Coffee and Careers go hand in hand

21 Feb 2019

Career-minded students were treated to more than just free coffee during O-Week’s Coffee and Careers networking and advisory event on Tuesday morning.

Students were able to meet with Career Advisers from faculties and central services, as well as network with potential employers from international consultancy firm Accenture in the Great Court.

Event coordinator Paige McDonough from the Student Employability Centre’s Careers team was very pleased with the event turn out, noting that students were clearly not perturbed by the warmer weather.

“We were able to provide guidance to a total of 170 students in just two hours,” said Ms McDonough.

“Employability representatives from each of the university faculties meant tailored advice could be offered to every student.”

A significant number of first-year students attended the event with a remarkable understanding of their upcoming program expectations and a clear view of their career goals.

“It was excellent to see so many incoming students with purpose and passion for the journey they are about to begin at UQ,” said Ms McDonough.

Bachelor of Commerce and Information Technology student Joseph Tran believes all students can take something away from these events.

“It was easy to approach the team from Accenture and have a chat with them, as they gave me a glimpse of their passion and experience in their career,” said Mr Tran.

“I would strongly encourage more students to attend these events, as this was both a relaxing and rewarding experience.”

The skills and network-building event at St Lucia was sponsored by Accenture, who offer student engagement programs and graduate recruitment to emerging professionals.

Accenture will also be attending the University’s Careers Fair on 20 March, alongside over 100 other employers and industry leaders from around Australia.

The annual event is a key networking opportunity for students and showcases the breadth of employability services available to enhance qualifications.

UQ’s Student Employability Centre helps students get more from their time at university and create greater career prospects through additional programs during their studies.

Coffee and Careers will be held again in the upcoming weeks at both St Lucia and Gatton campuses, with more faculty-specific career advice and free coffee available to students. See the Careers and Employability Events listings for details.

Media: Ms Paige McDonough,, +61 7 3365 1733; Emma Symons,, +61 7 3343 2639