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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.

JCU Careers and Employment Service

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 Career Development Program and complete the Career Preparation and Management modules.

Applying to Graduate

On completing your degree, students need to apply to Graduate whether they intend to attend the ceremony or not.  Students who opt to attend a graduation ceremony will not receive their testamur until graduation.

If proof of completion for the degree is required prior to graduation an official academic transcript indicating completion may be purchased.

Students should contact the Student Services Enrolment Team and request a letter of completion – this is a formal letter only issued once your academic record has been thoroughly checked and all results entered and is a formal document. This letter cannot be written or signed by anyone in Social Work – it must come from Student Services Enrolment Team be valid.

Graduates and Alumni

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
  • Access and Complete Graduation documentation
    • Eligibility for social work positions prior to Graduation
    • Applying for Graduation
  • 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