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 2 2019

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International women in the workforce

Women from diverse cultural backgrounds are strong, smart, technically competent and achieving outstanding career success. However, making the transition into the Australian workplace from societies that are often more traditional, and where roles and cultural norms are different, can pose challenges to be overcome.

Hear from a diverse guest speaker panel of successful women who will share their career experiences and tips for cultural adjustment.

  • Career planning
  • Managing family expectations
  • Personal & professional development tips
  • Cultural adjustment tips

Both male and female students may find valuable insights and are welcome to attend.

Registration – you will be redirected to SwinEmploy where you will need to log in 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 

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This seminar is presented by Swinburne’s International Student Life team. It is part of a series of events and activities to equip you with the knowledge and capabilities to be ‘employment ready’ upon graduation.

Thursday 26 September
3.00pm - 4.00pm

 TD121

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 finalizing your Swinburne studies. The seminar will include:

  • Post-study work visa update
  • Graduation advice
  • Planning your career after university
  • Job search
  • Alumni connections

Registration – you will be redirected to SwinEmploy where you will need to log in 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

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This seminar is presented by Swinburne’s International Student Life team. It is part of a series of events and activities to equip you with the knowledge and capabilities to be ‘employment ready’ upon graduation.

Friday 4 October
1.30pm - 4.00pm
 EN313

Professional job search strategies for graduating 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.

Registration – you will be redirected to SwinEmploy where you will need to log in 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

Click here to attend.

This seminar is presented by Swinburne’s International Student Life team. It is part of a series of events and activities to equip you with the knowledge and capabilities to be ‘employment ready’ upon graduation.

Monday 25 November
10.00am - 1.00pm
 BA302

Job Club – Part Time / Casual Job Search Support

Are you an international student looking for part-time/casual/contract employment while you study?

Join us for job search tips and support. No registration required – just come along!

We cover a different topic at each Job Club - including resumes, pay rates, cold calling, interview tips and more

We also invite you to share job vacancies and tips with other students.

Free coffee, tea and chocolate biscuits.

Tuesday 3 September,

12.00pm - 1.00pm

AGSE108

Friday 27 September,

1.00pm - 2.00pm

AGSE108

Thursday 3 October

3.00pm -  4.00pm

EN213

Thursday 14 November

2.00pm - 3.00pm

BA709

Thursday 28 November

2.00pm - 3.00pm

AGSE108

Tuesday 10 December

2.00pm - 3.00pm

AGSE108