Gain real world experience

Practical experience can help you gain skills and abilities you may not get in the classroom. Build your confidence and gain skills and experiences valued by employers with a range of available programs.


You can get real world experience through programs and opportunities available through Murdoch and the Guild, as well as industry competitions. Some opportunities may even be paid or include prize money.

Join a Murdoch or Guild program

  • The Career Learning Spine forms part of the curriculum in our undergraduate degrees, which comprises of a range of units that are designed to give you the practical, transferable skills you'll rely on for your entire career.
  • You can gain practical experience through work placements. The Work Integrated Learning team coordinates work placements and industry projects which can count as credit towards your degree.
  • Towards the end of your degree, you can help other students with their studies by becoming a leader through the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) or Peer Academic Coach (PAC) programs.
  • Students as Change Agents is an opportunity to develop and lead a project and positively impact learning and teaching at Murdoch.
  • Consider taking part in an overseas study tour, individual short-term program or work placement as part of the Study Abroad program to boost your career opportunities, make lifelong friends and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
  • The Murdoch Student Emerging Leaders Program (MSEL) develops your leadership, communication and team skills through a group project supporting a not-for-profit community organisation.
  • Participating in a volunteer program through the Murdoch Guild Volunteering Hub gives you the opportunity to gain experience whilst helping out a community organisation or a student association.

Enter an industry competition

Student competitions are hosted and supported by industry. The competitions offer you an opportunity to solve real world problems, present innovative and creative ideas and promote your potential. Competitions can be specific to your field of study or across disciplines, including:

  • The Big Idea, a national social enterprise student team competition hosted by The Big Issue and supported by PwC
  • Top 100 Future Leaders, a national recruitment process competition hosted by GradConnection and supported by Financial Review
  • Survive the Panel, a national entrepreneurial student competition hosted by EY.

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