The Professional Year (PYear), or Job Preparedness Program is a structured professional development curriculum meant for international students who have graduated from an Australian University. This program combines workplace experience and training to boost employability within the Australian job market.
Securing a job in the competitive Australian market can be challenging for international graduates. The Professional Year Program simplifies this transition process by guiding you through an industry-relevant internship placement that ensures you gain the technical and soft skills necessary to succeed in the business environment.
PYear programs are specifically tailored to graduates who plan to apply for Permanent Residency in Australia. As the demand for skilled graduates continues to rise, this program provides a practical, straightforward pathway from graduation to employment in the Australian workforce. On successful completion of the program, students are eligible to receive five additional points on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) ‘points test’.
The program is conducted over a period of 44-52 weeks, including a minimum of 12 weeks of industry internship. The coursework is designed such that you become increasingly familiar with the cultures and practices of the Australian workplace. Here are some of the most integral modules of the coursework:
Business communications and networking
CV, Cover Letter, and interview preparation
Presentation, teamwork, and negotiation
Australian values and employer expectations
The student must have completed at least two years of higher education (tertiary schooling) with an Australian University. The formal degree should be in accounting, computer science, engineering, or a closely related field. These Australian industries have a particularly high demand for skilled workers.
The student must possess an Australian visa that provides full education and working rights. Applicants holding a 485 Skilled Graduate Visa or Bridging Visa are given higher priority.
The student must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall, and in individual bands.
The applicant must receive a positive skill assessment from the relevant professional bodies (ACS, EEA, CPA, IPA or ICAA).