UNSW Professional Development Program (International Students)
The UNSW Professional Development Program (International Students) is an initiative to assist UNSW international students with English as a second language to further develop their communication skills in a professional setting and gain practical workplace experience to enhance their career opportunities.
The Program consists of two components:
This program aims to assist international students in:
To be eligible to apply for the program you need to:
If you are selected to take part in the program, you will be required to:
The Seminars on Day 1 and 2 focus on developing international students' business communication and customer service skills. Topics to be covered include:
The Seminar on Day 3 empowers international students to excel in the recruitment process. Topics to be covered include:
The third day will finish with a Networking Function with the employer panel members and UNSW staff who will be hosting the 50 hour Workplace Experience Program.
The Workplace Experience Program is hosted by Careers and Employment and other areas within UNSW. The Program provides an opportunity for international students to practice skills gained through the seminars.
In completing the three-day seminar, all participants will be interviewed for the 50 hour Workplace Experience Program. Successful participants will be matched with a UNSW unit.
The hours will be set according to each student’s academic timetable and the availabilities of the various UNSW units. Students are expected to complete the 50 hours by the end of the Semester.
Throughout the Program, students will work collaboratively with their supervisor in developing and working towards a set of Workplace Experience Program goals. Students will receive constructive feedback throughout the program and at the completion.
This workplace experience component is part of an AHEGS accredited university program, so it will appear as a co-curricular activity on the student's secondary transcript when they graduate.
Numbers for the Professional Development Program are limited, you are not automatically accepted into the program even if you meet all of the eligibility requirements, your application will be assessed.
When applications are open for the UNSW Professional Development Program (International Students) follow these steps to apply:
Step 1: Attend Careers and Employment seminars on “Writing a Successful Resume and Cover Letter” and “Ace the Interview” if you haven’t done so in the past 12 months. View our timetable and register online.
Step 2: Update your resume based on what you have learned from the seminars.
Step 3: Ensure you have read the FAQ's about the program.
Step 4: Complete the online application form.