Events and workshops
The Careers Service offers a range of workshops on career related topics throughout the year. These workshops are designed to assist current students to make informed career decisions and enhance job seeking skills.
Workshops are suitable for all students in any program and are run at the Callaghan, City, and Ourimbah campuses. The Careers Service also runs discipline specific workshops within courses on the Port Macquarie campus and workshops are run in Sydney by arrangement.
Registrations for workshops are essential. All workshop registrations are made through CareerHub.
Check CareerHub for detailed info and dates for all workshops, including the main ones listed below.
- Successful Job Applications
- How to Address Selection Criteria
- Prepare and Practice for Job Interviews
- Assessment Centres
- Ready, Set, Go Expo
- Looking for Part Time or Casual Work
- Social Media for your Career
- Looking for Program Related Vacation Work
- Job Search for Graduates
- Postgraduate Job Applications
- Final Year Education Interview Practice Session
- Competing for Work in Australia for International Students
- Working in Australia: Briefing for International Students
Meet your future employer
These events are typically recruitment fairs and are attended by employers who are gearing up to recruit new graduates. While this type of event may target students in their final year of study, all students are encouraged to attend as the events will assist with career planning. Examples include:
- Graduate Careers Expo - Callaghan - Semester One
Graduate opportunities for students in all disciplines.
- Education Careers Expo - Callaghan – Semester One
Graduate opportunities for students studying teaching.
- Nursing Careers Expo - Semester One
Graduate opportunities for students studying nursing.
Not all of our expos are about graduate recruitment. Industry understands the importance of gaining relevant work experience before you graduate and so many organisations have opportunities for students while they are studying.
- Vacation and Volunteer Expo - Callaghan – Semester Two
All disciplines - Find out about vacation work, internship opportunities and volunteering
- Volunteer Expo – Central Coast Campus - Semester Two
All disciplines – Find out about volunteering opportunities available on the Central Coast.
The Careers Service works with academics and professional associations to organise special events that involve career presentations from people in industry. These events are often run in a seminar format with a number of speakers and a networking session. Examples include the Environmental Science Evening, the Biomedical Sciences Career Day, and Careers in Psychology.
Find out more information on on how to prepare for a Careers Expo
Employers DON'T like it when students:
- are not prepared – show no understanding of the organisation or what they do
- are more interested in the free give-aways
- ask questions about information that is on their web site
- do not demonstrate business acumen and communications skills – don't appear to listen, lack eye contact, eating while talking, checking their mobile
- aren't prepared to provide information about themselves – interests, goals, strengths.
What to do on the day:
- Familiarise yourself with the program and layout of the expo.
- Be well presented - smart casual is the way to go.
- Have your research done before you get there.
- Target employers you know are looking for your discipline, but be prepared to talk to a broader group – no harm in asking.
- Have a 30 - 60 second introduction and key questions to ask (things you can't find on their web site).
- Practice your networking skills; be positive and friendly.
- Try to engage in conversation rather than firing questions at the employer.
- Build rapport by being curious about their role and what they like about working for the organisation. Discuss broader aspects of the organisation (current issues impacting their business) as well as seeking tips on how to compete for a role.
Throughout the year employers come onto campus to present information sessions about their organisation, the type of work they do and their recruitment processes. These sessions may be formal (presented in a lecture theatre) or informal (they might provide a barbecue and answer questions). The representatives may be human resource professionals, people working in areas related to your discipline, or graduates who are currently employed by the organisation.
These types of events are more common on university campuses in the capital cities, so when large employers come to our campuses it is important to attend to ensure that you are a competitive candidate. Some employers may record the names of interested attendees.
Benefits of attending an Employer Information Session include:
- more detailed information about the organisation and its recruitment methods
- the opportunity to ask questions that are important to you
- the opportunity to establish a link with the organisation - networking.
Registration is essential.