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Transitioning to Professional Practice

James Cook University (JCU) is very proud of the support that is offered to students in transitioning to professional practice. The key to success is students being pro-active in accessing services available to them at James Cook University.

The JCU Careers and Employment Service offers a wide range of career services and resources for students, recent graduates, employers and staff.

Students may also want to review the ‘Career Action Plan’ available through the JCU Careers and Employment Service.

JCU Careers and Employment Service provides students with support around career planning, job search support including job application appointments, job vacancies advertised on CareerHub, workshops/employer information sessions/events (all advertised on CareerHub).

Visit the JCU Employability Edge program and complete the Employability Edge modules.

For more information about graduation ceremonies, academic dress and receiving your Testamur, visit the Graduation page.

Students may want to continue their connection with JCU into their professional career. The JCU Alumni is an active association which links graduates to the University in a formal way. Please visit their website for further information.

Australian Association of Social Work

With a membership to the Australian Association of Social Work, students can access the AASW website for information on Membership and resources available to them as professional social workers.

Student suggestions for transitioning

  • Important to develop networks in final placement
  • Careers: Learn how to apply for professional positions
    • Write a Professional resume
    • Learn how to address selection criteria
    • How to address interview questions, interview techniques
  • Attend Job fairs/services in local area that employ social workers
  • AASW Membership