SEEDing Success: Extra-curricular activities to enrich your study 

28 June 2023

by Taylah Berry

As students, your university journey should be about more than just lectures and assignments. While academics are important, it's equally important to seek out experiences that enrich your learning and boost your employability. While balancing work and studies can be challenging, here at UQ there are many ways to gain valuable experiences for your resume that go beyond traditional full or part-time jobs. 

The Student Enrichment and Employability Development (SEED) team’s mission is to offer a diverse range of extra-curricular programs that break the monotony of being stuck behind a computer screen or buried in books. 

Your career path is not just about the destination—it's about the experiences, connections, and growth you encounter along the way. 


Hear from fellow students about their extra-curricular experiences at UQ: 

SEED Programs: 

Student-Staff Partnerships: SSP Projects aim to create a cultural transformation at UQ where students and staff connect as equal partners on projects that seek to enhance the UQ community. Engaging in this program not only fosters a sense of ownership but also adds a unique dimension to your resume. 

Summer/Winter Research: Immerse yourself in the world of research and have the opportunity to collaborate with esteemed academics on cutting-edge projects. By participating, you can acquire research skills, expand your knowledge, and strengthen your critical thinking abilities, all while making noteworthy contributions to your chosen field. 

Global Experiences: Broaden your horizons by going on exchange. Experience the thrill of studying abroad at renowned partner institutions, discovering new cultures, expanding your network, and gaining a global perspective. This intercultural exposure demonstrates your adaptability, open-mindedness, and ability to thrive in diverse environments – qualities highly valued by employers. 

Internships: Work experience allows you to apply and contextualise your studies in an organisational environment and gain a competitive edge in the job market. Through internships, you can apply theoretical knowledge, develop industry-specific skills, and establish professional connections, preparing you for a successful transition into your desired field. 

Volunteering: Making a difference in the community is not only fulfilling but also highly regarded by employers. As a volunteer you can engage in the UQ community and develop essential capabilities such as teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership. Volunteering experiences also demonstrate your commitment, compassion, and civic responsibility. 

Young Achievers Program: Support the tertiary study and career aspirations of senior secondary school students, fostering their personal and professional growth by providing mentorship, financial support and leadership development. The Young Achievers Program aims to reduce barriers to education for students experiencing financial hardship and/or educational disadvantage.   

Additional Opportunities at UQ: 

Clubs and Societies: UQ offers a diverse range of clubs and societies catering to all kinds of interests. Joining a club related to your field of study or passion allows you to collaborate with like-minded individuals, develop specialised capabilities, and showcase your dedication and commitment. 

Ventures: For aspiring entrepreneurs, UQ Ventures offers a wealth of resources and programs to nurture your innovative ideas. Work alongside staff and alumni and connect with a wide range of global experts to gain hands-on experience in startup culture and develop an entrepreneurial mindset, all of which can greatly impress potential employers.  

It's time to step out of your comfort zone, take on new challenges and embrace the endless opportunities ahead of you! 

Want to continue your career development? Find upcoming events and workshops here.