New pro­gram gives stu­dents head start

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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.

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