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Adelaide Graduate Award

The Adelaide Graduate Award is an employability development program for students.

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The Adelaide Graduate Award is open to all students enrolled in a University of Adelaide degree.  While we recommend you sign up during the first year of your degree, you can join at any time.

What is the Adelaide Graduate Award?

The Adelaide Graduate Award is a free university-wide program to help you to increase your employability by gaining experience, expanding your skills and extending yourself beyond your degree. Through the Award, the University will formally recognise the experiences you have outside of your academic coursework which contribute to your learning, success and employability.

Employers tell us that they are looking for well-rounded candidates for graduate roles, and while your degree is important to them, they are looking for applicants who can demonstrate that they have transferable skills and extra-curricular experience.

The Adelaide Graduate Award is designed to complement your studies and will not extend your degree program. The Award is intended for you to complete independently according to your individual interests and goals. If you’re not sure what you could do to build your experience, the Award connects you to opportunities both within the University and beyond.

By taking part in the Adelaide Graduate Award you can set yourself apart from the crowd and be one of the first students to achieve the Adelaide Graduate Award!

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  • Eligibility

    All University of Adelaide students are eligible to register for the Adelaide Graduate Award. Signing up for the Award is voluntary and free.  Check back here in February for details on how to sign up.

  • Benefits

    Why sign up for the Adelaide Graduate Award?

    • Achievement of the Award is listed on your University transcript
    • Certificate of completion
    • Excellent opportunity to boost your resume
    • and most importantly you’ll have experiences that demonstrate that you have the transferable skills employers are looking for.
  • Requirements

    In order to achieve the Adelaide Graduate Award you will need to meet all of the following criteria by the time you graduate:

    • Enrol online via Career Hub
    • Attend a mandatory introductory workshop
    • Develop a plan for how you are going to achieve the award
    • Complete at least 150 hours of eligible activities with a minimum of 30 hours volunteering while enrolled in your degree.
    • Participate in two career development activities through Careers Services.
    • Do at least one activity from each of two of the three Award categories; University Community, Global, Cultural and Social, and Creativity & Innovation.
    • Log each activity you complete online via Career Hub and write a brief reflection of your experience.
    • Submit your LinkedIn profile and either a resume or a 1-minute video profile
    • Finalise your Award by completing a 500-750 word written reflection of your personal and professional development over the duration of the Award. The reflection is assessed and you must pass this step to achieve the Award.
    • You must successfully graduate from your degree to receive the Adelaide Graduate Award. Full details about how to complete the Award can be found in the Adelaide Graduate Award guidelines.

    Activities may be eligible if they meet all of the following criteria:

    • The activity develops your employability skills (and you’ll be able to describe how you developed those skills in a written reflection)
    • You’re not getting credit for the activity in your degree
    • The activity is not a requirement of your degree (e.g. extra mural studies)
    • The activity aligns with one of the three categories of the Award
    • You’re an active participant in the activity
    • You were enrolled in your current degree at the University of Adelaide when you undertook the activity.

    You can include any volunteering, work experience, paid work, professional development or personal development activities that meet all the eligibility criteria as long as you can provide evidence of the hours you completed.

    Types of eligible activities

    • Vice Chancellor's Host Program
    • University or Faculty Peer Mentor or Ambassador
    • Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Leader
    • Wirltu Yarlu Tutor
    • University Club Executive or Committee Member
    • Sports Club Executive or Committee Member
    • Volunteer for a not-for-profit organisation like Red Cross, Smith Family, Amnesty International, Guide Dogs SA, Conservation Volunteers SA.

    Activities that don’t count toward the Award include being a participant in a clinical trial, playing casual sports, taking an exercise class, a course you completed at another University.

  • Introductory Workshop

    View the introductory workshop for the Adelaide Graduate Award.

    Play the Introductory Workshop.

  • Employability Skills

    Here’s list of skills that employers tell us they are looking for when they hire graduates.

    • Communication and teamwork
    • Leadership
    • Problem solving
    • Self-awareness and self-management
    • Planning and organising
    • Initiative and enterprise
    • Cultural intelligence

    How do you rate in each of these areas? Do you have experience that you could use to describe how you have developed and used these skills? The Adelaide Graduate Award is your opportunity to develop more of these transferable skills and to demonstrate to prospective employers how you used them.

  • Guidelines & Resources

    If you have any questions about the requirements of the Award, you should first read the Adelaide Graduate Award Guidelines. If you can’t find your answer there, please contact the team via

    Are you looking for ideas of where to volunteer or need to add an activity to round out your experience?  We’ve compiled a list of activity ideas, but remember, if your activity is not on this list it may still be eligible as long as it meets the activity requirements outlined in the Guidelines. You can also search CareerHub and the Adelaide University Union website for activity ideas.

    Drop-in Information Session

    If you need help completing the forms, or have questions about the Adelaide Graduate Award, we will be holding monthly drop in sessions. Information about the next session is available on Career Hub.


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