Ms Sarah Parrington1, Mrs Karyn Kent1, Mrs Tamara Bjordal1
1StudyAdelaide, Adelaide, Australia
With employability one of the key considerations when choosing an international study destination, StudyAdelaide has developed a campaign to promote the value that international students can deliver to businesses in South Australia, highlighting the existence of the temporary graduate (485) visa. A key component of the campaign is the development of a website (www.employerportal.com.au) that connects South Australian businesses with eleven of the State’s Universities and higher education providers. These institutions then assist the businesses to find the right international student or graduate. The campaign focuses on connecting with industry sectors and organisations that are keen to enter export markets, or grow their exports, and highlight the unique skills and knowledge that international students can offer them. Three video case studies featuring Wines by Geoff Hardy, Hahndorf Inn and FCT Flames, have been developed to date. They highlight the great impact of international graduates or student interns have made in their organisations. Beyond engaging with employers, StudyAdelaide, through the student engagement program, has run a dedicated employer ready initiatives for international students throughout 2017. The key takeaway of this session will be to share the objectives and learnings that StudyAdelaide has gained through the implementation of this campaign. We will also discuss feedback from industry sectors and feedback from the participating institutions in terms of their successes and challenges in ‘matching’ international students with businesses. By December 2017, the campaign would have been in place for 12 months and thusenable us to track the interest and take-up by businesses and share this nationally.
Sarah Parrington joined StudyAdelaide in March 2015 as the Student Engagement Manager. This role includes events and activities for international students to get them involved in the local community. This includes Australian Football skills and games, beach safety, Rundle Mall Pop Up. Other key events include the Airport Welcome Desk, Lord Mayor’s Welcome, Governor’s Farewell and International Student Awards employment courses and more. Outside of work Sarah enjoys walking her dog Django and travelling. She is looking forward to visiting many of the student she works with in their home countries over the next few years.