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Career skills workshops

Support your career planning, job search and success at work

From your first year to your first graduate job, our career skills workshops will support you in identifying and reaching your career goals.

students in a career skills workshop

We deliver a series of career skills workshops and activities throughout the year to assist you with career planning, developing effective job search skills and building professional skills to make a good impression in the workplace.

While most of our workshops are available to students from all degrees, we also offer workshops targeted to Higher Degree Research students and international students.

Primarily delivered by professional staff in our Careers Centre, with some sessions delivered by invited industry guest speakers, our workshops are a valuable opportunity to gain key information to support your career throughout your degree and into your first graduate job.

Our career skills workshops range from open, general cross-disciplinary sessions to ones targeted to students from specific faculties and disciplines like our Industry Q&A Panels.

Career skills workshop topics include:

Develop the employability skills you need to tap into the job market, grow your networks, and market yourself to employers by:

What is networking? Develop contacts, connect with other people, practice your opening lines and make a positive impression by learning how to:

  • tap into and expand your current networks
  • identify opportunities to connect with professionals in your industry
  • network at events, in one-to-one situations and online.

Need casual, flexible or part-time work? Find out:

What does your online presence say about you? Learn to develop an effective LinkedIn profile and harness social media to support your job search via:

  • projecting the right image through your online activities
  • building a profile on LinkedIn
  • using social media for industry research and job search purposes.

Learn to craft a targeted cover letter and demonstrate your competencies when addressing selection criteria, with tips on:

Learn essential information to write an effective resume in a competitive job market, including:

  • targeting your applications to specific employers and vacancies to make a great first impression
  • what employers say about an effective resume and how you can apply this to your applications
  • resume format and content.

Within a group setting, each student’s resume will be reviewed by an experienced career practitioner who will offer advice on layout, content, headings and formatting. By participating in the degree, you will also pick up ideas from other students.

Key things to know about this workshop:

  • It is open to all students in any degree and in any year of study.
  • Please bring a copy of your resume (ready to send to an employer – no drafts) and be prepared for open feedback.
  • Note: your resume should follow the guidelines provided at our regular Resume Writing workshops and the applying for jobs page.
  • Numbers are strictly limited. You need to register in person at the Careers Centre 15 minutes before the session on the day. Online registrations are not required.
  • Additional resume workshops are conducted by the Careers & Employer Relations Office in the Sydney Business School.

Applying for work online? Learn how to craft a strong online application by:

  • tailoring your application to demonstrate a good fit with the organisation and role
  • addressing selection criteria
  • answering application questions.

Maximise your performance at job interviews by understanding what to expect and how to prepare, along with strategies to deal with a variety of interview situations. Learn about:

Assessment centres are part of the recruitment process for many internship and graduate recruiters. Stay ahead of the curve by learning about:

  • what to expect in an assessment centre
  • common assessment centre activities
  • appropriate behaviours and responses.

Many internship and graduate recruiters use psychometric testing in their recruitment processes. This workshop will explain:

  • what psychometric testing is
  • why testing is used in recruitment
  • different types of tests
  • tips on preparation.

Planning to start work in the near future? Find out how to make that all-important first impression and adapt to a professional environment. This workshop is particularly useful if you already have an internship, graduate role or practical placement organised. The session will cover:

  • business etiquette
  • workplace communication skills
  • employer expectations.