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Become a Swinburne Emerging Leader

The Swinburne Emerging Leaders Award program recognise the valuable skills you develop through activities you undertake alongside your studies. Examples include your part-time job, volunteer work, club or society participation, overseas study tours and careers workshops.

The awards recognise many of the activities you are already involved in and encourage you to expand your experiences into new areas.

To enhance your employability, the awards give you the opportunity to reflect on what you have done and create linkages between these activities and the skills employers are looking for. For each award you will need to complete certain activities and show how you have developed one or more of the key skills using the STAR format.

You can register for any of the seven award categories listed below. To be eligible to be recognised as a Swinburne Emerging Leader you need to complete the Career Development Award plus three of the other awards. In addition, you need to demonstrate you have enhanced your skills in 6 of the 8 skill categories.

Award Categories

Campus Award

Are you a student mentor or ambassador? Have you served as a course representative or orientation volunteer? If so, have your skills and contributions recognised. Students must complete at least 40 hours working within the campus or for the University to meet the criteria for this award.

Relevant Activities

  • Student Ambassador
  • Student Leader
  • Student Volunteer
  • Student Mentor
  • Active Club or Society Member

* Swinburne Online students can find out more about online campus activities and begin the application process for the award direct through their website.

Career Development Award

The Center for Career Development runs a wide range of courses, workshops, events and services for student to enhance their employability and career development. Students need to complete at least five activities to meet the criteria for this Award.

Relevant Activities

  • Careers in the Curriculum unit
  • Careers or Employment Expo/Fair/Conference
  • Career Workshop/Seminar
  • Future Work Skills unit

Community Engagement Award

Are you involved in charity work or fundraising? Are you an active member of a club, society or the SSAA volunteer program? Have you participated in local government, indigenous or other community projects? Students must complete at least 40 hours volunteer service in a community environment to meet the criteria for this award.

Relevant Activities

  • Charity fundraising
  • Non-profit fundraising
  • Club/Society member
  • Club/Society leader

Diversity Award

Diversity activities are those that celebrate and respect the strength that difference creates. A society that embraces diversity seeks to be inclusive of all its people regardless of age, gender, religion, sexuality (LGBTIQ), socio-economic or cultural background, or disability. Have you participated in, led or developed an activity/program that cultivates and celebrates diversity? Students must complete at least 40 hours in a diversity environment to meet the criteria for this award. This activity can be within the Swinburne community or the wider community.

Relevant Activities

  • Volunteer at a diversity event e.g. World Kitchen events, Pride @ Swinburne, Youth Humanitarian Festival
  • Participate in a migrant focused project/program within your community or at Swinburne e.g. Bridging with Books, Student Learning Advisor, or fund raising event
  • Actively participate in Swinburne groups e.g. Women in IT, Focus OCF, Multicultural Student Fellowship, Swinburne Islamic Society, Swinburne Punjabi Club
  • Act as student mentor aiding accessibility or aged health care
  • Lead or organise a community group to help strengthen and foster diversity within your community (religious, cultural, indigenous or other diversity group)
  • Industry Study Tour to another country
  • Participate in The Long Walk a charity inspired by Michael Long's walk to Canberra to raise awareness of issues faced by indigenous Australians
  • Raise funds for groups from a diversity background e.g. beyondblue, refugees, Big Issue

Global Citizenship Award

International experiences bring a wealth of lifelong skills. Students can choose to engage in study abroad, study tours, or exchanges. There are overseas programs with an educational, sustainability, or humanitarian focus, or an interactive project with an international partner on offer. Students must complete at least 50 hours in an international activity.

Relevant Activities

  • Overseas study tour
  • Student exchange program
  • Internationally focused project
  • International students studying in Australia

Industry Experience Award

Part-time or casual work, practical placements, industry-based learning, internships and corporate shadowing have great employment outcomes to complement your academic qualification. Students must complete at least 50 hours in a workplace setting to meet the criteria for this Award.

Relevant Activities

  • Part-time/casual/holiday paid employment
  • Part-time/casual/holiday unpaid work experience
  • Industry-Based Learning (IBL)
  • Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL)
  • Traineeship/Internship
  • Industry or work placement

Research Award

Students must complete a period of cadetship working with a research group or designated project.

Relevant Activities

  • Capstone/final year project
  • Research cadetship
  • Research assistant

Sustainability Award

Sustainable activities are those that help maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can continue to have the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment. Students must complete at least 50 hours on a sustainable activity from a range of options such as courses, projects, and specialised programs.

Relevant Activities

  • Sustainability training/short course/unit
  • Conservation volunteer
  • Local/regional council volunteer