Are you ready?
Graduation day is not the day to start thinking about your employment options. During your degree you have already been preparing by developing your graduate attributes through content knowledge, work placements, internships and co-curricular activities. But are you really ready?
Students with disabilities can experience greater challenges in securing employment compared with graduates without a disability. The 2015 Graduate Destinations Report showed graduates with a disability in full-time employment at 56.2% compared with those without a disability at 68.8%. Don’t be a statistic! Consider what’s available to support you before you graduate.
Griffith University has a number of initiatives to improve the employment outcomes for students with disabilities and help you to improve the next steps in your career journey.
Griffith University Careers and Employment
University Specialist Employment Partnership
Griffith is part of a pilot program called the University Specialist Employment Partnership program to deliver an on-campus employment service aimed to meet the specific needs of graduating or graduated students with disability seeking employment.
If you have a disability and you are in the last 60 credit points of you degree or you have recently graduated (within last 12 months) then this program may assist you. An experienced USEP consultant will work to build a connection between potential employers through timely and appropriate employment service supports.
The USEP will be actively seeking opportunities for you and identify quality employers and working with other parts of the University such as Careers and Employment Service to assist you.
- register at www.usep.com.au
- your USEP consultant will make a time with you to discuss options
- design a plan that outlines your employment goals
- discover a role that suits your skills and experience
- support in a workplace that is prepared and an environment that suits you
The USEP project is developed and led by the National Disability Coordination Officer Program, an Australian Government funded initiative, in collaboration with university and employment partners.
Griffith University and EPIC Assist partnership
EPIC Assist (EPIC) is a not-for-profit organisation providing personalised service to assist people with a disability to achieve their goals. EPIC stays with you on your journey until their assistance is no longer needed, resulting in success for all – participants, employers and the community.
EPIC also works closely with employers, taking the time to understand their business and its unique needs in order to match you with employment opportunities.
Griffith University has partnered with EPIC Assist to provide students who are close to graduation, or who have graduated access to additional support to explore employment opportunities with assistance from EPIC.
Griffith University is covering the $25 registration fee that provides for an initial interview and resume check and registration. To make contact with EPIC please ensure you provide them with your student number when you make the appointment.
EPIC will be on campus this year in May and August so return to this page for more information or keep up-to-date on the Student Services Facebook page.
Your key contact at EPIC is:
Disability Liaison Officer
Phone: 13 37 42
Australian Network on Disability
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is a national organisation which aims to make it easier for organisations to welcome people with disability in all aspects of business.
They give support, training, and facilitate knowledge and networking opportunities to create disability confident recruiters. AND has a range of initiatives to provide opportunities for graduates.