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Title: Make Work Experience Work for You!


1
Make Work Experience Work for You!
  • May 2011

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CAREERS DAY
PART OF NATIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT WEEK!
MONDAY 16TH MAY
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Services for Students
  • QUT CareerHub
  • Casual Jobs
  • Graduate/postgraduate jobs
  • Jobs whilst studying
  • Vacation Jobs
  • Events and Workshops
  • On-Campus Employer
  • Presentations
  • Resource Guides and Publications
  • Work Experience Insurance
  • Workshops and Workbooks
  • Access to Going Global
  • Career Development Programs
  • Careers Fairs
  • Careers Fair March 28
  • Engineering Careers Fair
  • Career Mentor Scheme
  • Career Counselling
  • Specialising in
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
  • International
  • Graduate Outcomes
  • Job Seeking Resources
  • Resume Feedback
  • Response in 5 working days
  • Email careers_at_qut.edu.au

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Finding us via the QUT homepageSearch for
careers
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Finding us via QUT Virtual
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www.careers.qut.edu.au
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Register for your FREE online profile on the QUT
CareerHub link at www.careers.qut.edu.au
Welcome
FAQs
Daily job listings
Preparing to apply for graduate jobs?
Useful weblinks
Need some casual work while studying?
Career development guides
Want to find work experience?
Upcoming events
Career development strategies
New jobs are added daily by employers who want to
employ QUT students that means YOU!
Employment preparation information sheets
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Going Global
Accessing Going Global
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Workshops
  • Resume Writing
  • Addressing Selection Criteria
  • Interview Skills
  • Get Ready for the Careers Fair
  • Accessing the Workforce
  • Careering Through Uni Career Development
    Strategies
  • Evening Workshops
  • International Student Program workshop series

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Volunteer Career Assistant_at_ QUT Careers
Employment
  • We are looking for enthusiastic students who can
    share 3-4 hrs/week and who want to gain
    experience in
  • Working in an office environment
  • Customer service
  • Marketing event coordination
  • Administration HR

As well as gaining valuable experience, you will
receive a personal reference from the Manager
Careers Employment and special access to
resources and Careers Counsellors APPLY NOW! Go
to the QUT CareerHub link at www.careers.qut.edu.a
u
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Contact Careers and Employment
PHONE Gardens Point 07 3138 2649 Kelvin
Grove 07 3138 3488 Caboolture
07 5316 7400
  • LOCATION
  • Gardens Point Campus
  • Level 2, X Block
  • Reception Room X222
  • Kelvin Grove Campus
  • Level 4, C Block
  • (Above the Refectory)
  • Caboolture Campus
  • Student Centre - J Block

EMAIL careers_at_qut.edu.au
WEBSITE www.careers.qut.edu.au
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Overview
  • Identifying opportunities
  • Applications cover letters and resumes
  • Interview tips
  • Managing and thriving on placement
  • Career Development Modules
  • Questions

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Decision Making
  • Making decisions
  • Collect all the info
  • Weigh up alternatives
  • Check out the consequences
  • Prioritise highest value
  • Make the decision
  • Review it after some time

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Implementation
  • Taking action
  • Information vs application
  • Prepare a resume
  • Understand what you offer
  • Make contact

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How do people access jobs?
  • They can respond to advertisements on the Careers
    and Employment website, etc.
  • They can try to find jobs through friends
  • They can hope that someone finds them
  • They can apply through a recruitment agency.

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Advertised Jobs
  • Go to the Careers and Employment website and get
    application details
  • Go to CareerOne, etc and follow directions
  • Look in newspapers, Faculty information and apply
  • Easy!

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However
  • A recent survey found that candidates found their
    positions by a number of means and had the
    following success rates
  • Recruitment agency 2
  • Newspaper 5
  • On line (such as seek.com) 15
  • The remaining 78? Through contacts, networking
    and approaching companies directly.
  • Most jobs arent advertised. This is the hidden
    job market.

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Why are positions "Hidden"?
  • Time taken in the advertising process QUT about
    12 weeks!
  • Expense of advertising
  • May have part time or short term job only (think
    IBM and 20 hours a week) -it would not be worth
    the time to advertise
  • May have not thought of what you are offering
    languages and customer service skills from
    degree flexibility??
  • May have employee resign tomorrow and need
    someone immediately.

