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Graduate recruitment at Otago

Find out about the world of work and job opportunities

Each year employers visit the University of Otago to talk about their work and the opportunities their business or organisation has to offer. In addition, the Career Development Centre offers a series of seminars and workshops throughout the year to help students develop job search skills.

Gain the opportunity to:

  • Meet face-to-face with prospective employers
  • Find out about graduate-level job openings and internships
  • Know what employers look for in graduates - what are their preferred skills and attributes?
  • Network - Careers fairs and presentations are great places to start your professional network
  • Update yourself on what's happening in the world of work - what are the employment prospects?
  • Practice and polish your interview skills
  • Become acquainted with companies' culture and values - would you fit in?
  • Clarify your career objectives - is this the kind of industry/sector you want to work in?
  • Help with your choice of study - what subjects are these employers interested in? Do they have subject preferences?

It's convenient! You can do all of the above without leaving campus, and it's FREE!

Make the most of Graduate Recruitment events

1. Register with OtagoCareerHub - once you have registered, always keep your contact details up-to-date, especially your email address.

2. Keep your eyes open for events

  • Log into OtagoCareerHub regularly to keep up with events, jobs and messages
  • Check your student email account - direct emails are sent on behalf of employers via the Career Development Centre
  • Attend Career Fairs and Expos, employer and Cutting Edge employer presentations
  • Attend Career Development Centre seminars and workshops

3. By the time you leave Otago make sure you know:

  • How to put together a top quality job application (CV and cover letter)
  • How to successfully conduct a job interview
  • How to network effectively
  • How to present yourself professionally to prospective employers

Otago's Career Expos

Career expos are held on campus and provide excellent opportunities for students to meet face-to-face with employers and find out about job opportunities.

2020 Business & Law Expo

Tuesday 3 March, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, the Link, Union

2020 Science & Technology Expo

Tuesday 19 May, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, the Link, Union

2020 Government & Not-for-profit Expo

Tuesday 21 July, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, the Link, Union

2020 Summer Jobs & Beyond Expo

Wednesday 9 September, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, the Link, Union


The Career Development Centre runs seminars and workshops throughout each semester to help you with your job search and applications.

The seminars begin in early March.

Venues, dates and times are listed in 'Events' on OtagoCareerHub

Employer presentations and information sessions

Find out about particular companies, their cultures and what they look for in graduates from senior executives, Human Resource Managers, and recent graduates available to share their experiences.
All students are welcome at employer presentations, which are usually held at lunchtime or in the evening.

First and second year students find the presentations useful for planning their course of study and career direction. Final year students and graduates can apply for current vacancies within companies.


A number of employers and organisations offer studentships or internships over the summer break. These are paid work opportunities that are related to your degree and are available to students in their penultimate year. The University of Otago advertises internships within academic departments and on OtagoCareerHub, or you can find your own!

Read more about internship options at Otago.

OtagoExtra Employability Programme

The OtagoExtra programme is designed to give you a head start on your graduate job search.

Boost your career readiness and your confidence when applying for graduate roles by completing a combination of career activities in the areas of employability, experience and skills development as part of the OtagoExtra programme. The programme is managed online, at your own pace, with support and guidance of the Career Development team.

For more information and to register go to the OtagoExtra page.

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