events & Culinary Arts Career Fair – Wednesday 3 August 11am to 1pm
  • Community and Public Sector Career Fair Wednesday 3 August, 2pm to 4pm
  • ICT and Engineering Career Fair - Tuesday 16 August, 11am to 1pm
  • Science Career Fair - TBA

How to register

Registration for these events will open soon through Elab Online.

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.

Other events

Employers are always on the look out for potential employees.  Even if they're not doing a graduate recruitment drive, they often book a presentation to talk about their industry and business. This gives them an opportunity to meet students like yourself to find out what you're doing and have to offer, while giving you insights into their world.

The Volunteering Expo 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 Expo date – TBA

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

How to register

Registration for this event will open soon through Elab Online.

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.

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:
employability@aut.ac.nz

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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