Career support

Career support

The Career and Employment Service empowers and assist students in their professional development.

We offer non-academic, career-related advice and consultation.  We also offer career-building workshops and educational programs, events and resources. 

We also have a special relationship with Walanga Muru where we deliver employability workshops for new cadets.

Please visit us within Student Connect on Level 2, MUSE building (C7A) for further information.

Rules & regulations

Please be aware that we cannot see students that graduated over a year ago in a consultation.

Students who graduated over a year ago can access the new Career Advantage MQ Program for a discounted fee. This is a career planning program conducted by graduate students within the Psychology Clinic.

Otherwise, students can also visit the Career Development Association of Australia for a listing of services offered by commercial career practitioners.

Our priority is given to students who are:

  1. at risk and/or
  2. used self-help tools before booking an appointment. You will find those tools through our module on CareerWise. Just visit the section(s) that addresses your questions. 

Our services do not include academic advice. 

If you require help with a resume or job application, please attend a resume rescue or workshop prior to booking a 1:1 appointment by booking through CareerHub. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your appointment.

Finally, we do not handle any on-campus hiring for students or professional staff.  Please visit the university's employment page for further opportunities.

Academic support

At Walanga Muru, we offer all Indigenous students access to an Academic Support Coordinator to assist you with:

  • assignments
  • career development
  • personal development and life skills
  • professional development
  • study skills
  • access to our services and resources.

Ask a question

Dana Pillay
Academic Support Coordinator
Building W3A, Room 306

Availability: Monday to Friday by appointment or drop in
Consultations: One-to-one or group consultations available

Macquarie University Cadetship program 'Nanga Mai'

Want a head start on your career?

Nanga Mai offers a unique opportunity for Macquarie's Indigenous students to gain paid practical work experience that is relevant to their degree and in their chosen field of study.

Our individualised approach to this program allows students to complete work placements across corporate, not for profit, and community organisations, such as ANZ, Redfern Legal Centre and Johnson and Johnson Medical, providing opportunities for cadets to develop relationships with national and international organisations.

The program is designed with student success and completion at university being the priority and, as such, there is flexibility around work days and hours. A work placement is usually one day a week during a session and two full weeks during session breaks. The Cadets Relationship Officer provides ongoing support to each cadet throughout their placement and also meets with cadets and supervisors regularly to ensure every success at each placement. These individualised meetings also provide opportunities for cadets to unlock and plan career goals and their future.  

Cadets are able to access professional development workshops, such as Indigenous Leadership, giving them further opportunities to become successful students, employees and community members.


Here is what some of our current cadets had to say about the experience:

Sarah, third-year student, Bachelor of Business Administration

"The Walanga Muru Cadetship program has given me opportunities I could otherwise only imagine having. Having access to career experience, whilst being paid to work with private companies and senior academics is both beneficial now and in the long run for when I graduate. When I go into job interviews I will be referencing my professionalism, skill set, knowledge and connections made in my time as a cadet and will always reflect positively on my experiences as a cadet at Macquarie University."


Jhade, fourth-year student, Bachelor of Education

"My cadetship has given me the opportunity to gain awesome work experience that is relevant to my degree and fostered both my personal and professional development. Within my first month at the placement, I was lucky enough to travel to Port Macquarie for two days of science engagement for primary and secondary students, which was fantastic.

It's a great privilege to be able to undertake paid work in a field that I am so passionate about while still studying full-time. Each day brings a new experience, a new challenge and I am always learning. I'd definitely recommend anyone to do a cadetship at Macquarie."

Ask a question

Teneale Lavender
Cadets Relationship Officer
Building W3A, Room 316
T: (02) 9850 9970

Building W3A, Room 307
Macquarie University, North Ryde NSW 2109
T: (02) 9850 4498 
F: (02) 9850 7735

SBS NITV Mentorship program

The SBS NITV Indigenous Media Mentorship Program is open to Macquarie's Indigenous students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Media) and associated media courses.

The SBS & NITV Media Mentorship Program is open to Macquarie University students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (for example, students who speak a language other than English at home) and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Media) and associated media courses.

What does the mentorship involve?

Year 1: Activities, workshops and events on campus, at SBS, NITV and at other locations around Sydney. The activities are designed to assist the student with developing skills, confidence and career know-how to support their media studies. 

Year 2: Media production work experience with community projects under the guidance of ECC NSW and Macquarie University staff. 

Year 3: The opportunity for work experience at SBS or NITV (for Indigenous students).

Participation in the mentorship is free. The program is principally designed to commence in the first year of study at Macquarie University. Second and Third year students are welcome to apply, however, priority will be given to first year students.

What is the mentorship actually like?

