Extra employability support for international students

All Swinburne students, including international students, can get access Swinburne's careers and employability services.

If you’re an international student, you can also access extra support to boost your employability and become job-ready.

Use your time at Swinburne to build the skills and mindset that employers look for. Employers are after work-ready graduates who can demonstrate they have strong skills in communication, problem-solving, team-work and more.

We will work with you to develop these skills and connect you to events and activities that will give you that extra employability edge. Refer to the International Student Employability Roadmap.

Contact us

For individual support or to find out more about our employability seminars and activities for international students, contact:

Olivia Doyle
International Student Adviser – Employability
t: +613 9214 8348
e: odoyle@swin.edu.au

Working in Australia while you study

If you are in Australia on an approved student visa, you are allowed to work, but you and your dependents:

  • cannot start working until your course has started
  • cannot work more than 40 hours per fortnight during your scheduled study periods, including exam periods
  • can work unlimited hours during official study breaks.

Check the conditions of your visa with the Department of Home Affairs.

Important Resources for International Students

Job Club

Job Club is a group for international students, meeting twice monthly (Hawthorn campus) to support each other's employment-seeking activities. 

You don't need to register for Job Club, you can just drop in. Check out the Job Club event details below.

Job search tips Thursday 30 August
2.30 – 3.30pm

Friday 14 September
1.30 – 2.30pm

Market yourself into a job
(Guest speaker)

Wednesday 26 September
12.30 – 1.30pm

Interview skills

Tuesday 9 October
2.30 – 3.30pm

Job search tips

Thursday 25 October
1.30 – 2.30pm

Rights and responsibilities

Wednesday 7 November
2.30 – 3.30pm

Professional job search

Tuesday 20 November
12.30 – 1.30pm

Open forum

Monday 3 December
1.30 – 2.30pm


Employability events for international students

Verbal communication skills for job search and workplace success

Your ability to communicate clearly and in a professional manner is key to your career success. This seminar focuses on: business communication protocols; strategies to improve clarity, fluency, pace and pronunciation; communicating with confidence and

Engineers Australia briefing

Guest speakers from Engineers Australia provide an overview of skills assessment requirements for international engineering qualifications and benefits of membership. Plus insights into the engineering employment market in Australia, including where to find job vacancies,

Completion of studies seminar for final year students

If you're an international student completing your Swinburne studies this semester, join us for this celebratory afternoon tea. Get advice on taking the next steps after university, as well as tips for finalising your studies.

IT student speed networking

This is a great opportunity to make industry connections with IT professionals who can share their insights on getting your professional career started.