Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 27, No. 10. 1964.
How many students "just haven't a clue" about what they are going to take on when they leave university? Quite a few. How many don't know the full range of opportunities their interests and qualifications will make available to them? A lot more.
The VUW Appointments Board was formed last year to help graduate-students find compatible positions. The Board also helps, during the long vacation, undergraduates to find positions which will give them experience in their chosen career.
Up till last month the managing secretary of the Student Union. Mr. I. H. Boyd, had been acting as part-time secretary to the Board, but since then the work has been taken over full-time by Mr. A. T. Mitchell, a Victoria graduate and past president of Exec.
Mr. Mitchell said that he is at present concentrating on making employers aware of the services the board provides.
Last year 88 students registered with the board; of these. 57 sought permanent employment and 31 employment during the long vacation. Six or seven registrations have been made since Mr. Mitchell took over last month. Early registration is essential for contact with a wide range of employers.
The board wishes to induce more employers to make use of its services and at the same time hopes to keep a balance by encouraging students to register. Mr. Mitchell believes that the demand for graduates will outstrip the supply in future years. He hopes students will register and take part in Interviews with employers even if the students are not sure just what they want. He feels this will give them an idea of what is available.
In the field of vacation employment, some firms are making available to students positions in which they can carry out a project within the vacation period. This enables the student to use his talents to both his and the firm's advantage.
The board hopes to create in the community a climate favourable to the employment of graduates.
A careers information library is to be maintained for the use of students, and arrangements are to be made for lectures and discussions on careers to be held at the university. Records are to be kept of the nature of employment and of the opportunities offered to students who have been engaged by employers through the board.
More Information on the Appointments Board will appear in the Salient Careers Supplement due to be published towards the end of July.