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Whether you’re completing your first degree, or undertaking further study to progress your career or change career direction, UTS’s strong industry links and wide networks will help you develop your skills, gain valuable experience and make contacts to boost your career opportunities.
UTS offers students opportunities to engage with experts and access cutting edge facilities on campus, thanks to industry partnerships. For example, global provider of analytical instrumentation Agilent Technologies has based its Asia-Pacific demonstration site within our Science faculty, while the UTS-based Alcatel-Lucent University provides a world-class training program and purpose-built laboratory for students who aspire to work with the most advanced telecommunication and network carriers.
Across all UTS courses, many of our teachers are experts in their field, enriching your learning experience with access to the most current industry expertise and networks across government, community bodies and the professions. For example, our teaching staff in Communication include many highly accomplished and award winning journalists and writers with decades of national and international experience. And many academics in the Faculty of Health are internationally renowned researchers, helping to shape current and future practice. Several also have senior positions on industry boards and professional associations.
The UTS Careers Service offers employer-run workshops, seminars, casual info sessions, career days, forums and networking events on a range of topics each semester. Industry professionals will let you know what they’re looking for in graduate employees and share their own career experience.
Specialised opportunities are also available at a faculty level. For example, in 2011, eleven UTS students travelled to Paris to take part in an intensive two-week sustainability studio aimed at providing them with the opportunity to examine and understand architecture in situations that are culturally, financially and logistically different to the Australian context. The workshop was part of the Global Field Studio (GFS) elective offered to architecture students.
Individual faculties and academics also organise industry visits to give you an insight into career paths and help you start building networks for future employment. For example, students in the Bachelor of Accounting take part in UTS Business School’s Guest Lecture Series where a wide range of industry sponsors run talks about accountants’ roles in different organisations.
Similarly, the Sydney Women in Engineering and IT (SWIEIT) Speakers Program and the Lucy Mentoring Program provide opportunities for female Engineering and Information Technology students to develop career and networking opportunities.
Part of a real world education is evaluating how you measure up against your peers; the very people you’ll be competing with to secure a position once you graduate. UTS students have the opportunity to do this by competing in industry-run competitions and developing solutions to real business problems. Participating in these competitions is also an opportunity to impress future employers.
For example, each year, UTS: Law students compete in the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna. In 2010, the UTS team placed third out of 252 universities, with all four team members named Best Oralist. All of these students now work for prominent employers: in the Federal Attorney General’s Office, as an Associate to a Federal Court judge, and in two top-tier law firms.
Each year, UTS marketing students are given a real world case study, which forms the credit for the Customer Behaviour subject . The completed assignment is also entered in the annual Microsoft Protégé competition, allowing students to compete with other undergraduates Australia-wide for the chance to win a week of mentoring with a Microsoft executive, a laptop, phone and other prizes.