New program gives students head start
music, science and engineering students are being given an edge in the job market through a new program designed around a television show.
The University of Adelaide’s Careers on the Move program is modelled onThe
program. However, instead of students being taken through a series of challenges as they compete for money in a race to locations across the world, students are put through workplace challenges at several sites in Adelaide.
The success of the program has led to its being judged one of the best careers programs in Australia, winning the 2009 National Best Practice Award from the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services last month.
University of Adelaide Careers Service manager Sue Hervey said the program appealed to students because it combined entertainment and challenges while improving their job-seeking skills.
‘‘We took students out of their comfort zone, out of the university and into some amazing workplace environments, including the Forensic Services Branch at SAPOL, Australian Submarine Corporation at Osborne, the State Opera Company, Co Opera, the Adelaide Zoo and Lion Nathan Brewery,’’ she said.
‘‘Students were allowed inside these facilities for tours, Q&Asessions, dress rehearsals for the opera and networking opportunities.’’
The race involved physical and mental challenges that highlighted students skills and abilities in a high-pressure, competitive environment.