A great way to network and develop workplace skills is volunteering and participating in student competitions and challenges. Graduate employers look for community involvement, initiative and a track record of innovation when recruiting new employees.
Develop your teamwork, interdisciplinary collaboration, and project management skills while using your discipline specific knowledge solving real life industry challenges. Employers look for risk takers and innovators and will be impressed to hear your stories about your initiative, problem solving and enterprising spirit whether or not you win the challenge.
There are many one off challenges and competitions on the web - try and Google keywords relevant to your field e.g. student coding challenges, phone app competitions, student engineering challenges, student sustainability competitions etc.
Review all the competitions below as most of them require interdisciplinary team work.
Check all – choose the relevant ones to you; pencil in your calendar the registration dates; sign up for email updates; start thinking what you’d like to contribute and who you’d want to have on your team.
The dates listed are an indication only, please check the website to confirm.
Thought For Food Challenge; Entries January
Indigo Award (small registration fee); Submissions January
Ideas for Action; Registrations February
Code Jam; Registrations March
Adobe Design Achievement Awards; Registrations March
UBS Investment Banking Challenge; Registrations March/April
James Dyson Award; Registrations March - July
The PEMA Student Challenge; Registrations April
ASHRAE Design Competition (HVAC); Registrations Early May
Go Green In The City; Registrations May
Australian Technologies Competition; Entries May
EY Data Science Challenge Registrations; Entries May
UX World Championship; Registrations May
Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards; Entries May-June
Warman Design & Build Competition; Registrations June
Kokuyo Design Award Entries; June - August
ModelOff World Championships; Entries July
Angelhack Hackathon Challenges; Entries: July
Google Online Marketing Challenge; Entries July
Cyber Security Challenge Australia; Entries July
Microsoft Imagine Cup; Registrations September
Top 100 Future Leaders Competition; Registrations September
Shell Ideas 360; Registrations September
GovHack; Entries September
Creative Shock; Registrations: September
Brand Storm Loreal; Registrations October
British Council's Famelab - science; Entries October/November
Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition; Entries: November
KPMG International Case Competition (KICC); Entries November;
Grab CAD Challenge; Registrations – various
DrivenData - data science; Registrations - various
Kaggle - data science; Registrations - various
Data Science Challenges; Registrations - various
Credit Suisse HOLT Valuation Challenge Registrations; ongoing
Nespresso Sustainability MBA Challenge (Biannual, every odd year); Registrations: contact the organiser ASAP
To identify further opportunities go to https://studentcompetitions.com./competitions
Australian Engineering Excellence Awards;
If you are aware of a challenge or competition that is not listed here – please let us know! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Think about what’s important to you in terms of the outcomes you are hoping to achieve through volunteer work. Identify the key activities you would like to undertake and the skills you would like to gain. When considering a volunteer opportunity, you may want to consider these questions:
JCU offers a wide variety of volunteering opportunities for students and community members.
Opportunities cover everything from note-taking for students, to assisting our researchers.
Volunteers are vital to many organisations, so consider lending a hand in your community. To find what is available in your area of interest and location, log in to Volunteering Australia
For opportunities in Cairns, contact FNQ Volunteers Inc
For opportunities in Townsville, contact Volunteering North Queensland
You might also like to contact one or more of the following volunteering organisations:
Volunteering overseas can provide wonderful opportunities to immerse yourself in a different culture and really make a difference to a community or cause.
Undertaking any overseas role requires a considerable investment of time, energy and often money. Careful planning is required to ensure that you minimise any risks.
You should carefully research any organisation you are thinking of signing up with and remember to take into account any health and safety issues involved in living and working overseas.
Listed below are some organisations for you to research. Please note that JCU Careers and Employment does not endorse any aid organisations.