Career Kickstarter Program

When it comes to standing out in the recruitment process, Career Kickstarter equips you with the tools needed to start your career off strong.

Developed in consultation with industry, Career Kickstarter will support you as you learn how to showcase your unique skillset in the most appealing way to employers.

Gain real experience, without the stress.

How it works

1. Register

Register to access the Career Kickstarter content via StudentHub and keep track of your progress via your personal dashboard.

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2. Complete the modules of your choice

Lasting 15–30 mins each, there are 6 online modules available. We understand that everyone’s interests and needs are different, so select the modules that suit you most.

3. Gain feedback

Following each module, share what you have learned and get feedback by an Employability Advisor (optional).

4. Practice!

The real life experience of an Assessment Centre while at university is the perfect way to practice for when you graduate. If you complete 1–4 core topics (module and feedback), you will be eligible to attend our Assessment Centre.

5. Reflect

Tell us what you have learned from the program with a written reflection.

6. Be rewarded

Receive detailed feedback on how you went in the Assessment Centre and gain a certificate of completion. Completion of Career Kickstarter qualifies as a supplementary activity for the UQ Employability Award.

 

After completing this program I received multiple interviews and job offers, and the Career Kickstarter Program definitely had a role in that. After this program, I feel more equipped to communicate how my experiences can contribute to my employability and I'm generally more confident when I apply and interview for jobs.

Pallavi Pant
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

 

Fast facts about the graduate recruitment market

In a competitive job market, the more you do while at university to improve your employability, the more you differentiate yourself from the crowd.

Student engagement

1041

Applications, on average, received by employers for graduate roles

 

Female students

88%

Employers use behavioural based interviews as part of their recruitment process

Teachers and guidance officers

6 to 10 seconds

Recruiters/hiring managers will spend looking at your resume

Frequently asked questions

Who is Career Kickstarter designed for?

Participation is welcomed by all EAIT students enrolled at UQ.

Do I have to pay?

No. Career Kickstarter resources and support is completely free for all enrolled students in the EAIT Faculty.

How does it work? Do I need to complete all topics?

Career Kickstarter is available online for you to access anytime. Our recommendation to get the most out of it is to access all topics, get feedback and attend the Assessment Centre. However, you are in the driving seat so if you only want to access 1 or 2 of the topics that’s fine too.

I’m an international student. Is this program suitable for me?

Yes. Check out Career Kickstarter for International Students with additional content to support your needs.

What is an Assessment Centre?

An Assessment Centre is a process whereby a group of candidates are assessed to determine their suitability for employment.  Commonly used in internship and graduate recruitment, Assessment Centres can last anywhere from 2 hours up to 2 days. Each candidate is assessed throughout the event as they participate in a range of different activities. The results of the assessment determine whether or not they will an offer for the job.

The Career Kickstarter Assessment Centre is held every semester and delivered by the EAIT Employability Team at UQ. All students who have completed the ‘Core Four' topics (module & feedback) will be eligible and invited to attend: 1. How to write a great resume and cover letter, 2. Interview skills that will get you hired, 3. LinkedIn, 4. Planning your job search strategy

What happens if I am not available on the date of the Assessment Centre?

The Career Kickstarter Assessment Centre repeats every semester so you can choose to attend the session that best suits your availability.  

Who manages the Career Kickstarter program?

The EAIT Employability Team based at UQ, St Lucia. The team are available to support you 1:1 at employability consultations. They also manage Engineering Professional Practice, WIL placements and industry connections for the EAIT Faculty. Find out more.

What else can I do to prepare as a job applicant?

The EAIT Employability Team host industry-attended events, mentoring programs, professional skills workshops and information sessions. Find out more.