Students leap-frogging into jobs with Ribit and Study Brisbane

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One hundred of Brisbane’s brightest tertiary students connected with 30 innovative startups and companies recently during a unique speed-networking event at Brisbane’s startup hub, The Capital

The speed networking on 2 August was a collaboration between CSIRO’s Data61’s job-matching service, Ribit.net, and Brisbane Marketing’s Study Brisbane. The initiative, Student Connect for Jobs, is helping to uncover the next wave of skilled workers to help expand the city’s talent pool and propel economic growth. 

Retaining and attracting a talented and skilled workforce is essential to growing Brisbane’s knowledge economy and is a key priority of the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan.

The students showed participating businesses why they should be hired either as interns or in project and part-time roles. Each of the startups and companies also delivered a pitch to convince students why they would make ideal employers.

The students hail from a wide variety of courses including computer science, business, marketing, design and engineering. 

Ribit Founder and Director Liz Jakubowski said she advocated strongly for young people to connect with businesses early, particularly those with an entrepreneurial culture. 

“It's great for young people to learn the entrepreneurial mindset early,” Ms Jakubowski said. “They then develop the skills and know-how to start their own businesses. 

“These events address a gap in the marketplace: connecting students to great opportunities with startups, and startups to a talent pool that until now has been hard to access.

“Studies show getting in early and learning skills on the job can provide a massive boost to your future career, particularly given that more than a third of graduates are now unemployed or underemployed for more than three months after graduation.” 

Student Connect was free to attend, with local and international students from institutions such as the Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland and Griffith University registering to speed network, along with companies and startups drawn from Fishburners, Little Tokyo Two and River City Labs.  

Don’t miss the upcoming events at The Capital, including the next visiting entrepreneur The Capital Connects: Redefining Consumer Behaviour with Matt Wallaert