You’ve probably read a bit about work experience on this blog of late, and will continue to do so as we gear up for our Work Ready Careers Fair in August. If you’d like some tips on how to get work experience, or apply for an internship, this article will help. However, if you’ve done the hard yards and secured yourself a work placement, here’s how to get the most of your work experience while you are there.
Before you start, clarify your expectations of the role and be clear in your own mind about your learning goals. Ask about the types of tasks you will be performing, and have a think about the skill gaps you’d like to fill and the opportunities you can capitalise on.
It’s also a good idea to be clear about the timeframe, especially if it as unpaid work experience placement. Guidelines around unpaid work experience can be found on the Fair Work Australia website.
When you start your placement, be punctual! Be keen and enthusiastic and put your hand up for more work…don’t wait for work to land in your lap. Use this opportunity to build professional relationships, including with people outside of the area you are working in. And don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Finally, when your placement is coming to an end, ask your supervisor for either a written reference or to be a referee on your resume.