The Curtin College Careers Centre
Curtin College as the on-campus pathway to study at Curtin University is committed to helping you develop industry-ready skills and enhance your employability through work-integrated learning, which is embedded in all our courses.
The college’s on-campus Careers Centre offers you personalised careers advice, links with employment opportunities and access to the knowledge and skills to help you navigate the transition to employment. Whether you are looking for casual work while studying, a full-time job over the inter-trimester break, or whether you want to develop connections with industries in your chosen field, our team is here to help.
Curtin College Careers Centre offers free weekly drop-in sessions covering careers advice, resume polishing and job interview training sessions led by qualified human resources professionals from Navitas and senior college management staff. The Careers Centre also runs a series of monthly on-campus career-building workshops, as well as off-campus study tours exploring exciting workplaces in a wide range of different industries.
Get that Job! Weekly Career Advice drop-in sessions – every Wednesday 12.00-12.45pm
Come to Curtin College with your cover letter and resume, and receive individualised advice regarding the job application and interview process.
Career Builder Seminars
Meet experienced professionals to receive strategic advice about building a career in the industry you want to make your mark in. Check your Curtin College email, student portal and our social media for details.
Access all Areas: Workplace Study Tours
Because learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom, Curtin College runs an exciting schedule of study tours and networking events for our students to experience real-world workplaces. Some of the upcoming Access all Areas Workplace Study Tours planned include transport and logistics, aircraft maintenance, mining and corporate communications. Detailed information will be made available two weeks before each study tour departs.
Looking for part-time work?
There are many jobs available in Perth for international students, both while you study and after you graduate. Working while you study is not only a great way to earn some extra money, it will give you the chance to be part of the community and experience the Australian way of life. It’s also a great Check out the information on the StudyPerth website on how to find a job in Perth. Curtin College itself also runs “Meet your next boss” at the beginning of each trimester, where students and local employers looking to hire part-time staff can meet each other in speed-dating type settings.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Curtin University supports the development of innovative ideas and entrepreneurial students and staff – helping them turn ideas into commercial reality through programs like the Curtin Accelerate, Curtinnovation Awards, Curtin Ignition, Kickstart and West Tech Fest. Contact your Student and Academic Services team to find out more innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities at Curtin.
Internships: Gain real world work experience
Current students can contact the Curtin College Student and Academic Services team to find out more about internship roles available in health services and hospital settings, accounting, marketing, business administration, community organisations, project management and human resources. You can gain real world work experience while still studying and, depending on the circumstances, you may also be able to gain credit towards your Curtin College diploma.
There are many other ways you can become involved in your college community while developing your personal and professional skills, including the Curtin College Student Ambassadors, Academic Peers and Student Mentors schemes.
As a Curtin College graduate, you are also able to take advantage of our partnership with Navitas Professional providing work placement internships, mentoring support, interview coaching sessions, career readiness workshops and Professional Year programs. This collaboration offers you the opportunity to gain real-world experience with industry and valuable employability skills. You will be placed within Navitas Professional’s network, from small and medium enterprises to ASX listed companies across Australia. You will be matched to your field of study and your career goals to maximise your potential. This placement opportunity with Navitas Professional is offered to Curtin College graduates. Please contact the college to find out more about the internship and fees.
My name is Dazhi and I studied Diploma of Engineering at Curtin College.
What made you decide to enrol in the internship program?
My main objective of enrolling in the internship program was to gain hands-on experience and building contacts within the Engineering industry. I built on my employability skills through developing resume writing and knowledge around Australian Workplace Culture. Previously, I had limited experience about the industry and the Australian workplace.
What would you say to others thinking of enrolling in the internship program?
The program was a great opportunity to gain experience and it went towards my academic credit for the workplace experience requirement. The workshops were useful and I am able to transfer these skills and knowledge to my job search and future employment. My mentor gave me a lot of useful advice and guidance in how to progress to the next stage of my career. I received positive feedback from my host company which added value to my resume and has agreed to be my referee.
What skills or insights did you gain from the program that you have applied in the ‘real world’?
Resume writing, effective communication, technical skills (modelling software, AutoCAD, Traffic Design, Excel). For example, with resume writing I am able to tailor the resume to the specific job I am applying for. I gained an insight to the Engineering industry and I knew I wanted to continue down this career path. By completing the Navitas Professional internship, I got greater insights into the on-the-job aspects and what principles are required – university gave me the knowledge base – I was then able to put my learnings into practice.
What as the highlight of your internship program with the host company?
My main highlights of the internship were projects I assisted on with the engineers. It gave me great exposure to project management. I have learnt a lot about designing models. I worked on a project for the local government, which further developed the strategy for urban planning. Another example is working on the traffic design – calculating the exact number of carriages to ensure minimal traffic congestion and ensuring the safety of pedestrians by calculating swept paths for heavy vehicles.
Do you feel more confident about your future prospects now that you have undertaken the internship program?
Certainly, I am more confident as I have experienced the workplace culture. The Navitas Professional internship program gave me a great way to stand out from my competition within the job market. I have started building my network and have kept in touch with the engineers, which allows me to further collaborate and discuss technical aspects of civil engineering. As an international student, I was disadvantaged to the competition. Participation in the Navitas Professional program gave me the required skills and knowledge and added further value to my resume. I was also able to sharpen my resume and fill the gaps between theory and practice.