The speed networking event organised by EIT’s sport and exercise programme staff was a great chance for both students and industry to get in touch and talk about prospective projects which the students will have to complete throughout the semester.
The students embraced the opportunity to talk to 22 different industry representatives, amongst others Sport Hawke’s Bay, Special Olympics, Health Hawke’s Bay or Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union represented by EIT graduate Jason Long. Jason knows how much students can benefit from an industry placement. “The students learn a lot in the classroom but there is nothing like getting out and learning from professionals on site,” he says.
We were talking to third year student Roman, who was able to connect with Health Hawke’s Bay. He is aiming at working in health promotion. “Health Hawke’s Bay is organising some interesting events such as the Youth Alcohol Expo where we could get involved,” Roman says.
Diana Kirton, practicum manager, pointed out how vital it is for students to gain real work experience, “For a lot of students their placement leads to a job and that of course is the outcome we work for.”