Employers rate work experience in the top ten most important criteria when evaluating candidates for graduate employment (Graduate Outlook 2014).
Whether your experience is industry related or not, it will enable you to enhance valuable graduate attributes including interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills, problem solving abilities, teamwork skills and emotional intelligence. Opportunities to develop your workplace experience can take various forms and may be an advertised or unadvertised position.
Furthermore, your participation in one of the following work experiences may contribute to your Curtin Employability Award. Your industry experience must fall within the parameters set out in Curtin Employability Award Industry Experience Guidelines.
Work experience placements
Part-time and casual work
Aside from the financial and social benefits of part-time or casual work, these experiences enable you to build some of the graduate attributes desired by employers. For many students a part-time or casual position is a springboard to course related opportunities such as voluntary work, work experience, internship opportunities, vacation work and graduate employment.
UniHub advertises part-time and casual positions specifically for Curtin students. Search for more advertised part-time or casual positions online through employment and company websites, and in print media.
Access your personal networks and try cold canvassing to discover unadvertised employment opportunities. You may also consider joining a recruitment agency that focuses on part-time and casual employment.
Vacation work and internships
Vacation work and internships are generally paid, degree related opportunities that mainly take place over university vacation periods. Organisations that advertise vacation work and internships are typically recruiting penultimate and final year students.
Vacation work and internship opportunities are more common for some industries and professions, such as engineering and commerce, than others. Many employers use their vacation work or internship programs to assess your suitability for a graduate program offer. This experience also enables you to explore if a certain type of work is suited to you, and if you would like to work for the organisation in the future.
Attend the second semester Work Ready Careers Fair and Employer Events & Presentations to speak to graduate recruiters and find out about their programs and application processes. Locate vacation work and internship opportunities advertised online through job boards such as UniHub, Graduate Opportunities, GradConnection and Unigrad.
For more information on locating a relevant employment opportunity, refer to the Job Search Strategies section of our website.
If, after researching this information, you would like to discuss your job search strategy, contact Careers, Employment & Leadership to speak to one of our team.
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