Seminar Series

Learning from employers and graduates in government: How well do we prepare our students for the workplace?


Kaitlyn Stringer & Gareth Fairweather


Time & Place

Mon, 17 May 2021 12:05:00 NZST in ER263


Kaitlyn and Gareth will spend a few minutes talking about working in central government; Kaitlyn focusing on her experience as a relatively recent UC graduate, and Gareth focusing on his role employing people to join his team. Some of the questions they will cover will include:

  • What happens with new graduates when they start work in a government department?
  • What is expected of new graduates?
  • What do they get involved in when they start work?
  • What knowledge, skills and experience is it important for them to gain before they start work?
  • How well does university prepare graduates for a job in government?
  • What do employers look for when employing graduates?

In addition Kaitlyn and Gareth would like to know what graduates are looking for in a job, specifically, what makes an employer an attractive destination for a graduate, and how can the MoT engage more/better with the University? Some come along with your thoughts related to these questions.

There will plenty of time for Q & A and Discussion.



Kaitlyn Stringer is a Policy Advisor in the Placemaking and Urban Development team at the Ministry of Transport, where she has worked since July 2018. She graduated from UC with a Master of Urban Resilience and Renewal (2018) and a BA in Geography and Media & Communications (2017).

Gareth Fairweather is Manager of the Placemaking and Urban Development team at the Ministry of Transport, where he has been since May 2018. Prior to this Gareth worked for Transport for London, with a focus on land use and transport integration