Professional Development

As most of us will not walk into a job after three years at University, now is the time to start thinking about what you can do to gain a competitive edge in the job market.

Quite often a University degree is not enough, so extra activities must be pursued to demonstrate to future employers your skills and enthusiasm.

The CWC takes pride in offering you opportunities to develop your writing skills and techniques through a wide range of twice-weekly workshops.

Club Involvement

Being actively involved in a student club is one way to demonstrate to employers your willingness and enthusiasm to be part of a team. It is also a fun way to create networks of like-minded students from different disciplines.

When you are ready, you can take the next step and fulfil a club role. Going beyond the usual course work, you will have the chance to practice teamwork and leadership skills that will prepare you for the real world.

Although there are many student clubs at Curtin that cater for different tastes and interests, as writers, joining the Curtin Writers Club is obviously our recommended choice. We offer you the opportunity to showcase your skills as a writer and provide you with the confidence to seek other publishing opportunities. Through publishing, you can build your writing portfolio and really impress at your next job interview.

All contributions to the Curtin Writers Club will receive unofficial recognition on the acknowledgments page. So why not submit your work, and get published?

Around Campus

Curtin University offers many co-curricular opportunities around campus for both internal and online students. Most of these opportunities take place during semester and is given official recognition through the Curtin Extra Certificate. They usually require only a few hours a week and will provide you with a great learning experience that will enhance your own personal and professional development.

Mentoring

As a mentor, you will be responsible to assist a small group of new Curtin students during their first semester at university. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to reflect on your own student learning experience and pass on some valuable tips to your first-year mentees. This will demonstrate your communication and leadership abilities and can be a lot of fun.

As no one is more suited to mentor Creative and Professional Writing students than a fellow writer, why not volunteer and help out our friends?

Curtin Leaders Program

This is a combination of active volunteering and learning modules that are designed to help you reflect on yourself and your role within the community. While understanding that leadership is not restricted to Prime Ministers and CEOs, leadership also concerns the little things in life and you will learn how to make a positive impact on those people around you.

For one certificate you will need to complete 10 hours of volunteering and complete five modules. If you complete all 10 modules and 20 hours of volunteering, you will receive two certificates.

  • Leadership 101
  • Self-Awareness
  • Goal Setting
  • Public Speaking
  • Teamwork
  • Decision Making
  • Conflict Management
  • Understanding Culture
  • Making Change
  • Project Management

Curtin Volunteers! (CV!)

Although not part of the Curtin Extra Certificate program, CV! provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable experience, practise your skills, and discover something about yourself.

Volunteering can be either weekly or one-off special events. Weekly volunteering includes activities such as tutoring school students, while one-off events may involve helping out at charity fundraiser events. No matter what you do, or how enjoyable / terrible the work, CV! guarantees a memorable time and a welcome break from your studies.

John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA)

This is the next step up from the Curtin Leaders Program and involves leadership training and leadership roles within Curtin Volunteers! projects. There is an expected commitment of five to seven hours per week for one semester, and includes training leading up to the start of semester.

For writing students, the most applicable role is the CV! Communications Officer. In this role, you will have the responsibility to create and edit marketing content used on social media, newsletters, and brochures. It will provide you with a fantastic learning experience and will sure to be a highlight on your CV.

Curtin Employability Award

This program offers you the opportunity to gain industry experience and professional skills, including job applications, career management, and personal branding. Students who are undertaking this program will also gain exclusive access to special job opportunities through CareerHub. Approximately taking 50 hours to complete, including 37.5 hours of industry work experience, this program provides networking opportunities that may lead to your next job. You will also receive a Curtin Extra Certificate upon successful completion.

Alternatively, you may prefer to independently complete any of the 14 online Curtin Careers Illuminate Challenge modules, without any obligation to complete the program.

  • Who am I?
  • Decision Making Strategies
  • How do I get to Know my Industry?
  • Cover Letters
  • Resume
  • Selection Criteria
  • Interviews
  • What is Your Personal Brand?
  • Stop Googling, Start Networking
  • Boosting Your Professionalism
  • Drive Your Career
  • Workplace Rights and Responsibilities
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intrapreneurship

Curtin Careers, Employment and Leadership

Of course, the whole reason why we are here is to get a job. To help us achieve that, Curtin Careers offer Job Application Support to help with such important job seeking skills as resume and cover letter writing, personal branding, and interviews. You can either drop-in or send in your resume into Curtin Careers, Employment & Leadership and they will show you how to improve it – how brilliant is that?

  • job searching
  • career guidance
  • resume and cover letter writing workshops

There are plenty of opportunities around Curtin to help you begin your career, so take some time away from your studies and explore how you can gain that competitive edge.