Placement, what is it?
- Experience that enhances the development of the student and the placement oragnisation.
- Opportunity to share knowledge, ideas, and learning.
- Supports the purpose of this unit of study which is to help you become more career ready and more employable.
- Face-to-face work experience.
- Industry or community partnership.
- Voluntary or unpaid.
- Insurance coverage is extended by the University when arranged by the Placement Officer.
Other terms sometimes applied: Internship, cadetship or vacation program
Who provides the placement?
- Government. Territory will have cadetships via DIPL.
- Regional councils.
- Large and small industry.
- Defence installations.
- Community services.
Depending on personnel and resources organisations will offer 40 – 450 hours of placement.
When do placements start?
Traditionally placement is attended after semester during the break, December – March.
- 14 weeks within this time frame allows 2 weeks break. 12 weeks experience is possible.
- Full time workload
- Some organisations offering to commence in October at part time 1 or 2 days/week, negotiated
- Will not provide complete 450 hours
Placement can form all or part of the 450 hours of professional experience. Placement is the preferred mode of experience but not the only means to accumulating required hours.
Opportunities are sourced by the Placement Officer.
- Offered only to students enrolled in IPM300- Industry Experience and PRT501- Professional Practice.
- Promoted via the unit Announcements platform.
- Will be voluntary unless stated otherwise.
How to apply for a placement
- Follow the guidance from Careers and Employability on resumes and cover letters.
- Upload these into your Learnline assessments.
- When a ‘Placement opportunity’ announcement appears advise the Placement Officer via the email@example.com email of your interest, you may also attach a specific cover letter.
Apply within two weeksof the announcement.
- Sign and upload the student agreement in the Assignments section of the unit.
What if I am not placed? Do I need placement?
Relevant work experience in the past 2 years can be applied towards your work report. If you intending to lodge your report in March 2022, review all your work-related experience back until March 2020.
Start now accumulating you’re your history of alternate activities. Do an inventory of episode you could reflect upon and plan more for the next six months.
Look for group activities / project to join or make a group that meets regularly.