Prosple hosted a nation-wide synchronised virtual job fair for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander university students, the first of its kind in the country.
Prosple ran their Virtual Indigenous Career Fair on July 30 from 2 – 4pm AEST.
The fair involved 17 universities and the Aurora Foundation teaming up with Prosple to deliver the world’s first synchronised virtual careers fair.
Simultaneous instances of the fair were run on individual career directors from partner universities, including The University of Queensland, Monash University, The University of Western Australia and many more.
60 employers participated to showcase their graduate programs to a promising cohort of Indigenous graduates.
Students from across Australia were invited to click on virtual employer ‘booths’ on their university’s Prosple career director, or via the Aurora Indigenous Careers and Scholarships portal. Joining any booth connected attendees to a video conference call with representatives from that employer, where they were free to ask questions on life at that company or how to get hired there. Admission was free.
“For small groups (less than 5), the conversation flows as it would at a face-to-face fair”, said Prosple co-founder Richard McKeon. “For larger groups (think 100 students), the discussion is moderated by the employer representative by picking questions from a list submitted in the video chat log.”
The event came in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring both employers and higher education institutions to adapt.
“We’re watching unprecedented events unfold”, McKeon said. “We’re not sure what the future holds, but rather than sitting around speculating, we’re getting on with adapting our technology to suit a changing environment.”
Prosple has run other virtual events recently, including a law career fair in April in collaboration with the Law Society of New South Wales, the Virtual Postgrad Study Fair in June, and live Q&A sessions with graduate employers EY, Fujitsu, Pitcher Partners and Project Everest.
The company hopes the Virtual Indigenous Career Fair helped Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander students continue exploring their career options despite the pandemic.
“As the workforce becomes more competitive, there’s never been a more important time to invest in your future”, McKeon said.