Career Festival to help new graduates and young alumni find jobs

An impressive diploma is not enough for new graduates and young alumni during their search for a good job. Therefore, AU Career and AU Alumni have created the Career Festival, which is to serve as a good starting point for the careers of future graduates and young alumni.

2012.03.29 | Marianne Gammelgaard

It takes drive – and a Career Festival – to find a job after the studies. According to the Djøf union, more than one third of newly graduated djøf-members are unemployed.

According to Djøf (Denmark’s union for students and graduates within the fields of Social Sciences, Law and Business Administration) and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, more than one third of the students who graduated last year are unemployed and an increasing number of new graduates are hit by long-term unemployment. AU Career and AU Alumni are trying to change this trend by dedicating a day to help prepare young alumni and future communicators, economists, political scientists, lawyers and many more for an intense job hunt.

According to Corey Morris, Alumni Relations Manager, the career festival is an innovative concept which unifies the entire BSS:

- Together with AU Career, we have created an event which contributes to creating a career for our students and young alumni from each field of study at the main academic area. We want to make the students feel welcome, regardless of whether they come from a background in political science or communication.

Den nye maskot AndyNew mascot to unify BSS
The new mascot, Andy the duck, is a symbol of BSS trying to involve students and alumni from degree programmes related to social sciences as well as business-oriented degree programmes:

- Andy doesn’t swim around in the duck pond at Fuglesangs Allé anymore, but instead he has moved on to a larger and more exciting duck pond in the University Park. We hope that everyone at the new place will welcome him, says Corey Morris.

Asger Aamund and game shows
The festival will not be the usual, rather boring preparation in the shape of courses on job applications and job interviews. On the other hand, the Career Festival employs an untraditional mixture of entertainment and valuable knowledge of job hunting.

On 12 April, which is when the festival takes place, future job hunters can look forward to activities such as a job hunting game show with representatives from HR, an alumni show-and-tell as well as an appearance by Asger Aamund, businessman and media personality.

During the event, there will also be presentations by Svend Hylleberg, Dean at BSS, Jacob Bundsgaard, Mayor of Aarhus, Louise Gade, Deputy Director of AU Human Resources as well as representatives from LinkedIn, AU Alumni and AU Career.

Career Festival
Date: Thursday 12 April 2012
Time: 14:00 – 20:00
Location: Stakladen, Nordre Ringgade 3