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Decide what you have to sell!
  • Previous work skills such as reception duties,
    customer service, team work
  • Expertise from a previous degree
  • Passion
  • Voluntary work

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Process for Accessing the Market
  • Research the company you want to work for. (Web
    site) Graduate Outcomes??
  • What does it do?
  • Match yourself to its profile.
  • Offer what it wants through passionate
    letter/email and resume.

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Lets discover the Cover...!
  • It is a vital link between your resume and the
    organisation and provides a personal perspective
    on why you would be a good candidate for the
    position.
  • Highlights key skills and matches them to the
    employers requirements. Indicates what attracts
    you to the role and the organisation.
  • Encourages the employer to read your resume.
  • Equally as important as your resume.

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Customise the Cover!
  • Create a new cover letter for each position
  • Align your cover letter with the organisation
  • Contents of the Cover..
  • Opening paragraph - Introduction
  • Paragraph 2 Why are you applying?
  • Paragraph 3 Why you?
  • Paragraph 4 Highlight your skills
  • Closing paragraph See you soon!

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Resumes!
  • Your skills, knowledge, education and
    experiences in only 3 pages!
  • Evolving document and therefore needs to be
    updated
  • Research the organisation via website and media
    releases will you fit in?
  • Tailor your resume for the employer, highlighting
    your skills and abilities

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So...how do you make your resume stand out from
the others?
  • Research the employer/company what skills and
    attributes are they looking for?
  • What does their website look like?
  • Resume
  • Presentation...
  • Package...
  • Colour...
  • Document format...
  • Balance information and creativity.
  • Target your resume!

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Who do you send it to?
  • HR Manager?
  • Head of area you wish to work for?
  • Friend/acquaintance?
  • How do you find such addresses?
  • Website
  • Phone book?
  • Ask them?

27
Work Placement Interviews
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Work placement interview tips
  • Be prepared
  • Know where to go and arrive early
  • Dress appropriately
  • Take relevant paperwork
  • Manage your nerves
  • Be polite, respectful and smile!

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What do I do DURING the Interview?
  • Make a Good First Impression
  • First impressions are hard to change
  • Take between 30 seconds 2 minutes to form
  • Need to appear to be confident enthusiastic
  • Be in control in the first 2 minutes
  • Practice possible entry routines

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Strategies to be in Control
  • Keen/relaxed posture
  • Dont fidget (distraction)
  • Slow deep breaths
  • Listen Think - Speak
  • Arrive early
  • Make keep eye contact when speaking
  • Shake hands firmly
  • Lay your paperwork out on the table in front of
    you

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Non-verbal Messages
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What Questions will I be Asked?
  • General
  • Behavioural

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General Questions (traditional or technical)
  • What did you do on the weekend?
  • What aspects of university have you found
    interesting?
  • Tell me about your weaknesses?
  • What is your least favourite subject?
  • What practical experience do you have?
  • Why do you want to work for us?

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Behavioural Questions
  • Describe the biggest challenge you faced at uni
    and how you overcame it?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a
    difficult co-worker or customer
  • Give me an example of a challenging group you
    have had to gain co-operation from
  • Tell me a time when you failed and the lesson you
    learned from this experience

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The Key to a Perfect Answer
  • Situation (context)
  • Task(s)
  • Actions required
  • Result
  • Learning
  • Use recent examples from study, work, social,
    sport.
  • Stick to 1-3mins response. Then ask if they want
    more information.

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Example
  • 'Can you tell me about a time when you had to
    organise a major event?'
  • Situation 'Yes - earlier this year I had to
    organise the 2010 QUT Careers Fair.
  • Task 'To do this, I was required to market and
    advertise the Fair to both students and
    employers. I also had to organise venue hire,
    catering and booth construction, and
    exhibition equipment.
  • Action 'To market the Fair to students, we had a
    postcard designed and mailed out to our target
    audience. We also used banners, flyers and
    posters to advertise. In the week leading up
    to the Fair, we used a video wall for the
    first time.....
  • Results 'We had 65 employers at the fair, which
    was the largest number of employers to attend
    to date. And there were over 2500 students,
    which was also a record number.'

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What will they ask me about?
  • Problem solving (conflict management,
    challenges)
  • Leadership (initiative, responsibility)
  • Team work (relationships, roles)
  • Communication (oral, written, interpersonal)
  • Time management (deadlines, multi-tasking)

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Example General (Personal) Questions
Tell me about yourself What has been one of
your greatest achievements?
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Development Modules
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Practise, practise, practise...
  • Record yourself
  • Practise in front of the mirror
  • With friends!

