ASB Careers Centre is a winner

12 December 2014
ASB Careers Centre
ASB Careers Centre

Getting that first full-time professional role after university is important and it’s not always easy to find. However, with the help of staff from the Business School’s ASB Careers Centre, 80% of graduates looking for work enter full-time employment within a year of graduation. In addition to this they are earning good money - the New Zealand median income was $28,500 in the 2013 census, yet 31% of our graduates are earning more than $50,000 in their first year of employment. 

In November, the ASB Careers Centre was voted Best New Zealand University Careers Service at the annual New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers NZAGE Awards Dinner. NZAGE is the industry body for organisations that recruit or develop New Zealand graduates. It is supported by a broad range of organisations, including large and small employers across many industries in both the private and public sectors. This is a fantastic accolade as the award is voted for by the graduate employers themselves. The award reflects the great service the team offers our students and the businesses who hire them. 

ASB has been involved with the Careers Centre since its inception as a naming sponsor and has also had a strong profile on the Business School campus with its retail outlet and involvement with recruitment events during the year.

“ASB prides itself in supporting young New Zealanders and through our strong relationship with the University of Auckland Business School, assisting with the original creation of this centre to help students and businesses connect seemed an obvious way for us to help,” says Mark Graham, ASB Head of Community and Sponsorship. “We also congratulate the ASB Careers Centre team for their great work and are thrilled for them to have been recognised with this award.”

A new initiative for the Student Development and Engagement team has been recruitment visits to Australia. Employer Liaison Manager Paul Cunningham and Career Development Manager Michelle Daly took a group of final-year students to spend two days in Sydney in September meeting with key graduate recruiters including Deutsche Bank, Boston Consulting Group, Citi, McKinsey and Co, AT Kearney, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, EY and Progressive.

Australian firms are increasingly looking to recruit the best and brightest from the Business School.

At the ASB Careers Centre, Paul and Michelle work alongside Career Development Advisers Dianna Bluck and Peta Mobberly. The team is also supported by the University of Auckland’s Careers Development and Employment Service. The team has worked with students and alumni to help them develop their career plans of the future.