The Importance of Internships and Work Experience Positions

By Zoe Taylor

You’ll often notice that a lot of job ads state a requirement of experience in a similar role on top of your qualifications – but if every job requires this, how are you supposed to gain this experience? Internships and work experience roles are perfect for this. While some can be full time, most are part time, allowing you to earn money in your casual job as well. There are a lot out there, some of which are even paid – you just have to be vigilant in your search for such positions.

Finding them
Look for them on various job search websites such as The Loop, Pedestrian Jobs and SEEK and speak with your lecturers and heads of department, as they will often have access to a range of opportunities for you.

Another option is to contact companies directly, enquiring as to whether they have any internship or work experience positions available. This will show that you’re proactive and keen to work hard for what you want!

Getting them
Treat an internship or work experience position like you would any other job. Compile a professional resume and compose a great cover letter, and prepare for your interview the way you would if it were for a permanent part or full time job. This will go a long way in showing your passion, drive and competence.

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Turning them into jobs
Know the field, but don’t be a know-all. It’s good to show that you have an understanding of the industry and roles, however knowing too much or having an unwillingness to learn more will reflect negatively on you. Stay proactive while you’re working – let it be known that you’re happy to help in any way you’re needed, and ask for new tasks as you finish others. Talk to everyone, develop relationships and show them that you’re worth keeping on full time. Stay positive and if you receive a task that is dull and boring, treat it as if it’s the best job you could ever receive – this will have a very positive effect on your reputation at the company.

For help in finding the right career path for you, or for useful tips on areas including studying and finding success, call 1800 143 080 or visit www2.collegesonline.com.au/mycareer to contact one of our friendly career advisors!

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