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Karen Poh

Fri Oct 07 2011

Meld Sessions: Career and PR Talk

Thanks everyone for your interest, the response has been overwhelming! The event is now fully booked – if you’d like to hop on the waiting list, or stay informed about future events, drop us a note at

THE approach of a new year often provokes a flurry of soul searching and introspection, and even more so for those of us whose Semester 2 marks the final chapter of university life.

The uncertainty can be rather unsettling.

Where do we go from here? Am I ready to leave Australia just yet? What are my options? Would I be able to find a job here in Australia? How do I get the job I want?

Those of us who have been following Meld would have read the numerous stories we’ve published about visas, permanent residencies and career advice.

The reception has been so good we’ve decided to take things offline to hold the first of what will become known as the Meld Sessions.

It will be an opportunity to hear from the experts, learn from those who have gone before us, and ask the questions that have been putting your head into a dizzying spin.

And the first in the series will be a free Career and PR Talk held in partnership with the City of Melbourne on Wednesday October 26 at 6pm to help you prepare for life after graduation.

The talk will be divided into two parts:

Session 1: Staying on in Australia: What are my options?

Want to stay on in Melbourne but don’t know how? Are you eligible for a temporary or a permanent residency? What do the visa changes mean for you? It’s important to know your options.

Speaker: Jensen Ma, partner, Tan & Tan Education Consultants

Session 2: Finding a job in Australia: Are international students employable?

Finding that first job is a daunting enough experience already, let alone a job overseas. Our panel of speakers will share their insights on what employers are looking for, whether international students are at a disadvantage compared to local graduates, career opportunities for international students, as well as success stories that will inspire.

On the panel

  • KPMG in Australia accepts applications from accounting students who have not yet obtained their Australian permanent residency as well as those on Graduate (temporary) Visas. Manisha Maligaspe who oversees Graduate Recruitment in Melbourne will talk about the ins and outs of the recruiting process, what employers are looking for, and opportunities available for international students.
  • Careernav is an online portal offering career advice and guidance to students and graduates in Australia. Andrew Madgwick, Managing Director of Careernav will share his insights about helping students find the right job.
  • After graduating with a MBA from Melbourne Business School, Jason Widjaja nabbed his first job in a management consulting firm Litmus Group with the help of LinkedIn. He shares his success story.

Sounds like something you’d like to be a part of? Join us on Wednesday October 26, 6pm at Winner’s Hall, Ground Floor, 488 Swanston St, Carlton. Seats are limited so do book to avoid disappointment. Email with your name, and the total number of people who will be attending (max booking per person is 5).