The Aboriginal people of Australia were the first people to settle in Australia. They were nomadic hunter-gatherers that roamed Australia by foot. It is unknown for exactly how long they have occupied the land for but estimates claim they have been living in Australia for about 50,000 years! During the years before European settlement in Australia, the Aboriginal people utilised their surroundings by hunting and fishing on the land, they had great skills and wisdom and were in perfect balance with their surroundings. They spent about 4-5 hours of the day working to provide food and resources which left them with a lot of time to develop a rich and complex ritual life.
The strong sense of spirituality can be seen through the act of “dreaming” or “dreamtime”. This is one of the most spiritual activities the aboriginal people of Australia take part in and includes passing on stories, dancing, song and art.
This way of life however was nearly destroyed once the Europeans arrived in Australia, as they brought with them deadly diseases that the Aboriginal people of Australia had not yet encountered before. Smallpox was among one of the diseases that had caused major destruction by whipping over half the population. Today, still remains about 713,600 (2% of Australian population) Aboriginal people in Australia. Due to the strong discrimination that the Aboriginal people faced by the European settlement, only recently have there been efforts to right the wrongs of the past.
Australia plays a leading role in founding United Nations
Australia played an important role in the establishment of the United Nations. The countries involved hoped that the UN’s formation would prevent a repeat of the Second World War, the horrors of which were still very fresh in their minds.
‘Doc’ Evatt, Minister for External Affairs in the Curtin and Chifley governments, was adamant that the new organisation should have more input from smaller countries.
Evatt succeeded in enlarging the scope of the UN’s main body – the General Assembly, of which he was president from 1948 to 1949. Learn more here.
Field: HR Administration
Nationality: South Korea
1. Why did you choose to complete an Internship?
When I first came to Australia, I was determined to find my career path and work in Australia at some stage. My understanding is that having varieties of experience is crucial in order to know what I am good at and to find what kind of work will eventually make me feel happy. Australian internship was a great opportunity for me because I was able to be exposed to varieties of experiences during my internship. There are challenges at times, however there is definitely something that I learned by overcoming these challenges and eventually I am starting to get the solution on how I would like to progress my career in Australia.
2. What have you learned the most during your internship?
I have absolutely learnt a lot with my host company specifically in the area of human resource management, from document control to analysis of employment data, and my supervisor have given various opportunities step by step so that I could tackle most tasks without any difficulty. I have also learnt how to interact and make relationship with people at a workplace. Thankfully I have been working with thoughtful and helpful staff from host company and I would like to take this as an opportunity to thank them.
3. What benefits do you feel Australia Internship contributed to your internship and time in Australia?
I’d like to say that Australian Internship has been a great help to arrange a host company but also throughout my entire internship period. Especially ‘Intern Weekly Learning Plan’ is helpful, which I have written everyday about the tasks I did and what I’ve learnt. Since I started working, Australian internship continuously monitored my weekly intern life through this system, and returned with feedback. The positive feedback from Australian Internship constantly encouraged me and motivated me.
4. What advice would you give future interns?
It might sound obvious but the first thing that I would like to say is that ‘always be confident’. Whenever you feel that you are not confident, please don’t be easily discouraged remembering this is a process to learn. The reason of why we are doing internship program is for continuous improvement of ourselves.
Secondly, I would like to emphasise is to engage with the team and ‘always actively learn’. If you are always ready and willing to learn given tasks, even if it is little, I’m confident that you would gain more than you expected.
5. What do you enjoy most about Australia?
The most enjoyable and meaningful experience to me in Australia is that I was given great deal of opportunity to learn English and its culture. For myself, experiencing another culture has been an eye opener. And I do believe that Australia internship program has given these opportunities.
Internship Program Supervisor - IPS
Hi I’m Shayal! I was originally born in Fiji but raised in Australia. Before working for Australian Internships I worked in the retail industry for 7 and a half years. It was a long time but it equipped me with the skill to gain a deep understanding of client expectations.
How would you describe your work?
As an Internship Program Supervisor, I take great pleasure in assisting my interns through our program, tackling the different interview expectations and styles in Australia, and adapting to the Australian work expectations. Understanding each Interns expectations and experiences in order to assist them in achieving their dream career is a truly valuable job
What do you like the most about your work?
I enjoy meeting Interns from different culture and learning about their different experiences. Each day in my job is different, challenging but definitely enjoyable!
Your message to the interns?
Enjoy each and every moment of your Internship opportunity and take every bit of it in, as it’s an extremely valuable experience
Sydney Film Festival
The Sydney Film Festival returns on June 5 with more fascinating, thrilling and entertaining movies you won't find at the multiplex. As always the State Theatre will be the epicentre of the action, with screenings also occurring across the CBD, Newtown, Cremorne, Randwick and Western Sydney.
Find more information here.
Melt: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture
Brisbane’s LGBTIQ+ voice is loud and clear, bursting with pride, humour, humanity and rebellion. The community is bounding towards equality in many vital aspects of life and MELT is a vehicle for these leaps.
Find more information here.
The Queen Victoria Night Market
Rows and rows of street food stalls, festival bars, as well as more than 50 art, fashion, homewares and general knick-knack merchandise traders will feature alongside a rotating line-up of musicians and entertainment.
Find more information here.
CHINATOWN STREET MARKETS
Gold Coast Chinatown will come alive with Asian culture, children’s activities and entertainment. The Markets will offer a blend of cuisines from across Asia, or why not try one of the many restaurants in Gold Coast Chinatown and enjoy the atmosphere.
Find more information here.
Located between Sydney and Newcastle areas, Central Coast is home to several natural beauties: beaches, national parks and wildlife. It is the perfect destination for a short weekend trip for those based in Sydney, and it offers several types of activities such as quad biking, horse riding, zip lining, Kayaking, etc.
Lord Howe Island
The island is a World Heritage-listed paradise less than 2 hours flying from Brisbane or Sydney. It measures less than 11km, end to end, and only permits 400 visitors at a time.
The south Coast englobes Wollongong area, Shellharbour region, Kiama region, Jervis Bay and other paradises. The area is full of dolphins, whales, fur seals, stingrays and little penguins. You can also easily spot wild kangaroos while visiting one of those beautiful beaches.
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