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How to increase your employability as a graduate

By Simon 02 Sep 2019
Proud USQ graduate holding testamur.

I haven't always wanted to be a lawyer. According to my mother, when I was younger, one week I wanted to be a doctor and the next, the Prime Minister. 

But ever since I discovered my passion for the law, I have done everything I can to set myself up for success in this field. In addition to enrolling in a double bachelor degree in Business and Law, I work 2 part-time jobs and try to involve myself in as many on-campus groups, forums and boards as my schedule can take.

I am the current USQ Student Guild President, Director of the USQ Student Guild Board of Directors, a student representative within the USQ Academic Board and the USQ Law Society Secretary in 2015. These roles have taught me a lot about business and governance. I have been able to sit in on the Academic Appeals and Misconduct Committee, USQ Student Forum and the USQ Student Amenities Fee Project Board and have learned a lot about the importance of student rights and how to advocate effectively for them.

Abraham and I at a Toowoomba Future Leaders event
Abraham and I at a Toowoomba Future Leaders event

As well as a great way to develop strong friendships, I have found being involved in these roles on-campus, has provided me with a forum to practice the art of networking and gain confidence in public speaking. It is also overwhelmingly satisfying and gives me a real sense of pride knowing that my involvement in these extra-curricular activities has helped create a better university for myself as well as all the students at USQ.

Nathan, Sam and I at the Inaugural USQ Awards night, Student Rep Awards
Nathan, Sam and I at the Inaugural USQ Awards night, Student Rep Awards

Of course, it can be difficult to stay motivated when you're juggling so much extra on top of study, but what helps me is knowing that everything I do contributes to the extension of my knowledge bank and that this knowledge will help contribute to so many fantastic opportunities in the future. Being able to show potential employers that you are eager to engage with your peers and become involved in community organisations only promotes your good attributes. Holding those attributes reassures me that a bright future is ahead and this is what helps me stay motivated.

While I’m still not 100% sure on which area of law I want to specialise in after graduation, I know that I will have done everything I can during my time at university to set myself up for a successful career.

So, I encourage you to get involved with extra-curricular activities as much as you can while you study.

But I have to warn you, once you start, you’ll be hooked!

If you'd like more information about networking and how to boost your chances of graduate employment, please contact the Careers & Employability Team. 

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