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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.

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Applications for the 2018 Interchange Program open 16 May and close 4 June 2018.

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. 

What it involves

  • Interactive hands-on workshops led by facilitators.
  • Action-led learning environment with ongoing support and coaching.
  • An opportunity to participate in hands-on teamwork activities (like developing a real business pitch).
  • Expert advice and conversations with NSW-based business mentors who will share their invaluable experience with you.

Time commitment

The program involves 3 days of workshops in August and a Gala Event/Pitch Night. Workshop days are expected to run from 9.30am to 4pm. Participants MUST be available to attend ALL sessions.

  • Saturday 4th August 9:30am-4pm, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney Campus
  • Saturday 11th August, 9:30am-4pm, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney Campus
  • Saturday 18th August, 9:30am-4pm, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney Campus
  • August 23rd OR 24th (Exact date TBC), 6pm-8pm, Sydney City Location

Who can apply

  • Candidates must be a currently enrolled International Student (all years and disciplines, undergraduate or postgraduate, coursework and research degrees).
  • Penultimate and final year students will be given priority.
  • While selection of participants is based on the answers given to the questions in the application form, consideration is also given to creating diverse teams to reflect the varying backgrounds and experience common to project teams in industry. This will include varying levels of business experience, a range of degree disciplines, and a balance of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

How to apply

Applications are due by: 4 June 2018
Complete the Application Form

Contact us

If you have any questions about Interchange, please get in touch.

Register your interest in the 2019 Graduate Edge program here.

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 2018 took place 12–16 February 2018. 

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)

View the 2018 Graduate Edge schedule (pdf, 216KB) to see employers who have participated previously and the topics covered.

Graduate Edge: Student perspectives