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Job Smart

Job Smart

Job Smart is a free, extracurricular program exclusive to international, postgraduate students of the Business School, enabling you to gain the skills and professional experience needed to get a good job when you graduate.

Consisting of 3 phases held across 3 semesters, the program provides the opportunity to enhance your degree knowledge and develop work-relevant skills in a practical way. Career experts and industry professionals from globally recognised organisations will guide you and provide feedback throughout the program to help you further refine and polish your skills set.

Upon successful completion of each phase, you will be rewarded with new opportunities to network with industry representatives and gain professional experience in Australian workplaces.

Program Details

Phase 1 - Job Start

The first phase is comprised of 10 activities and combines both online and practical experiences to give you the flexibility to undertake much of it where and when it suits you.

By completing Phase 1 you will:

  • Discover the secrets to what employers really look for when they are hiring
  • Get a head start on building your professional brand including your CV and LinkedIn profile
  • Identify and develop your skills to help market yourself to potential employers

“Participating in these activities has been a good opportunities to enjoy, practice and get feedback. I have updated my resume, learned some techniques about interview and assessment centre, which have definitely been beneficial for me. What I’ve also learned is that if you’re prepared and confident, you will know someday what incredible results your efforts can achieve.”

Marilyn Yang

Phase 2 – Job Smart

The second phase is a business case study that incorporates interaction with industry professionals.

By completing Phase 2, you will:

  • Develop crucial employability skills including teamwork, project management and communication skills
  • Gain experience, relevant to your degree to add to your CV
  • Have the chance to gain Australian workplace experience

Phase 3 – Job Ready

The third and final phase of the program is comprised of 10 online activities to coach you through all stages of the job application process, including CV writing, job interviews and aptitude tests.

By completing Phase 3, you will:

  • Understand the recruitment process and be confident about the quality of your applications
  • Receive personalised feedback from career experts to help you refine your application
  • Have the chance to win a 12-week internship in Australia

“Phase 3 of the Job Smart program was the most valuable part of the experience. It was not just really helpful for preparing for job interviews, but many soft skills involved in the job application process applied to my group assignments, including communication, time management and teamwork skills. All the skills have enhanced my ability to collaborate with others and my confidence in completing tasks at hand.”

Xu Li

The Job Smart advantage

  1. A professional skill building experience endorsed by globally recognised employers of choice, delivered by facilitators at the cutting edge of global graduate recruitment trends
  2. “Get out what you put in” – fantastic rewards up for grabs based on your level of engagement
  3. Develop an understanding of the current global business landscape, employment markets and recruitment processes
  4. Network with alumni, young professionals and learn from their experiences
  5. Get feedback and career counselling sessions with experienced industry professionals on your CV, cover letter, job application and practice interviews

Corporate Endorsers

Endorsed by industry professionals from leading multinational organisations, the Job Smart program equips you with the knowledge, skills and experience to help you stand out to employers and embark as a professional into the workforce.

Katrin Springbob“Henkel is pleased to be associated with the University of Sydney Business School in enabling the next generation of international workforce. This also resonates with Henkel’s global vision of a Winning Culture, characterised by an entrepreneurial spirit and a constant drive for innovation and change. Around the world, we look for recruits and encourage employees who are self-driven and proactive, in turn enabling us to utilise the full potential of internationality and diversity. Job Smart will provide a foundational experience to local and international students looking to build a mindset of self-management, motivation and professionalism.” - Katrin Springbob, Head of Talent, Leadership & Learning Asia Pacific – Henkel


“Job Smart helps to prepare students well ahead of their career. They will be able to gain a deeper understanding of employers' requirements and, accordingly, build the necessary professional skills. The program is a good bridge for matching graduates with the opportunities of hiring companies.” - Brenda Pan, HR BP for Function Greater China – Henkel (China)

