Beyond Bond is a practical, activity-based, compulsory professional development (CPD) program that extends the duration of all undergraduate degrees. Managed through the Career Development Centre (CDC) as a mandatory degree requirement, the program formally recognises the wider engagement and experiences students obtain in addition to their academic studies. The program supports students to prepare for the changing landscape of work by developing an employability strategy including broader employability skills actively sought by employers.
As part of all undergraduate degrees, students must undertake Bond’s four University Core Subjects:
Critical Thinking and Communication
Collaboration, Teams and Leadership
Responsibility, Integrity and Civic Discourse
Compulsory Professional Development: Beyond Bond
Students must earn points each semester until they reach 100 points. This subject is self directed and students have the entire length of their degree to accrue these points.
Beyond Bond approved electives activities are broken into four categories. Students must earn points across a minimum of 2 categories. These categories are:
• Industry Related – Internships, part-time employment, service-based learning, elite sports engagement;
• Curriculum Based – Mooting, BB in my Subject, capstone projects, industry-related competitions;
• Community Engaged– Volunteering, mentoring / coaching programs, community leadership, global experience;
• Career Exploration – Attending career events, industry engagement, career workshops, Training and certifications.
For each activity undertaken, students must complete a written submission reflecting on the value of the experience and how it has enhanced specific employability skills. These submissions can be viewed in iLearn.
The compulsory and elective components of Beyond Bond and our University Core Curriculum have been selected for their ability to develop and enhance key employability skills identified as being essential to bridging the gap between university and the workplace: