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Your career is more than just a job. Career development is the complex process of managing life, learning and work over the lifespan.

Know yourself

Ask yourself these questions.

  • What are my beliefs, values and interests?
  • What are my personal qualities and attributes?
  • What are my skills?
  • What am I good at?
  • What work culture will suit me?
  • Need some assistance?

  • Check out our resources in CareerHub
  • Book a careers appointment or New Directions (online career direction tool) appointment through CareerHub
  • Exploring your options

    Match your profile and job criteria against potential careers.

  • Use MyFuture My Career Profile as a starter, also check out the CareerHub Career Resources, which lists links, FAQ and documents that will assist you with your enquiries.
  • Visit MyFuture for a list of relevant facts about Occupations, Industries, Courses and Companies.
  • We host the Career Mentor Link (CML) which matches professionals with students providing an opportunity for students to benefit from the industry knowledge and career experience of their mentors. This program runs from April – October.
  • Review, make choices

    Start making decisions about what ideas are viable and prioritise your options.

    Need some help?

  • Book an appointment through CareerHub.
  • Check out the Careers Guide
  • Take positive action

    Research your industry and employers thoroughly. Target those employers that interest you. Time to start developing a resume and LinkedIn profile.

    Need help?

  • Attend a resume writing workshop
  • Use our fact sheets on CareerHub
  • Drop-in for a quick chat to help you identify the resources you need
  • Gain experience, reflect and review

  • Start work experience, get a part-time job or get involved in extra curricular activities
  • Check CareerHub for jobs
  • Consider volunteering with Guild VolHub
  • Join a Guild club or society
  • Getting experience provides you with the opportunity to gain industry knowledge and skills. The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website and our Work Experience Fact Sheet have the information to get you started.

    Finding a Job

    There are many suitable opportunities for graduates. With a little bit of know-how you can widen the pool of jobs you can apply to, get wise on the best places to look and improve your chances of landing a job.

    Tips

  • Develop a clear picture about what motivates you and the type of work you are looking for. If you need help, try browsing occupations on the Job Outlook & revisit the Study at UWA site to review career opportunities under your bachelor degree of choice.
  • Visit the CareerHub Jobs section and view all jobs.
  • Make sure your resume is up to date & effective. Attend a resume workshop or search our resources on CareerHub.
  • Review the CareerHub Resources or pop into the Careers Centre in Student Central to browse our fact sheets.  
  • Join us at an employability workshop to help you build your employability skills & job search techniques. Go to the CareerHub events and workshops.
  • Join relevant Professional Associations and attend the networking events and professional development events to start building your networks
  • Join LinkedIn and build your online presence. Jobs are advertised on here too! Attend our LinkedIn workshops and review appointments if you need assistance - book on CareerHub.
  • If you are bursting with ideas and think you’d like to develop your own business, begin by browsing the Small Business Centre in your local area & Small Business Development Corporation websites. Visit SpaceCubed and Bloom for more information.
  • Graduate, Internships, Vacation Work

  • Visit the CareerHub Jobs section and search type of work for Internship/Scholarship, Vacation Employment and/or Final year Recruitment/Graduate Programs.
  • Visit MyFuture for a list of relevant facts about occupations, industries, companies and more.
  • Visit GradConnection or Graduate Opportunities for the most up to date graduate information, employer profiles & positions
  • Join us at an employability workshop to help you build your employability skills & job search techniques. Go to the CareerHub events and workshops.
  • Search the CareerHub Resources section for fact sheets, links and faqs for graduate, internships and vacation work.
  • Research the industry, organisation & role to ensure that your selling points match the requirements of the position.
  • Follow organisations on CareerHub to receive alerts in CareerHub when new jobs are posted.
  • Work experience and Voluntary Work

  • Visit the Work Integrated Learning website to find out more about work experience and gaining credits.
  • Review the CareerHub Resources especially the Resource Topic Volunteering & Work Experience, which lists links, FAQ & documents that will assist you with your enquiries.
  • Visit the CareerHub Jobs section and search for Voluntary/Work Experience under Type of Work.
  • For volunteer work, visit the Guild Volunteer Hub and Volunteering WA
  • Research industries and roles of interest to adequately target your search
  • Many local community groups also look for volunteers so ask around your local community
  • What Else?

    Hidden Job Market

    Up to 70 per cent of all jobs are never advertised. Find out how to uncover the vacancies you never hear about and create your own opportunities.

  • Using Social media: Employers are increasingly using social media to advertise jobs and scout for suitable candidates.
  • Who you know: Many students will find their first job through a personal contact such as a family member or friend. It makes sense to tell those you know that you're looking for a job.
  • Networking: It's not what you know, it's who you know. Who you know doesn't lessen the importance of your qualifications, work experience and skills, but contacts can give you valuable advice, information and access to these unadvertised jobs.
  • Applying for Jobs

    Applying for a job can be daunting. What is involved?

