First year students

Starting at University is an exciting opportunity. Now is the time to start thinking about where your degree can take you, What could your future career look like? And what you can do to ensure your success.

You don’t need to know now exactly what the ideal job is for you… but you do need to be open to looking at the options early on in your degree.

Start by setting yourself some tasks in your first year.  Doing one extra thing a semester throughout your degree can give you a great advantage when securing the job you want at the end of your degree.

Employers are interested in well-rounded students – start early!



  • Decide on the activities or groups you’d like to undertake or join
  • Put together a plan of what you’d like to do over the next 12 months
  • Drop in & see a Career Development Consultant (CDC)


Do at least one of the following in your first year:

  • Join a university club or sporting group
  • Sign up to the Career & Employer Liaison Centre email lists
  • Be a student representative on a university consultative committee.
  • Undertake some part time or casual work
  • Volunteer with a group or organisation of interest to you
  • Attend some of the career development sessions
  • Develop a range of hobbies and interests so employers see you as a well-rounded person.
  • Participate in a Community group of interest to you