Frequently Asked Questions
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Our job is to empower you as a UC student and graduate to get future-ready.
We’re a friendly team and here to help you build your employability and work-ready skills while you study. Our services are free to all UC students and recent graduates. Engage with us early and often, to take the right steps for your future.
Ways we help:
- Book a one-on-one appointment with one of our qualified consultants to get advice on how to identify your strengths, explore career and study options, and build work-ready skills. We also help with job-hunting strategies, CV, applications, LinkedIn and interview practice.
- Online Career Centre This is your personal career centre and you’ve got free access to over 100+ career resources. Log in to build, track and boost your professional profile with the latest career development tools
- My Jobs Board | NZUni Talent makes it easy to search and apply for graduate roles, internships, volunteer opportunities, part-time work and more. Log in and follow the latest job listings, activate notifications and apply for roles directly from your jobs board
- Career Fairs, Employer Recruitment Events & Seminars Our events give you the chance to grow your network and learn strategies to step into the professional world. Check out upcoming events here
- Come along to our drop-in sessions for a quick 10-minute check on your CV, Cover Letter or LinkedIn profile. Every Tuesday and Thursday 10 am - 12 pm
Career Development Learning is the acquisition of capabilities that are useful to the lifelong development and management of your career. This simply means you build the skills to stay relevant for today and the future of work.
At UC, we provide students with the skills and knowledge to plan and manage your career options, and increase outcomes to improve your employability.
This includes learning how to plan and manage your career, from your first job search to moving up in your career. You'll also learn the skills you need to build experience, acquire transferable skills, grow your network, write a resume, interview prep, and enhance your career opportunities while you study at university.
Awesome. You’re on the right track! An early start will give you an edge and set you up for a meaningful career. We encourage all students to engage with our team early and often as you like.
Here are five tips on how to prepare in your first year:
- Have an open mind about majors and careers. Learn about study-to-career connections and be flexible about changing paths if you find something better suited to your skills.
- Get to know YOU. Uni is a time to explore who you are and reflect on your interests, strengths, values and personality. Take the self-discovery quiz and personality assessments to learn about yourself.
- Get involved. UC is filled with opportunities to grow your skills through student clubs, volunteer opportunities, leadership roles, internships and more. Be a part of the buzz. Taking classes and earning a strong GPA is just the beginning – employers also want to see that you are involved on campus and have relevant hands-on experience
- Research the future skills you'll need for the 21st century and beyond. Read this: Top 10 skills-attributes sought after by graduate employers (PDF 161KB)
- Engage with UC Careers early and often. We’re a friendly team and here to help you reach your goals!
Your career development is a journey. Start here and work your way through the phases using the tools, resources and support services.
Throughout your time at university, you have many opportunities to develop the core competencies through academic learning, project work, internships, clubs, societies and volunteering in the wider community.
Find out ways to build your skills
In addition to your academic degree, employers want graduates with transferrable soft skills (human skills) relevant work experience, ambition and adaptability for the 21st century.
- Read this: Top 10 skills-attributes sought after by graduate employers (PDF 161KB)
- Watch this video to learn what key skills employers look for in employees
- More on how to build your skills here >
Yes, we can help you make career-based study choices and explore job prospects in the industries you want to be a part of.
- To help you identify the reasons for your concern, read this: Should I stay in this programme of study?
- Explore the job opportunities in the study areas that interest you: What can I do with a degree from UC?
- Book an appointment with a career consultant to help weigh up and plan your options
- Once you’re confident with your decision, get in touch with your College Student Advisor to help plan the structure of your degree and the courses you should take.
Understanding motivations is important to determine whether Postgraduate study is right for you. You might like to discuss with a career consultant, an academic member of staff in the department you wish to undertake postgraduate study in, a current or former postgraduate student, family members and friends.
Book an appointment with a career consultant to help weigh up and plan your options.
Once you’re confident with your decision, get in touch with your College Student Advisor to help plan the structure of your degree and the courses you should take.
UC Job Board
- My Jobs Board | NZUni Talent is for UC students. Log in for an easy way to search and apply for graduate roles, internships, volunteer opportunities, part-time work and more. Follow the latest job listings, activate notifications and apply for roles directly from your jobs board. Employers wanting to recruit UC students and graduates list their vacancies here, so these jobs are meant for you!
