Student Employability

Development of graduate employability is a key priority for the University of Adelaide.

Students develop their employability during their studies through gaining expertise in a chosen field and acquiring the skills, capabilities and personal attributes that they need to excel as graduates.

The University of Adelaide’s Graduate Employability Framework defines the elements of employability development and provides tools for program level mapping across the student lifecycle.

Nested within the framework is specific guidance on the design and mapping of a crucial element of employability development: WIL-in-the-Curriculum. The framework provides a shared understanding and language for how employability is developed so that effective practice can be recognised and built upon.

Employability development happens through our world-class teaching, industry-informed curriculum, careers education, work placements and internships, and other industry interactions, and co-curricular opportunities.

No single approach is the key to developing graduate employability; it is the combination of a range of activities which ultimately contribute to the enhancement of graduate employability and the success of our graduates.

  • Employability and WIL-in-the-Curriculum resources

    The following resources have been developed to assist you to identify where and how employability is or could be developed in a program or course.

    The Guide to Employability enables you to reflect on how the Employability Framework and related tools can be useful in your role. It can be used individually or with colleagues in a workshop format.

    You can adapt the Guide to Employability Workshop Plan to engage colleagues in a discussion of how student employability is developed at a program or course level.

    The ADEPT Designing and Delivering Quality WIL Experiences self-paced online module is offered biannually.

    Through engaging with real examples of WIL in practice and discussion with peers, you will develop skills in designing, delivering, and evaluating the quality of WIL experiences.

    WIL Design and Delivery Checklist supports WIL practitioners to design and deliver quality WIL experiences.


    If you have feedback on the framework or the tools, please email



Career Development Learning

The Career Services team collaborates with academic staff, program coordinators and professional staff across all faculties to integrate careers education into curriculum, and open the door to industry interactions for your students. Our services are extensive. We can guide you and your industry partners through engagement strategy, support you to support your students to make the most of their practical experience and feel prepared for graduate employment.
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Internships play a key role in building our students’ employability skills, professional connections and career-readiness. Learn more about how we can support you in establishing internship opportunities for your students.


Career Skills

Access tools for incorporating career development learning into your teaching. Career Skills can be easily embedded into MyUni courses to support career learning.


LinkedIn Learning

Staff and students at the University of Adelaide can access a wide range of online learning resources to support in-demand professional and personal skills development. Find out how you can use LinkedIn Learning to complement your teaching.


Adelaide Graduate Award

The Adelaide Graduate Award is a free co-curricular employability development program that encourages students to gain work experience and volunteer experience alongside their degree program.


Graduate Attributes

The University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes are the defining characteristics of the Adelaide graduate. They describe the knowledge, skills, capabilities and personal qualities that develop the employability of our graduates.


Employability Community of Practice

Join the CoP, a community of academic and professional staff supporting student learning for employability. We consider different approaches to employability development such as career development learning (CDL) and experiential learning including work integrated learning (WIL).


Student Employability Website

The student-centric employability website explicitly explains what employability is and guides students in how to develop their employability.