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OtagoExtra programme

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

The OtagoExtra programme, managed online via the OtagoCareerHub, will give you the advantage in your 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

Get the foundations right before you start your job search. In this section you will:

  • Create a strong CV, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile
  • Build effective interview skills
  • Develop networking skills
  • Plan steps for a smooth transition from university into a graduate role

2. Experience

In this section you will increase your employability and build on your experience through:

  • Volunteering
  • Internships
  • Work placements and experience
  • Job shadowing

3. Development

In this section you will focus on your strengths, and your key development areas. You will extend yourself with activities that develop transferable skills such as:

  • Communication
  • Team work
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
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When does the programme run?

You can start OtagoExtra at any time, ideally in your penultimate year of study. The programme is self-paced and you can complete this over the course of the year.

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How do I sign up?

Register for OtagoExtra

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What happens after I sign up?

Well done for taking the extra step to further developing your employability skills. Once you follow the “Register for OtagoExtra” link, you will be asked to complete an Introduction Quiz. This will help you to identify areas for skills development, industry sectors and career areas of interest to you and your current stage of career planning. You will then enter the OtagoExtra online workflow via OtagoCareerHub.

Getting started

Attend an OtagoExtra Getting Started session at any time that suits you.

Check available times


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

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