New help for international students seeking jobs

SEEK and Study NSW have jointly launched a new program for international students to make their job search journey easier

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New help is now available for international students seeking jobs to sustain their stay here.

From today, the SEEK platform will include a “#NSW Jobs Connect” filter, enabling international students to easily identify job opportunities posted by employers. It is the first program of its kind in Australia.

As international students return to our shores, finding a job becomes one of their early priorities.

Acknowledging this, the NSW Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade Alister Henskens said, “More than 136,000 international students are actively studying in NSW, integrating into their local communities and investing in their futures, so it’s important that we support them during their studies and beyond.”

He was announcing the new plan, whereby the NSW Government, through Study NSW, is partnering with leading employment marketplace SEEK to deliver NSW Jobs Connect for international students.

“This innovative program will help students identify suitable employment opportunities and link NSW employers to a robust, diverse and reliable source of talent,” he said.

SEEK’s Head of Government Relations Kadi Taylor said the pilot is the first of its kind, with employers across a range of sectors including finance, construction, manufacturing and technology taking part in the program.

“Many employers are unaware that international students have work rights during and post their studies, with many having the right to work for up to six years once their study is complete,” Ms Taylor said.

“This program is about bringing students and employers together through our platform and at in-person events, creating opportunities, and equipping both sides with the knowledge and skills to thrive.”

The initiative will also help address shortages in the labour market by connecting international students directly with NSW employers such as Allianz Insurance and Cancer Council NSW who are both part of the program.

Allianz Australia Chief Human Resources Officer Vicky Drakousis welcomed the new initiative.

“Being part of this program allows us to support our growing business by tapping into a whole new talent pool, while potentially providing valuable career opportunities for international students. We’re confident these students will bring insight and diverse thinking to Allianz,” Ms Drakousis said.

If you are a NSW employer interested in joining the initiative and recruiting international students and graduates, submit your expression of interest here.

If you are an international student or graduate in NSW looking for work, visit Study NSW to find registered businesses with current employment opportunities.

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