Are you managing a chronic illness, injury or disability while you study and develop your career? Actively seeking out a supportive mentor can be a key step in building your work experience and confidence. Programs such as WAM and PACE provide access to workplace mentors and aim to support students who have a disability and address some of the obstacles they may face. Participants get the opportunity to meet 6-8 times with a mentor in their workplace.
Work experiences such as internships can:
- give you valuable insights into a workplace or sector you’d like a job in, in the future
- provide opportunities to identify and develop relevant skills, explore specialisations and establish networks
- help you to build a stand-out resume backed up by current, professional referees from your industry.
What are you waiting for?
There are a heap of work experience programs to tap into including:
- vacation programs
- work experience
- work placement
- scholarships. Continue reading
Aiming for a career in science? Education? Creative arts? Politics? Working through an undergraduate degree? Embarking on a Masters or a PhD? Whatever you are doing, you’re not going to be the only person finishing university and looking for a job with that particular qualification in hand. What will make you stand out to employers?
Your qualification should give you specific know-how and technical skills and standing out by achieving good marks is one part of the equation. That said, your personal qualities, achievements, interests and employability skills are also a critical part of what you will bring to a workplace. Continue reading
Getting relevant work experience while you study is a great way to get ahead in the graduate job market. Working on a paid or voluntary basis introduces you to the realities of the workforce, enables you to develop your employability skills and helps to build your professional networks. Continue reading
Finding work experience will involve the same strategies as looking for a job; in that regard, it can provide you with valuable experience of the activities involved in seeking graduate employment. Work experience positions are often not advertised – you will have to explore, research and network in order to discover your own work experience opportunity. Continue reading
To have a successful career, it’s important to take any opportunity you can to increase your awareness about the world of work and your place in it. Work experience provides a chance to add to the knowledge you develop while at University, gain insight into an occupation and industry, develop your professional and personal skills, and set you apart from other job candidates. Undertaking work experience relevant to your degree can provide you with both personal insight and a competitive edge. Continue reading
Each year there is a large pool of students graduating with similar qualifications. Before you finish your degree ask yourself these things:
- Does anything help you stand out from the crowd?
- Would an employer notice you above anyone else?
If the answer to these questions is no then you should consider organising some work experience for yourself. Continue reading