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Live and work in Australia after University

Your just about to complete your university experience! What next?

Links4UniLife continues to provide a handy list of resources and links to help students plan life after university in Australia through: alumni associations; valuable networking groups; and career development opportunities.


Although some universities will hold careers fairs and employer presentations for their students to make connections, the following database lists all the graduate-level job vacancies in Australia – Seek, Student Edge, or Indeed.

In addition to making connections with potential companies, extracurricular and co-curricular activities can assist with personal development and potential career opportunities. Students can learn new languages, team skills, develop resilience, presentation skills, or help run a society to demonstrate organisational skills. Your university undergraduate research opportunities programme can also give you an insight into research at the university via summer internships.

Volunteer and placement opportunities can offer the chance to study abroad on exchange programmes or go on field trips or study visits. Some courses also include a period of work experience. Volunteering in general can be considered as one of the best ways to give back to the community. You can start your search for volunteering at Australian Volunteers and Go Volunteer.

If, however, you are looking for part-time or full-time work, then the following sites can provide a range of positions available in your location:

Student Edge


Career One

Job Search




Working in Australia

If you are an international student and want to work in Australia, you must have permission to work as part of your student visa. However, you must not start any work prior to commencing your course of study. In addition, it is essential that you do not exceed the number of hours of work you can undertake, especially during the semester (40 hours per fortnight). Although, no work limits apply during recognised periods of vacation.

More information on working in Australia, while also being a university student can be found at home affairs.

Career service

Most universities will off a career advice office which provides counselling and guidance to students who are choosing subjects or are in their final-year and looking for their first job. Sessions with the career adviser may also provide the opportunity for the student to complete or improve their resume and interview skills.

Find My Uni Career Service

Career Ideas


An internship is a great way for you to gain hands-on experience in your area of study. It can be paid or unpaid, depending on the industry and length of your placement. Undertaking an internship can help you acquire experience and increase your chances of getting full or part-time work once you graduate.


Australian Interships

Grad Australia


Grad Connect

Student Interships

Preparing to Return Home

On completion of your university study, you may be deciding to either remain local in the location of your university, or move back home or somewhere else. If you decide to move, the following are some aspects for consideration:

  • How do you move your belongings to your next location
  • Make sure you get your final exam results
  • Claim the rental bond from your accommodation (if you have one)
  • Join your university alumni.

Connecting through your Alumni

In Australia, university students can come from an extensive number of countries in the world, therefore when moving into the next lifestyle phase after university, students can often loose contact with their immediate circle of friends. This is where alumni associations can help, as not only will the association keep you connected to your university and the current activities, but it may provide you with a point of connection to keep in touch with other university students.

Other aspects commonly associated to the university alumni may include:

  • providing a great resource for establishing your career in your chosen industry, by providing you information about potential jobs via the alumni newsletters and publication
  • social events and reunions allow you connect with former classmates
  • they organise charity and community activities
  • provide you with the opportunity to mentor former and current students.

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