There have been recent reports of companies offering unpaid internships to students for a fee and students paying up to $1000 for a placement. Should university students be expected to pay for work experience with business? We need to ask why is this happening and what can we do about it.
Ribit in the media
We’re told all the time about the shortage of employment opportunities for university graduates. It’s statistically true, but there’s also a hidden problem: A disconnect between business and universities. It was this problem that Liz Jakubowski first identified before conceptualising a way to fix it.
In an event that bore more than a passing resemblance to a speed-dating night for amorous singles, defence industry employers and university students gathered at NSW Parliament on Tuesday night to share their attributes in what NSW Industry Minister Niall Blair described as a “win-win for Defence, industry, graduates and [the] future economy”.
Snagging that first job after studying is the most stressful part of graduation, but Data61 from the CSIRO are trying to make the process less like a formal interview and more like speed dating. Paul McCarthy from Data61 talks about how at Ribit Fintern Fever events, job seekers and prospective employers use online profiles and data matching to find that perfect (employment) relationship.