Professional Year more aptly called the Job Preparedness program is a structured career development designed to enhance a student’s ability to obtain employment in their chosen discipline by applying technical skills and knowledge in the Australian workplace and culture.
- It is a 44 week program with a 12 week internship placement in a relevant host company. The coursework is structured with a 32 week Business Communication skills and Australian Workplace skills training followed by a 12 week Australian workplace internship in the participant’s chosen discipline.
Why Do Professional Year?
- Develop communicative skills and practical experience
- Gain 5 migration points
- Add to your CV
- Facilitate networking
To qualify for the Professional Year programs you must have undertaken study in Australia and graduated from an undergraduate or post graduate degree program.
Applicants must have graduated from a course that appropriately matches the Professional Year program to which you want to apply; have completed a Higher Education program in Australia, in a course that provides two years credit points over a minimum of 18 months.
Applicants must hold, or have applied for, the subclass 485 Temporary Residence visa. They can be on a Bridging visa or Student visa, but must have applied for the 485 visa and provide evidence. 485 visa holders must have a valid visa for the duration of the Professional Year program. Engineering graduates with a positive skill assessment form Engineers Australia and holding a 476 visa (Skilled-Recognised Graduate visa) are also eligible for an Engineering Professional Year.
All applicants must have a successful skill assessment from their relevant assessing bodies (ACS, EEA, CPA, IPA and ICAA).
Applicants must have a minimum overall IELTS test score of 6.0 and nothing less than 6 in each band to be eligible for a professional year.