We're here to help you get career ready from your first to final semester. With an eye to the future, as soon as you become a Melbourne student, you can access our careers support. From helping you explore employment options, crafting resumes, applying for internships through to specialised advice, programs, and tool. We recognise and reward volunteering, university participation, and professional development activities, both on and off-campus through the Leaders in Communities Award (LiCA).
Ranked 7th in the world for employability
Do you have your eye on the best roles? Melbourne alumni include prime ministers and CEOs to star performers and everything in between. With a broad curriculum blending academic excellence with practical and interpersonal skills, global mentoring and powerful lifelong connections, you’ll find yourself in the top 1% for graduate employability worldwide.
Real-world learning, for the real world
Nothing prepares you for work like work. At Melbourne you can experience and explore different workplaces, take an internship in Australia or overseas, start a business or volunteer for an organisation that inspires you. Practical, real-world experiences are a key part of our integrated learning programs, including industry placements. And that’s why industry places Melbourne graduates at the top of their list.
in the world for graduate employability
QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020
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Internships and industry connections
Internships are a great way to get first-hand experience and figure out if your dream career is right for you, or trial a new industry. Our students intern in leading companies and institutions nationally and internationally, paving the way to fulfilling and exciting careers. As Australia’s #1 university, we can get you in the door at some of Australia’s – and the world’s – most influential organisations. We have connections with Reconciliation Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Recital Centre, Museum Victoria, the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne City Council, the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, VicHealth and the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre, just to name a few.
Your career starts now
You can start planning your career and building your experience and networks from the moment you set foot on campus. In fact, we highly recommend it!
As a student, you will have the opportunity to connect with a range of people to develop your employability skills, including specialised advisers, student peers, employers and alumni.
You should also make sure you take advantage of the many networking, volunteering and leadership opportunities available at Melbourne.
Exclusive job opportunities
Many of the world’s leading organisations personally visit our campus each year to recruit our students. They also advertise on Careers Online, our job noticeboard for the exclusive use of current students and recent graduates. As a University of Melbourne student, you’ll find positions that are not advertised elsewhere including part-time and casual work, graduate programs and unique internship opportunities in Australia and overseas. There’s also the Students@Work program, which provides on-campus employment opportunities (including internships and professional roles) to current University of Melbourne students.
As a Melbourne student you’ll have access to EmployMe, your personal career centre packed with interactive tools and e-learning content designed to help you navigate today’s job market and move your career forward with confidence. Find support for your situation with advice direct from career coaches and hiring managers. Develop your elevator pitch, discover your motivations and workplace preferences and get guidance in creating your CV and practising for interviews.
Workshop your dream career
We offer free workshops during the academic year that will get you inspired and prepared for your future. You can book in for any general, faculty-based or one-on-one sessions that interest you. Learn how to negotiate with different generations, handle conflict at work, prepare for interviews and communicate effectively during the job application process. Develop industry connections through career showcases, panels, masterclasses and networking events. Workshops for international students and one-on-one resume and cover letter checks with our hiring experts are also available.
When peer collaboration forges a new career path
Breadth subjects enabled pianist Nicole Tj and violinist Thomas Lo to focus on their shared passion for music performance, while building broader career paths. As Nicole headed towards marketing and Thomas into architecture, the former Bachelor of Music (Honours) students co-founded anon – a platform now known for innovative, cross-disciplinary collaboration around classical music.