In our previous post, we outlined the things you must consider when taking on unpaid work experience. But how do you go about sourcing your own internship? Luckily, we’ve rounded up our expert careers counsellors to give you their best thinking-outside-the-box tips so you can make the most of your Uni holidays and get some real life industry experience.
Margo Baas, Manager Careers and Employment Service
Know yourself and understand what your skills and passion can bring to an organisation before you reach out. The same concepts apply to finding a job, an internship, a volunteering role or even a partner in life! Knowing what you are looking for and what you can bring to the (working) relationship will dramatically increase your success rate in getting that informational interview secured, then talking to people who get you and finally securing that interview and the role.
This month at Careers, we’re focusing on internships and work experience. As an official partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), Griffith students will have the unique opportunity to be part of the lead-up and staging of the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade. The GC2018 Games Interns program will allow you to take part in special internships with GOLDOC, the Games organising body, and be part of the largest sporting event the Gold Coast has ever seen. For more information, please see bit.ly/GC2018interns. We are advertising a range of fantastic work experience opportunities on CareerBoard, including at Brisbane City Council through their Tertiary Work Experience program.
These work experience opportunities have been advertised by the Careers and Employment team, but what happens if you want to source your own internship? How do you know which ones are the right opportunity for you and how do you ensure you know your rights?
Here are the five things to consider when applying for unpaid work experience.
Griffith graduate and current Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting) student Matthew Shannon is about to embark on one of the most exciting professional opportunities of his life interning at the 2015 Australian Open starting today. Winning the CPA Australia competition to experience an elite five day experience at the Australian Open, Matthew stood out above 2,500 applications from around Australia and New Zealand by developing a stand out LinkedIn profile and his performance at his panel interview. By attending a Griffith University industry event, Matthew connected with Jacqui Owen, Relationship Manager – Education, CPA Australia to get tips to develop his LinkedIn profile. Watch Matthew’s journey over the next week as he experiences the opportunity of a lifetime.
It is the one piece of advice that was regularly spelt out to me by all my lecturers in every single class – “Before you graduate you need to have experience”. In some degrees, work experience is a necessary component and in other degrees, it is all on your own accord. The earlier you can get some experience, the better!
I was a late bloomer and halfway through my degree before I realised that I needed to gain some valuable experience. I trawled through dozens of employment websites, spoke to everyone I knew and even emailed organisations that I really loved to see if they had anything to offer. Finding the perfect internship was a six-month journey with highs and lows. I feel like I learnt a lot during this time, so let me share some tips with you!