  • Cover letter: A covering letter is a link between your resume and the job. It is used to highlight or add information to your resume and convince the organisation that you have the skills and experience necessary to be the best applicant for the position.
  • Resume: Employers may only spend 30 seconds reading your resume, so it's important that it is relevant to the position and well presented.  Concise and specific examples and a well-structured layout with no typos is the recipe for a great resume.
  • Selection Criteria: Selection criteria are statements that describe the qualifications, knowledge, skills, abilities and experience that are required for you to get the job. They are used by employers to shortlist applicants for the interview process.
  • Online Applications: Application forms can take a long time to complete. They can be challenging and you will need to ensure you make the most of your skills and experience to progress to the interview stage.
  • Interviews: Made it through the applications stage? Find out what to expect and tips to help.
  • Assessment Centres: Uncover the tactics for making it through the final stages of recruitment and landing a job.
  • Psychometric Tests: Psychometric tests and questionnaires are structured, systematic ways of evaluating how people perform on tasks or react to different situations.
  • Getting Assistance:

  • Resume, cover letter and online applications reviewed. Book on CareerHub.
  • Check out our fact sheets on CareerHub.
  • You can take a look at some of our employer profiles on CareerHub to gain a greater understanding of their vision, mission and areas of expertise.
  • What Employers Want

    Knowing if you are work-ready is important. What is “work-ready”?

    According to the Business Council of Australia (www.beingworkready.com.au, April 2016), the minimum expectation business has of an individual are:

    Values

  • Accountability: accepts responsibility for actions, and their impact on the business and others.
  • Continuous improvement: has high standards and consistently tries to improve own performance, and the performance of the business.
  • Honesty: straightforward behaviour with no deceit and cheating. Is trustworthy, fair and sincere.
  • Knowledge: develops understanding, skills, and expertise. Is committed to growth and learning.
  • Respect: takes into account other people’s feelings, wishes, or rights.
  • Tolerance: willingness to recognise and respect difference and the beliefs, habits and practices of others.
  • Work ethic: diligent and committed to the business.
  • Behaviours

  • Adaptable : is open to new ideas and concepts, and pro-actively changes the way they work to stay effective in new work settings.
  • Authentic : is true to own personality and values, while still working within the business’s expectations.
  • Business-minded : understands all employees are responsible for business success, and therefore looks for opportunities to make the business better.
  • Collaborative : shares knowledge and learning, works cooperatively with others, and works to build agreement to achieve an outcome for the business or client.
  • Customer focused : understands who the customer is, what their needs are, and actively works to improve their experience.
  • Flexible : effectively handles unexpected situations or last-minute changes.
  • Globally aware : has an awareness and understanding of global interactions and is open to working with other nationalities and cultures.
  • Self-aware : knows own strengths, talents and passions. Recognises areas for learning and development and learns from their mistakes. Has a good understanding of their role in the business.
  • Resilient : bounces back when things don’t go as planned. Doesn’t dwell on failures, learns from them or their own mistakes and moves forward.
  • Skills

  • Business literacy : ability to apply knowledge of the business environment and work processes/tasks to manage situations and achieve good outcomes.
  • Critical analysis : can evaluate a situation/proposal, identify possible outcomes, assess pros and cons, and determine the right approach based on desired outcome.
  • Data analysis : collect and review data to identify trends, answer questions and test assumptions.
  • Digital technology : ability to use information and communication technology.
  • Literacy : ability to learn, read, write and communicate verbally.
  • Numeracy : ability to reason and apply numerical concepts, and calculate numbers or amounts.
  • Problem solving : ability to find solutions to simple through to complex issues.
  • Technical skills : specific to the job and gained through formal education.
  • Checklist

    How to go about developing these values, skills and behaviours?

  • Make a checklist – where are your gaps?
  • Keep up to date with what employers want by connecting with them.
  • Join relevant Professional Associations.
  • Attend the networking events and professional development events to start building your networks.
  • Join LinkedIn and build your online presence. Under the Interests tab, there are lists of companies where profiles are listed.
  • Visit the CareerHub Resources section and browse labour market/conditions and salaries
  • We host the Career Mentor Link (CML) which matches professionals with students providing an opportunity for students to benefit from the industry knowledge and career experience of their mentors. This program runs from April – October.
  • Keep an eye out on CareerHub and around the campus for information on Recruitment Week and VIVE Careers Fair where recruiters and employers participate in Expos, panel discussions and events
  • Keep an eye out on CareerHub and around the campus for information on various faculty specific Expos held throughout the year
  • Join us at an employability workshop that will help you build your employability skills and job search techniques. Go to the CareerHub Events, search for workshops.
  • Further Study

    Postgraduate qualifications are fast becoming an expectation for graduates internationally.

    Scholarships

    To highlight the commitment of UWA to higher level studies, a number of scholarships are available to students in postgraduate programs.

    Travel Abroad

    As a postgraduate you will have the opportunity to travel abroad and take some of your course units at an overseas university. Talk to Global Learning.

    Where to get help

  • Postgraduate Students Association (PSA) is the main representative body for postgraduate students at UWA. Their core function is to provide equity and advocacy for postgraduate students. They are also active in professional development and planning, as well as promoting social events aimed at furthering postgraduates' network.
  • Graduate Research Office is a one-stop shop for your enquiries.
  • Visit MyFuture for information on occupations, industries and courses.
  • Consider the type of course that might be suitable for you by researching the options on UWA Postgraduate Courses website.
  • Think about and explore employment outcomes associated with Post Graduate Study. Review graduate destinations and information on the Graduate Careers website.
  • Visit the CareerHub Resources and browse the Further Study in Australia and Further Study Overseas.
  • Contact us