A great way to network and develop employability skills is volunteering and participating in student competitions and challenges. Graduate employers look for community involvement, initiative and innovation when recruiting new employees. View the below list of competitions and challenges to help get you started!
JCU Connect brings you the latest innovation opportunities offered across the ecosystem including incubators, accelerator programs and challenges. These opportunities are offered by a range of external stakeholders. Learn more about Innovation Incubators, Accelerators and Challenges.
Develop your teamwork, interdisciplinary collaboration, and project management skills while using your discipline specific knowledge to solve 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.
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.
If you are aware of a challenge or competition that is not listed here – please let us know! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Strengthen your employment skills – communication, teamwork, problem solving, planning
Get work or industry related experience
Develop your professional network and make new contacts
Show initiative and motivation to employers
Contribute to your community – giving is its own reward
Support a cause you feel strongly about
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:
What sort of duties will I be expected to do?
I don’t have any previous experience in this area. Does this matter?
Will I receive any training?
How much time will I be expected to give?
I might not be able to offer any time around exam periods. Does this matter?
If I am injured, will I be covered by insurance?
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 and other students.