T3 2020 Professional Development Program

Applications for the Term 3 Program are now open! Applications close on Sunday 9 August 2020.

In light of COVID-19, the T3 PD Program will be delivered online during Monday 31 August 2020 to Thursday 3 September 2020. 

Starting a career as an international student in a new country can be challenging, which is why the Student and Careers Success (SACS) Team created the Professional Development Program! Explicitly designed for international students, this program covers workplace communication skills, recruitment tips, employer expectations, and provides international students the opportunity to participate in group consulting projects hosted by various units across UNSW.

What's Involved?

3-day online seminar

The online seminar covers Australian workplace culture, recruitment tips, employer expectations and much more to help you enhance your employability. 

They focus on developing workplace communication and customer service skills helping you prepare for success in the Australian workplace. They include tips and tricks for the recruitment process, interviews and LinkedIn. 

The third day will finish with a live graduate panel and networking.

You will participate in compulsory live sessions and online learning activities.


Group consulting projects

After completing the online seminar program, all participants will be interviewed for the group consulting projects. This is your chance to practice video interviews which is a common recruitment process.

Upon these interviews, successful participants will be matched to team and with a UNSW staff member who you will work with on a real-life group project. Your supervisor will communicate with you virtually and hold weekly meetings with your team to provide guidance and feedback.

This experience provides an opportunity for international students to practice skills gained from the program and work collaboratively with their team in reporting and presenting their project, receiving constructive feedback from your supervisor throughout.

This program is an  AHEGS  accredited university program, it will appear as a co-curricular activity on your secondary transcript when you graduate. 


Self-reflection questionnaires and evaluation feedback 

To successfully complete the program, you are required to complete self-reflection questionnaires and feedback at various stages of the program. This will help you consolidate your skill learning as well as monitor your development during the program.  

For those who undertake the group consulting project, you will be required to complete a project report and presentation with feedback provided by your supervisor.

Is It For Me?

To be eligible to apply for the program you need to be:

  • A current international student at UNSW with English as a second language  

  • Currently enrolled student in T3 2020 when the 3-day online seminars and group consulting projects take place 

  • In second or subsequent year of your undergraduate study, or at any stage of your postgraduate degree 

  • Have attended the 'Writing a Successful Resume and Cover Letter' and 'Ace the Interview' seminars in the last 12 months. If you have not attended these, please complete the Moodle lessons covering Resume, Cover Letter and Interview in order to enhance your application and prepare you for the program.

The Moodle lessons are available on The Learning & Career Hub Resource Library:

Self-Enrolment Key (Student): ResourceAccess

Key Dates

Applications Open: Monday 22 June 2020  

Webinar information session (Option 1): Thursday 9 July 2020

Webinar information session (Option 2):  Wednesday 29 July 2020

Applications Close: 11pm Sunday 9 August 2020  


Program dates:

3-day online seminar: Monday 31 August - Wednesday 2 September 2020

Video interview for group consulting project: Thursday 3 September 2020

Interview results and group consulting projects assigned: Week of 7 September 2020

Introductory meeting with supervisor and project starts: T3 Week 1 (14-18th Sep)

Mid-project check-in: T3 Week 4 (5-9th Oct)

Project reports due: T3 Week 6 (19-23rd Oct)

Final presentation: T3 Week 7 (26-30th Oct)

Presentation feedback and program ends: T3 Week 8 (2-6th Nov)

How To Apply

Follow these steps to apply: 

Step 1: Have attended the 'Writing a Successful Resume and Cover Letter' and 'Ace the Interview' seminars in the last 12 months or have completed the Moodle Lessons covering Resume, Cover Letter and Interview in order to enhance your application and prepare you for the program.

The Moodle lessons are available on The Learning & Career Hub Resource Library:

Self-Enrolment Key (Student): ResourceAccess

Step 2:  Update your resume based on what you have learned from the seminars or Moodle lessons

Step 3: Ensure you have read the FAQ's about the program 

Step 4: Complete the online application form. 

Apply now

Note: Numbers for the Professional Development Program are limited, you are not automatically accepted into the Program even if you meet all eligibility requirements, your application will be assessed.  

FAQ'S for Term 3 2020 Online Edition

How often does the PD Program run?

The PD Program runs two times a year in T2 and T3. The Term 3 2020 version will also be delivered online.


How will this version of the program be run online?

The program will be delivered via Moodle with a mixture of online live sessions, recorded webinars, and activities where attendance and participation will be recorded.


Will this online version of the PD Program cover the same topics as the normal in person version?
Yes, the Program, although slightly different in format, will still cover Australian workplace culture, workplace communication skills, recruitment tips, employer expectations and much more to help you enhance your employability. You will still receive a certificate of completion at the end and be able to put this program on your resume.


If I am accepted into the 3-day online sessions, does that guarantee me a spot in the online group consulting projects? 

No. On the day after the 3-day online component, you will undertake an online interview for the group consulting projects. Pending these interviews, some students will get to participate the online group consulting project component.   


How many online group consulting projects are there?

The number of projects available are still be determined. On average we 70-80% of the students who complete the 3-day seminar component are successfully in obtaining a UNSW workplace experience, (in this case a spot in an UNSW group consulting project).


How much work will there be involved for the group consulting project?
Group projects will take place starting from Week 1-Week 7 in Term 3. You will be expected to meet online with your supervisor once a week, produce a small report and provide a short presentation.  All supervisors understand that you are also taking classes at the same time and you will be responsible for managing your schedule with your team members and supervisors. We anticipate the group project taking up approximately 20 hours over this period.   


How many students will be in a group consulting project?
Each project will have two separate teams of 3-4 students working on the same project.


Will I get a group consulting project which is relevant to the course I am studying? 

The group consulting projects will come from various units on campus and are designed to enable you to practice the skills you learn from the online program through a real-life group project supervised by a UNSW staff member. The projects will be broad enough for students from any discipline and will provide you with a very real reflection of the current workplace that we are all experiencing during these unprecedented times. It will also and provide them with an experience of working with you through an online medium. 


Are group consulting projects paid? 

The PD Program is a volunteer placement, which provides an opportunity for international students to practise skills gained through the seminars. Students will get the participation in the group consulting projects recognised on their AHEGS


If you have any questions about the Program contact pdprogram@unsw.edu.au