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Careers and Student Development can help you build a meaningful and rewarding career by providing best practice advice on career planning, job hunting and job applications.
Our service specialises in helping you understand the skills that are specific to your industry’s needs and providing you with the tools needed to move into the workforce.
Interested in a student job on campus? Working at Uni is a great way to earn money and develop your employability skills in a professional workplace. Jobs On Campus recruits for a range of roles including the Enquiry Centre, Library, Student Ambassadors and the PASS program. To get a competitive edge in landing a campus role, attend a Jobs On Campus FastTrack workshop.
Many large companies and government departments offer graduate programs to ensure the best young talent join their ranks.
Programs can run from one to three years, during which time you get on-the-job mentoring and training, while still being expected to take on important tasks and projects.
These programs are reserved for recent graduates, although you usually need to submit your application at the start of your final year of study.
Careers will advertise graduate programs on CareerHub. You should also check out:
Organisations regularly advertise vacancies online. As the employer is most often unknown to you in this situation, make sure you do as much research as possible into the company and the role, and reflect this in your application. To assist employers in shortlisting, key-word algorithms are often used when vetting applications, so it is a good idea to reflect the language used in the vacancy documents to assist with this.
There is a wide range of online job boards. Depending on your industry, you could start with:
If the industry you are heading to has a professional association, keep an eye on that website as they often have active job boards.
Rather than advertise a role on a job board and interview candidates, many companies hire recruitment agencies to oversee the hiring process for them.
As such, plenty of jobs are simply filled by people already on the agency’s books, or are only advertised on their website. So it’s often a good idea to register with a recruitment agency – possibly even multiple agencies – to improve your chances of being employed.
If you hold a student visa, the Australian Government allows you to work part-time for a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight (two weeks) while your course is in session, and unlimited hours during semester breaks and vacation periods.
You will need to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN), and bring your visa documents to any job interviews.
To ensure the experience you gained while working in Australia is recognised after you return home, it’s generally a good idea to get a written reference from your employer.
The Fair Work Ombudsman can provide information about workplace information and issues. A link to their site and more information is provided below.
The Fair Work Ombudsman provides free advice to all workers in Australia to help you understand your work rights. The Fair Work Ombudsman has detailed information about the workplace conditions in Australia and can assist you with workplace issues. You can access a pay calculator that calculates the minimum pay rates for different jobs in Australia as well as penalty rates, and other allowances you may be entitled to. There are various case studies available with information about working in Australia.
If you need to report a workplace issue, the Fair Work Ombudsman has an anonymous report form that you can access on their website. The information available on the Fair Work Ombudsman website can be translated from English into 40 languages.
Employability skills that are high in demand – such as critical thinking, clear written communication, and research and reporting skills – are an integral part of completing a Higher Degree by Research. While working towards the completion of your PhD or research masters, you will develop and demonstrate skillsets that employers look for to ensure the future of their organisation.
If you hold a scholarship to support your studies, you are also entitled to undertake paid employment of up to eight hours per week (Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm) to strengthen your connection to industry. In addition, the University’s Graduate Research provides opportunities for PhD candidates to engage with industry to enhance their future employability. For further details contact email@example.com.
Graduate Research also provides a number of events and workshops to support your professional development and increase your future employability. Login to Discover to register.
The University of Newcastle’s Careers Service is now offering student appointments via phone and Zoom. For assistance with Job Applications, Job Seeking support, Interview Preparation and Career Decision Making, please contact our service via the 'Ask a Question' section of CareerHub and we will reply within 24 hours.
We asked some of our campus employers for answers to frequently asked job seeking and application questions. Watch our videos below for some great advice!