The Emerging Leaders Program provides recognition for the broad range of experiences and skills that you develop during your time at university and will help you stand out when you apply for graduate roles. Activities such as participation in a club or society, volunteer work in the community, overseas study tours, internships, placements, and even your part time job can be recognised within the program and will be formally documented on your academic transcript.

The Emerging Leaders Program helps translate your experiences into the skills that all employers are looking for, and will assist you to reach your career goals. The best bit? The Emerging Leaders Program doesn't cost a thing.

By participating in the program, you will: 

  • have your achievements formally recognised on your final academic transcript 
  • learn how to confidently communicate your skills to employers in interviews 
  • improve your employability and stand out from other graduates.

Interested in joining the Emerging Leaders Program?

Register for the program as an Australian campus student or a Swinburne Online student using your student ID and password.

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How does it work? 

Once you are registered you must complete at least 4 out of 8 of the categories listed below, including the compulsory career development category. You must also complete at least six related skills.

The full list of these categories and skills will be explained in further detail upon your registration of the program. 

Leadership categories

The Career Development category is mandatory. You must complete at least five career development activities to pass this category. Choose activities that develop your career management skills.

Examples of relevant activities
  • attendance at Careers and Employability workshops and seminars
  • résumé, cover letter and LinkedIn check (complete all three to receive credit for one activity)
  • career development planning/appointment with a Career Consultant
  • professional development workshops/events
  • development of an Employability Action Plan
  • participation in an industry mentoring program
  • attendance at industry networking events
  • attendance at trade shows (e.g. vocational education)
  • registration with a relevant professional association or student club
  • attendance at a Careers or employment expo/fair/conference
  • participation in the AccessAbility Careers Hub.
Embedded units

If you have completed one of the following units, you may be recognised for the Career Development Certificate. You must register for the Emerging Leader program but you will not need to submit an application.

You will be recognised for Career Development for the skill “Communication" if you complete:

You will be recognised for Career Development for the skill “Teamwork and Collaboration” if you complete:

You must complete at least 40 hours working, volunteering or actively contributing on campus for the university to pass this category.

Examples of relevant activities
  • student mentor
  • orientation volunteer
  • student council representative
  • student ambassador
  • Student Learning Assistant (SLA)
  • study group leader
  • active group, club or society member
  • active participation in Back on Track study support sessions
  • member of the AccessAbility Careers Hub Community of Practice
  • Swinburne Student Union.

If you’re a Swinburne Online student, you can meet this requirement with online campus activities, such as mentoring.

You must complete at least 40 hours of volunteer service in a community environment to pass this category.

Examples of relevant activities
  • social enterprise projects
  • participation in the Student Life Volunteer Program
  • Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • charity or not-for-profit fundraising
  • active club/society member such as a sports club or a charity
  • Club or society leader (president, secretary, captain)
  • volunteering for your local council, welfare, charitable and not for profit organisations.

You must complete at least 40 hours in a diversity environment to pass this category. This activity can be within the Swinburne or wider community.

Examples of relevant activities
  • volunteer at a diversity event e.g. World Kitchen events, Pride @Swinburne, Youth Humanitarian Festival
  • lived experience of managing one's own disability or providing care for others
  • participation in an Industry Study Tour to another country.
  • active participation in a Swinburne group such as Women in IT, Multicultural Student Fellowship, Swinburne Islamic Society, Swinburne Punjabi Club
  • raise funds for groups from a diversity background e.g. beyond blue, refugees
  • participation in a migrant focused project/program within the community or at Swinburne e.g. Bridging with Books
  • student mentor aiding accessibility or aged health care
  • Virtual Internship, Global Citizen Programs or Swinburne Scanlon Intercultural Fellowship
  • organisation or active participation in a community group to help strengthen and foster diversity within your community (religious, cultural, indigenous or other diversity group).

You must complete at least 50 hours in an international activity to meet the criteria for the Global Citizenship category.

Examples of relevant activities
  • study abroad and exchange
  • overseas program with an educational, sustainability, or humanitarian focus
  • interactive project with an international partner
  • international student studying in Australia
  • migrants, Refugees, or Asylum Seekers.

You must complete at least 50 hours in a workplace setting to meet the criteria for the Industry Experience category. This experience does not need to relate to your field of study.

Examples of relevant activities
Embedded units

If you have completed one of the following units, you may be recognised for the Industry Experience certificate. You must register for the Emerging Leader program but you will not need to submit an application.

You may be recognised for Industry Experience with the skill “Teamwork and collaboration” if you have completed:

 You may be recognised for Industry Experience with the skill “Learn from situations and events” if you have completed:

  • Integrated Professional Placement A
  • Professional Internship

Students must work with a research group or on a designated project to pass the Research category.

Examples of relevant activities
  • a final year research project that includes key research components
  • research cadetship
  • position as a research assistant.

Students must complete at least 50 hours on a sustainable activity to meet the criteria for the Sustainability category.

Examples of relevant activities
  • specialised programs with a sustainability focus
  • volunteer activities in conservation
  • projects that support and promote sustainability
  • local or regional council volunteering
  • sustainability training, short courses or units.
Embedded units

You may be recognised for the Sustainability certificate with the skill “Teamwork and collaboration” if you have completed:

  • Engineering Design & Innovation (ENG10001)

You must register for the Emerging Leader program but you will not need to submit an application.

Identify your skills

Once you’ve completed your activities for a leadership category, identify one or more of the skills below. Then, using the STAR format (situation, task, action, result), write a separate reflection (200-300 words) for each skill chosen on how your activities have enhanced your skills in that area.

You must complete a STAR reflection for at least 6 skills.

You will also need to provide a 50-word summary, in a format that you can add to your résumé. 

Identify one or more of the following skills:

  • teamwork and collaboration
  • research and analysis
  • critical thinking
  • communication
  • ability to tackle unfamiliar problems
  • independent, initiating and proactive (self-directed)
  • ability to learn from situations and events, including failures and successes
  • leadership
  • resilience.
  • Information sessions

    Information sessions

    Register to attend an Emerging Leader Information Session. These are conducted regularly, both on campus and as online webinars, and cover the following areas:

    • what the Emerging Leaders Program is
    • who can apply for the program
    • what you can achieve from the program
    • the application process
    • how to become an Emerging Leader.
  • Workshops


    Come along to a STAR workshop for support and advice in aligning your Emerging Leader experiences to your skills and writing your STAR responses.

    • Bring your draft STAR responses or ideas and get feedback and suggestions for how to structure your STAR responses effectively
    • Proof-read your responses and share with your peers for further advice.


Submit your Leadership category applications before you complete your course to ensure your program achievements appear on your academic transcript at the time of your graduation.

Academic transcripts will be updated at the end of Semesters 1 and 2 and all Emerging Leader achievements submitted by the dates below will be recognised.

  • Semester 1: 11.55pm, Sunday 31 May 2020
  • Semester 2: 11.55 pm, Sunday 1 November 2020

Need further assistance?

If you need help or have any questions about your Emerging Leader Program application, contact the team today.

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