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MEES Semester 1 Professional Development Night

Posted by Ariane Ventura (Monash University Environmental Engineering Society) on 08 May 2019

MEES’ Professional Development Night (PDN) was a night of gaining valuable and insightful employability skills for attendees.

Professional Development Night (PDN) was held on the 11th of April led by the insightful Kelly from Careers Connect. Kelly went through a series of workshops based on professional development for students that are looking to improve their employability. These workshops included developing interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, and a workshop based on building a LinkedIn profile.

As many MEES members and engineering students are currently going through the process of applying for graduate and internship positions, this night was very useful and valuable for attendees. Kelly’s presentations were engaging and helped give students an idea of what to expect during the application process and also how to improve their employability skills.

Kelly was a wonderful presenter and rapport was built among the students and with Kelly. Students were able to ask questions freely throughout the workshops and after the presentations. Attendees gained skills on how to nail their interviews with employers and during assessment centres. As well as keeping their LinkedIn profile, resume and cover letter highly professional and up to date. After presentations, students were then able to mingle and network with likeminded peers over delicious Thai food.

Common takeaways from the night was the importance of the key selection criteria in any advertisement. It is essential to clearly address the selection criteria in your cover letter and resume. Another takeaway was to stay authentic and honest during interviews, which employers look at favourably. Attendees left the night satisfied with their new employability skills, that will help give them an edge when applying for jobs in the industry.

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