Personal and Professional Development

Personal and Professional Development

St Mark’s students have numerous opportunities to strengthen their leadership, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills.


College students get a head start in their career and personal life with access to leadership roles, training courses, guest speakers, mentoring and advice from a network of Old Collegians.

Students can take advantage of many personal and professional development opportunities at St Mark’s which have a positive impact on their College experience and beyond.

A range of student leadership positions teach skills for life and include College Club Committee member, Sports Captain, Academic Tutor, Play Director, Fitness and Gym Officer, Residential Advisor and many others.

St Mark’s also offers workshops in workplace expectations, time management, resume writing and interview techniques to help students prepare for their post-university pathway.

Mentoring by Old Collegians and access to an extensive global alumni of more than 3,500 members can enhance a student’s employability and networking.

Student Leadership Experience

Taking on a student leadership role is invaluable preparation for the workforce.

Student leaders take part in an extensive leadership training program provided by the College before starting their roles.
Elected roles - such as College Club Committee member, sports captains and performing arts directors - learn event management and peer leadership skills that are readily transferrable. Students in pastoral care roles - such as Residential Advisors and Wellbeing Team members - learn interpersonal and emergency response skills. Academic tutors learn teaching skills. Leadership roles provide practical experience and demonstrate a student’s competency and success to future employers.


In addition to attending tutorials, students may in turn choose to become academic tutors as their studies progress.

Becoming a tutor helps students develop a deeper understanding of their field, offers access to training in teaching methods and financial incentives. Being a university residential college tutor also enhances a student’s resume.


Networking and mentoring programs connect students with alumni working in their chosen field or industry.

Mentors can share their experiences, help students discover their own career path and provide opportunities for work experience and professional development.

The mentoring program pairs working professionals with senior students in their field to help with the major transition into professional life.

Guest Speakers

A thought-provoking program of guest speakers helps expand our students’ world view and encourage new ways of thinking.

It offers students the chance to hear insights from a range of invited guest speakers. Previous guests include the late former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, various musicians, the Governor of South Australia, art curators, brewers, doctors, nutritionists, agricultural scientists, climate change experts, politicians and many distinguished alumni.

Professional Networking

Making connections with alumni and working professionals keeps students up-to-date with industry news and shows employers that they’re engaged and interested.

St Mark’s organises small group meetings, formal industry dinners and networking nights and panels with students, Old Collegians and external professionals from a variety of industries.


St Mark’s students stand out from the crowd when the time comes to enter the workforce.

The College offers training courses to prepare students for their post-university pathway. Careers skills workshops cover topics such as how to write a CV, how to create and use LinkedIn profiles, interview skills, and identifying and securing graduation and vacation employment opportunities. The Director of Learning also provides one-on-one support in job applications and interview preparation.

Visit the St Mark's Graduate Careers Portal to find out more about post-university pathways.