Image supplied: USQ’s Career Development team was presented with the CDAA 2017 Excellence in Career Development Practice (Organisation) Award
USQ’s commitment to career development was recognised when the University received a major award at the 2017 Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) Excellence Awards.
USQ’s Career Development team was presented with the Excellence in Career Development Practice (Organisation) Award for its delivery of the Making Career Choices Project at an awards evening in Brisbane recently.
The project aims to improve the access, participation and success of students from communities under-represented in higher education.
The award is testament to the social justice agenda of USQ and to the investment in career development at the University.
USQ Manager of Career Development Tessa McCredie said the Making Career Choices Project had many excellent features and qualities.
“The combination of career development, community development and the geographic reach of the project is outstanding,” she said.
“Participation in the project reaches from Ipswich, Springfield to Toowoomba, the Southern and Western Downs and all the way to Cunnamulla.”
As part of the project, the team has developed strong partnerships with their local communities to provide a career outreach service.
The practitioners then assist individuals to develop career decision making skills in order to make informed study and work decisions.
Ms McCredie said her team could not have been successful without the support of its industry colleagues.
“The collegial nature of our profession is outstanding – be they university career staff or other practitioners in the industry,” she said.
“There are many other universities operating within the widening participation space and without the sharing of evidence and best practice, USQ could not have achieved this award for excellence.”
To learn more about USQ Career Development, visit www.usq.edu.au/current-students/services/career-development.