How can the Careers Team can support you?
Careers is just one of many support services provided by the university to its students. Our staff members are available to assist students throughout their time at UNE, from day one through to transition from study into graduate employment.
The team can assist with the following:
- Assistance with career planning
- Group workshops
- Career Action Plans
- Access to Internships and work experience opportunities
- Work Integrated Learning (WIL) - Units WORK300/500
- Graduate Employment
- Careers Online Resources
A drop in service is available in person, via phone or email for all your careers questions
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to 1pm
- Tuesday and Thursday 1pm to 4pm
We would love to meet you, but if you are not on-campus you can phone us on 02 6773 2000, or send your career enquiry via AskUNE – attention ‘Careers’. We will return your enquiry as soon as possible - via email, phone or Skype – you just let us know how you would like us to respond. Our office is located in the Dixson Library.
Don't forget that if you need advice, you can review our resources in the Careers Online Moodle unit found in your myUNE portal.
Find a job
Join the UNE Careers Group for all the latest news on LinkedIn - just click on the logo above.
Careers can help employers by:
- advertising opportunities on our UNE Careers LinkedIn page;
- organising targeted emails to student cohorts;
- setting up internships;
- arranging company functions for potential graduate employees;
- providing interview and assessment centre facilities for UNE students;and
- organising on campus visits.
To advertise a job opportunity or other relevant information on our LinkedIn page is free (excluding recruitment agencies - see below), but costs are associated with targeted emails to students who meet specific criteria.
All employer enquiries can be directed to Careers on 02 6773 2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Targeted advertising (all prices are ex GST)|
|Administration fee to search for suitable students - this is an upfront fee. Please note that this will be charged per cohort of students searched, even if you decide not to go ahead with the advertising.||$60.00|
|Email service (via AskUNE)||$1.00|
|Schedule of Fees for other Services (all prices are ex GST)|
|Lodgement service for recruitment companies||$100.00|
|Featured employer - appear on Careers website homepage for 4 weeks|
for 4 weeks
|Featured website link for recruitment companies or internet job search providers||$100.00|
What is a Graduate Program?
Graduate positions are structured professional development roles designed specifically for new or recent graduates. You typically commence a graduate role directly after completing your final year of study; most programs require completion of your degree within the previous two years to be eligible to apply.
The benefits of a graduate program include a supportive environment, an opportunity to work in a number of different roles during a rotational schedule, on-the-job training and mentoring, and an emphasis on learning and development. Programs generally range in length from one to three years, and may include rotational or fixed roles within a specific department.
Graduate roles carry entry level responsibilities. But you should also expect to manage important projects and play a significant role within your department or team. Whether you are part of a large program of 50 or more graduates, or are the only graduate in your organisation, you’ll develop valuable skills to carry throughout your career. You’ll be challenged and have to think on your feet in a range of professional environments.
When do I start applying?
If you are in your final year of study, don’t leave it until November to think about career options!
Most employers recruit for their graduate programs from as early as February in the year prior to graduates starting employment. The sooner you arm yourself with all the relevant information the better placed you’ll be to land a great graduate job!
Graduate Employment Sites
I have been studying BA, majoring in Criminology at UNE. I decided to select WORK300 for my last unit to gain some practical experience before finding employment. There was a few fields I was interested in with my degree and one of these was working with offenders for either pre/post release case management. However, I was not sure if I would enjoy working within a correctional environment. I decided to secure work placement within this field, as it would only be 120 hours. I was fortunate enough to secure an appointment with Maitland Community Corrections where the manager was happy for me to complete placement at this centre. Work experience was fabulous!! I decided to complete the placement working full time for three-four weeks till I reached the required time of 120 hours. That way I got to experience day-to-day activities . At the end of placement, the manager gave excellent feedback. The manager advised he would keep my number and call when he could offer me something. As the employment is a government position, I would also need to look for positions advertised on nsw.jobs.gov.au and apply through the proper HR process to secure a place on the talent pool. Once that process is completed, the individual centres can offer long contracts.
Approximately a month later, I received a call from another community corrections centre advising that my number was passed on to her from Maitland Community Corrections recommending me highly for any positions. Mandy was calling to offer me a position that would work with both custody and community case management. I accepted a contract with NSW Justice for a 35 hour a week working in the parole unit at St Heliers Correctional Centre for an indefinite position. Within three days of starting, I was confidently interviewing offenders on my own.
I was actually going to choose Southern Cross University. I got into their Star Entry Scheme but I also got into UNE’s Early Entry Scheme. I thought I would go on a campus tour of UNE, I wanted to move further away from home Grafton than just Lismore or Coffs Harbour. It was freezing cold. My tour was the day after Australia Day, so the 27th January and it was so cold and miserable, but I really liked the campus. On the day of my campus tour, I decided I was going to go to UNE. I decided I would do the Bachelor of Media and Communications. I thought this would give me good career options and I had the idea of being an On Screen News Presenter.
