Tools for USEP Consultants
USEP process: Start USEP and promote
The USEP Consultant and DES provider are key to bridging and building employment opportunities for graduates with disability. It is important to find a DES provider who understands the nuances of your university, and who can commit the support of a USEP consultant, possessing the right skills and resources to provide exceptional specialist employment supports to students and graduates in a timely manner. This section of the toolkit provides insights from current USEP partners about how to best provide employment supports to students and graduates with disability, and link them with relevant employment opportunities.
USEP aims to build a connection for students with disability between university and graduate employment through timely and appropriate employment service supports. It is based on an environment that fosters high expectations and high-quality employers for graduates with disability.
The cross-training that occurs from the co-location of the USEP consultants on campus and their involvement in university activities will promote strong linkages between the university and external services that is the university staff involved in USEP are upskilled and supporting students with disability in an employment setting.
In this section, you’ll find a range of tools and templates to assist USEP consultants to promote the program within the university and to graduate employers. It contains resources to help students consider their obligations and rights in the workforce when disclosing their support needs.
Additionally, there is information for USEP consultants about their role and tips for establishing the all-important connections with graduate employers.
Information and Job Search Tips
Engaging students on and off campus is the biggest challenge – towards the end of study, students prioritise any outstanding assessments or upcoming exams. Early promotion and contact with students as they commence their final year has been pivotal to employment success. We share some timeframes that have been proven to work.
Links and information in the resource document aims to provide you with currency on the graduate and employment environment.
Graduate positions tend to be offered by larger organisations. These roles are different to entry level employment as they are structured and entail up to two years of employment, utilising learnings gained from tertiary study with additional company specific training. This section provides a snapshot of graduate roles and how to assist the graduates you are working with to consider, be competitive and grasp these opportunities.
Sharing information on disability is a personal decision. There is no legal obligation for an applicant or employee to disclose their disability unless it is likely to affect their performance to meet the requirements of the job or impacts on health and safety in the workplace. This section looks at why graduates have shared personal information and why other graduates haven’t.
Australian Association of Graduate Employer (AAGE) Articles
AAGE is the peak industry body representing organisations that recruit and develop Australian graduates. Membership comprises around 300 employers, including a variety of large and small organisations across a wide range of industries in both the private and public sectors.
- University Employment Partnership - Raising Opportunities for Graduates with Disability
- Building Diversity - Understanding Your Talent Pool
- Is Your Graduate Program Mental Health Friendly?
- Higher Education Employment Outcomes
GradConnection is a free platform that allows graduates to choose what industry opportunities they would like to know more about and delivers it to them. It provides avenues to research companies , talk to other graduates in the forums, and create a student profile for employers to view.
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