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Student employability programs

Gaining an edge in the job market

Our student employability programs offer you a unique opportunity to develop your professional skills and knowledge, identify career options, and connect with industry to enhance your employability during your studies.

To enhance your employability skills, we offer student employability programs including Graduate Edge and Interchange. The opportunities provided by these programs can include access to professional skills training by key employers, and a chance to build your networks, solve real-world business problems and gain entrepreneurial know-how, Keep an eye on the program information below for application dates and criteria.

Grow your networks.
Become an entrepreneurial thinker and doer.
Develop your problem solving skills.
Fast track your way to success.

Applications for the 2019 Interchange Program are now closed.

Program Dates:

  • Thursday 25 July (evening), Sydney CBD - non compulsory event
  • Saturday 25 July 9.30am-4pm, UNSW Campus - Attendance is compulsory
  • Saturday 3 August 9.30am-4pm, UNSW Campus - Attendance is compulsory
  • Saturday 10 August 9.30am-4pm, UNSW Campus - Attendance is compulsory
  • Thursday 15 August, 6pm-9pm, (Sydney Location TBC) - Attendance is compulsory

INTERCHANGE is open to all University of Sydney international students.

INTERCHANGE is an exclusive 4-day program that leads international students through an action packed learning journey. You will get real life Australian experience and skills by working on everyday problems.

At INTERCHANGE, you will:

  • Attend TEDx-styled speaking events with guest expert speakers
  • Work closely with an accomplished business mentor
  • Participate in the event alongside 250 other international students - from all areas of study from 8 different Australian universities. You will get to meet new people and gain new insights
  • Come up with an entrepreneurial idea to solve a real life problem

INTERCHANGE will help you to become a confident and capable go-getter, with excellent communication, innovation, networking and leadership skills.

"INTERCHANGE was an enormous opportunity for me to explore some of my hidden talents and at the same time mix with hundreds of international students who had similar passions. This experience will undoubtedly be helpful for my academic success too.” ( Past INTERCHANGE  participant)

The program is supported by StudyNSW. It is free to you and you will receive a letter of participation on successfully completing the program. 

Full Program Details  

Thinking ahead to vacation or graduate positions? Want to gain exposure to large corporate organisations and gain insight into the skills they seek? We offer an exceptional program to help you gain personal and professional skills and get the edge as a globally competitive student.

We have partnered with leaders in industry to bring you a program of interactive workshops where you will learn key employability skills. The majority of the workshops are conducted at company workplaces, offering you a unique opportunity to get an inside look at some major employers of graduates.

Graduate Edge will be a full-time commitment between Monday 11 and Friday 15 February 2019 (before Semester 1), onsite at each company’s workplace and on campus. 

Who can apply

The program is open to undergraduate students from the Business School, Engineering and Information Technology, Science, Law, Arts and Social Sciences, Agriculture and Environment and Architecture, Design and Planning and meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Penultimate or mid-degree undergraduate student in 2019
  • Academic achievement demonstrated through a credit average or above
  • Extracurricular involvement demonstrated through high school, university or community activities (may include leadership, sporting or humanitarian achievements)
  • Interest in clarifying career direction and goals
  • Work experience desirable (casual work, internships or other employment)

Applications for Graduate Edge 2019 are now closed.

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