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International Students

English Proficiency Testing

Many international students do not realise that they must sit an English Proficiency Test, most commonly IELTS, to be eligible for many graduate/summer vacation positions.

Please ensure that you book your IELTS test well in advance of the graduate/summer vacation recruitment season. Generally speaking most companies want a minimum of 7.0 across all sections of the academic/general IELTS. It is your responsibility to find out what the requirements are well in advance of the closing dates by checking the website of the company you are interested in working for.

The University's Centre for English Teaching administers IELTS exams, for further information please contact the Centre for English Teaching.

Graduate (temporary) Visa - 485 Visa

Although the CEO cannot give specific advice on migration and visa issues, there have been some major changes to the General Skilled Migration Program including a new visa (Visa 485) from September 2007. This visa allows overseas students who do not meet the criteria for a permanent General Skilled Migration visa to remain in Australia for 18 months to gain skilled work experience or improve their English language skills, which also means a greater chance of improving their employment outcomes once leaving University.Visit DIAC for more information on this visa.

Job Search In Australia

  • Immigration regulations
  • Graduate Careers Australia has comprehensive information for international students related to visas, job search and much more
  • IELTS Testing is essential to students applying for Graduate and Summer Vacation Programs for many graduate employers in Australia. You will need to have sat a test within the last 12 months of applying to meet these requirements. It is important that you book in early for these tests. The Centre for English Teaching at the University is a registered provider of the IELTS test.

Communication skills

Research shows that this is the single most important factor for your Australian job search success! This means being able to communicate well in English with stakeholders ranging from customers and fellow staff to senior managers, and includes both written and verbal communication skills. Places to improve your English communication skills:

Involvement in a university club or society is highly desired by graduate recruiters as it points to the development of skills such as teamwork, leadership and initiative. In addition, some clubs may help support your job search eg. The Sydney University Chinese Student's Association (SUCSA) organises seminars on immigration and job opportunities. Sometimes employers seeking certain nationalities will contact the relevant society to advertise their job opportunities. Visit the University Clubs and Societies for a full listing and the business school's own Clubs and Societies Program.

Another related factor is cultural understanding. In the Australian workplace this usually means "direct communication". For more information:

Gaining Local Experience -Work Experience, Voluntary Work

Another factor to assist in gaining employment is to have local work experience. Many international students seek "Internships". Internships are difficult even for local students to pursue here so an extra effort has to go in to this process. Things you can do:

In the case of Australian graduate recruitment activities, you will find that many employers are looking to recruit local students or students who have already attained permanent residency status. However you may approach employers directly to enquire about eligibility.

Increasingly local multi-nationals are looking to recruit international students to train here and then work in their home country offices, and these positions will be advertised at Jobs and Work Experience and our eNewsletters. Remember that contract work and temporary positions can be a way to gain local experience whilst looking for a career job.

Job Search Overseas

The Business School's Careers office will be developing recruitment events for major international employers, particularly from South East Asia who are looking to recruit both our international students on their return home and local students .

Useful links to overseas online job databases:

Chinese Job Sites

In addition, most corporate organisations offer helpful information for job seekers on their websites.

Increasingly large organisations are looking to recruit international students and initially have them work here in Australia before returning to their home country to work for their organisation. Although not many organisations participate in this practice, there is a definite growth in these types of opportunities as the workforce becomes increasingly globalised.

Jobs in Japan

  • Japanese students - BEO Recruitment: On return from Australia, BEO will seek to place students into appropriate employment opportunities in Japan. This is a free support service to current Japanese students and recent graduates studying in Economics and Business. For more information go to: BEO (English) or BEO (Japanese)

Job Search Advice From Asian Employers

Jobs in China

Students of the University of Sydney can access LockIn China via the personalised portal link above to view a range of overseas opportunities and stay up to date with the latest market and industry trends in China.

According to CPA Australia

  • The 'Big 4' employers (Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young and PwC) recruit over 1,000 new staff each year and they prefer candidates with overseas education and professional qualifications
  • In the Financial sector there is a huge demand for qualified accountants as many of the Chinese banks/insurance companies are either listed on overseas stock markets or have an institutional investor from overseas
  • There are around 1,400 domestically listed companies who will be in need of overseas qualified accountants due to the new accounting standards, which all listed companies are required to adopt.

Deloitte China

Deloitte has 8,200 people in ten offices including Beijing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou and Tianjin. They are serving more than 800 MNCs and their affiliated companies in mainland China. Deliotte provide a full range of audit, accounting, tax, management consulting and corporate advisory services and work closely with offices in China, across Asia-Pacific and around the world to provide clients of every size with local experience and international expertise.

If you are considering working for Deloitte in China we recommend you do your research. You can start by going to the Deliotte website to find out more about them.

Jobs in Malaysia

According to CPA Australia

  • Opportunities are available within the 'Big 4's' and mid tier firms. 'Big 4's' do take in vacation trainees especially those who are on the Australian summer break. Malaysians can apply directly to the employers and information will be available online.
  • Mid tier firms will also have opportunities. A few of these firms are Ferrier Hodgson Monteiro & Heng, Moores Rowland, Shamsir Jasani Grant Thornton, BDO Binder.
  • The difference between working for one of the 'Big 4' and mid tier is that in the mid tier firms, you will be exposed to more areas. The jobs in the 'Big 4' companies are more specialised.
  • The 'Big 4' are not only looking for good grades but also extra-curricular activities and committee roles in clubs and societies. Good communication skills are vital.

Look out for the latest job opportunities in your weekly CPA Update or access CPA Australia's FREE online recruitment service at: CPA Australia