Information for Murdoch Staff: Working with us to enhance student employability

The Careers and Employment Centre aims to increase employability and career readiness for all Murdoch students, to ensure they are well prepared to meet the challenges of developing and managing their future careers.

"Employability is an on-going process of learning to identify, acquire, adapt and continuously enhance the skills, understandings and personal attributes that make you more likely to find and create meaningful work that benefits yourself, the workforce, the community and the economy." 

Professor Beverley Oliver, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education), Deakin University.

Who we are

The Careers Team comprises professionally qualified Career Development Advisors and Careers Officers. Career Development Advisors hold qualifications in Learning and Teaching as well as Career Education and Development, recognised by the Careers Industry Council of Australia. They are also professional members of the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisors (NAGCAS). The Careers Officers are responsible for coordinating the activities of the Centre and regularly engage with recruitment professionals and professional association representatives from industry.

The Careers and Employment Centre has institutional membership with the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE) and our staff work closely with industry (public, private and not-for-profit sectors) to ensure we remain up-to-date with employment trends, labour market forecasts and employment /recruitment practices.

Working with the Careers Team

We welcome collaboration with Murdoch staff with the aim of incorporating career development content (both face-to-face and on-line) into courses, to increase career readiness, employment outcomes and the acquisition of key employability skills and attributes necessary for the changing world of work. To date the Centre has collaborated with the Centre of University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) to embed career development learning (CDL) into several capstone units. Career Development Advisors have also presented in lectures and tutorials by direct invitation from academics. Lastly CDL is currently embedded into the On-track preparation course curriculum.

Engagement Options

Career Development Advisor, Jane Foster discussing core employability skills with final year science students.

1) Lectures / Tutorials

Professional Career Development Advisors are available to present, facilitate or co-facilitate career development learning material to support and complement academic delivery. This material can be tailored to specific disciplines with examples including but not limited to:

- team skills development;
- career planning;
- job application writing;
- networking and the development of an elevator pitch; and
- interview preparation.

Centre staff can also assist in sourcing relevant industry representatives / Murdoch University alumni for industry engagement activities hosted by Schools.

2) Online Employability LMS Module

The Centre has developed an on-line employability module for all Murdoch University students. The Boost your Employability module on LMS is specific to Murdoch and contains three separate guides relevant to the various stages of the academic journey. They focus on Career / Study Exploration, Finding Experience and Job Search skill development. These guides can be incorporated into unit curriculum or can be administered alongside curriculum content. Completion of each guide can be recorded separately and complementary services can be customised as needed to support module implementation.

3) CareerConnect Career Resource Portal

All Murdoch students, alumni and staff have 24 hour access to our online careers portal, CareerConnect.  The portal includes; an online jobs database, career and job search resources (e.g. Careers In… and Job Search Toolkits by discipline), information on the latest career events (e.g. workshops, presentations, industry networking opportunities) and a job application feedback facility for students and alumni.

NOTE: A full range of Careers support services directly available to students can be found here.