Employment support

Preparing for your career

Careers and employment

Our Careers and Employment service provides training, support and resources to ensure students have the confidence to seek employment themselves using both traditional and non-traditional approaches. Careers and Employment curates information and workshops to help you find a job, write your resume, build job-searching skills, and perform well in interviews. Programs and workshops designed specifically for international students include:

  • Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Finding Work in Brisbane
  • Career Planning for International Students
  • International Student Employment Preparation Program (ISEPP)

International students are also encouraged to attend all other generic workshops offered through Careers and Employment. These include:

  • Making Course Decisions - for first years
  • Getting Ready for Careers Fair
  • Applying for Graduate Positions
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Interview Techniques and Practice
  • Addressing Selection Criteria and Writing Skills Based Applications
  • Resume Labs
  • Networking
  • Social Media – Building your Professional Online Profile

If you are currently enrolled as a student or have graduated in the past six months, you can also submit your resume and other job application documents to our Resume Review team for review and feedback. A trained member of the Resume Review team will return your documents with brief feedback on the suitability of the content, formatting and structure of the documents within five working days.

International Student Employment Preparation Program (ISEPP)

ISEPP is a series of workshops designed to prepare international students for the transition from education to employment.

The program is open to all international students and is offered three times per semester. ISEPP is a gateway to other programs offered through Careers and Employment including the Real World Placement Program and the International Student Volunteering Program.

On completion of the program students will have an understanding of, and confidence in, applying all aspects of the recruitment process, from application through to job offer. Students will also have a greater understanding of workplace culture and employer's expectations to ensure they gain maximum value from any placements or experiences they undertake.

Topics Covered:

  • Accessing the Job Market
  • Applications - Resume and Cover Letter
  • Selection Criteria
  • Communication and Culture for the Australian Workplace
  • The Value of Networking
  • Interviews Techniques

Career Mentor Scheme

The QUT Career Mentor Scheme can match you with an industry professional that has experience in your areas of interest to act as your mentor for the academic year. Advantages of participating include:

  • access to advice from an industry professional
  • information and knowledge straight from the real world
  • valuable networking opportunities
  • a supportive, on-going professional relationship to support your career.

The time and commitment that you invest in the relationship with your mentor has the potential to pave the path to your future career.

Real World Placement Program

The Real World Placement Program (RWPP) offers a variety of not-for-credit placement opportunities within industry and volunteer sectors for students who would like to put their studies into practice and gain real world experience. It also provides access to specialised workshops, career development training, and peer and professional networking opportunities.

Placements may be paid positions, co-curricular work experience placements, or volunteering for community benefit. Some of the benefits of doing a real world placement include opportunities to:

  • investigate the employment market and experience a specific work place
  • get a taste of the real world of work in your field - leading to more informed career choices
  • work on problem solving, initiative and team work skills, which you can then write about in selection criteria and talk about in interviews
  • make industry connections who can provide you with referees and references for your resume and for general recruitment purposes
  • give back to the community and make new friends with similar interests

The RWPP team, working within QUT’s Careers & Employment team, will provide you with orientation training, a one-on-one placement planning appointment, and ongoing optional workshops and networking opportunities. Placement facilitators will be available to provide you with support at any stage in the program.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Many courses at QUT offer work integrated learning (WIL) units, where you can undertake a work placement for academic credit. Each faculty and course varies in relation to how many WIL units are offered or required, and how established the contacts are for finding placements within industry.

WIL placements are covered by QUT insurance, and the faculty or school also provides learning support to the student during the placement. This learning support includes:

  • interaction with the student which may include site visits
  • organisation of student placements
  • ongoing monitoring of student work and progress
  • assessment of student learning and performance during the learning activity.

Realise program

The Realise program has been designed to help final semester students and recent graduates from Nursing, Justice and Accounting undergraduate programs to find paid employment through targeted career development workshops. Students can discover how to stand out from the crowd while developing the core skills that employers are looking for in your industry.

