Next Step - Career
Melbourne graduates are highly sought after by employers and industry.
While many students complete their degree and go straight into employment, many find themselves returning to study at some point to further develop their skills.
The Melbourne Careers Centre provides a comprehensive service to current and recent graduates.
Research your options
Before applying for jobs, get an idea of what's available, what's involved and what sort of jobs might suit you. Some jobs may be directly related to your study, but many may not be. The skills you have developed by the time you graduate will prepare you for a wide range of possible jobs - even if they're not in your immediate area of specialisation.
Talk to people
|Speak to your lecturers about jobs in specific disciplines||Many of your lecturers will be involved in the disciplines they teach and can often provide advice about the sorts of jobs that may be available.|
|Talk to as many employers as you can||Employers are keen to speak to potential employees and discuss the sorts of attributes, skills and/or prerequisites required.|
|Careers Drop in Service||Come and talk to a careers consultant about your queries, or to get feedback on job applications. Opening times and locations|
|Join professional associations||Many professional associations welcome student members. This represents an excellent opportunity to meet potential employers and get advice.|
|Skill development workshops and seminars||Available to all University of Melbourne students, these workshops and seminars are designed to develop your employability skills.|
Use the resources available
- Browse through job databases
Job databases are a great way to explore a range of options. The University's Careers Online is a comprehensive resource and has the advantage of being available only to current and recent graduates.
- Careers Fairs and Expos
There are a number of careers fairs and expos that take place both on and off campus, and online throughout the year. Keep an eye on the Melbourne Careers Centre calendar and Careers Online. These fairs and expos are a great opportunity to meet multiple employers and speak to a whole range of organisations.
- Employer presentations
There are a range of employer information sessions held throughout the year, check Careers Online for details.
Prepare for employment
Many employers are looking for graduates with additional skills and attributes. Recent studies have identified the following skills as crucial to gaining employment and progressing within it: communication skills; teamwork skills; problem-solving skills; initiative and enterprise; planning and organising; self-management; and technology skills.
To be fully prepared for employment, consider adding to your experience and improving your chances of success by undertaking one or more of the following:
- Gaining experience
Employers view experience as a vital component when assessing candidates. Real-life experience in a work environment can help you develop relationships in an industry you might be interested in pursuing as a career.
Participating in leadership and volunteering activities is an effective way of gathering critical employability skills.
- Study Abroad or Exchange
Studying part of your degree overseas can provide you with highly sought-after skills and experiences. With many professional positions becoming increasingly global, experience of learning in other cultures can be attractive to potential employers.
Apply for a position
Once you've narrowed down your search and found the position you're looking for, the next step is the actual application process.
- Application processes
As a graduate of the University of Melbourne, you will be ready to enter the workforce with a clearly defined set of attributes. Putting yourself forward as a potential employee requires you to be able to articulate why an employer should choose you over your competitors.
- preparing a resume
- application forms
- cover letters
- selection criteria
Pre employment information
Before accepting your employment contract make sure you are familiar with the following:.
- pay rates and wages
- workplace rights
- employment contracts