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This subject involves completion of a minimum 80 hours work placement integrating academic learning, employability skills and attributes, and an improved knowledge of organisations, workplace culture and career pathways. The placement is supplemented by pre- and post-placement classes designed to introduce skills for developing, identifying and articulating employability skills and attributes and linking them to employer requirements. The placement should draw on specific discipline skills associated with the course of enrolment. Pre-placement seminars will also include consideration of career planning and professional skills. The placement is designed to be a standalone internship not integrated into any other subject.
Students are responsible for identifying a suitable work placement prior to the start of semester, and will be assisted by the Subject Coordinator and Faculty Enrichment Officer. In the semester prior to the placement students should attend Melbourne Careers Centre (MCC) employment preparation seminars and workshops, and access other MCC and Faculty resources to help identify potential host organisations. Students will need to commence their approaches to organisations at least four weeks before the placement. Further information is available on the Faculty website. Placements must be approved by the Subject Coordinator or Faculty Enrichment Officer prior to commencement If students have problems finding a placement they should approach the Subject Coordinator or Faculty Enrichment Officer well in advance of the teaching period.
On completion of the subject, students will have completed and reported on a course-related project in a workplace. They will also have enhanced employability skills including communication, interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving skills, organisation and time-management, and an understanding of career planning and professional development.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Identify and articulate their knowledge and skills and apply them to relevant organisational contexts and work-settings; as well as linking them to specific professions and career pathways
- Produce original work in an appropriate format which demonstrates analytical, research and problem-solving skills
- Review and reflect on the process and output of a work project/placement to articulate their academic and career development learning from the experience
- Understand the value of industry and professional networks and their importance to self-reliance, lifelong learning and career progression
- Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, time management and organisational skills as a result of participation in the workplace
- Ability to communicate effectively in a professional workplace and to work with and interact with a wide range of people inside and outside the host organisations, including working in teams
- Understanding of organisational culture and ethics, work practices, and the diversity of workplaces
- Demonstrated analytical, problem-solving research, and report-writing skills
- Ability to manage and plan work
- Capacity for initiative and enterprise
- Capacity for lifelong learning, self-reliance and professional development
Last updated: 2 December 2019