So you’ve landed your dream internship in Australia! Congratulations!
Now, the most challenging part of your program starts: gaining real world experience…in your field…in another country!
Even though excitement and enthusiasm takes over in the first days of your internship, now it is time to prove yourself and make the most out of this incredible experience, so we have a few tips to help you keep your productiveness at a high level in your workplace from day one!
As someone who is currently studying or have just finished University, you must be already an expert note-taker from classes, right? Make sure you always have a pen and paper with you and take notes of important information and tasks that are assigned to you, this way you won’t have to ask unnecessary questions and will have a point to refer to later if you forget anything.
Understand Work Processes
Learn and memorize processes for each new task you perform, as this will save you time and effort when your schedule is tight or if you have a big amount of work to complete. Ensure you get the processes right and ask a more experienced person if you are unsure on what is the best way to have a particular task completed.
Work on the important tasks when you’re most alert
Self-awareness will help you identify when is your peak of productivity. If you are a morning person for example, you should take advantage of that and do the most important tasks during that period. This will ensure that all hard work will be completed when you have more energy to spend.
To-do-lists will help you prioritize and keep organised. Before you leave work for the day, make a list of the main goals that you would like to accomplish the following day. Be realistic about what you can complete in a day of work, and resist the urge of making a big list for the month or week as this can make you feel overwhelmed.
“Multitasking is not humanly possible,” (Earl K. Miller)
People tend to believe that if they juggle multiple tasks at the same time they will boost productivity. This couldn’t be more wrong! We have a limited amount of information that can be processed by our brain, so you are actually working extra hard when you try to handle multiple tasks at once. Doing one thing at a time will ensure you are not only more productive but more effective as well.
Formation of the Australian Broadcasting Commission
Since its founding in 1932, the ABC has been a trusted source of quality entertainment, news and information for all Australians, in the city and the bush.
Today the broadcaster reaches close to 20 million viewers and listeners per week, and is an integral part of how Australians shape their social, political and cultural opinions.
While it has occasionally attracted controversy, it remains Australia’s only advertisement-free public broadcaster, and is seen by many as an essential part of Australian society. Learn more here.
Nationality: Chinese American
Why did you choose to complete an Internship?
Internship is the best way to get the real experience in the field you want to get into. School teaches you what you do in a workplace, but never can get a hands down experience. Each workplace is different because of the environment, colleagues, and workload. Internships give you a glimpse of how each company works and you do not have to stay at the company for a long time if you do not like it. If you think the work you are doing during your internship is not what you were thinking of, it is not too late to change your major as a student. You deal with different people every day, so it helps you improve your weakness. For example, customer service, problem solving, and organizing.
After graduating, you become a stronger candidate because you have some knowledge and got valuable experiences from other company abroad.
What have you learned the most during your internship?
During my internship, I learned how to interview people professionally, and how to pick the right candidate for each department. This is really rewarding because I was the one who is always being interview. It feels so different interviewing other people and I get to meet so many different people. Sometimes we have the same interests, so we have a little chat after the interview.
What do you enjoy most about Australia?
Australia is a beautiful country. I really enjoy the café here because it is so instagrammable! The food is plated like an art, delicious, and the interior is nice. I never ate vegetarian food, but there is so many vegetarian café and vegan options in every restaurants.
I really enjoy the beach here too because each beach looks different. Some beach has different sections that the wave cannot hit you and children are safe to enter too. It’s a very pretty place for tropical photos and relaxing. The best part is on Sunday no matter where you go, the bus fare is only $2.70 for the whole day.
What’s your advice for other interns?
Work hard during your internship and always ask questions when you need help. This way helps you get along with your colleagues faster. Be curious because you’re interning in another country and you can bond with your colleague with just a little chat.
How was your overall experience with Australian Internships?
I am very happy that Australian Internships placed me to such an awesome company. I never have a complain about the company, because Australian Internships help you find a perfect company. The Weekly Learning Plan really help me keep in track what I do every week. Looking back at it, I knew what I have accomplished and how much I improved throughout my whole internship.
Originally from Poland, I came to Australia in 2009 and started working at Australian Internships the same year. I also lived in London for 5 years – started as an intern, which then turned to a long lasting position. Therefore, I believe I am well equipped by my own experiences to be able to advise international students on internship opportunities, career development and living abroad.
How would you describe your work?
As a Marketing Manager, my main job is to develop and maintain business partnerships. I also talk to a lot of young professionals interested in coming to Australia. I communicate with a wide range of people from across the globe. It is fascinating and very rewarding. My job is very diverse and interesting. I deal with international students, educational providers, agents and universities in Australia and all over the world.
What do you like the most about your work?
International Education and Travelling are my passion. It is such a fantastic industry to work in. I love dealing with young professionals from different cultures. Being an international myself and starting my own career as an intern, I know how challenging it can be to leave home and start your life overseas. Helping young professionals, providing them with opportunity, assisting them in making their dreams come true is what I love about my job – what is there not to like?
Your message to the interns?
Embrace this opportunity – this is a one in a life time chance! Not only you are growing professionally and becoming an expert in your field but you are doing it in the best country in the world. In your internship, give it your all, always stay positive, don’t be scared to ask questions and try new things. This is why you are here – to experience something new and something different that will make you grow and will help you mature. Living overseas really teaches you a lot about yourself. Make it the best lesson you can.
Sydney – Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney is a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas that will run from 24 May to 15 June 2019. Vivid Sydney features many of the world's most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and a cutting-edge contemporary music program.
Find more information here.
Street Art Festival
The Brisbane Street Art Festival (BSAF) has played an important role in contributing to their city’s creative sector, connecting with 100s of creatives, in all forms of creativity, since the bare foundation three years ago.
Find more information here.
Festival of Flavours
Attention sweet tooths: arguably the state’s sweetest destinations – Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie – are throwing a month-long Rocky Road Festival of Flavours this May.
Find more information here.
South Australia History’s festival
One of the state's largest community events, the History Festival promotes our historical collections, places and stories through hundreds of events ranging from talks to tours – walks to workshops and exhibitions to special events.
Find more information here.
The island is located about 20 minutes away from Kettering, by ferry. It offers both a wildlife and gourmet treat: the island has preserved natural environments with abundant wildlife and stunning cliff top views, and is also home to producers specialising in oysters, cheese and chocolate. It’s the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.
Lavender Fields at Bridestowe Estate
These impressive lavender fields are located in the north of Tasmania. The view is spectacular at any time of year, but the best time to visit is during December and January. Don’t miss out and book your flights today!
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