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Career Connect: Employers

LEAP - From graduating to actuating

Let us help you find your future employees by engaging with LEAP, the University of Tasmania’s employer support service. We offer a range of services to help you access the great talent that we have here at the University of Tasmania.

The LEAP team are focussed on developing tailored, mutually beneficial partnerships with employers to ensure work-ready graduates will help to sustain the future competitiveness of the state.

Find out more about how we can help you connect to new talent for your organisation.

Talk to us about how you can advertise your employment opportunities to directly target those students who would be the best fit for your organisation. Advertise your graduate, part time, casual or even volunteer role using our new career portal that our over 30,000 students have access to. Using Career Connect can help you:

  • Advertise paid and unpaid vacancies
  • Manage your recruitment process
  • Get analytics on your job posting’s reach and performance
  • Profile your organisation

Talk to us about how Career Connect can help you. Some services attract a fee Find out more (PDF 634KB)

You can start using Career Connect can do for you by registering now.

There are lots of opportunities to raise the profile of your business with students on campus.

Talk to us about:

  • Attending an on-campus expo or networking event
  • Judging an industry competition
  • Participating in a student workshop as an industry representative
  • Providing an ‘industry challenge’ for students to address
  • Sharing your experience at a student networking event

If you are interested in engaging more closely with our students by providing an experience or your sharing your industry experience we can help. We also have targeted career development programs that develop the work ready capacity of future graduates from international backgrounds to ensure recruitment processes and opportunities that are inclusive and value the evolving diversity of the state. Read more about the I-PREP program here.

Talk to us about:

  • Providing work experiences or internships
  • Hosting site visits
  • Becoming a mentor (link to Career Mentor Program when ready)
  • Providing coaching and feedback
  • Participating in industry panels

We can help you recruit the right talent for your organisation. Talk to us about your recruitment needs, including graduate programs (some services are under development and attract a fee (PDF 634KB).

EDITION 1 - December 2019

Houston’s Farm win Study Tasmania Award

It was exciting to see one of our Leap program partners Houston’s Farm be recognised as Industry Partner of the Year at the recent Study Tasmania Shine Awards 2019. Houston’s Farm received the award in recognition of the experience they have given to international students as part of the I-PREP program – UTAS’s work preparation program for international students.

Houston’s Farm have been involved as an industry partner in the University of Tasmania’s international student work preparation program, I-PREP, since 2018. They have hosted seven I-PREP internship students working across different business units. I-PREP students have been able to experience different facets of farm life from farm operations through the corporate aspects to support a commercial farm production facility.

Houston’s management have been very flexible with the experiences they have been able to offer students, often retrofitting a placement to the skills and interest of the student. They have also assisted the program by offering a placement at short notice for a student who was graduating when another organisation was unable to host.

Houston’s staff have spoken about the value that hosting an I-PREP intern has brought to the business. Briarna Hen, General Manager – Human Resources said ‘We saw value in participating in the I-PREP program from the start, partnering with the University of Tasmania to give talented international students studying here an experience of Australian workplace culture. We embrace diversity and have a flexible workforce through both short term, seasonal employees as well as our longer-term employees.’

I-PREP program industry breakfast

We recently held a breakfast event for our industry supporters of the I-PREP program (international student work preparation program). Over 60 of our hosts, or organisations interested in hosting a student in 2020, attended to hear about student and supervisor experiences.

If you are interested in getting more information about the program, or to register your interest for 2020 then please contact the program manager Leila Daniels (International Student Employability Liaison) on

What is Career Connect ?

Career Connect is UTAS’ online jobs portal that employers can access to advertise vacancies directly to UTAS students and graduates.

Over 30,000 UTAS students have access to the system and use it to search for local employment and volunteering opportunities.

This easy to use, free service is accessible to all employers in Tasmania. There are also a number of additional services that can be purchased to help you better advertise and target your vacancy.  To find out how Career Connect can help you with your recruitment needs, or to register your organisation as a user, more information can be found here.

Promote your 2020 Graduate Program

We can help you promote your 2020 Graduate Program through a digital promotion package on Career Connect. Talk to us about how we can help you market your vacancy directly to our students to ensure that you are reaching the most relevant potential candidates.

Examples of Graduate Programs we have helped promote in Career Connect in 2019 include: Tasmania State Government, Cricket Tasmania, Carlton & United Breweries, Hydro Tasmania, WLF Accounting and Advisory.

Rates for digital packages can be found here.

To find out more about how a digital promotion package can help you please email

Save the date - Leap industry event - Thursday 13 February 2020

We will be holding a special event, designed to showcase the different services and options available organisations to enhance engagement with the University of Tasmania and attract top talent.

Come along and hear about Work Integrated Learning, support available to advertise job opportunities and attract talent, as well as internships and more.

More details to come but mark your diaries now: Thursday 13 February 2020, 4.30-6.00pm, Hobart Function Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street Pier. 

Meet the Leap team – Leap Industry Engagement Coordinator….

This edition we profile Penny Stringer, our Leap Industry Engagement Coordinator. Penny is focused on working with industry to better understand their recruitment needs so that the Leap program can be tailored to specific organisations. Penny has been with the UTAS Leap team since April 2018 after working at Beacon Foundation in a role focussed on College-based industry pathways.

