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Job Smart

Job Smart is an exclusive extra-curricular program for our postgraduate students right from the start of your degree. Open to all students, no additional fees to join.

With the support of globally recognised organisations, Job Smart is a unique opportunity to develop hands-on, work-relevant skills while you study.

The program allows students to complete one phase and move to the next phase each semester, to build a portfolio of work-relevant experiences from the start to finish of your degree.

Each phase of Job Smart starts week 2/3 of semester and runs for 6 weeks –session options are flexible for participants to choose from and are low time commitment.

Please note: A student cannot do multiple phases of Job Smart in the same semester.

What to expect

  • Student led: You are responsible for your own participation. Self-paced with small time commitment and no written assignments; flexibility of choice to attend each Job Smart session. There is a range of fantastic rewards based on your level of engagement.
  • Technology-based skill building: Get information about the program and upcoming events through the mobile platform. Prepare to have some fun as you also track your progress and see how your employability confidence is changing.
  • Guidance from graduate recruiters: The experience is designed and delivered by professional career counsellors, industry experts and graduate recruiters.
  • Build your professional identity: Get tips from experiences of recent graduates and young professionals. Strengthen your LinkedIn profile by participating in volunteering and other activities.
  • Fantastic rewards based on level of engagement. For participants who demonstrate a baseline requirement of engagement in Job Smart, rewards may range from certificates, to free professional coaching sessions, to networking functions and business workplace experiences.

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

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

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

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.


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Registrations for semester 2, 2017 are now closed.

If you have any questions please contact business.jobsmart@sydney.edu.au