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Mackay firms in the business of hiring CQUni students

Mackay firms in the business of hiring CQUni students

Published:08 February 2018

After completing their CQUni Business studies in 2017, Tenille Da Rin Perette, Bianca Webster and Megan Brunker have scored early employment in Mackay.

In many ways, CQUni Mackay students Bianca Webster, Tenille Da Rin Perette and Megan Brunker have led parallel lives; and this year their similarities – and successes – continue.

The trio all studied Business and served as Student Ambassadors for the Australian Human Resource Institute (a national association representing human resources and people-management professionals).

They all completed their degrees last year, and now they’ve proudly joined the Mackay workforce together.

In fact, Bianca’s employment journey began months before she even finished her double degree in Business (Human Resources) and Arts.

Bianca credits her speedy acquisition of the HR Officer role with asset management firm Wisley Group to her CQUni networking experiences.

Her advice to other students wishing to gain early employment is to “take advantage of as many networking opportunities as you can possibly manage whilst studying”.

For Tenille, the ink on her final assessment was barely dry when Inspire Accounting and Business Services Mackay snapped her up.

Now working fulltime as an Accountant, the Bachelor of Business (HR and Accounting) student says she’s keen to maintain her strong connection with CQUni.

“I’ve experienced so many tremendous opportunities through CQUni - including travelling to Japan (to take part in the HELIO project) and Miami, USA (for the Ashoka U Exchange social innovation conference) - that I’m fully committed to being an active university alumnus.

“I have retained my role as the CQU Mackay Business Student Association Secretary and will continue supporting CQUni events and balls – especially now that I don’t have to study every weekend,” she joked.

In January, Megan happily swapped her student desk with a staff desk at Mastermyne Group.

Megan credits her new Human Resources position at the company to the acquisition of its prestigious Mastermyne Group Scholarship (valued at $8000 over two years).

“As part of this scholarship, I enjoyed two days a week of work experience with Mastermyne last year; and excitingly, when I finished my degree they offered me a permanent position,” she said.

“I’m enjoying every aspect of the job. It’s great to be able to reflect on what I studied at uni and be able to put it all into practice.

“Every situation is a learning opportunity and I’m enjoying every second of it.”

Business Lecturer Maree Franettovich said she was exceedingly proud of these CQUni success stories.

“Bianca, Tenille and Megan have clearly demonstrated that harnessing every opportunity presented to you at CQUni can open doors to early employment,” she said.

“From scholarships and overseas learning opportunities to association memberships and local networking and masterclass opportunities – CQUni has all the tools to help you secure the job you’re striving for.”

One such example is CQUni’s Engage Mentor Program.

Supported by the Rio Tinto Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund, the 2017 pilot program paired CQUni’s School of Business and Law students with mentors from esteemed organisations including Rio Tinto, Mackay Regional Council, Young Professionals and Rocket.

Through a series of engagement activities and masterclasses, this program provided an opportunity for students to learn from successful local business professionals who are dedicated to enhancing the skills of our region’s future employment pool.

Mackay region professionals interested in becoming a mentor in the 2018 program are encouraged to call 4940 7459 or email mentor_SBL@cqu.edu.au for more information and to register their interest.