Building your experience

Whether it’s casual work while you study, an opportunity to develop your industry experience, or a professional role in your chosen field, make the most of the opportunities available.


As well as contributing to your community, volunteering is a great way to begin developing the skills and experience that employers are looking for. You may even be able to apply your discipline-specific skills and gain practical experience. To find out more about volunteer opportunities:

Part-time and casual work

Working part-time or casually is a valuable opportunity to develop your transferable skills and experience. Even if your experience is not industry related, you can use it as a springboard to future opportunities. To find out more about part-time and casual work:

Work experience

Work experience is highly valued by graduate recruiters as it helps you develop non-technical skills such as communication and teamwork. To find out more about the opportunities could be available:

If you can’t find work experience to suit your interests, you could create your own opportunity. To find out more about approaching employers directly:

If you have found an unpaid work experience placement, you may not be covered by the organisation’s Personal Accident Insurance (PAI). Curtin Careers provides free work experience insurance to eligible Curtin students for approved, co-curricular placements that comply with the Fair Work Act.

Vacation work and internships

Vacation work and internships are generally aimed at penultimate and final year undergraduate students. You can expect to be supervised and assessed during this experience, as many employers use this opportunity to assess your suitability for a graduate program. To find out more about vacation work and internships:

Your rights and responsibilites

If you’re new to the workplace, find out about your rights and responsibilities so you have an understanding of issues such as employment contracts and rates of pay. To find out more about your workplace rights and responsibilities:

International opportunities

Combining work and travel allows you to explore new experiences and gain new skills, with many employers valuing the international perspective that these experiences can help you develop. To find out more about working overseas:

Expanding your experience

If you would like to discuss building your experience and the oppportunities available to you, book a Careers Conversation with one of the Curtin Careers team. These appointments can be conducted in person or over the phone.