For this issue of the Intern Newsletter we have selected a few career tips to have a professional appearance during your internships. We would also like to share with you some events happening in the main cities of the country and some amazing places to visit in Western Australia.
Show a professional appearance
Understand what’s appropriate in your industry
Of course your outfit is not going to be the same if you are working in a kitchen or in an office. But wherever you are, you should always consider the culture of the company. If the company has a dress code, then follow it!
Avoid neon colours and overly flashy clothes
Both men and women should be careful with really bright colours. It can be distracting and does not reflect a professional appearance.
Take care of your hair (and the beard)
Yes, nowadays wearing a beard is fancy, but it doesn’t mean having its okay to have a big wild bear covering your entire face! And that’s the same with your hair: get a clean haircut and a professional hairstyle. Make sure that your hair is dry before arriving in your workplace.
Pay attention to details
It can be really strong perfume, noisy jewellery, unclean shoes; ankle socks with slacks, a messy handbag, or an old manicure… these little details can make you look unprofessional.
Smile: Smile at everyone
This is the best tip I can give you; you will look friendlier and more professional. Your smile is an element of your outfit in is own right.
Name: Megumi Nozue
Field: Business Administration
Why did you choose our program?
I am doing my internship at a school for international students. I chose this program because I studied English for a long time and I wanted to try to do new challenging things. Mainly, I'm doing administration work such as answering phones or helping new students, and marketing work such as giving some ideas how to make students' school life better or how to improve the website.
Do you have any advice for the new interns?
I didn't know what should I do and how to do my tasks at first, but it's general things so don't be afraid to try and if you need help, you can ask your colleagues because we are interns and we don't have as much knowledge as the others. This will help your intern life to be better.
What are you favourite things about Australia?
My favourite things in Australia are that I can meet many nationalities, nature is beautiful and life is slower here. I'm going to miss this Australian culture when I go back in my country!
Role: Visa officer
I have lived in Australia for over 23 years, and previously lived in Sweden, France and USA. I have worked for Australian internships for more than 5 years. I also work for the Swedish Consulate here in Brisbane so I have extensive experience regarding visas which is beneficial to the interns.
I love to travel, seeing new places and meeting new people.
How would you describe your work?
In my role I work a lot with visas. I have to work closely with everyone here in the AI team to make sure that all candidates have the best chance possible to achieve their dreams. My job is very rewarding and exciting and even though I don’t meet each candidate, I still feel like I know them.
What do you like the most about your work?
My job is very varied and I have to work closely with lots of different people which makes it interesting.
Your message to the interns:
Worry less. Smile more. Listen carefully. Accept what you can’t change and embrace the lessons in life.
Markets in May
Market in May is holding three pop-up markets in Martin place during the month of May. For the first three Thursdays in May (From 11am to 2pm), you will have the chance to test some gourmet food and watch some live cooking demonstrations.
Thursday 5th May – EQ Village Market
Thursday 12th May – Brewery Yard Markets
Thursday 19th May – Black Markets
More information about the events here: http://www.localmarketguide.com.au/event/579-markets-in-may-pop-up-markets-martin-place
On the 14th and 15th, celebrate Buddha’s day at Federation square with arts and crafts, cultural performances, wellbeing lectures, cooking demonstrations, blessing ceremonies, interfaith ceremonies, multi-faith concerts and delicious vegetarian Asian food.
More info about this free event here: https://www.buddhaday.org.au/
The Australian Football League season has started! What a better Australian experience than going to one of the famous “Footie” games? This typical sport from Australia is a part of the culture, go and support the Brisbane Lions on the 1st, 14th and 28th of May!
More information about the AFL season here:
On the northeast of Adelaide the Barossa Valley is a major wine-producing region of Australia. Tanunda, Rowland Flat, Nuriootpa and Lyndoch are the main towns of the region and have really distinct personalities due to the German and English influence. The wine is the main attraction of the region, but the valley is also famous for its gastronomy, it makes it an amazing place to have a cultural experience in an easy-going lifestyle. Enjoy the hospitality of the local community surrounded by the gorgeous landscape made of the thousands of grapevines!
THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT
Formed with spectacular cliffs, the Great Australian Bight is the home of to an amazing variety of marine life such as great white sharks, humpback, blue and southern right whales, southern Bluefin tuna, Australian sea lions, white-bellied sea eagle and albatross. 85% of the species that you can find there cannot be seen anywhere else in the world! How amazing is that? It’s definitely a place to see during your time in Australia.
We’d love to hear what YOU want to read in this newsletter, so feel free to give us some suggestions on what to include next time!