The University of Newcastle, Australia

The Faculty of Business and Law Says Thank You

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Thanking our Work Ready industry partners

The Faculty welcomed members of the professional community to breakfast at Merewether Surfhouse to say thank you for their tireless efforts with our Work Ready programs.

The first annual Thank You Breakfast recognised the valuable contribution of local professionals in supporting students from the Faculty of Business and Law to increase their preparation for the workplace. Throughout 2014 over 40 organisations supported over 1300 students to gain valuable skills which will make them more employable upon graduation.

Students, staff and professionals discussed the benefits of the Work Ready programs and three different perspectives were presented.

Alyssa Waters, a final year Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts student, spoke about her time participating in the Lucy Mentoring Program in 2013 and volunteering at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre. Alyssa also recently completed a Public Interest Advocacy course through Newcastle Law School, which provided another valuable opportunity to engage with professionals as she was supervised in the preparation of public interest cases and projects.

Micah Jenkins, a Bachelor of Laws graduate of the University, has built a strong career working with leading local firms over the past 15 years and very recently started his own firm, Jenkins Legal Services. Micah appreciated the practical experience earned when he was a student at Newcastle Law School and is passionate about supporting local law students as they enter the professional world. He contributes to our Law School's professional practice courses through guest lecturing and mentoring students.

Finally, Dr Ros Larkin, a lecturer in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management with the Newcastle Business School, spoke about creating meaningful learning experiences that are relevant to students and employers. Ros has transformed the capstone course for the Human Resource Management major into a work integrated learning course, through collaboration with staff from Hunter Water Corporation. Her efforts were recently recognised when she received the 'Work Integrated Learning Staff Member of the Year Award'.

The breakfast will become a regular feature of the calendar as the Faculty looks forward to further expanding the Work Ready program in 2015.

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