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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.

Graduate Edge 2020 – Applications are now closed.

  • Professional skills training directly from key graduate employers
  • A unique opportunity to gain key insights into the world of business and a competitive edge applying to internships and graduate roles
  • Open to undergraduate students who will be in the penultimate or mid-degree stage of their studies in 2020, from the following disciplines:
    Business, Engineering and Computer Science, Science, Law, Arts and Social Sciences, Agriculture and Environment, and Architecture, Design and Planning

Thinking ahead to vacation or graduate positions? Keen to gain exposure to graduate employers and insight into the skills they seek?  Graduate Edge is an exceptional program to help you build personal and professional skills sought by internship and graduate employers.

About the program: 

The Careers Centre has partnered with leaders in industry to bring you a program of interactive workshops where you will learn key employability skills and network with industry representatives. The workshops are conducted primarily at company workplaces, offering you a unique opportunity to get an inside look at some major employers of graduates including Bloomberg, Deloitte, EY, Salesforce, KPMG and PwC.  View the 2019 Graduate Edge schedule (pdf, 216KB) to see employers who have participated previously and the topics covered. 

Program benefits:

  • Corporate Insight:  A rare opportunity to learn more about the business world, including values and culture.
  • Professional Skills Development:  Build your employability skills sought by employers, including communication, personal branding, consulting and networking.
  • Networking with Graduate Employers:  Hear directly from recruiters about what they look for in future interns and graduates.
  • Enrich Your Resume:  Gain unique evidence of skills sought by employers to build a competitive resume.

Graduate Edge will be a full time commitment between Monday 10–14 February 2020.  Students are required to attend all program sessions.

Who can apply:

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

  • Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Penultimate or mid-degree undergraduate student in 2020
  • 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)
  • Able to commit full time from Monday 10 to Friday 14 February 2020, attending all sessions

Apply to Graduate Edge 2020 now   

Applications close Thursday 24 October 2019.

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  

Graduate Edge: Student perspectives