Experience matters

There are a number of ways to get work experience but navigating through these choices can be overwhelming at times. A recent survey of 50,000 employers revealed that although managers required Post-Secondary education in new hires, they would also consider internships, previous employment experience and volunteering when evaluating a candidates readiness for a job. There seems to be a desire from employers to see that their candidate has proven their capacity to work before they will hire them. In this two-part series, we speak about the opportunities that are available to those who are looking to build experience and some ways in which these opportunities can be found.

In Part 1, we speak to Melissa Rattle who is a People and Culture Business Partner at Vision Australia, and Caroline Lane who undertook different forms of experience both within Vision Australia and other organisations. Caroline now works as a Business Analyst at ANZ.

Download a transcript of the above video (in progress).

What you can do next

  1. There are many job and opportunity search websites that enable you to look for work experience, volunteering and internships. Some of these are Seek, Spot Jobs that focuses on entry level, part time, or contract jobs, One Shift Jobs for short term work, such as one-off shifts, casual work or part time permanent work and Student Edge who are the largest member-based organisation of high school, TAFE, VET and university students in Australia.

    You can have a look at these sites to explore options that may be suitable for you.
  2. Caroline in the Vision Australia Graduate Program and was placed in a role after applying for a vacancy that was advertised. Find out more about Vision Australia’s Career Start Program to see if you are eligible to apply.
  3. Have you thought about getting a coach or a mentor? This is a great way to connect with others who may be able to help you set goals and strategies to achieve them. Contact the Service Design team at servicedesign@visionaustralia.org to find out more about our Mentoring Program. We can help you connect with someone that could help you in your vocational journey.
  4. If you feel overwhelmed with the options available or if you would simply like some guidance in gaining experience, Vision Australia has an Employment Services department that can assist you. Request a call back from employment services.
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