Did you know that a fear of public speaking “glossophobia” is an actual condition, and that 74% of the population suffer from it! It is most likely that at some stage during your internship (and throughout your entire career) you will be required to speaking in front of people. Let’s face it, while some of us don’t worry, many of us would rather run and hide! Learning how to speak in public will not only help you professionally, but can also be a great asset in your everyday life. For those who are not lucky enough to have that natural gift, here are some strategies on how to become a better public speaker:

Before the Speech:
The best thing to do is to relax – being anxious can make things worse. Remember that the great majority of the people in the room can empathise with the fact that public speaking is scary! Take a deep breath and have a sip of water to help calm the nerves.

Prepare and Practice…. The more familiar you are with your material the more you will be able to deliver it well. Familiarise yourself with the words and phrases in your presentation. Play around with different volumes and see how well you can hear your own voice.

During the speech:
Don’t panic, if you get confused, stop, refocus and start a new sentence from the beginning.

Try to connect with people through eye contact. Regularly shift your focus around the room, this will help involve and connect with as many people as possible during your presentation. Avoid reading notes - this can make you lose focus on a connection with the room and make your voice monotone.

After the Speech:
Congratulation you did it! You can breathe and enjoy! Even if it wasn’t perfect celebrate in the success of having delivered your best. Ask for feedback from colleagues and friends; those around you. The more you know the more you can grow!

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1 March 1901:

The Australian army and navy are formed.

3 March 1837:

The city of Melbourne, Australia is named.

11 March 1871:

The springs after which Alice Springs was named are discovered.

18 March 1992:

The first section of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is officially opened.

26 March 1987:

Australia introduces the $100 note.

28 March 1908:

Witches Falls (the world’s third oldest national park) is declared the first National Park in Queensland.

 

Name: Shivam Somaiya
Age: 21
Field: Accounting
City: Brisbane
Nationality: Indian

 

Why did you choose to complete an Internship?

I chose to complete my internship so that I could explore a career interest, gain some experience in my work field and develop the skill set required to become a successful Accountant. I also strongly believe that internships are a key to building experience as a recent graduate.
The other reason I chose to pursue an internship was making my resume strong. I knew the importance of a strong resume as it could have been tougher as a fresher to be considered for any accounting position without any sort of real world experience.

 

What have you learned the most during your internship?
Internships are always a great resource for learning new things. As an intern, I adopted so many new skills and cultivated the most important time management skill. My internship also boosted my professional confidence. I confronted and overcame the fear of what’s it like to work in a professional ambience. 

The most important thing I have learnt during my internship is the importance of developing relationships with people who are at the same career level, no matter which industry they are in. Personally, my internships have introduced me to a lot of useful resources and have given me the opportunity to meet a variety of professionals in my field. To cut the story short, links build to one another- as they grow, so do you.

What benefits do you feel AI contributed to your internship and time in Australia?
Australian Internship gave me the platform to prove my abilities.  Right from the time searching for a host company until I finished I had full support from my supervisor. The weekly feedback gave me opportunity to recall the things I did for the whole week and motivated me to get my tasks done in a more efficient way thinking it will be reviewed again.  Personally, AI did a good job in finding a host company according to my preferences and did a very hard work in background setting up the contract between me and the host company.

What advice would you give future interns?
Internships provide you with the building blocks you need for your future. Many internship opportunities help set the foundation for your career. It is important that you choose you internships based on your interests and career prospects. As an intern, you have the opportunity to get your foot in the door with a company. If internship is done with a great self-esteem it can gain clarity on your strengths, weaknesses and interests.

What do you enjoy most about Australia?
Living and working in Australia is just amazing. Sure, they fall under ‘the landscape’, but I had to give special mention to Australia’s wonderful beaches and the wealth that its oceans provide it.  I did my first scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and have seen some scintillating sights just beneath the waves in the years since. I’m inordinately proud of Australia’s multiculturalism. There’s something truly beautiful about that, I love it is because it means there’s an abundance of delicious foods from across the globe to sample.

 

SARA ELLIOT - PROGRAM ADMISSIONS MANAGER & ADMINISTRATION TEAM LEADER

I have been with Australian Internships for over 6 years, starting in the receptionist role and moving into Program Admissions and leading the Administration Team.


How would you describe your work?
In the Program Admissions role I assess applicants’ eligibility for the various internship programs, ensure they meet all the requirements and collect application documentation.

My work requires attention to detail and an understanding of a variety of educational studies and industries.

What do you like the most about your work?
No day is ever the same! Every day I get the opportunity to communicate with applicants from all over the world from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. All our applicants have different goals and dreams they are working towards and it’s a privilege to be a part of their journey. 

 

Your message to the interns?
Often times in life we know where we want to be, but we are uncertain on how to get there. Internships provide valuable experience which bridges the theoretical studies you have completed with the practical and real-word environment you will find in a full-time professional role. Make the most of this wonderful experience in living in a foreign country. 

 

 

Sydney: Rozelle Collectors Markets

If you’re looking for something to do one weekend, head over to Rozelle for the Collectors Markets. Open from 9am to 3pm every Saturday and Sunday, you’ll find everything from fashion, jewellery, art, music and more! There will also be a range of local and international food stalls so you can grab something to eat while you browse through the market. Read more here

 

 
 
 

 

Brisbane: Street Science!

The world science fair is coming to Brisbane later this month, so what better way to spend the weekend than learning about some of the coolest things in science. On the 25th and 26th of March, South Bank Parklands will become a hub where you can learn the science behind augmented reality, robots, and solar energy! Bookings aren’t required for this free event, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area!Read more here

 

 
 
 

 

Melbourne: summer night market

This is your last chance to attend the Summer Night Market! The market will run every Wednesday from 5pm - 10pm through the end of March. There are live music stages, vintage stall holders, and one of the best arrays of global street food. Take advantage of the end of summer and head down for a night of fun! Read more here

 

 

 
 
 

 

Perth: Twilight Hawkers Market

Every Friday from 4:30 – 9:30pm this award-winning street food market opens, offering some of the best international foods around. There are over 40 stalls and food trucks offering dishes from more than 30 countries so there is definitely something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a filling dinner or a snack after work, this is the place to go! Read more here

 

BRISBANE - TANGALOOMA ISLAND

G Adventures – Queensland Sand, Sailing & Dreamtime

G Adventures – Sydney to Brisbane Experience


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