Studying Engineering and IT offers graduates a wide range of career possibilities. The resources here and on the Melbourne School of Engineering website may assist you in researching, preparing for and planning your career.
Knowing yourself and your careers goals
Investigate your career ideas and consider possible pathways towards achieving your goals. There are several ways you can begin to develop and plan your career:
Exploring options and gaining experiences
Get involved on campus and gain work experience during your course to set yourself up to achieve your career goals.
- Explore your options
- Internships, work experience and mentoring
- Engineering and IT professional associations and industry bodies
Internships and industry-related subjects
- ENGR90033 Engineering internship
- CVEN90022 IE Research Project 1
- CVEN90047 IE Research Project 2
- CVEN90056 IE Research Project 3
- ELEN90011 Directed Studies
- ENGR90027 Engineering Project
- GEOM90017 Spatial Industry Internship
- ISYS90080 IT Industry Placement
- SWEN40001 Advanced Software Engineering Project
- SWEN90014 Masters Software Engineering Project
- CHEN90028 Industry Projects
- ENGR90031 Energy Systems Project
- ENGR90033 Industry Based Learning
- ISYS90082 Industry Based IT Experience Project
Big careers with Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Competition for jobs can be fierce when applying to well-known, larger organisations. Consider broadening your options by exploring opportunities with small to medium-sized enterprises. SMEs:
- are the fastest growing sector of most economies around the world
- employ over five million Australians, or 63% of all workers
- over 1.2 million SMEs represent more than 96% of all business and 33% of Australian GDP
- are Australia’s largest employer
Any comprehensive job search strategy should include applying to both the advertised and hidden job markets. Approaching employers directly is an important part of tapping into the hidden job market. SME’s are a good place to start, as many larger organisations recruit through formal processes such as graduate programs. Here's how you can find SMEs:
- Many SME’s advertise jobs to Melbourne University students through Careers Online. Look at who is currently advertising here as well as via mainstream sites such as SEEK.
- Search for companies on LinkedIn to identify employers in your area of interest.
- The University library holds data bases of Australian companies (eg. IBIS World) where you can research employers.
- You can find over 200,000 companies in Victoria on Manta
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