Recruitment fair puts CDU student on the road to success 


Last year’s Graduate Recruitment Fair turned out to be a big occasion for one Charles Darwin University student.

The second year engineering student, Daniel Abbott-Wightman, arrived at the Fair to talk with the companies who had set up their stalls, and came away with a cadetship and confirmation that he would be employed on graduation.

Mining and construction giant MACMAHON was so impressed with the young man’s approach to his career that they initially decided to offer him some work over the holidays, including a fly-in, fly-out job at the remote community of Wadeye.

Happy with the progress of the student, they then decided to create a cadet program and took him on board.

Since then, through word of mouth, another three CDU engineering students have been invited to join the cadet program.

MACMAHON also offered another engineering graduate a job as a result of the Graduate Recruitment Fair interviews, but the student chose to go with a company that offered him more structural engineering.

This year’s undergraduates and graduates will be hoping their quest for employment will lead to the same kind of success when they visit the Graduate Recruitment Fair, which takes place at the basketball court on the CDU’s Casuarina campus on April 3.

More than 30 firms will be setting up their career checkpoints at the Fair, including big corporations such as BHP Billiton, Alcan, KPMG, Energy Resources Australia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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The Fair will run from 11am to 5pm.