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OtagoExtra programme

Have your extra and co-curricular activities recognised with the OtagoExtra Employability Award.

The OtagoExtra programme will give you a head start for your graduate job search. Build on key skills like communication, collaboration and problem solving while working at your own pace – and take advantage of our career workshops, seminars and presentations held throughout the year. On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a certificate recognising your efforts.

How is the programme structured?

OtagoExtra helps you to consider how the extra- and co-curricular activities on and off campus can help you achieve your career goals. The programme has three core components: Employability, Experience and Development.

1. Employability

Explore your why and build your professional profile.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of your values and motivations using our online self-assessment tools
  • Learn how to build a strong CV
  • Develop your LinkedIn profile and learn how to manage your online footprint

2. Experience

Build on your experience to enhance your professional skills-set.

  • Complete 80 hours of workplace-related experience which may include full-/part-time work, volunteering, work placements, job shadowing, internships and summer studentships
  • Develop your transferable skills
  • Reflect on your achievements and skills development

3. Development

Extend yourself through activities that allow you to grow your competencies in key areas such as:

  • Collaboration and leadership
  • Presentation skills
  • Managing your on-going professional development


Once you have worked through the three modules you are ready to complete the award programme by submitting your application documents, attending an exit interview and completing our programme experience survey.

The friendly Careers team will be there to support you throughout all stages to ensure you get the most out of your OtagoExtra experience.

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When does the programme run?

The annual intake for the Award programme is in the first semester of the academic year. You can join OtagoExtra at any stage of your degree. A good time to start the programme is the penultimate year of study. The programme is self-paced and you can complete the three modules within one semester or one year, provided you are a current student of the University of Otago.

The closing date for the 2023 intake is Friday, 24 March 2023.

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How do I sign up?

Places in the award programme are limited. To register, attend an OtagoExtra Information Session and submit your registration details before the closing date.

Book in for an OtagoExtra Information Session.

Check available times

Ready to start the OtagoExtra journey?


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What happens after I sign up?

You will receive a welcome email with an access link to the MyCareerSpace portal where you can start collecting points by completing some of the OtagoExtra tasks online. You will be invited to attend a Getting Started session to meet the team and for some guidance on planning your OtagoExtra experience.

Getting started

Take the first step by attending an OtagoExtra Getting Started session. Meet the Careers team who will help you map out your unique OtagoExtra journey and support you throughout the programme.

Book in for an OtagoExtra Getting Started session.


Programme Co-ordinator
Tel +64 3 479 8244
Location Career Development Centre, University of Otago (Google Maps)

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