Neil Govier"CFA Institute is proud to support the launch of the Job Smart at the University of Sydney Business School. A global, member-driven organization, CFA Institute promotes the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society. We believe Job Smart will do the same for active students, accelerating their preparation for graduation, jobs, and launching their chosen career” - Neil Govier, Asia Pacific Head of Education – CFA


Lee Tonitto"The Australian Marketing Institute is delighted to be endorsing the University of Sydney Business School's professional skill building experience specializing in career-focused programs for outstanding employment outcomes. Job Smart will enlighten students to the needs of employers and potential graduate career opportunities. It will fuel progress in the careers of the next generation of professional marketers" - Lee Tonitto, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Marketing Institute


Peter Osborne"Blackmores is honoured to be involved with the University of Sydney Business School’s Job Smart program to support students to better understand the constantly evolving way in which companies and organisations in Australia and Asia recruit and develop their staff. As a rapidly growing Australian business with an Asian and increasingly global footprint Blackmores is very focussed on how we identify, recruit and retain our staff across a very diverse number of markets, cultures and business environments. We are passionate about enhancing Australia’s engagement with Asia in particular and see the Job Smart initiative as an excellent program to ensure students graduating from the University of Sydney find roles that match their skills and interests and leverage the exceptional education they have received in Australia, for the benefit of themselves, their home country and Australia. We highly value our partnership with the University of Sydney Business School and look forward to supporting the program and students as they expand their horizons following their graduation." - Peter Osborne, Managing Director Asia, Blackmores International


Rio Goh"Morgan McKinley is honoured to be part of the University of Sydney Business School's Job Smart Program that enables students to keep track of the contentiously changing business landscape and requirements of professional organizations. As a professional recruitment firm we prepare our candidates so they can become more adaptable and ultimately become more competitive. We empower our employees to help improve our candidates lives and Job Smart does exactly the same, providing students a great opportunity to take that first step in their professional careers." - Rio Goh, Managing Director Morgan McKinley Mainland China

Morgan McKinley

Chris Woo"Westpac is honoured to be associated with the University of Sydney Business School’s Job smart program. It is a wonderful program to help students prepare for their career journey and challenging them to think about their leadership journey. Westpac strives to be one the world’s great service companies, helping our customers, communities and people to prosper and grow. One of key priorities of this vision is help culturally diverse talents become inclusive leaders of tomorrow. Westpac’s support of Job Smart program, is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in the formative stages of shaping the leaders of the future." - Chris Woo, Head of Finance, Business Performance Management Program

Westpac Group

Maurice Cheong"To impress a prospective employer, it is as much about having the right attitude as having the right qualifications, professional skills and experience. Employers look for a raft of traits, while other qualities tend to be more trend-based or a result of demand and supply. The Job Smart program at the University of Sydney Business School helps students understand the current global business landscape and trends, employment markets and recruitment processes, as well as providing much needed networking opportunities. ACCA, as one of the largest global professional bodies with a network of 700,000 students and members in over 180 countries, is fully invested in our relationship with the University of Sydney Business School to provide the support to make this program a success." - Maurice Cheong, Head of Education – Australia and New Zealand, ACCA


Rob Thomason"CPA Australia is pleased to partner with the University of Sydney Business School's Job Smart initiative because we share a commitment to empowering young people and supporting career advancement. CPA Australia is one of the world's largest accounting bodies with a global membership in 118 countries. Job Smart is all about employability for students, aspiring to a career based on professional accounting skills or other career paths, so they have the tools to develop and apply much needed industry-relevant skills." - Rob Thomason, Executive General Manager – Education, CPA Australia


Please note that our industry partners Henkel, CPA and CFA are endorsing Job Smart from a skill development perspective, not guaranteeing any actual talent recruitment for participants.

The Job Smart program consists of multiple phases, this phase selector will help you decide which phase you should register for.

Registrations for Semester 2, 2018 are now open and close 3rd August 2018.

If you have any questions please contact

Job Smart Phase Selector