The mentorship brings together a group of like-minded and diverse individuals to experience something out of the ordinary. Over the course of the program, students get to know each other as well as staff at Macquarie, SBS, NITV and the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW and the community. Wherever possible the program also tries to provide students with additional tools to assist them open the doors to a media career. Mentees come from all over Sydney, from many different backgrounds, with different personal skills and attributes. The mentorship program is designed to supplement academic study and it is a relatively busy and fun schedule throughout the year.

To learn more about students' first-hand impressions of SBS Media Mentorship, have a read of Melinda's and Mridula's recounts of what the program has been like for them. 

Success stories so far...

We are proud of all our mentees and have seen them grow throughout the program. Our first program graduate was Tahmina Ansari, who secured an ABC Cadetship in 2013. In 2014 our first cohort of third year students completed work placements in SBS News and Current Affairs, Broadcast Operations and Sport, and has now graduated. From 2015 we have seen several graduates and current students find employment with SBS, NITV and other media organisations. We look forward to seeing where they go next!

How to apply

Application forms and information for the 2017 program will be available from February 2017.


Macquarie University offers a range of scholarships for Indigenous students. Most have a strong emphasis on social inclusion and equity and are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or other hardship. Others recognise factors such as academic excellence or sporting achievement.

Indigenous Commonwealth scholarships

Indigenous Access Scholarship

Eligibility: Indigenous students with demonstrated financial hardship commencing tertiary study for the first time.

Value: $4823 (once in a lifetime scholarship).

Applications: Applications for 2016 are now open at the UAC website.

The Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS) assists Indigenous students with financial need who are commencing tertiary study for the first time. It is a once in a lifetime scholarship only. 

Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship

Eligibility: Indigenous students with demonstrated financial hardship

Value: $2543 per annum

Applications: Applications for 2016 are now open at the UAC website.

The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS) assists Indigenous students with demonstrated financial hardship with the costs associated with higher education. ICECS is tenable for a maximum of four years of undergraduate study (subject to continuing eligibility).

Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship

Eligibility: Indigenous students with demonstrated financial hardship relocating from a regional or remote area of Australia.

Value: $5087 pa (paid in two instalments of $2543.50 each).

Applications: Applications for 2016 are now open at the UAC website.

Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships (ICAS) are open to commencing and continuing Indigenous students from regional and remote areas of Australia who have a demonstrated current financial hardship and who had to, or will have to, relocated to undertake their current higher education course of study.
The scholarship is tenable for a maximum of four years of undergraduate study.

Macquarie University scholarships

In addition to Indigenous Commonwealth scholarships, Macquarie University also offers the following scholarships for Indigenous students.

The Macquarie University Dunmore Lang College Regional and Rural Scholarship

Eligibility: Students relocating from regional and rural Australia.

Value: A fully funded standard room at DLC for up to four years of undergraduate study

Applications: Applications for 2016 are now open.

This Macquarie University and Dunmore Lang College Regional and Rural scholarship was created in recognition of the initial and ongoing costs for a student relocating from regional and rural Australia to study at Macquarie University. Recipients of the Regional and Rural Scholarship also receive other forms of support.

Macquarie University Robert Menzies College Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship

Eligibility: New or continuing RMC students with demonstrated financial need.

Value: $3000 tenable for one year.

Application: Applications are now OPEN for 2016.

The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students in financial need with accommodation costs support while living in RMC. In addition to lodging the online application above, students also need to apply for a scholarship on the Robert Menzies college website. Preference will be given to students who have not received the scholarship before.

Macquarie University Alumni Accommodation Scholarship

Eligibility: New incoming undergraduate student in any discipline who is relocating from a regional or rural area to study at Macquarie University and is able to demonstrate financial hardship.

Value: $10174 per year (2015 value), renewable for up to four (4) years contingent on meeting ongoing eligibility requirements.

Application: Applications for 2016 are open now at

The Macquarie University Alumni Accommodation Scholarship was established to assist students who are able to demonstrate financial hardship (applicants need to be in receipt of Youth Allowance or any other means tested Commonwealth support) and that they are relocating from a rural area to study at Macquarie University.

Alumni Garrawi Indigenous Scholarship

Eligibility: Postgraduate student of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Value: $2,500 tenable for one year only.
Application: Applications are now open. To apply complete the online application form.  Applications close 8 January 2016.
The Macquarie University Garrawi Indigenous Scholarship was established in 2005 to encourage Indigenous students to undertake postgraduate studies at Macquarie University. It is awarded to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated commitment to Indigenous community advancement.

Other scholarships

For other Indigenous scholarships, visit The Aspiration Initiative

For other Macquarie University scholarships

Keep in touch with Walanga Muru or our Coursework Scholarships and Prizes Unit as scholarships sometimes become available outside of normal scholarship periods through external funding or donations to the University.

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Career and Employment Service
Level 2, C7A (MUSE Building)
Macquarie University
North Ryde, NSW 2109

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday 

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