Hello and welcome to the new blog for CareerHub Central.
We’re aiming to build up a resource of interesting and useful information for employers – specifically information related to student employment and graduate recruitment. We’ll also be blogging about product news and offerings for Central, but the last thing we want is for this to become just another self-promoting business blog.
If you have any suggestions or feedback, we’d love to get a comment from you on the blog. Or if you prefer you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any ideas, suggestions or criticism will be appreciated. With that introduction out of the way, I thought for this first post it might be interesting to give a brief overview of the history of CareerHub Central.
How CareerHub Central came to be
Long before CareerHub Central existed, CareerHub was created as a tool to help universities run their careers services. While working at Griffith University, Dee Hughes came up with the idea of a web site where university staff could manage jobs and careers-related resources for their students. He created a website for Griffith called CareerBoard which did just that (Griffith still use the name ‘CareerBoard’ although the underlying software is now CareerHub).
After realising the potential for this new application, Dee left Griffith to concentrate on the development of CareerHub. He hired a couple of people to help out, and I was one of them. Back then it was just 4 of us, working in a small, hot office room in Brisbane. I remember working one Australia Day alongside Dee so that we could get the first version finished in time for our first presentation. Dee had been invited to present to NSW careers service staff, alongside ‘Monster’ who were also competing for the university market at the time.
A screenshot of the first version of CareerHub
The first commercial installation of CareerHub followed in 2001, at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Shortly after that CareerHub was installed at Australian National University and then the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In the next few years we continued to grow and CareerHub won the ANU Vice Chancellors award for “Best use of Technology” in 2004. We were extremely pleased with our progress.
By March 2007, there were 20 universities in Australia using CareerHub which was now in it’s second version. Monster had withdrawn from the Australian market and CareerHub was now the most widely-used service of it’s kind in Australia and New Zealand. The problem for employers was they now had to visit each university’s Careerhub web site individually to list their jobs. After an initial successful implementation in New Zealand (NZUniCareerHub), CareerHub Central was launched in Australia as a way for employers to advertise jobs at all these uni’s in one central location. And it’s been performing that function for the last couple of years.