Careers and employment

Become career ready at Swinburne. Get the skills and resources you need to succeed in today's competitive labour market. Proactively plan, develop and manage your career into the future. Build a body of experience and skills outside the classroom.

We offer a range of services that extend beyond what you learn in the classroom to enhance your qualification and prepare you for your career.

At Swinburne we’ll do everything we can to make help you stand out from the crowd.

Job application resources

Our Centre for Career Development has offices at the Hawthorn, Wantirna and Croydon campuses. Here you’ll find useful resources on employment, employability and job applications.

Attend our seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the year to learn about career paths, résumé writing, cover letters, key selection criteria and job interviews.

Careers counselling

Receive valuable guidance on planning, searching, applying and attending interviews, including mock interview sessions. Book a one-on-one career counselling session or attend our daily drop-in service for résumé and cover letter checks.

Employer networking

Attend one of our regular on-campus employer information sessions, webinars or exhibitions. We partner with employers to ensure you are aware of job opportunities. And you can develop your contacts at employer/student networking events.

Work experience

Employers value your formal qualifications, but they also value your work experience.

The Centre for Career Development provides expert advice on holiday employment, job shadowing, volunteering and joining professional associations. Get help with searching for manageable part-time jobs, too.

SwinEmploy is an online job database that advertises professional, part-time and casual jobs. Once registered, you’ll receive regular emails about jobs relevant to your study areas.

Work Integrated Learning

Swinburne leads the way in giving students hands-on industry experience. 

Work Integrated Learning opportunities provide exposure to workplace situations and projects. It's just a matter of choosing the opportunity that suits your future.

Bachelor degree students can choose from:

  • professional degrees
  • professional placements
  • professional internships
  • accreditation placements
  • industry study tours
  • industry-linked projects
  • creating your own opportunities.

You'll build invaluable skills, career networks and, most importantly, the confidence of knowing you have what it takes to land a job in your field.

Volunteering

The Student Leadership and Volunteer Program provides you with opportunities to contribute to the Swinburne community through leadership and volunteering roles.

Volunteers develop practical experience and have opportunities to undertake training and obtain certifications in a number of fields. Opportunities may include mentoring, events and activities hosted by the university or its faculties, or participation in academic panels and hearings.

Study overseas

Expand your horizons by going on a study tour, exchange or international internship.

The cultural experience of international study offers you a personal growth opportunity: to develop insight, communication skills and a depth of understanding. There are overseas study opportunities for both degree and diploma students, and your international study experience is usually credited towards your course.