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Choose one question from the list that you most
dislike interview a neighbour with your chosen
question give feedback!
  • Describe the biggest challenge you faced at uni
    and how you overcame it?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a
    difficult co-worker or customer
  • Give me an example of a challenging group you
    have had to gain co-operation from
  • What did you do on the weekend?
  • What aspects of university have you found
    interesting?
  • What is your least favourite subject?
  • What practical experience do you have?
  • Why do you want to work for us?

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Feedback
  • What did the person being interviewed do well?
  • What could they improve?
  • Think about
  • Content
  • Body language (eye contact, posture etc.)

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For further interview skills assistance
  • QUT Careers Employment has an information sheet
    on interview skills
  • You can get a hard copy at the Career Resource
    Centres on each campus or download one from the
    website at the following link
  • http//www.careers.qut.edu.au/student/resource/Int
    erviewSkills.pdf

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Interview Coaching
  • WHAT?
  • A ½ hr mock interview with a Career Counsellor
  • WHEN?
  • Whenever you book!
  • WHERE?
  • Careers Employment (Level 4 C Block)
  • Ph 3138 3488

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Thriving in the workplace
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Thriving in the workplace
  • 5 key stages
  • Anticipation
  • Disillusionment
  • Confrontation
  • Competence
  • Culmination
  • Developmental Stage Model Swietzer King (2004)

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Anticipation Your concerns about the workplace
  • This can be relieved by preparation
  • Know what is to be expected from you workplace
    and uni
  • Understand what you can expect from the workplace
    learning agreement/induction
  • Familiarise yourself with the company
  • Create (and maintain!) a good first impression ...

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1st impressions creating and maintaining
  • First impressions are formed immediately and are
    then very difficult to change.
  • It takes between 30 seconds and 2 minutes to form
    a first impression, so how you perform at
    interview and begin your first day at your
    workplace is very important.

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1st impressions creating and maintaining
  • Dress to impress - fit with the environment.
  • Be positive and upbeat and...  

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Maintaining that positive 1st impression
  • Be careful with mobile phone use
  • Make sure you understand the rules surrounding
    e-mail etiquette. Also internet/social networking
    sites etc
  • Show respect and flexibility and offer to help
    others.
  • Dont assume something is acceptable practice.
  • Establish the rules first. 

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Disillusionment The workplace isnt what you
expected?
  • Know how uni and the workplace differ, e.g.,
    amount of direction, feedback, control over your
    time
  • This can be relieved by support networks
  • Identify who can support you in your transition,
    e.g., Academics, family, mentors, roommates,
    friends
  • and
  • Identify the kind of support each can offer,
    e.g., provide advice, praise current efforts,
    affirm your experience

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Confrontation When were challenged by
interpersonal relationships
  • This can be relieved by learning about
    supervisory styles and dealing with feedback
  • Identify which supervisory styles you relate to
    best and how you might manage each kind
  • Autocratic
  • Paternalistic
  • Democratic
  • Laissez-faire
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  • Receiving feedback
  • Constructive
  • Accept, evaluate, choose what to do with it
  • Negative
  • Denial, anger, withdrawal, acceptance

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Competence Developing your capacity to manage
the workload
  • Learn to manage your time and workload
  • Set goals
  • Plan your time
  • Make a daily to do list
  • Prioritise
  • Manage emails

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Culmination Reflection and assimilation
  • Reflect on your experience
  • Assimilate the work placement experience into
    your broader career planning (hint use
    eportfolio!)
  • Keep a training and activities log
  • File all relevant documents in one place
  • Keep a list of useful contacts

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Thriving in the workplace Career Development
Module
  • Link to overview of the modules
  • http//blackboard.qut.edu.au/webapps/portal/frames
    et.jsp?tabcommunityurl2Fwebapps2Fblackboard2
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Final Tips
  • Use the opportunity wisely
  • Network and build up contacts
  • Be positive
  • Keep communicating colleagues, supervisor
  • Follow up with a thank you

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Further help
  • Use each other as support
  • Talk to Faculty staff
  • QUT and Careers Employment website

58
Good Luck!
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QUESTIONS?
PHONE Gardens Point 07 3138 2649 Kelvin
Grove 07 3138 3488 Caboolture
07 5316 7400
  • LOCATION
  • Gardens Point Campus
  • Level 2, X Block
  • Reception Room X222
  • Kelvin Grove Campus
  • Level 4, C Block
  • (Above the Refectory)
  • Caboolture Campus
  • Student Centre - J Block

EMAIL careers_at_qut.edu.au
WEBSITE www.careers.qut.edu.au
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