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Job Smart Edge

Authentic industry experience and career coaching to make you instantly job ready
In a period of uncertainty, it has never been more important to increase your job readiness. That's why the University of Sydney Business School has reimagined its award-winning international student employability program to make you even more job ready.

With a focus on employability, this unique program will equip you with all the skills you need to get ahead of all the other candidates in a tough market.

It's called Job Smart Edge and it offers you more opportunities than ever before to gain practical skills, authentic industry experience, career coaching from business leaders and networking opportunities across a range of organisations from SMEs and digital startups to market leading consultancies such as Deloitte, KPMG, and PWC.  

Job Smart Edge is only available to international students enrolled in the Business School. 

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We are committed to providing our students with a truly transformative education. The skills they learn putting knowledge into practice will be critical to succeeding in the rapidly evolving future of work.
Professor Greg Whitwell, Dean of the Business School

What is Job Smart Edge?

Evolved from our award-winning Job Smart program, Job Smart Edge features several new opportunities for participating students:

1. Work on a digital industry project

An authentic digital industry project is built into the Job Smart Edge program. This brings forward the opportunity for students to complete a piece of work for an Australian organisation, earlier than ever before. Students will work on a collaborative project to solve a problem for their industry partner.

2. Attend interactive workshops

A series of pre- and post-project interactive digital workshops, jointly delivered by the Business School's Careers and Employability Office and Work-Integrated Learning Hub, will focus on equipping students with the right skills and tools to navigate through a dampened job market and secure future careers and employment.

3. Get credit towards your degree

Postgraduate international students will have the option to use their Job Smart Edge experience as part of a 6 credit point unit of study. Students who wish to do so should enrol in the elective BUSS6102 as one of their four units of study. Through this unit, you'll complete an employability bootcamp to undertake industry-focused problem-solving work in diverse teams.

Stephanie Guo

Stephanie Guo
Master of Commerce student and Job Smart Edge participant
"Job Smart Edge is the best unit of study I've done in any degree. I really got a lot from this unit, not only through the employable skills and practical experience, but also in learning some valuable new ideas."

Benefits of Job Smart Edge

Beyond real world employability skills, at the completion of the program, eligible students will also receive:

  • An invitation to join Global Scope, a three-week virtual consulting project with an Australian firm supported by a professional industry mentor.
  • Fast-tracked entry to an exclusive graduate recruitment bootcamp in the following semester (Job Smart Phase 3).
    • This bootcamp will simulate the entire graduate recruitment process, from preparing your application to the interview process and understanding psychometric testing.
    • The bootcamp will ensure you enhance your job-ready skills, putting you ahead of the competition.
    • Top performing students from the bootcamp will take part in a 12-week Sydney-based unpaid internship.
  • Postgraduate students have the option to undertake Job Smart Edge as part of a 6 credit point unit of study towards your degree.
  • Increased chances to maximise your opportunities, gateway to and understanding of our Work-Integrated Learning programs.
  • Dedicated mock application process for our Work-Integrated Learning programs, including study tours, business practicums, placements and self-sourced placements.
  • Invaluable connections with fellow student and industry leaders.
  • A certificate of completion to demonstrate your achievement.
  • A LinkedIn badge of completion to let employers know you have completed the program.

Frequently asked questions

Job Smart Edge is exclusively available to international students enrolled to study a degree at the Business School.

If you have any questions about participating in Job Smart Edge, please email

Postgraduate international students have the option to take Job Smart Edge as part of their degree, or to complete it as an extracurricular program. Students who complete the program as part of their degree will be required to enrol in BUSS6102, a 6 credit point elective unit of study, and will be liable for unit of study fees.

For more information download the Job Smart Edge in-curriculum flyer (pdf, 303KB) or contact

Undergraduate international students are able to participate in Job Smart Edge as an extracurricular activity only.

Domestic students interested in programs to develop their employability skills and career readiness should also contact

Job Smart Edge opportunities will be offered online, with the goal of preparing students for the new digital way of working.

Job Smart Edge is the reimagined version of Job Smart Phase 1. Participants who complete Job Smart Edge can advance to Job Smart Phase 3 in the following semester.

Registrations are now open for Semester 2, 2021.

Register now

Annabella Irene

Annabella Irene
Master of Commerce student and Job Smart participant
"I developed my business acumen and received advice on how to professionally present myself to potential employers with confidence and proactiveness."

Job Smart Edge timeline


Kick-off workshop


CV coaching


Employability skills bootcamp


Digital Industry Project


Consulting for good volunteer project


LinkedIn profile development


Wrap-up workshop

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