Jobs expo swamped by 1000 students

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26 May 2016

FGC’s jobs expo at Auckland University last night was an overwhelming success, if the number of graduate students who attended is any indication.

It’s estimated that more than 1000 students packed the Owen Glenn Centre for the industry’s first-ever expo, ‘FMCG Futures – For Fast-Moving Careers’, which was aimed at showcasing career options to graduates.

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They had the opportunity to listen to presentations by industry and company leaders and visit stands to talk about entry points to the industry with representatives and recent graduates from 16 of FGC's largest members who either have graduate programmes or are looking to hire. 

FGC members who had stands included Kimberly-Clark, Fonterra, Coca-Cola, Mars, Whittakers, Heinz Wattie’s, Unilever, Tegel, L’Oreal, Pernod Ricard, Frucor, Lion, Goodman Fielder, Mondelez, Bluebird, Aztec. The main retailers, Countdown and Foodstuffs, 
were also there. 

Conference organiser and FGC consultant Kelly Smith said she was delighted with the response from students. “We achieved our objective of starting to increase awareness of careers within FMCG and promoting it as an industry of choice.  This is the start of a long journey to ensure that the industry is top of mind for graduates when choosing a career path. 

FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich “Food and grocery offers the greatest breadth of career options of any industry. The options are almost limitless but we need to be doing more to get this across, and this expo was a start.” 

says the aim was to make FMCG the industry of choice for graduates, “and if the numbers who turned up are any indication then I think we’ve just gone a long way to achieving that. We've been overwhelmed by the interest."

She paid tribute to organiser Kelly Smith, an FGC consultant, and her team, and local recruiters. 

The expo was run in conjunction with the university’s Career Development & Employment Services team, and GradConnect, and Mrs Rich says the industry is grateful for their assistance. 

Read the Supermarket News report on the expo, including extra photographs