- GoinGlobal provides useful information on working in many different countries around the world. As a UC student, you have free access to this platform to explore opportunities overseas.
- Highered Career Portal - students and alumni of Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School have access to the Highered career portal. The platform allows you to view and apply for thousands of international listings for internships, graduate roles, and full-time positions at some of the largest and most well-known global corporations.
Check with your college for degree-based internship opportunities:
- College of Arts | PACE Internship Programme
- College of Business
- College of Education, Health and Human Development
- College of Engineering
- School of Law
- Start by taking our LinkedIn tutorial to build your profile
- Refer to the Guide to LinkedIn
- LinkedIn Cheat Sheet
- Quick tips: How to network on LinkedIn
- Book a one-on-one LinkedIn appointment
- Our team can help you take a professional photo for your LinkedIn. Email us to set up a time for your photo
What is LinkedIn?
LinkedIn is a professional network. You can use LinkedIn to build your personal brand, by showcasing your work experience and skills. Your LinkedIn profile can evolve as you learn new skills, achieve new accomplishments and enter new phases of your career. You can also use LinkedIn effectively to identify opportunities, network and search for jobs.
100%! Our services are free to recent graduates. We can provide career advice, help you plan your next course of action and strategies for job-hunting. Book an appointment to speak with one of our career consultants.
The hidden job market refers to jobs that are not advertised. Tapping into the hidden job market is particularly important if you are seeking work in an environment where many organisations are relatively small or in highly competitive sectors. You may be familiar with the hidden job market, having successfully gained part-time work through networking or directly approaching an employer.
Networking can be used to widen your circles, find out about job opportunities, and increase your awareness of industry news and trends. It’s simply about making conversations with people who can help.
Discover How to Network here >
Our events give you the chance to grow your network and learn strategies to step into the professional world. Check out upcoming events here >
This is a secret tool everyone should have in their pocket!
An informational interview is a way to gain insider information on employment trends, skills required by employers, as well as confirm whether it is an area of work you are interested in or not. It’s also a great opportunity to network (not to mention a much-needed morale boost).
It’s up to you to ask the questions at an informational interview, so be prepared. Check out Questions to ask for an information interview
Congratulations, on landing a job interview!
Whether you are going for an interview for a summer job or a graduate role, it’s important to dress appropriately. Here are some tips you may want to consider before you attend the interview.
- Assessment Centres are used by many Australasian companies as a part of the recruitment process. They focus on assessing our competencies you participate in individual and team activities. Click here to practice.
- Aptitude or personality tests to improve your chances of performing well in the real thing. Practice a wide variety of commonly used assessments
- For more tips, read the Guide to Assessment centres
- Employment rights Aotearoa New Zealand has laws that help keep workplaces fair. You should be aware of the rules and your rights and responsibilities as an employee.
- The NZ Human Rights A-Z Employment Guide is a helpful resource to answer some of the frequently asked questions, enquiries and complaints to the Human Rights Commission.
- Diversity Works NZ is the national body for workplace diversity and inclusion
- UC's Equity & Disability Service provide useful information about the services and resources available for students who have a disability, with links to community agencies.
- The Disability Information Service is a free community information and referral service holding a wide range of information on disability and health issues in the Canterbury Region.
- UC Law Clinic This confidential service, under the supervision of a qualified and practising solicitor, will be available on selected Wednesday afternoons from 2 pm to 5 pm. The UC Law Clinic is located in Room 151A on the ground floor foyer of the Meremere (Business and Law) Building, University Drive.
Immigration New Zealand is the first point of reference for understanding your work rights in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Working on a student visa
- Post-study work visa
- Working in New Zealand explores the key job markets, industries, the Kiwi way of work and support available to migrant workers
- Work Connect is a free programme to help migrants prepare for the New Zealand job market. It's funded by Immigration New Zealand and is available in Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and online
- NauMai NZ is your place for information on life as an international student in New Zealand
Figuring out what you want to do with your career is one of life’s exciting and big challenges – it’s okay to feel overwhelmed by it all. If you're feeling down or anxious, there are many people who can support you and offer practical advice for your wellbeing and success as a UC student: