Five careers advisers have been honoured for their “commitment and service” to the University of New England at the 2011 UNE Careers Advisers’ Summit.
The career advisers, all of whom are approaching retirement, included: Bill Goldie (Lismore High School), Barry Maguire (Casino High), Bill Timmins (Westport High – Port Macquarie), John Kocek (Bellingen High) and John Bear (Toormina High).
All have worked closely with UNE’s Student Recruitment Team over many years in promoting UNE’s courses to their students, have regularly brought students on campus for Open Days and orientation tours, organised career expos in their respective towns and actively promote UNE’s early entry programs, scholarships, on campus accommodation and UNE’s strong commitment to student welfare.
Of the five, three — Bill Goldie, Barry Maguire and Bill Timmins — did their teacher training at UNE and have been strong advocates for UNE ever since.
All five received a commemorative shield and engraved wine glass in honour of their service.
Brian See, Schools Liaison Officer with the University of New England and organiser of the presentation, said: “Many of the recipients have been career advisers for decades. In that time, they have been tremendously helpful to UNE through promoting the university’s scholarships, courses, and programs, as well as organising careers expos.”
“It has been the privilege of my colleagues and I to work with them and to not only build strong working relationships, but lasting friendships as well.”
The Careers Advisers braved some chilly Armidale mornings to attend various seminars and information sessions. Academics from various areas of study at UNE, including Pharmacy, Animal Sciences, Medicine and History, as well as staff from many of UNE’s support services, addressed the group of Careers staff.
Many of those who attended said they found the summit to be extremely valuable and enjoyable. The Student Recruitment Team also thoroughly enjoyed spending some time thanking all those who attended for the assistannce they are always so willing to offer.
The Summit is held every second year and any careers staff are welcome to attend.