In my second year of college I got Resident Fellow at Mary White College, so I was responsible for pastoral care, but I also got Social Coordinator on the Junior Common Room Committee. So not only was I responsible for looking after the students’ pastoral care but also organising all social events for the college. One of the advantages with being a Resident Fellow, I got 60% of my college fees. After a while I stopped being the Social Coordinator as it was getting a bit too much. I then went on to volunteer for the university radio, tUNEfm. I read the news and I got the opportunity to go to Melbourne for a conference. I listened to Ita Buttrose speak and I learnt a lot about getting along with different people. Not long after, I was in a lecture where my friend gave me a newspaper clipping for a casual position in the Future Student Team, as part of Marketing and Public Affairs at UNE and she suggested I apply. I got the job and worked it around study and my commitments with college. I am now working in the Marketing and Public Affairs Department at the University of New England. I am a full time permanent member of staff. My role is as a School Liaison Officer, I speak to about 3,000 to 4,000 year 12 students each year as well as year 10 students. The main objective of my role is to recruit students to come to university.
I was pretty unsure of what I wanted to do throughout the whole of school to be honest. I knew that I liked Geography and I tried to select my HSC subjects to cover a broad range of interests, because I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to go to university. I was keen to keep studying something and the lifestyle of uni appealed to me. I wasn’t ready to go straight into doing a working job that didn’t necessarily require further training. I was keen to go to university but in terms of what I wanted to do while I was at school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I just sort of fell into planning.
As a requirement of the course for the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning you had to do 12 weeks of placement. I did mine at the Department of Planning and Environment. I did the placement right at the end of my degree in the Parramatta Office in Sydney. I would later come back to the Department which is where I currently work.
Once finishing uni, I moved to Sydney. I didn’t get a job straight away in planning. I had a few part-time jobs in different roles. After a month or two of being in Sydney, I got a job in North Sydney as a planning consultant in private practice. They were a medium size consultancy firm and they did big landscaping architecture. They had an office in North Sydney and they had office in China. They were small in Sydney but they were bigger in other areas. I was fortunate to get an interview and got given a go out of that. It took about 10 months to find a role. I then moved on and got a job in the Department of Planning and Environment, where I am now.
I suggest to keep your options open as much as you can and explore all opportunities that come your way. You should never close off any opportunities and think that you have to follow a plan where x takes you to y. If you keep an open mind, you’ll be amazed at what may come out of it. That attitude has paid off for me and better things have happened than what my original plans were.
The other piece of advice I have is when it comes to pracs. You should try and do them earlier in your degree if you can. That way you’ll find out if you like an industry well before you’ve committed to nearly finishing your degree and if you do find that industry isn’t for you nice and early, then you can try to move units across to another degree so you aren’t raking up a big HECS debt.
Careers can help UNE staff with:
- presentations to your students
- Work Integrated Learning
- assisting students with employment preparation
- arranging employer visits
Meet the Team
Julia Perryman - Careers Counselling Coordinator
Julia leads the Careers Office at UNE. With over 30 years of experience in Careers, Counselling, Education, Human Resources and Pastoral Care.
Julia’s passion is empowering students and individuals to become the best individuals they can be and see them shine on their path to a prosperous career. Julia was the pioneer of creating the UNE Careers Online Moodle site (many universities outsource such a site). Julia recognised the benefits of having a dedicated career Moodle site just for UNE students. If you haven’t visited the Careers Online Moodle site, you should! You can find it by going to myUNE, click on My Study and scroll down to “Other Moodle Sites” – from there click on the Careers Online Moodle icon. You’ll find a plethora of modules and information on where you can take your studies.
While Julia is the Careers Coordinator, she still loves having one-on-one consultations with students. You can book an appointment with Julia to discuss your career questions by calling 02 6773 2897 or email via link.
Belinda See - Careers Officer
Belinda is passionate about all things Careers, who in another life was also a secondary teacher. In our team, Belinda is known as the queen of resume and selection criteria critiquing. Belinda also specialises in running career related workshops, implementing work experience activities and helping students find suitable graduate programs. If you’ve had a careers appointment, submitted a resume for critique, seen one of our online workshops or been to one of our careers preparation sessions, you’ll have met Belinda.
Belinda’s passionate about Work Integrated Learning, especially internship opportunities. Helping students connect with host employers and ensuring they get to experience a glimpse of what their future job may be like when they finish university. If you’re interested in seeing whether your course allows for these types of opportunities, submit an enquiry through AskUNE.
Contact: Careers, Ground Floor, Dixson Library, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, 2351.
Tel 02 6773 2000, Email via AskUNE.