Work while you study

Work while you study

Studying hard and getting great marks doesn’t guarantee you a job. Most employers expect applicants to be skilled and experienced in the workplace. Working while you study is an excellent way to build your employability skills and gain life experience.   

Why do it?

Employers appreciate any full-time, casual or part-time experience like working in hospitality or retail, on a reception desk, or even in construction.  They value this kind of experience because it shows that you can be responsible and professional. Working while you study builds professional skills that are essential for professional roles:   

  • Time management
  • Teamwork
  • Customer service
  • Attention to detail
  • Working independently
  • Showing initiative
  • Communication (verbal and written)

Working on and off campus

CareerHub is Macquarie’s jobs portal, connecting you with external organisations that offer part-time, casual, full time employment opportunities as well as internships, cadetships and volunteer experience. 

Finding an on-campus job is often ideal as it centralises both study and work, but opportunities on-campus are limited. Opportunities can be found here:   

  • Campus Life manages the university's Sport and Aquatic Centre, Food and Shopping, Children's Services, Event Planning and more.
  • For other administrative, professional, and academic-related opportunities within departments and faculties, visit the university's employment page.

Here is a list of some of our favourite job search websites for opportunities across multiple industries. 

Before you start applying, however, you'll need an Australian resume.  For help on writing one, check out our CareerWise module.

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