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Media are welcome to attend

When: Wednesday, 10th March, 2010, 11am to 4pm

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens

 Contact:  Emma O’Neill (0432758734) eaoneill@unimelb.edu.au

The first cohort of Melbourne Model graduates from the University of Melbourne will today have the opportunity to research a wide range of career options and meet with representatives from more than 120 organisations at Australia’s biggest graduate careers fair.

The first cohort of Melbourne Model graduates from the University of Melbourne will today have the opportunity to research a wide range of career options and meet with representatives from more than 120 organisations at Australia’s biggest graduate careers fair.

 Employers from a wide range of industries such as Ernst & Young, Optiver and IBM along with consulting firms,  major Australian banks and government departments will be among the 120 employers trying to attract “Australia’s most employable graduates” (THES, 2009).

 University of Melbourne Provost Professor John Dewar says this year’s graduates are well equipped for the workforce with the Melbourne Model providing students with a well-rounded education and work experience.

 “The Melbourne Model builds in opportunities for work placements, volunteering and internships so these graduates are well placed to enter the employment market,” he says.

 “We have also had a lot of positive feedback from employers, who are keen to employ graduates with a broad education.”

 The breadth study required by Melbourne Model students has also expanded career aspirations for some students. Audrey Irish, a final year science student says the opportunity to study breadth subjects from another discipline within her degree has led to contemplation of graduate study in law.

 “I’ll be looking at career options within science, but breadth study has really made me think about all sorts of different careers,” she says.

 Professor Dewar says the Melbourne Model’s flexibility accommodates for such decisions.

 “While some Melbourne Model students will choose to graduate and enter the workforce at the end of this year, many are opting to continue with graduate study to pursue careers they have discovered a passion for through breadth study,” he says. Graduate Survey (AGS

 Picture opportunities and highlights include:

 11am: Employer lunch and opening by University of Melbourne Provost Professor John Dewar 
12pm – 4pm: Students arrive and meet employers.