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The UWA Business School collaborates closely with the UWA Careers Centre and faculty student groups to offer our students a range of careers events and workshops to ensure that our graduates are confident in their future and are valued by employers.
If you are a prospective employer and interested in connecting with our students, you can find more information here.
At the Business School, we believe that a degree from UWA can get you a job… but a career is something that you have to create yourself! As a student, you are in control of your own journey at UWA.
These tips will get you started and give you the best chance to meet your potential.
It’s important to start by evaluating what you want and where you want to go with your degree. Ask yourself questions like: who am I and what do I value? There are a number of tools online to help you identify where you should be headed.
Undergraduate students should also visit the Choosing your major webpage, which will assist you with matching your interests to a course of study at the Business School.
Keep your CV up-to-date at all times and attend the relevant Careers Centre workshops (or even practice with your peers) so when an opportunity does arise, you’re ready to apply!
It’s amazing once you start looking how much information is available to you—but where do you start?
Other great resources for data on graduate positions, starting salaries and graduate destinations include:
The Business School student groups will from time to time produce their version of a “Careers Handbook” which will be full of information that they have gathered that will give you the inside scoop on the jobs that are out there (and what they are really like!).
Finally, if a particular unit has sparked an interest in a specific field, then why not speak to your unit coordinator/lecturer about it a bit more?
The best way to find out if you are cut out for something (and if you like it!) is to get some real-life experience. Apply for work experience, vacation work, casual positions and volunteering opportunities (without compromising your studies, of course).
Also, don’t be disheartened if you get knocked back. Review your application carefully, reflect on your interview and ask for feedback whenever you can.
Once you have a position, become a sponge and start learning all you can from your peers as well as supervisors and managers. Whether the placement is three weeks or three months, take as much experience as you can from it. What did you learn today?
IMPORTANT: Know your rights! You should seek advice from your family or the Careers Centre before signing any placement contracts to make sure that you are protected.
There are a number of professional associations that will allow you to join as a student member for a discounted price (or even for free).
A number of selected organisations for business students are listed below:
|CPA Australia||Economic Society of Australia||Financial Planning Association|
|Chartered Institute of Management Accountants||Mannkal Economic Education Foundation||Financial Services Institute of Australasia|
|Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia|
|Taxation Institute of Australia|
|Human Resources, Management and Work and Employment Relations||Marketing|
|Australian Human Resources Institute||Advertising Federation of Australia|
|Australian Institute of Management||Australian Market and Social Research Society|
|Australian Institute of Project Management||Australian Marketing Institute|
|Institute of Management Consultants||Communications Council|
|Australian Industrial Relations Commission||Market Research Society of Australia|
|Marketing Association of Australia and New Zealand|
The Business School and associated student groups will offer opportunities throughout the year for you to obtain and develop what is known as your ‘employability’ or ‘soft’ skills.
These include: communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning and technology.
Sign up and participate in as many events as possible; whether it is speed interviewing, CV workshops or women’s mentoring sessions, they can all add value to your career.
So, you think you already have all these skills and attributes? How will you demonstrate them to a potential employer?
Do you have an adventurous spirit, or do you just want to push yourself out of your comfort zone and develop new skills?
Why not consider an international experience? As a Business School student you have the opportunity to participate in traditional student exchange, a short-term study abroad program, volunteering or perhaps even interning abroad. These experiences can demonstrate to prospective employers and yourself that you are an adaptable, motivated and courageous individual who is not afraid to try new things.
For more information, visit the International experience webpage.
We cannot stress it enough…check your student email!
The Business School will send all updates on events and activities relevant to you through this channel as well as the Career Hub monthly newsletter, so it’s vital that you regularly keep an eye on this account.
Also, visit SEEK every now and then to see what jobs are available and who is hiring.
This program has been running for over 10 years at UWA and links students (who have completed at least one year of study) to industry professionals who can give advice on career direction and employment goals and assist students with transitioning to the workforce.
There are a number of networking events held throughout the year and applications usually open in October for the following year. This program is also offered in Singapore.
More information on this program can be found on the Career Mentor Link webpage.
We can all lose our way sometimes or need someone to talk to, so make sure that you utilise all the services and resources available to you at UWA. After all, it’s your journey but we’re here to help!