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7 things you should do before leaving uni

Things you should do before leaving uni

Nearing the end of your degree and wondering what to do before it’s all said and done? Check out your options below

You thought deciding on a degree was tough! That was until you got to uni and realised you’ve still got plenty of choices to make. We are huge advocates of making the most of your time at university and seizing every opportunity – from scholarships to networking – that come your way. Your future professional self will thank you later. So, without further ado, here are the things you should do before leaving uni to set yourself up for career success.

1. Look into internships

An internship is a period of work experienced offered by an employer. It can be paid or unpaid. They are valuable because you can see exactly how what you’ve been learning in your degree is applied in industry, what it’s like to work for an employer in your chosen field, and for gaining valuable insights that could help you out with your uni work! They’re also great for meeting people in your industry, so making a good impression and soaking up all the knowledge you can is really important because you could go on to score a job with them one day.

Learn more about STEM internships here. You should also sign up to our Graduate Options e-newsletter to get the latest info on internship opportunities.

2. Check out further study options

Want to get some more skills under your belt before leaving uni? There are plenty of ways you can do this. From graduate certificates to Master’s degrees, postgrad study can really give you a leg up when applying for roles down the track.

Check out our Grad Study Courses page for more deets!

3. Apply for scholarships

If you’re set on further study, universities often offer postgraduate scholarships in areas such as engineering, IT, science, medicine, veterinary medicine, health, law, nursing, business and more. Postgraduate scholarships are also available for women, Indigenous Australians, those from a non-English speaking background, trans and gender diverse students, those struggling financially, as well as students excelling in their studies or at sport.

Research what scholarships are available to you at your uni or make an appointment to chat with your scholarships team.

Bookmark our STEM scholarships page to stay across opportunities.

4. Get networking

Attend industry talks or nights arranged by your uni, chat to everyone you can while on work placement or at an internship, set up your LinkedIn and reach out to people in your chosen field for tips or future job opportunities, join relevant professional groups on social media, and make sure you’ve got contact details for all your current classmates.

5. Sharpen your soft skills

Yep, it’s important to be across all the things you learn in your degree, but it’s also crucial that your soft skills are up to scratch if you want to be successful in the workplace. Soft skills include things like:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Flexibility
  • Conflict management

Focus on improving the skills you’re the weakest at while you’re still at uni. Communication is a huge one so make sure you’re comfortable talking in front of groups and conveying your ideas in a way everyone can understand. Tone of voice, phone and email etiquette, active listening and empathy are also communication skills that come into play every single day in the workplace.

Learn more about soft skills, how to sharpen them, and why they can give you an edge after uni here.

6. Find a role model or mentor

When you’re embarking on a journey, it’s always good to learn from people who have walked a similar path. Finding yourself a career role model (or two or three!) can be super inspiring. We’ve profiled hundreds of people working in STEM. They’ve all shared their stories and advice to help anyone wanting to follow in their footsteps. Head here to find role models working in your favourite field or industry.

Having an IRL mentor is handy too – you can ask them to look over your CV, help you prepare for interviews or ask them career questions when you need a second opinion about a sitch or problem. A mentor might be someone at uni (a lecturer or tutor), a family friend who works in STEM or at a company you really want to land a job at, or a person you met while doing an internship who was really good at offering advice.

7. Have fun

Enjoy your time at uni. Join clubs and societies, go along to social events, make lifelong friends with the people in your classes (you might even work with them one day!), and just appreciate the journey. It might not feel like it while you’re there (and completing ALL the assessments and exams), but it goes by really fast.

Explore our Graduate Options page to learn more, and sign up to our e-newsletter just for grads here.

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