Penny is happy to come and meet with your organisation to better understand your needs. Contact Penny by emailing

EDITION 2 - April 2020

Message from Head Student Leadership, Career Development and Employment

Dear Career Connect industry partners,

I would like to thank you for the support you have shown our students through your engagement with our team and our jobs portal, Career Connect. This year has certainly thrown us some challenges ­- challenges that were unfathomable in 2019 – and challenges to which we have undoubtedly not seen the end of.

You may be aware that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Tasmania is now offering all courses and student services through online delivery. As part of that support our Career Connect team is working remotely and continuing to assist students to consider and develop their employability during this unprecedented time, as well as continuing to support our local businesses to recruit our top talent. In the current climate, we have ceased to deliver face-to-face industry events and programs but are exploring a range of ways to continue to offer our students opportunities to build their professional connections and experience the workforce. For example, we will be trailing digital approaches for students to network with industry through virtual internships and online mentoring.

As the COVID-19 pandemic presents us with a very new employment landscape in Tasmania, strong partnerships and active collaborations between the Career Connect team and local employers are critical. We recognise that this new landscape is having a huge effect on Tasmania, including many of our students. We have already seen many Tasmanian industries responding to the current challenges with innovation, commitment and energy. I am writing to assure you that our students and graduates are also prepared and willing to approach this new world with agility, resilience and a commitment to contribute to Tasmania. During this time, and when we emerge on the other side, we want to continue to support you to connect with talented UTAS graduates and students who are flexible, fresh, and resilient.

During this time, Career Connect will remain open and the team is available to support your recruitment needs. We will be offering free advertising and digital packaging for local employers who have advertised vacancies and we will waive all charges for jobs that are being advertised now. If you have an employment opportunity that you would like to highlight or are interested in exploring digital industry connections to support our students please let us know and we would be happy to support this.

On behalf of the Career Connect team, I want to express our gratitude and support for you and your business at this time. We are here to help in any way we can. Stay safe and we hope to see you all soon.


Kristin Warr Pedersen

Head, Student Leadership, Career Development and Employment, UTAS

Career Connect showcase

Thank you to all of our industry partners who attended our first Career Connect Showcase event in Hobart on Thursday 13th of February.  It was also great to see some new faces coming along to hear about how our employer support service works. We were joined by representatives from the University of Tasmania’s Colleges who shared information about work integrated learning and education opportunities open to industry. We released a short video which features how some of our partners have worked with us. We are aiming to hold similar events for the north and north west of Tasmania later this year.

Career Connect Showcase

Engineering Expo    

Engineers Australia Career Connections

We recently partnered with Engineers Australia to hold a Career Connections event that was attended by over 130 students. The event started with masterclasses on interview skills, work placements and the importance of soft skills in technical roles. Then a careers expo brought together 16 different industry representatives from the following organisations: Carlton and United Breweries, Caterpillar, Shaw Contracting, Taswater, TasNetworks, Pitt & Sherry, VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd, Hydro Tasmania, Nyrstar, Defence Force Recruiting, Stornoway, Careers in Local Government, Currowong Engineering, Grange Resources, Rio Tinto, and GHD. We look forward to hosting this again in 2021.

I-PREP program

UTAS’ I-PREP program (work preparation program for international students) is running in 2020 but it will have a different structure as we move away from face to face internships, at least in the short term. We are exploring the idea of offering virtual internships to our students in the program as well as online mentoring and virtual industry networking opportunities. We have just had a successful trip up to Launceston where we talked with businesses about the program and we hope to be able to expand the program more broadly to northern organisations later this year.

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Careers education for UTAS students

With students studying online and social distancing in place, we are exploring new and exciting ways to deliver careers education and opportunities to connect with industry.

We recently launched a new comprehensive and interactive online learning resource called Career Essentials. This resource is available to all students and aims to provide the student with a careers focussed education framework for the duration of their study.

Career Essentials covers a broad range of careers-related topics including how to build a resume, write a cover letter and selection criteria, prepare and practice interviews and networking tips. It also provides students with work ready experiences to enhance their studies including jobs on campus, internships, volunteering and leadership development.

Opportunities for Virtual Engagement

In line with our commitment to high-quality digital offerings for our students, we are exploring different ways of that industry and our students can engage such as virtual careers fairs and education sessions.National Careers Week is being held 18th – 24th May 2020 and there will be lots of opportunities for our Career Connect industry partners to get involved in the program.

You may like to deliver a webinar session to promote your upcoming Graduate Program recruitment, or simply talk with students about your career journey, a topic of interest or let students know about your organisation and the opportunities you might have coming up in future. These could be hosted via Zoom, GoTo Meeting or even a livestream via your website or Facebook page – whatever medium and platform you prefer.

If you’d like to partner up to deliver some fun and engaging sessions for our students please send us an email to

Ready to take the LEAP? Contact

Note, LEAP is for employing organisations. For student-focused initiatives check out the rest of our Careers pages or head over to Career Connect.