Work Experience

I am sure that many of you are excited about your work experience while some of you are really concerned. Work experience is an integral part of the Employment Pathways Program (EPP) and every student who is enrolled in an EPP course has to do 2 - 3 weeks of work experience. According to DEEWR "being involved in work experience activities gives you new opportunities to build on your existing job skills, learn new skills, network with employers and improve your chances of finding a job". For more information on work experience visit the DEEWR website on employment and Job Services Australia (JSA)

Hospitality5.jpgThe Employment Pathways Unit (EPU) has personnel called Work Employment Placement Officers (WEPOs) who will find you relevant work experience opportunities related to the course you are enrolled in and also relevant to your academic and professional background. Work experience will be sought in businesses where the employers ensure some possibility of employment at the end of it. The WEPOs will try to find work experience as close to your place of residence or the college wherein you are doing your course. But, you should be prepared to travel for a maximum time of an hour, at least.

The WEPOs and counsellors will address questions regarding what you are required to wear, what hours you will be working and even give you instructions on how to get to the workplace. You should find out as much as you can before you begin work and even do a 'test-run' of traveling to work so you know where it is and how long it will take to get there. During your work experience you should try to apply all that you learned in your course and put into practice the employability skills that you assume you possess.

When you reach the end of your work experience you may have a fair idea about what a career in the chosen field would be like. You would have got a taste of what it is to work in Australia and would have got to know what workers and employers in an Australian workplace are like Sometimes your work experience may end in a job: part-time or full-time, casual or permanent. On the other hand you may not get a job, but still you would have had a great experience and it would look great on your resume. In case you don't end up getting a job, you can at least request your employer or supervisor to be a referee. You can put their name and contact details down on your resume as professional referees for they would have first hand information about your work ability.

All the very best to those who are starting their work experience tomorrow and on Monday week. For those who have already started, I hope everything went well on your first day. I am sure you remember the things that you should do to impress your Work experience employer/ supervisor. For more information on Work experience, Volunteer work and Work trial work click here.

Could you use the Discussion Board on this page to write about your experience in an Australian workplace and exchange your views and ideas about working in Australia?

Please write about your first day and the things that you did or the things that happened at work. Also mention the things you like and the things that you do not like at work. Feel free to share your thoughts and opinion with others. Read the messages that other students have written and comment on them, as well.

Congratulations on completing the theory part of the course. Now roll up your sleeves, keep your eyes and ears wide open and work hard. Who knows, you may land a job at the end of your work experience. All the best!!

Revised: Jul 7, 2011 4:56 pm
@ Bernard Lewis (EPU, NAVITAS English)