Extra employability support for international students

All Swinburne students, including international students, can get access to 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 8248
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 dependants:

  • 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.

If you are a postgraduate research student:

  • you can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during any preliminary courses you undertake
  • if you have commenced your masters by research or doctoral degree in Australia, there is no limit on the number of hours you may work. 

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

Important Resources for International Students

Employability events for international students

To register for any of the employability events visit SwinEmploy where you will need to login with your student number and password.  

If you experience any difficulties please contact Careers & Employability on (03) 9214 5360 or email odoyle@swin.edu.au.

Semester 1 2019

Part time / casual employment: employer and student guest speaker panel sharing Australian job search tips  Wednesday 6 March
11.30am - 12.30pm

Professional job search toolkit

Workshop to help you prepare a job search tool kit suited to finding professional employment related to your studies including:

  • resumes
  • cover letters
  • LinkedIn
  • interviews

Thursday 7 March
10.30am - 12.30pm


Professional job search toolkit 

Are you seeking professional employment related to your studies?
This seminar will help you prepare a job search toolkit tailored to the Australian job market and ensure you impress recruiters.

Wednesday 13 March
10.30am – 12.30pm


Finding part time / casual employment
Strategies for finding part time / casual employment including:

  • Typical student jobs
  • Resumes
  • Interview tips

Thursday 21 March
11am - 12pm


International student graduate job search (employer guest speaker)

If you are in your final year, now is the time to start planning your graduate job search strategy.

This seminar will assist international students looking for graduate or professional course related employment. 

Friday 22 March
10.30 - 11.30am

Student Lounge GS217
Level 2 The George

Set yourself up for career success – essential insights to get your professional career started whilst you are a student
Use your time at Swinburne to position yourself for career success after you graduate.  There is a lot you can do as an international student to enhance your career prospects.

Tuesday 26 March
11am - 12pm


Australian business basics

Understand the core skills to succeed in the world of work and develop commercial awareness to help grow your career.

Wednesday 3 April
11am – 12.30pm

Completion of studies seminar for final year students

If you are completing your Swinburne studies this semester, join us for advice on taking the next steps after university, as well as tips for finalising your Swinburne studies.

Friday 3 May 
1.30pm - 4pm


Opportunities in startups

Melbourne is home to a range of vibrant start-ups and Victoria is known as the ‘start-up’ state.
Start-ups can provide useful work experience and a way to build your employability skills. This seminar will provide you with an overview of the Melbourne startup community and how you can get involved.

Wednesday 8 May
4 - 5pm

Professional job search strategies or final year students

Especially for students completing their studies – advice on job search, writing professional applications and hear from recent international students who have successfully transitioned into employment.

Tuesday 25 June
12.30 - 3.30pm

Interview practise with professional recruiters

Expert guidance to perfect your interview technique and the opportunity to practise with professional recruiters.
Gain insider information on typical interview questions and tips to set yourself up for success.

Limited spaces – so if you register you are expected to attend.

Wednesday 10 July
11am - 1pm

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 4 April
1 - 2pm

Wednesday 17 April
11.30am - 12.30pm

Market yourself into a job

Monday 13 May
3 – 4pm

Interview skills

Wednesday 29 May
1 - 2pm

Job search tips

Wednesday 19 June
2 - 3pm

Rights and responsibilities

Wednesday 3 July
2 - 3pm

Open forum

Thursday 18 July
2 – 3pm