How To Prepare For Life After UOW

The Careers Central office is located on the Lower Ground Floor of the UniCentre on the UOW campus. Photo by: Jess Glover

Students speak face-to-face with representatives from the Antipodeans Abroad organization at this years Spring Careers Fair. Photo by: Jess Glover

Graduate opportunities high at UOW

UOW has been rated as the top university for overall satisfaction among Australian university students, and ranks in the top 20 per cent of universities nationwide in categories including getting a job after university and positive graduate outcomes. Figures released by the Graduate Careers Council of Australia (GCCA) showed that UOW graduates have a full-time employment rate of 93.3 per cent against a national figure of 83 per cent. UOW offers a number of services to increase the employability of students, and assist their transition in to the working environment.

Careers Central seeks to connect students to career opportunities, offering services such as career counselling, resume writing workshops and work place programs. Students at UOW can use Careers Central to link them to job opportunities on campus and in the wider community through the online job board, which connects students to employment vacancies, graduate recruitment programs, and cadetships.

Annual Careers Fairs are useful initiatives sponsored by Careers Central to connect students to prospective employers. This year the Spring Careers Fair was held on Aug. 8 and featured 26 participating organisations from a wide range of disciplines, including organisations such as Snowy Hydro Limited and Global Vision International.

Careers Central employee, Rochelle Orphim says that the Careers Fair helps to broaden students’ knowledge of job opportunities. “It allows students face-to-face engagement with prospective employers, enabling them to ask queries they would not normally be able to ask when accessing organisations’ online information,” she said.

Chris Smith, a student who attended the Spring Careers Fair said it helped him understand the steps he needs to take to fulfill his aspirations of becoming a software engineer. “It has helped me understand what employment options are available to me after university,” he said. “I would encourage any student who wants to know their options to get involved in Career Central initiatives like the Careers Fair.”

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