Industry connections to get you job-ready

Southern Cross supports our students to be job-ready by having strong industry connections and degrees that incorporate rewarding professional placement opportunities.

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Ryan Traise at TreeTop Challenge in Currumbin, QLD during his tourism internship

From climbing trees to working in hotels and corporate businesses,  staff support our students to embark on internships in a range of roles and in high places... like Ryan Traise, who did his internship at TreeTop Challenge in QLD during the final year of his tourism management degree.

“The internship gave me a deeper understanding of business fundamentals, an opportunity to see how a business fits into the tourism industry, what can influence its success, and how it can be improved”, says Ryan.

Since graduating in 2016, Ryan secured a full-time position as the Operations Manager of TreeTop Challenge. Based at Currumbin in south-east Queensland, he oversees up to 45 staff across three of the adventure park’s locations, including at Mt Tambourine and the Sunshine Coast.

“I have a variety of leadership, supervisory and practical responsibilities and I’m the head of training and human resources. I still manage to get up amongst the trees on the adventure park now and again, especially while training new staff. I really value the practical and applied learning experiences I had at Southern Cross, so I am currently studying an education degree there to align my career with my future plans and aspirations”, he said.

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Student Gabriella Lennon (right) and workplace mentor Southern Cross graduate Andrew Lewis

Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management student is completing her internship at prestigious Gold Coast private school Somerset College. Along with her involvement at Storyfest pop up library during the 2019 SWELL Sculpture Festival in Currumbin QLD, she’s helped organise the Festival of the Young Performers, a corporate Golf Day, and the Celebration of Entrepreneurship.

“I’m meeting lots of people on the job and I’m finding out what I am capable of and where my passion really lies. Having Andrea as my mentor is such a bonus. She has the same degree from Southern Cross that I am about to finish,” Gabriella said.

Storyfest CEO/Festival Director and Southern Cross alumnus Andrea Lewis has mentored more than eight Southern Cross students on internship and understands what an important and valuable time it is for them. She allocates responsibilities that give her interns a range of practical and transferrable skills. “Offering students a hands-on internship ensures they’re job ready when taking the next step in their career”, Andrea said. 


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Students at The Hotel School Melbourne

For 30 years, our dedicated hospitality programs at The Hotel School continue to provide unrivalled professional training in this industry.

The University’s Hotel School with campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and now Brisbane, is a partnership between Southern Cross and Mulpha, one of Australia’s most experienced investors in hospitality.

Mulpha’s property portfolio extends into the UK, New Zealand, Malaysia and across Australia.

By studying our Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management or our Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management at The Hotel School, you’ll have access to a free graduate placement service which has networks to Mulpha-owned properties located in Australia and internationally. You can also access this service up to 12 months after you finish your degree, for practical support in securing graduate employment.

Read about The Hotel School internships.

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Taneeka Hyatt did her midwifery placement at Tweed Hospital, NSW

Our established professional relationships in the health sector and with hospitals across the Gold Coast, Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast of NSW benefit our nursing, midwifery and health science students. Professional experience not only fulfils accreditation requirements for many of our degrees, it enables our students to established relationships and career networks.

completed her professional placements at Tweed Hospital as part of her studies in the Bachelor of Midwifery. During her three-year degree, Taneeka delivered, or ‘caught’, 30 babies, including partnering with 15 pregnant women to offer continuity of care through to childbirth. In December 2018, she secured a full-time graduate position at Tweed Hospital and is excited to be working alongside some of the women who helped deliver her as a baby two decades ago.

Nursing graduate is on the path to fulfilling her passion to work in community health. During her Bachelor of Nursing, Nicole completed placements in multiple local hospitals and travelled to Cambodia for an interdisciplinary placement, all the while balancing parenting and part-time work. She has secured a full-time new-graduate position at Coffs Harbour Base Hospital and has recently begun her two-year rotation in the Community Health sector. 

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Onsite reporting at the Byron Writers Festival

At the core of our arts degrees is our connection to local creative industries. These include the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival on the Mid North Coast, Byron Bay Bluesfest, Screenworks in northern NSW and the popular Byron Writers Festival.

The Southern Cross partnership with Screenworks – which supports the Northern Rivers region’s screen industry including film, television, online, games and apps projects – is an avenue for our creative arts students to access the local screen industry and to hear from industry leaders and professionals. The Screenworks mentoring opportunities and industry connections add a valuable dimension to the learning experience and helps our students to establish career networks.

Integral to the Byron Writers Festival since 2011 is our . If you choose to study our creative writing, arts or digital media and communications degrees you could gain professional experience producing stories, session reviews, photographs and tweets from the festival frontline.

“Being onsite to create the blog content gives our students invaluable experience and opportunities to network,” says journalism lecturer Jeanti St Clair who provides editorial guidance to the students during the festival.

Read stories by our student reporters at the 2019 Byron Writers Festival

Melanie Reeves

Our education students receive ongoing support during their professional placements

If your goal to become a teacher but you’re worried about that first day of your professional placement standing in front of a class, we have you covered. As a preservice teacher, you’ll be with a teacher equipped with mentoring tools to help guide you. That’s because we offer free NESA-approved professional learning (Mentoring for Effective Teaching) for all teachers who undertake to support our students in their care.

Moreover, all our students, no matter where they are located, are supported by a university adviser, so you’ll receive ongoing support throughout your during your teaching degree. If you wish to explore living somewhere new as a preservice teacher, our numerous partnership arrangements with schools and centres in NSW, QLD, in rural and remote areas of Australia, and in state, independent and Catholic settings, enable you to do this.

Our industry partnerships also include opportunities for student scholarships and additional work in schools.

Melanie Reeves has been working in primary schools even before she graduated as a primary teacher in 2017. During her practical teacher training at Murwillumbah East Primary School in the second year of her Bachelor of Education (Primary), she was offered a part-time job as a Teacher’s Aide.

“I was really thrilled and so I worked as a Teacher’s Aide at Murwillumbah East until I finished my degree, some two years later.  As well as having some income during my studies, I gained invaluable experience working in the classroom setting during this time” says Melanie.

When she completed her degree, the School offered Melanie a full-time position as a primary teacher.

“I gladly accepted the teaching position and taught the Year 2 class for one year before moving on to teach at Centaur Primary School in Banora Point NSW, near the Gold Coast”, says Melanie who loves her job and has been teaching there ever since.

“The support and practical experience I gained in my degree at Southern Cross was of the highest calibre and it enabled me to achieve my goal.”