Paddl Secures Mentorship for RMIT Engineering Student

July 26, 2017
By Jordan McNamara

While much of the education landscape continues to evolve, one area continues to be a source of continued frustration for recent graduates. University students are graduating feeling on top of the world, only to be let down once they realise that securing their dream job requires more than just great results.

Many students don’t start thinking about employment until they are about to (or worse after) they graduate. After completing their studies they are underprepared for the transition they must make into the workplace. Our mission is to ensure that every student, regardless of qualification, is ready, truly job ready at graduation. To achieve this state, every student needs to be exposed to as many different types of experiences they can access, with different employers, in different roles.

The RMIT team introduce the session & educate students on applying for work the smart way

The RMIT team introduce the session & educate students on applying for work the smart way

Paddl has a number of ways it creates experiences for students with employers. One such experience is running informal, interactive workshops. The workshops are designed to give students an understanding of the fundamentals of applying for work, provide insights and advice from a real employer in their industry - explaining what they look for when recruiting and mistakes to avoid, as well as providing them with a pathway to connect with employers, jobs and opportunities to help them build meaningful work experiences before they graduate.

Sanji speaks to the RMIT engineering students about Curve Tomorrow

Sanji speaks to the RMIT engineering students about Curve Tomorrow

Earlier this year we ran one of these workshops with 60 engineering students studying at RMIT. Sanji Kanagalingam (co-founder and CEO of leading health technology firm Curve Tomorrow), spoke to the group about entrepreneurship, what his team looks for when hiring and explained how students can proactively build their experience to ensure they’re a standout candidate when applying for work.

Sanji also invited the students to apply for a one on one mentorship and coaching program with a Curve Tomorrow executive. The mentorship program was designed to help students secure meaningful employment following graduation and offered direct coaching & advice on employability, workforce preparation and industry networking.

Roby explains to use Paddl to help find work & experiences

Roby explains to use Paddl to help find work & experiences

Students were given immediate access to paddljobs.com to set up a Paddl Account, allowing them to put their learnings into immediate practice and apply for the Curve Tomorrow mentorship. Following the workshop, Curve Tomorrow received numerous applications which were shortlisted to 20 applications.  We were delighted to be informed that the successful applicant was one of the Paddl RMIT workshop attendees. His experience will be shared on the Blog on paddljobs.com in the coming weeks.