Unpaid work is useful to land a job
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%).