Un­paid work is use­ful to land a job

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - CAREERS -

INTERNSHIPS and work ex­pe­ri­ence pro­grams of­ten don’t come with a re­mu­ner­a­tion but a lit­tle hard work can pay off in the long run with about one in four place­ments lead­ing to a job.

A 2016 re­port by the Univer­sity of Ade­laide, Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy Syd­ney re­veals un­paid work ex­pe­ri­ence is most likely to con­vert to em­ploy­ment for part-time univer­sity stu­dents (46.2%), grad­u­ates who com­pleted a de­gree in the past 12 months (39%), and full-time vo­ca­tional stu­dents study­ing a cer­tifi­cate or di­ploma (36.4%).

Those not study­ing (18.2%) or still in high school (22.3%) are less likely to be of­fered a job at the end.

Apart from di­rect em­ploy­ment out­comes, work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ments also of­fer in­di­rect ben­e­fits.

Most par­tic­i­pants agreed or strongly agreed the ex­pe­ri­ence helped them de­velop rel­e­vant skills (70%), learn new knowl­edge (75%), and know how to dress, speak and be­have at work (57%).

Oth­ers said it helped them un­der­stand the kinds of jobs avail­able in the field of work (59%) and whether it was right for them (68%).

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