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Work experience can provide a link between theoretical issues covered in your course and the world of work. It can be for course credit (Work Integrated Learning) or not-for-credit. Work experience can take many forms:
- work placements
- community service learning
- cooperative education
- volunteer work
These experiences usually have two things in common:
- they are not permanent positions
- they involve training in the work place.
Advantages of work experience:
- investigate the employment market and experience a specific work place
- a taste of the real world of work in your field - leading to educated career choices.
- work on problem solving, initiative and team work skills, which you can then write about in selection criteria and talk about in interviews
- enable employers to observe potential employees in their work place
- providing you with referees and references for your resume and for general recruitment purposes
Where to find work experience placements?
Fair Work Act
Gaining workplace experience is important for students, allowing them to make industry connections and develop their work-related technical and transferrable skills. QUT recognises the value of work and volunteer experiences for students, and has developed policies and guidelines to ensure activities comply with the Fair Work Act 2009.
The Fair Work Act 2009 requires that students are paid at least the minimum wage for work experience undertaken within organisations unless the work is undertaken as a vocational placement or is classified as voluntary work.
QUT will not advertise or facilitate unpaid internship, work experience or volunteer positions unless:
- The work experience is a component of a formal academic program ie. WIL;
- The work experience is being managed through QUT's Real World Placement Program;
- The work experience is arranged by a mentor/mentee taking part in QUT's Career Mentor Scheme, and will occur at the mentor's place of work; or
- The work experience is a volunteer role with a registered not-for-profit organisation and the organisation has insurance coverage for volunteers.
Other Unpaid Work Experience
If you have organised your own work experience placement that is unpaid, you will need to contact the Real World Placement Program to see if the placement can be conducted through that program.
If you are undertaking work experience your employer is likely to request you to organise insurance. The type of work experience will determine whether the university or employer should provide insurance. Refer to the Insurance section.
International Work Placement Scheme
The International Work Placement Scheme is for penultimate year international students studying at QUT who are seeking work experience in their home country while they study.