Many of you have asked me how I got my jobs at uni. And well, it’s through a program called Students@Work, or S@W for short.
What is S@W?
S@W is a program that essentially helps Melb Uni students find jobs around uni. When you’re a part of the program, you will receive job opportunities that isn’t advertised externally.
The program started in 2011, and it involved 13 students working at he 13 MELB contact centre. Then 18 more students were recruited to join 13 MELB. And the program became successful, so the University has now committed to increase the number of students working on campus.
For more info about S@W: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/3van
Registering for S@W
Here’s the catch – In order to join the S@W program, you need to be currently working on campus.
If you are already working on campus, make sure you register here: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/fb5n
The best way to get into the S@W program is through their bulk-recruitments. They hire a bunch of people at the start of every semester. So keep an eye out on Careers Online.
My S@W experience
I was part of the Semester 1 intake in 2013. They hired 25 students in my intake, and boy, it was an extensive interview process. There was a phone interview, then you went on to a 3 hours assessment round where they tested our group and individual skills (this includes a one-on-one interview too).
But it’s worth it!
We started training at 13 MELB, and after some time they kept a number of students there and others went on to other jobs.
After my 13 MELB gig, I worked at Student Admin at Baldwin Spencer for a bit. Then I moved on to working at the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (it’s on Monash Road). And now I’m working at Marketing as a Social Media Intern!
S@W is definitely a program worth looking into. Besides from gaining a better understanding of the uni, you develop and gain a ton of skills that make you more employable in the future.
It’s going to be highly competitive! So my number 1 advice is to make sure your resume is flawless.
The Careers and Employment department at uni offer lots of services to help you with your job application. More info here: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/c2en
There also some great resources to help you with cover letters, selection criteria & resumes here: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/4b5n
How can I get in touch with S@W?
You can find S@W staff contact details here: http://careers.unimelb.edu.au/about_us
If you have any questions about the program or my experiences, feel free to ask me! Best way to get in touch with me is by messaging me over facebook.