Make a World of Difference

The Make a World of Difference program is designed to help international students navigate and understand the Australian workplace.

The program will cover one topic per week for five weeks. You will participate in a one-hour workshop each week, and gain access to a range of online resources and activities related to that week's topic.

  • Week 1 - Australian Workplaces
  • Week 2 - Job Hunting
  • Week 3 - Local Job Applications
  • Week 4 - Pitching Your Skills
  • Week 5 - Career Planning

Make a World of Difference will next run in Semester 2, 2022. Keep an eye on this page for updates!

Here are what some of our students have to say about the program:

As an International student, it can be especially difficult to network and navigate career opportunities in a new city. However, thanks to this program I received personalised support to further develop my skills; helping me build confidence in myself and my capabilities."
- Master of Business Administration student

Participating in this program has been of immense help to me, equipping me with practical knowledge and skills to prepare me for my future professional life. The workshops addressed a broad range of topics including career searching strategies and assistance with interview preparations, networking tactics, LinkedIn profiles, job applications, resumes/cover letters and selection criteria."
- Bachelor of Construction Management student

Resources

Want to learn more about working and living in Australia as an International student? Check out these additional resources.

Department of Home Affairs

Visas are issued by the Department of Home Affairs, who are responsible for immigration and customs border policy in Australia. If you are on a visa, you may be limited in the number of hours you can legally work in Australia per week or per fortnight. You can check your visa conditions with the Department of Home Affairs.

Australian Taxation Office

To work in Australia you need a visa that allows you to work here. You should also have a tax file number (TFN).

Your TFN is your personal reference number in the Australian tax system. You can apply for a TFN online once you have your work visa and have arrived in Australia. You should apply for your TFN before you start work or soon after.

You can apply for a TFN through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The ATO can also provide you with information about your superannuation entitlements, how much tax your employer should be deducting from your pay, and more.

Fair Work Ombudsman

All people working in Australia have basic rights and protections in the workplace, including minimum pay and conditions. The Fair Work Ombudsman makes sure that these rights are protected and enforced fairly under Australia’s workplace laws. Visit Fair Work Ombudsman for details on your rights as an international student.

The University advertises job vacancies to current students and graduates through CareerHub. This includes part-time and casual opportunities, graduate programs, Jobs on Campus, vacation work and other positions for graduates with some experience.

There are also a number of other job websites you can use to search for opportunities, such as Seek or LinkedIn. You can find a more extensive list of industry job search websites, as well as resources on job search strategies in CareerHub.

Many large companies and government departments offer graduate programs to ensure the best 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.

Graduate programs are regularly advertised through CareerHub, GradAustralia, and GradConnection.

You can also connect with graduate employers through Careers Events and Employment Expos organised by the Careers Service, or through annual external events such as The Big Meet.

The best way to learn the practical skills required after graduation is to apply your theoretical knowledge in real-world environments. Work Integrated Learning (WIL) aims to help you acquire these skills while earning credit for your degree.

For details on how to undertake Work Integrated Learning opportunities as a University of Newcastle student, visit the WIL page.

The Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) have also put together some helpful resources designed to support international students through Work Integrated Learning experiences.

There are a number of resources and organisations which aim to support international students studying in Australia. Some further examples include:

  • Insider Guides: Best-practice guides to ensure international students are prepared, welcomed, connected and supported in Australia.
  • International Education Association of Australia (IEAA): The IEAA works to promote the benefits of international education to the broader community. They provide online resources to international students, such as their employability guide, as well as advocacy and member services to professional staff, academics and teachers across all sectors.
  • StudyNSW and Service NSW: StudyNSW and Service NSW are committed to helping students have a safe and rewarding experience, and their websites contain detailed information about support services and resources available to international students.

Appointments

The University of Newcastle’s Careers Service is available to assist current and past students with job applications, job seeking support, interview preparation, and career decision making. Depending on your needs, we can provide advice online, by phone, Zoom, or face-to-face. For more details on how to make an appointment, visit the Careers Service page.

Contact us

For any questions regarding Make a World of Difference, please use the Ask A Question button in CareerHub or phone (02) 4921 5588.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.