Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Adelaide Graduate Award?
The Adelaide Graduate Award is a voluntary employability program that any University of Adelaide student can participate in. The Award is a structured program that encourages participation in, develops learning through, and formally recognises achievements from extra-curricular activities. Participating in the Award can help you develop transferable skills that employers tell us they are looking for, giving you an edge when you apply for graduate roles.
Am I eligible for the Adelaide Graduate Award?
Any student who is currently enrolled in a degree at the University of Adelaide is able to join the Adelaide Graduate Award.
To be eligible for the Award you must register, complete the online orientation, and submit your activity plan via your Award Checklist by 15 March in the final year of your degree (at the very latest). Please note, if your final study period is Semester 2 / Trimester 2 / Trimester 3 2021 or Summer School 2022, we have extended the deadline to complete these tasks until Friday 6 August 2021.
It is best to register for the Award and get started as early as possible in your degree.
Why should I sign up for the Adelaide Graduate Award?
There are many reasons why you should consider completing the Award while you are studying. Firstly, employers tell us that they are looking for ‘well rounded’ candidates for graduate roles, and while a good GPA is a requirement, evidence of extra-curricular activities are seen as just as important. Employers say they are looking for students who have volunteering, work experience and extra-curricular activities on their CVs because it demonstrates a breadth of skills beyond the degree. You can set yourself apart from the crowd through participating in a few worthwhile activities while you are doing your degree.
More importantly, doing things outside of your degree can help develop highly sought-after skills such as initiative, drive, leadership, teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills. Extra-curricular activities have been proven to positively impact students' emotional, intellectual, social, and inter-personal development. It’s a way to take charge of your own development.
What are extra-curricular activities?
They are any activities you engage in outside of your studies, e.g. volunteering, clubs, special interest groups, public speaking, the arts, political, educational, environmental, or community activities. Generally, we use the term co-curricular when the University is involved (such as student ambassadors or student representatives) and extra-curricular when it’s completely outside the University (for example, volunteering with the Red Cross). To include an activity in your Award it cannot be a requirement of your degree or one you get course credit for in your degree.
How does it work?
Any student enrolled in a degree at the University of Adelaide can register for the Adelaide Graduate Award.
It’s completely voluntary and it is free. To take part, you’ll need to register for the Award, complete a mandatory Online Orientation, and submit a Development Plan. You’ll then need to complete 150 hours of eligible volunteering and work experience activities, and log evidence of your activity participation through your personal online Award Checklist in CareerHub.
You’ll also need to attend two Career Services workshops or events (don’t forget to register so that they count towards your Award). Once you’ve completed all your activities you’ll need to complete a resume, LinkedIn profile, and written self-reflection which describes how you have developed employability skills through your extra-curricular experiences. Your self-reflection is evaluated by the Award Team and you have to pass the reflection to receive the Award.
Can offshore international students participate in the Award?
Offshore students can participate in the Award program. Any eligible paid work or volunteering (done with a charity or not-for-profit organisation) that you complete in your home country is eligible for the Award.
You can also claim unpaid work or unpaid internships completed in your home country, provided that you do not claim them towards your degree (e.g. for course credit or to meet a degree requirement).
There are also a variety of remote/online activities that you could complete for the Award, see our Online and Remote Activity Ideas list for details.
To participate in the Award, you’ll need to submit a registration form and complete a mandatory Online Orientation. You will be emailed details about how to complete the orientation once you have submitted your registration form.
What are the Award deadlines?
You should register for the Award as early as possible in your degree to gain the most value from the program.
To remain eligible for the Award you must complete the following by 15 March (at the very latest) in the final year of your degree:
- Register online
- Complete the mandatory Online Orientation
- Submit your Award Development Plan
Please note, if your final study period is Semester 2 / Trimester 2 / Trimester 3 2021 or Summer School 2022, we have extended the deadline to complete the above tasks until Friday 6 August 2021.
The Award is a stage by stage process, you cannot progress to the next Award component until the previous component has been completed in your personal online Award Checklist. Each Award component has its own individual deadline which you must meet.
You have until the deadline in your final semester of study to complete the 150 hours of extra-curricular activities and other Award components. For specific information about deadlines, please read our information page on CareerHub.
What kind of activities can I do?
There aren’t a lot of rules about the types of activity you can include but they can’t be for credit or a requirement of your degree, and, most importantly, you’ll have to be able to demonstrate how the activity helped you develop both professionally and personally in a tangible way. We also encourage you to think carefully the activities you might include in your Award, before you start them. To obtain the Award we ask that you do more than one activity, but the quality of what you do is key. A few transformative experiences are often more value that a lot of small short-term activities.
Choose activities that will allow you to make a meaningful impact, either in your own development, or in the community.
You can also include any extra-curricular activities that you have completed since you commenced your degree at the University of Adelaide, as long as you can provide evidence of your participation and are able to reflect on the skills you developed through the activity.
Will you help me find an activity?
In order to achieve the Award, you’re expected to manage yourself through the Award process.
The University doesn’t help you source activities for the Award. However, if there is something you are thinking of doing and you want advice on whether it will qualify for the Award, you can contact at us via email@example.com. You can also see a list of activity ideas on the website.
I am not sure where to start when choosing an activity
The first thing you need to do is think about what sort of experience you want to gain.
Is there a particular employability skill you want to develop? What are some of your personal interests?
If you’re still unsure, chat with some peers, friends or family and ask them what sort of experience and opportunities they think would suit you.
Does community-volunteering count towards the Award?
You can count community volunteering towards your Award as long as it meets the eligibility requirements for an Award activity. You’ll need to make sure you get evidence of the work you did, including how many hours you completed.
This can easily be done via a letter from the person who supervised your volunteering.
Is there a cost?
No, the program is free to enrolled University of Adelaide students.
Can I include activities I have already completed?
Yes, as long as you started the activity while enrolled at the University of Adelaide and you can provide evidence of your participation, and you are able to link the activity to developing employability skills, through a written self-reflection.
If you started an activity prior to enrolling in your current degree, you can only include the hours you have completed while studying for your degree, and you must be able to provide evidence of your hours.
Why do I need to complete activities from two categories?
The aim of the program is to encourage students to get involved in a broad range of activities.
By completing activities across at least two categories, you will enhance your employability, extend your skill set, and become a more well-rounded graduate.
Will it count for credit towards my degree?
No, the award is a co-curricular program so you will not get academic credit awarded towards your degree program but you will gain skills and experiences that are valued by employers.
If you achieve the Award it will be formally acknowledged on your transcript.
Who can I contact for more information?
For information about the Adelaide Graduate Award you can contact the Award team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a question about a specific University program that you would like to participate in and count toward your Award hours you should contact the program coordinator. Their details are usually listed on their relevant website.