Realise is a free program which is dedicated to helping students and graduates to develop work readiness through:

  • innovative job search strategies
  • resume support
  • networking/interview skills
  • confidence in cold calling
  • personal brand development

Some of the additional benefits of the Program include:

  • increased employability skills
  • access to an exclusive list of paid roles
  • regular industry-specific career development workshops
  • ongoing support from the Realise Team

Careers fair

Each year QUT Careers and Employment hosts a variety of Career Fairs and events, where you can connect with employers from all over Australia.

This includes a large Graduate Careers Fair in March of each year and several faculty-specific fairs at the start of semester two. We also hold a Skilled Volunteer Expo around September/October each year.

These are great opportunities to meet employers and to practice your networking and self-marketing skills. You can chat to industry representatives about their companies, graduate recruitment opportunities, work experience, vacation work, internships and application processes as well as discussing potential opportunities for you individually.

Skilled volunteering

Skilled volunteering provides practical experience, builds your resume and connects you with like-minded people while working on course relevant projects.

The International Student Volunteering Initiative provides up to 40 international students, placed into small groups, the opportunity to take part in a semester-long project with a local non-profit organisation. As part of this project, students will undergo a workshop which is designed to prepare them for their volunteer projects. Your volunteering experience will be fully supported and will involve volunteering around one day a week over a few months of a semester.

This program runs twice a year. You can become involved by joining the Real World Placement Program, after which you will be notified via email when applications open.

You can also seek skilled volunteering opportunities at the Skilled Volunteer Expo, held around September/October each year. Here you can find real world volunteering projects and meet with not-for-profit organisations looking for student volunteers.

University volunteering

You can add a community or academic volunteering experience to your resume by becoming a volunteer with QUT Connect, LDI Mentors, or Peer Programs.

QUT Connect is an on-campus and university-run volunteering program that helps students settle into university life and actively contribute to building a vibrant campus community.

LDI Mentors are student volunteers with exceptional leadership skills and knowledge. They work within the LDI program to assist other students with support and advice throughout their journey.

Peer Programs help students succeed with their studies. After your first year, you can volunteer as a peer learning facilitator at STIMulate, a free program providing assistance with skills in maths, science and IT to any student at QUT. There are also a number of faculty-specific programs that you can get involved in.

GoinGlobal (Resource)

GoinGlobal is the ultimate international job seekers guide! Packed with country-specific information, this massive research tool contains more than 10,000 resources for finding international employment at home and abroad across 23 countries. Alongside thousands of regularly updated job listings, you also have access to finance and compensation information, business resources, and industry-specific trade and professional organisation information.

International career counselling

We also have a dedicated International Career Counselling team to support your career development. Career counselling sessions are free and are available at the Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses each day for current students. Sessions can cover:

  • Course uncertainty
  • Career direction and planning
  • Mock job interviews
  • International work placement
  • Postdoctoral options
  • Identifying skills developed

Our careers service can help you find work to support yourself while you're studying, and to prepare for a career after graduation.

Working while studying

You might choose to work part-time while studying to help balance your finances. Most student visas allow you work up to 20 hours a week during the semester and full-time during the holidays.

Permission to work

Student visas granted on or after 26th April 2008 automatically give you the right to work the hours outlined above.

If your visa was granted before this date and doesn't give you permission to work, you must ask the Student Centre to notify DIBP that you've started your course. After 24 hours, you can complete an online application for permission to work. DIBP will contact you if your application is successful.

Find a job

Jobs are constantly advertised through QUT's CareerHub and the QUT Guild job listings

The QUT Student Guild also offers some short training courses to gain you skills and qualifications such as a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) license that may be necessary for a particular part-time job.

If you need information and advice about your workplace rights and obligations, Fair Work Australia can help you.

Paying taxes

If you work and earn money in Australia, you must pay taxes. When you're working, your employer will take money from your wages to pay tax.

You'll need to apply for a tax file number (TFN) from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). You must keep your TFN secure and not share it with anyone.

When you apply for a TFN, make sure that you use your Australian address if you're studying here for more than 6 months. If you're studying in Australia for less than 6 months, you might not be eligible for a TFN.

The ATO can also help with:

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