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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.

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.

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

Applications for the 2018 Interchange Program are now closed.

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 will recieve a letter of participation on successfully completing the program. 


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to build your professional skills and connect with fellow students in your first  or second year.

Are you an International student in the first or second year of an undergraduate degree or the first year of a postgraduate degree? You are invited to apply for Graduate Edge International, a two-day program of professional development modules designed to enhance your employability skills and build your career confidence. Throughout the event, you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to develop skills that will give you a competitive edge as you prepare for a global career.

Program Benefits
Covering topics such as networking mastery, leadership and teamwork skills, and an introduction to entrepreneurship & intrapreneurship, facilitators from the FRANK Team and the University of Sydney Careers Centre will guide you through the interactive sessions and share resources you can access throughout your studies. 

The program will help you:

  • Build key employability skills and knowledge to manage your career from first year
  • Develop your social and professional network with students from all faculties
  • Help you build confidence when applying for roles and talking to employers throughout your degree and when you graduate
  • Give you practical tips, advice and resources so you can start thinking about your professional career from first year

Application process: 
Applications for Graduate Edge International are now closed.

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