Steps to take at University
Develop your skills and knowledge to improve your chances of a successful job search in your final year.
Steps to take in your first year
Register for MyCDES
Register on the University's student, graduate job and internship website. To make an appointment, attend a workshop or career event, you’ll need to register.
Work experience and volunteering
The transferable skills you gain from work experience and volunteering will help you when you are job hunting. The more relevant your experience is to your degree, the better.
- Part time and summer vacancies are available through Student Job Search.
- To learn about internships and how to find them, visit Internships.
- To read about the benefits of volunteering and the opportunities available, visit Volunteering.
If you need help finding work experience, visit Finding a job and networking.
Develop your skills
Start developing your team, leadership and communications skills. Get involved in student groups, clubs, sports, volunteering and cultural activities. You could also be a class rep, mentor or Uniguide.
Clarify your direction
If you are not sure where you are going or what options you have with your degree, you can discuss your career ideas with a Career Development Consultant.
Write your CV
Your CV is the first contact you have with a potential employer, so make sure you’re making a positive impact that presents your knowledge, experience and skills. Read some tips on creating CVs and cover letters, or come to one of our CV workshops.
Steps to take during your study
Workplace skills and qualities
Identify the skills, experience and qualities needed for jobs that interest you and plan to develop those.
Talk to your family and friends about their jobs, and carry out some informational interviews and career networking with professionals in the field.
Develop your job search skills
Explore job vacancy sources and learn about how to approach employers. Attend our job search and networking workshops.
Explore opportunities for overseas experience
Working or studying in a country with a different culture can give you new insights and perspectives. Many New Zealand graduates spend at least part of their careers gaining work experience overseas.
With the Auckland Abroad programme, you can study overseas for a semester or two while earning credits towards your University of Auckland degree.
Connect with potential employers
Come to employer presentations and careers expos to talk to employers about job opportunities, internships, and what they are looking for in a graduate.
Develop your skills and work experience
For relevant part time and summer work experience opportunities, keep checking on Student Job Search. Learn about Velocity, an exciting initiative that aims to help you turn your entrepreneurial ideas into real businesses.
Make sure you build your relationships with potential future referees, such as employers or lecturers, as these are very important for your CV. Be sure to ask them if they will act as your reference before giving anyone their details.
For more information, visit Finding and approaching employers.
Develop job interview techniques
Learn about successful job interviews. Come to our job search and interviews workshops. Practise your interview techniques with a Career Development Consultant.
Steps to take in your final year
Develop your professional networks
Take advantage of any opportunities to learn and network through the University, paid and voluntary work, and community involvement and join professional organisations linked to your major.
Network and research potential employers
Network with employers at careers events. Start identifying employers you would like to work for.
Read the advice on our website and come to our job search workshop. Some employers recruit up to a year in advance, so don't miss out. From the start of your final year start looking at recruitment websites and check out the CDES job board.
Apply for jobs
Tailor your CV for each application. Research the company you are applying to. Learn about job interviews, psychometric tests and assessment centres.
Steps to take after you graduate
You can use Career Development and Employability Services for up to three years after you graduate.