It’s a common question for international students: I’ve got a great Australian qualification, but how do I get that great Australian job?
More than 60 international students found out yesterday, at a special ‘Employability Tips for International Students’ workshop hosted by the Macquarie’s Career and Employment Service.
The presenters had decades of experience in helping international students find work in Australia. They shared valuable advice on everything from perfecting job applications to expected growth areas in the Australian job market.
Recent Macquarie accounting graduate Jian (Joey) Wang shared his experience in finding a job with a Sydney accounting firm.
Joey spoke of the importance of developing ‘soft skills’ to offer employers, who typically expect more than just a qualification and – in his experience – often aren’t that impressed with a transcript full of High Distinctions.
He said his number one tip for international students is to seek out casual work, volunteer opportunities and student group activities as soon as they start studying.
“As soon as you enter a work environment you start to build professional connections and you get a chance to practice your English,” Joey noted.
“Even if it’s a volunteer experience, it will be helpful,” he added. “I was required do a certain amount of cross-cultural and volunteer work as part of the Global Leadership Program and it ended up leading to an internship.”
Manager of the Career and Employment Service Julie Doherty reminded students to make full use of the services and extracurricular activities available to them.
“We’re here to help you,” she noted. “At the end of the day, it’s people that get you jobs.”
Macquarie’s Career and Employment Service provides free support for all Macquarie students including regular workshops, employer presentations and careers fairs, resume and job application coaching, and assistance with finding casual / part-time work during study.
Upcoming events include an engineering and IT careers information session where student will hear from major employers and network with companies including HP, IBM, EY and Accenture.