Casual and short-term work can build your employability skills

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Work experience can help you build your employability skills.

You can:

  1. combine study and any kind of work. Consider getting a casual or part-time job while you are at school or studying, even if you don’t need to. Employers want workers who can juggle competing priorities. Combining work and study is a good way to show you’ve got it covered.
  2. combine study and work in your chosen field. You don’t need to wait until your course is finished to find work in the industry or occupation you aspire to. You can earn and learn by undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, by doing a student internship over the semester break or taking on a cadetship job while you are still at uni. You could also get casual entry-level work in your chosen industry or occupation.
  3. make a short-term compromise. Can’t win the job you really want? Try getting paid work in a role related to the job you want. You could target an employer you’d really like to work for or any employer offering related jobs. Want to work as an accountant? Try getting a short-term position as an accounts payable clerk. Want to work full-time as an interior designer? Try working in a casual sales job in the home furnishings area of a department store. Once you are in the field you love, you can start networking to get noticed and find other opportunities.

These tools can help you:

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.