22 March 2013

University of Queensland Gatton students will be able to find out about a range of graduate and work placement opportunities at the University's first Gatton Careers Fair on 18 April.

The event will feature agriculture, animal, wildlife, agribusiness and veterinary science sector representatives..

Final year Wildlife Science student Sarah Martin said she believed work experience and meeting employers were crucial ways of finding job opportunities.

“Committing to a degree is a huge life investment and it has the potential to completely change the way you live," Ms Martin said.

"Work experience is definitely something I feel has really put my degree into perspective, as well as opening many doors for me.

“I've done work at Cairns Tropical Zoo and Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve. I also studied overseas in Africa for three weeks for the Short International Experience course."

Ms Martin encouraged all students to go to the UQ Gatton Careers Fair to explore possible industry placements.

“Once I graduate I am hoping to move into something in the field of genetics and working with the Tasmanian devil to help stop the facial tumour disease from wiping out the marsupials,” she said.

“The work experience I gained through UQ really pushed me into wanting to strive for success and be able to travel the world in the future."

UQ has designed a Careers Fair Employer Finder program to help students find employers seeking graduates.

The UQ Gatton Careers Fair, supported by Student Services, is on from 11.30am to 1.30pm in the Central Walkway of the Gatton campus.

Join the event on Facebook.

Stall holders can book a site at no cost. Contact Erin Pearl (07) 54601229 or e.pearl@uq.edu.au.