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Advice and Career Planning

The Careers Service can provide you with management skills that will enable you to compete in the global marketplace.

Your career starts on the very first day that you start your University studies. It is important to be proactive when planning your career and ensure that you make use of the resources and expertise available in the Careers Service and your faculty.

The Careers Service can assist students with career direction and planning on an individual basis, or for students who know exactly where they are heading we can assist with marketing your skills and experience to potential employers.

  • First Year StudentsFind resources and inspiration on campus

    Even though you have just started university, it is never too early to start building your career knowledge and increasing your employability prospects. Your first year at university is a chance to put your best foot forward and set up your future career right from the start. You may like to consider the following activities and tasks:

    • Visit CareerHub to keep up to date with all Careers Service events, workshops and employment opportunities.
    • Join clubs and societies on campus.
    • Familiarise yourself with support services here on campus. If you are feeling stressed, contact the Counselling and Disability Support Service. If you are having finance issues, an Education and Welfare Officer can assist you. If you can't find information on the University's website, contact Hub Central's Ask Adelaide team for more information and helpful guides.
    • Become a student member of a professional association in your field.
    • Consider work experience or volunteer work in your field.
    • Find a casual job to support you throughout university and enable you to build on your general employability skills such which include communication, team work and problem solving.
    • Stay tuned to the 'Meet Employers' section of this website to engage with employers at an early stage (it's never too early to develop professional relationships).
    • Start exploring and researching your future options
    • Consider joining Student Leader programs.

    Find more Career Planning resources and research tools on CareerHub

  • Penultimate Year StudentsTake a proactive approach as you prepare for your final year

    When you're in your second to last year ('penultimate year'), it is a very important time to focus on your career and ensure you have the right building blocks leading into your final year of study.

    Take a moment to visualise your current resume or portfolio. Do you think it would be impressive to a graduate recruiter? If the answer is no then go through this checklist to see what could be missing from your resume. This list is a way to survive and thrive at university and in the job market:

    • Revisit CareerHub to keep up to date with all Careers Service events, workshops and job opportunities.
    • Update your job hunting preferences to make sure they suit your new year level.
    • Consider taking on a role of responsibility (eg Secretary or Vice-President) a club, society or professional association in your field.
    • Attend the Resume Writing Workshop to develop your resume and start drafting cover-letters.
    • Stay tuned to the 'Meet Employers' section of this website to engage with employers and find out about vacancies.
    • Focus on your professional communication and networking skills.
    • Consider adding a language to your degree or spending a semester abroad with the Global Learning Office.
    • Start researching graduate level employment such as entry level positions, graduate programs and further study options.
    • Apply for work experience, vacation programs, internships or volunteer work in your field.

    More Information: Vacation Recruitment (Industry Work Experience)

    Large organisations often run a structured Vacation Recruitment Cycle. Applications may be open between June and September but there are many companies who recruit outside of these timeframes. For this reason, it is important to focus on vacation or work experience roles by researching companies during or before your mid-year break.

    Some companies also open their vacation recruitment at the same time as their graduate recruitment at the beginning of the year.

    Open the 'Final Year Students' section below to find out more about this process and the timeframes involved with graduate recruitment.

    Common steps in the Vacation Recruitment Process include:

    1. Online Application
    2. Online or Psychometric Selection Testing
    3. Telephone or video interview
    4. Assessment Centre
    5. Formal interview
    6. Job offer

    Find more Career Planning resources and research tools on CareerHub

  • Final Year StudentsFocus on 'Graduate Readiness' and learn about the 'Graduate Recruitment Cycle'

    Your final year of study can be hectic! Between balancing part time or casual work, trying to boost your grades and generally dealing with life - you also need to be thinking about graduate work (and fast!).

    • Update your job hunting preferences on CareerHub and actively search for jobs from January of your final year of studies.
    • Ensure your resume and cover letter reflect your current experience, education and extra-curricular activities.
    • Understand what selection criteria is and how you may need to address them.
    • Research large organisations who may recruit early in the year and small and medium sized companies (SME's) who often recruit on a 'rolling' basis or at any point throughout the year.
    • Attend an interview workshop with the Careers Service

    More information: Graduate Recruitment

    Large organisations often run a structured Graduate Recruitment Cycle campaign. Applications may be open as early as January to April for positions starting the following year. One of the benefits for a student in securing a graduate role ahead of time means that you can then focus on your studies for the rest of the year, knowing you have secured your job for the following year.

    Many companies who recruit in this style will attend the Careers Expo in March/April on campus. There are also many companies who recruit outside of these timeframes. For this reason, it is important to focus on graduate roles by researching companies during or before you commence your final year and throughout your final year.

    Usually, the larger the applicant pool - the more processes involved for your applications. The common steps in the Graduate Recruitment Process include:

    1. Online Application
    2. Online or Psychometric Selection Testing
    3. Telephone or video interview
    4. Assessment Centre
    5. Formal interview
    6. Job offer

    Find more Career Planning resources and research tools on CareerHub

  • Career Ready Online CoursesOnline Career Planning Resources and Insights available 24/7

    Access online learning courses to assist you with career planning, industry insights and more. The first course is an introduction to career readiness, the second module will give you insights into your future industry and employers and the final modules will be bite-sized content for core career topics to assist you with your career management.

    More information - Online Career Ready Courses.

  • Tips for International StudentsPreparing for Work in Australia

    Securing graduate employment in Australia without Permanent Residency or Citizenship can be a challenge for international students. You may like to think about the following topics:

    • Creating a professional resume that meets Australian employer expectations
    • Improving your English skills at every opportunity
    • Gaining Australian work experience
    • Making the most of every networking and industry opportunity through on-campus events, student associations and professional associations.
    • Ensure you have current information from the Department of Home Affairs.
    • Attend our annual event 'Working in Australia: A Careers Evening for International Students' which features information from the Department of Home Affairs and Migration SA. This event is held in October each year and registrations can be made on CareerHub from September.

    Find more information and tips for international students on CareerHub.

  • China Career Ready Plus ProgramImproved Career Success in China and Australia

    For Chinese students, planning a career, sourcing jobs, selling yourselves to employers and making applications for jobs in Australia and in China can be hard work and confusing. Where do you start looking? How do you apply? Who can you ask?

    At the Careers Service we can provide Chinese students with the answers to these questions through the China Career Ready Plus program. Students on this program can access information relating to employment in Australia AND China.

    More information - China Development Program.

  • Course FinderSearch for study options at the University of Adelaide

    If you are a current student and you are considering post-graduate study or thinking of changing degree, you can search for jobs by field but also by degrees 'that match your goals.'

    Degree Finder search for degrees, subjects or careers...



    If you are a current student and thinking of transferring course within the university, please visit the Internal Transfers page.

  • Student FAQsRead questions FAQs from other students and answers from Careers Staff on CareerHub.
  • Advice AppointmentsTalk to our staff about your next step

    The Careers Service can assist you individually for the following topics:

    • Career planning skills
    • Job search and hunting strategies
    • Study direction for current students

    Advice Appointment
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The Careers Service is a free service available to all current students and recent graduates (for up to one year after completion).

If you are not a registered student at the University of Adelaide, please visit this enquiry site or speak to the Ask Adelaide team on 08 8313 5208.

Careers Service

Level 4, Hughes Building
North Terrace Campus
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

Student Enquiries

T: +61 8 8313 5123
career.services@adelaide.edu.au

Industry Enquiries

T: +61 8 8313 5123
careers@adelaide.edu.au