Are you ready to know more about graduate and intern roles and want to start your job search in your profession?
Students with disability can experience greater challenges in securing employment compared with graduates without a disability. Supports and services to assist students with disability are available through your university. Complementing these existing supports is the University Specialist Employment Partnership (USEP) program.
What is USEP?
USEP is a partnership between your university and a local Disability Employment Service (DES) that delivers free on-campus employment services. These services are specifically aimed to meet the needs of graduating or graduated students with disability seeking employment. The difference between USEP and signing up with an external DES provider for employment, is that the USEP Consultant will seek specific graduate positions and internships aligning with your studies. Through USEP, you can also access a wide range of services before you finish university study.
When do I access?
USEP is available to:
- All students identified as having a disability and/or
- Students who access supports from the university due to the impact of their disability or medical condition
- Students who have recently graduated (within last 12 months) or who are in the last year of their degree.
Currently the USEP program operates in 12 universities with continued interest from across Australia. Head to the Current Partnership page to see if USEP is available at your university. We do welcome students outside of these locations to use our Contact Form to let us know where USEP is needed.
What is the benefit in connecting?
- Free, flexible, tailored disability employment services from an experienced specialist employment Consultant located at your university.
- Sharpen your resume, improve your interview skills and feel more confident.
- Learn about internships and graduate positions including the recruitment processes and link to these opportunities
- Individualised assistance to source relevant work which is accessible and complements your field of study
- Receive guidance about sharing information about your disability – how, when, where, why and your rights
- Direct referrals to suitable university services and programs that may also benefit you
- Support after university to ensure you settle in to your new role, or to keep looking
What do students say about connecting with USEP; and what do you need to keep in mind for graduate success?
Listen to Flinders University Students as they highlight their university experience and navigate the transition to employment and how USEP was a positive component of their success.
Sascha our USEP Consultant for SA is joined by Flinders Uni and GradWise as they share tips and ideas to be confident in your job search: Disability Confidence for your Career.
Insight into how to succeed in your search for graduate employment…
Hear Sascha our USEP consultant in SA and accenture in discussion on how this major graduate employer recruits and how your USEP consultant with their connections and expertise can be your best contact. Thanks to: CBS Inc, Flinders University, Accenture, USEP. Link to watch the recording on the image and here
- Inclusive practices
- Where and what platforms are used to source graduates
- Assessment Centres
- Tips for success
- Benefits of linking with USEP
The Student Process – 4 easy steps
Head to the current partnership page and see if you have this program in your university. Each university has their own registration process. Visit current partnerships
Meet with your on-campus experienced disability consultant to discuss all options
Design an employment plan that outlines your goals and keeps you on track to remain positive and motivated on your graduate pathway
Receive guidance throughout transition to employment that is matched to your skills, experience and qualifications. If required support can be ongoing for the first few months of your employment until you settle in to your new role
- Discover what other students are saying about sharing information about disability
- Read a success story from making a video showcasing personal strength
- Learn about JobAcess and how to make it work for you as a graduate with disability
- Explore making use of Government graduate portals and requesting adjustments