Get Your Career Started At UWA

Make the most of your time at UWA and get ahead of the game. Our year by year guide helps you to understand what to do and when.

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First year

Get involved
Sign up for extra-curricular activities – volunteering, sports teams, societies – to boost your résumé.
Find experience
Work experience (including part-time and voluntary work) will allow you to develop your skills and build your résumé. Both will help you with applications and interviews in your second year.
Be informed
Learn more about the job areas you are interested in now. It is frustrating to realise in your final year that you needed particular work experience to get in to a certain area.
Network
Don't underestimate your existing network and the potential of new contacts. Be prepared to ask people you know about their jobs and career choices – it will help you think about what you might like to do.
Attend Careers and Employability workshops
It's never too soon to attend Careers and Employability workshops for assistance with your job search, résumé, interview skills and more. You may not be thinking about applying for your first graduate job yet, but there's so much you can be doing to help you make the most of your university experience.
Think and reflect
Consider any work experience you've had – did you see any roles that you were drawn to? What did you like or dislike about a role?

Second year

Get involved
Employers look for good grades, but they also want real people who pursue their interests outside of work. Think about your extra-curricular activities as a way of developing skills. Consider taking on responsibility and leadership opportunities, such as football team captain, volunteer team leader or shift supervisor at work.
Find experience
Work out the deadlines for internships. Attend employer events on campus, Careers Fair and open days. Reflect on why you believe a particular career is for you.
Be informed
Many internships are aimed at penultimate year students. Research and apply. Think about arranging your own work experience through contacts or speculative applications and consider undertaking a practicum unit, which allows you to gain academic credit for approved work experience.
Network
Build your online profile. If you aren't on LinkedIn, attend a workshop and get networking. Join professional associations and Career Mentor Link.
Visit Careers and Employability
Get your cover letter, résumé and work experience applications checked.
Think and reflect
Reflect on university experiences; what are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? What are your values? These are all important questions to ask yourself when deciding what career will suit you and where you want to work.

Third year

Get involved
Now you have done the extracurricular activities, think about how you can articulate them to employers in application forms. Identify your transferable skills.
Be informed
Identify vacancies. Many graduate programs open for applications at the start of your final year. It pays to apply early, so research which ones are for you. Don't forget about small and medium enterprises too.
Find experience
If you have a part-time job, you could ask to take on additional tasks – the more challenging your experience has been, the more likely it is to stand out to employers.
Think and reflect
Think about your work experience. How can you present this as evidence of your employability? List the skills you feel you've developed over the years and speak to a Careers Adviser about how you can articulate evidence of those skills to a future employer.
Network
Keep in touch with people you meet on work experience. Thank them for their help and let them know how it has assisted you. The networks you are building now will help you throughout your working life.
Attend Careers and Employability workshops
Careers and Employability can help prepare you for interviews, mock interviews, assessment centres and psychometric tests.

Postgraduate research

Get involved
Join the Postgraduate Students Association Committee or volunteer with your professional association, attend relevant events and conferences or find out about CERI.
Get informed
Contact the Careers and Employability for information on jobs, workshops, interview skills (BigInterview) or attend the Graduate Research Seminar Series.
Get experience
Join industry projects in CEED and iPrep, enter the Three Minute Thesis or organise a research conference.
Think and reflect
Reflect on your experiences. What are your interests? What are your values? What constraints do you have? What ambitions do you have? Consider what aspects of your life provide the most satisfaction. What motivates you? What are your achievements? What are the employment prospects? Is the job market in Australia or overseas?
Network
Find out what employers look for. How do you demonstrate these skills and attributes? Attend Careers and Employability employer talks and Careers Fairs and Postgraduate Students Association events to expand your networks. Join Career Mentor Link – having a mentor is a great way to explore options and opportunities - or investigate Enterprise and Entrepreneurship – start at UWA with Innovation Quarter and Bloom events. Go online to AWARE – find out about RezBaz and InSPiRE.

Master's and professional degrees

Get involved
Employers offer case studies and competitions to simulate real-world environments on campus. Join the Postgraduate Students Association Committee, volunteer with your professional association and attend relevant events and conferences.
Get informed
Contact the Careers and Employability for information on jobs, workshops, interview skills (BigInterview) or check out our careers guide.
Get experience
If switching careers, arrange a meeting with someone in your preferred industry. If studying a professional degree at UWA and require a placement for course completion, don't leave it until your final year.
Think and reflect
Reflect on your experiences. What work experiences have you had? What are your interests? What are your values? What constraints do you have? What ambitions do you have? Consider what aspects of your life provide the most satisfaction. What motivates you? What are your achievements? What are the employment prospects? Is the job market in Australia or overseas? Reflect on how your undergraduate and postgraduate qualification can combine to give you the edge.
Network
Find out what employers look for. How do you demonstrate these skills and attributes? Attend Careers and Employability employer talks, Careers Fairs, Postgraduate Students Association and professional association and Alumni events to expand your networks. Join Career Mentor Link – having a mentor is a great way to explore options and opportunities - or investigate Enterprise and Entrepreneurship – start at UWA with Innovation Quarter and Bloom events.