Forum host the first duty of new ambassador

Published:04 May 2017

CQUni Mackay Business student and new AHRI ambassador Megan Brunker (right) is helping fellow ambassadors Bianca Webster (left) and Tenille Da Rin Perette (with help from Lecturer Maree Franettovich) plan and host a student forum.

Three years ago, Megan Brunker packed her bags and moved to Mackay to follow her dream.

“While I could have stayed in Collinsville and studied with CQUni by distance, I felt having the opportunity to network would be of benefit to my future career,” the third-year Bachelor of Business student said.

“I think it’s important to surround myself with people; particularly since I’m keen to work within training and development and/or recruitment and selection.”

Megan has already put her Human Resources (HR) and Marketing specialisations into practice as a newfound student ambassador of CQUni Mackay’s Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) committee.

AHRI is the national association representing human resources and people-management professionals.

Student members (ambassadors) have access to AHRI’s work experience and mentoring programs and receive regular HR-related information and materials (such as magazines) to assist them with their studies.

Megan’s first duty as an ambassador is to help fellow ambassadors and CQUni Business students – Bianca Webster and Tenille Da Rin Perette – organise a student forum.

The trio has sourced top event guest speakers including Mackay Regional Council CEO Craig Doyle and Mackay Hospital and Health Service Senior HR Advisor Simone Kapitzke.

The forum will take place from 5.30 pm to 8 pm on Monday, May 15, at Mackay City Campus’ Theatrette, Sydney Street.

Community members wishing to attend the forum are welcome to do so (doors open at 5.15pm).

Megan said she was looking forward to making the most of this experience and the last year of her degree.

“I’m keen to hear first-hand the topics and issues affecting HR professionals so I feel confident in my knowledge and what to expect in the real world; hosting a forum such as this is also a great way to improve my public speaking and event-management skills,” she said.

Both of CQUni’s Bachelor and Master of Human Resources Management programs are accredited by AHRI.

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