In order to help you survive at University, you may wish to supplement your income by finding work.

So which is the best option for you?

The answer to this will depend a lot on your individual circumstances, time availability, study commitments or other priorities such as a sporting or family commitment.

Below are some hints and tips for first-time job seekers or those already familiar with the workforce.

For many University students, casual or part-time work in hospitality or retail, provide the best option as these work hours are predominately in the evenings. This allows many students the freedom to earn additional income whilst studying full-time.

Websites such as Seek make finding jobs a lot easier but if you don’t have access to the internet, look at the employment sections in the Wednesday and Saturday newspapers.

Other great options are the National Indigenous Times and Koori Mail for jobs specifically aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

For a job more aligned to your chosen profession, organisations like CareerTrackers can provide you with an opportunity to take up an internship within various organisations. Here you will be paid a specific rate and gain access to various training and employment within your chosen industry.

Other alternatives to CareerTrackers are cadetships run by the government. They operate similarly to an internship but usually have a full-time position associated with them once you complete your degree or qualification. If you would like more information about to these opportunities, please visit APS Jobs or the APSC Pathways Program.

Cadetships and internships can be a great way to not only gain skills relevant to your chosen profession, but they can also offer various ways to help support you financially while you’re attending University.

Please note that two options above are not only the only ways in gaining a cadetship or internship. Some organisations offer these opportunities privately. In this case, you will need to contact the organisation directly to see if they have any opportunities available. If you are thinking about doing this, it might be a good idea to first speak to someone who works in Indigenous recruitment.

If you are looking for a particular job in retail, have a look at the major department stores’ websites under their “Careers” or “Working For Us” drop down menus. Here they will tend to have a lot more information about their specific requirements.

Now that you have thought about finding work, it is important that your resume is up to date.

Search engines like Google and Yahoo can provide you with templates for a resume and tips on how to write a cover letter and answer selection criteria.

For selection criteria it is a good idea to use the STAR principal:


This is a very simple format but commonly used.

Other adaptations of this principal are CAR:


And SOA:


While at University, it is important to understand that there are a whole range of support services on offer for you. These services include, career guidance and advice about what jobs are on offer. You’ll be able to chat to a qualified person and get updates and relevant information. This is a free service and is highly recommended. You should also enquire if your University runs any workshops which can assist you with formatting your resume, addressing selection criteria and writing a cover letter.

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