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Job Smart

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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 a business networking dinner and internships.

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

Katherine Mackie“Commonwealth Bank is delighted to be working the University of Sydney Business School to engage the next generation of employees, entrepreneurs and innovators. Job Smart will expose students to the needs and demands of employers and businesses, and give them the tools to develop and apply these in work-relevant experiences. We want this program to equip more of our future workforce and realise its vision to inculcate business etiquette, soft skills and recruitment process training at scale for participating students” - Katherine Mackie, Head of Campus Talent Acquisition – Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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)

Alex Malley"We are again happy to partner with the University of Sydney Business School's Job Smart initiative because we share a commitment to supporting career advancement and stand for high professional competence. CPA Australia is one of the world's largest accounting bodies with a global membership in 120 countries. Job Smart will expose students, aspiring for CPA or other career paths, to strengthen such a foundation of competence, giving you the tools to develop and apply much needed industry-relevant skills and enable the participants to future proof their competencies looking to 2020.” - CPA Australia Chief Executive, Alex Malley congratulates the University of Sydney Business School on the ‘Job Smart’ employability initiative

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

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


Phase 1: Job Smart “Foundational” experience

  • Suitable for students with no/little work experience or those looking for an understanding of local and global recruitment processes and what employers look for during graduate recruitment.
  • Activities include a start and end of program seminar about employer considerations, practice online interviews, mini quizzes, CV checking appointments with professional feedback and off-campus fun volunteering sessions.
  • Rewards based on engagement levels: invitation to join Job Smart phase 2, reward certificates, communication coaching, recruitment practice sessions and exclusive professional networking dinner invitations!
  • Students who complete phase1&2 (in consecutive semesters) get a 3-week business project experience reward in semester holidays after phase2 completion specially organised by Business School.

Please register below to join Job Smart (Foundational) phase 1.

sign up here

Phase 2: Job Smart “Transitional” experience

  • Students who completed phase1 will automatically be invited OR Suitable for those who already have some work/recruitment experience (i.e., not looking for guidance on employment)
  • Activities include team-based work on business analysis, ethics and decision-making by considering different aspects of an organisation and its sector (suitable for students of any major/degree).
  • Rewards (based on engagement levels) include certificates, invitation to join Job Smart phase 3 with more immersive business experiences and 3-week business consulting experiences in government, NGOs, startups or corporates during semester break.

Please register below to join Job Smart (Transitional) phase 2.

sign up here

Getting started

What should I do before my first Job Smart session?

  • Prepare yourself by making sure you’ve got an active LinkedIn profile. Just create a profile; we’ll guide you to make it better!
  • You’ll receive a link by email instructing you on how to start the program – takes just 2 minutes.
  • It is critical you attend the first in-person session. This information will be covered in your welcome email. Those who register will be given access to the Job Smart mobile platform -- please look out for this invitation email by week1 of semester.
  • You are encouraged to bring along smartphones/devices to Job Smart sessions.