Category Archives: Careers

Get yourself a competitive edge

Need experience to get experience?  Getting a job should not look like this.

You need to get a competitive edge.

You’ve made a good start if you are already actively involved in the UC community, such as a club or society.  Why not go one step further and increase your employability by gaining key skills and experience while you study? Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is the way to go.

Workskills +  your graduate profile  = ‘got the competitive edge’

 UC has created a Graduate Profile : five attributes for UC students to develop that will set you apart from other university graduates.

The first is critical competence in a core academic discipline of your choice

A CCR activity will cover one of more of the other four attributes.  

They are:

Bicultural competence and confidence>

Community engagement>

Employability, innovation and enterprise>

Global awareness>

Work readiness skills

Alongside those attributes UC has identified nine of the most important work readiness skills that employers look for in university graduates.

These skills are:

  • Communication
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Planning and organising
  • Problem solving, Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Technology 

Together, the workskills and attributes in a CCR activity prepare you for employment in New Zealand and across the globe, give you experience and help you become work ready – with a competitive edge.

Including your printed CCR with your CV shows employers that UC recognises and gives you credit for engaging with the wider UC Community whilst completing your study.

Picture it now –  an interview where you have brilliant answers to every STAR (behavioural-based) question. 

So get involved with CCR to give yourself a competitive edge. Click here for more information about CCR>

Careers Fair a success

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The annual Engineering and Science Careers Fair took place on Wednesday in the Undercroft. 800 students kept 61 different employers on site busy throughout the day. Employers came from throughout New Zealand and even Australia, eager to network with students and speak about internships, summer work and graduate programmes and positions coming up in their organisations. Over the next couple of weeks remember to follow up on conversations with employers and put yourself out there, you never know what opportunities could come about.

Next up is the Information and Communcation Technology (ICT) Careers Fair on Tuesday 31 July, 4pm – 6pm in the the Undercroft. Find out more>

Check out the gallery above, can you spot yourself?


Would you make a great Guide to the Inside? Call for bloggers.

Would you make a great Guide to the Inside?  UC students are invited to apply for the Co-curricular Record Student Blogger activity, to blog about their view of UC as an ‘insider’.

Who will make a great Student Blogger for Insider’s Guide to UC | Tūpono?
As well as being an innovative story teller you will be excellent at achieving accuracy and meeting deadlines, and keen to learn more about communications as a profession. 

Successful applicants will write/produce a total of four blogs over the course of a semester (or equivalent period of time) and will:


  • attend a one hour familiarisation meeting
  • submit a one page proposal for four blogs and proposed time of their release
  • produce two blogs based around personal reflections of the UC student experience and which also relate to Graduate Attributes 
  • produce two news style blogs, which add value to understanding student experiences at UC and which present the University professionally.

Interested? Sign up to this CCR activity here>