Week 6: Making a plan to get work experience

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TOPIC: Applying for work experience

REFLECT: Do you have all of the tools you need to apply for work?

What works well?

What can be improved?

(Feel free to ask for a second opinion on any of the above.)

If you answered YES, then it’s time to start making contacts and sending in applications. Remember that Assessment Part 3: Work Placement Diary requires you to:

  • Sign up for an internship, work experience, or job alerts
  • Apply for a work placement, internship, or job
  • Write a diary of your experience in your work placement, internship or job (including your CV, cover letters and emails, other relevant correspondence including thank yous)
  • Write a reflection

Now that you have all of your tools ready (WordPress site, resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile), it’s time to start making contacts and sending in applications.

There are a few strategies for this. You can look at advertised internship opportunities. You can cold call/email an organisation that you particularly want to work for. You can use your contacts to identify potential opportunities.

In reality, you probably want to use a combination of all the above.

ACTIVITY:

  1. Check sites where internship or work opportunities might be listed, eg. Pedestrian.tv, Seek, Grapevine Jobs, Radioinfo, Radio Today, CBAA, ABC Careers, SBS Careers etc.
    Identify any suitable opportunities.
    Apply.
  2. Make a list of at least 5 organisations or publications where you want to intern or work.
    Research each to identify if they have a formal internship program.
    If they do, get details.
    If they don’t, who can you contact for informal work experience?
    Identify any suitable opportunities.
    Apply.
  3. Make a list of at least 5 contacts who might know someone in the media industry and who can introduce you.
    Contact them to ask.
    Follow up.

Remember:

  • Be polite. Always.
  • Make sure you thank anyone and everyone who helps you.
  • Follow up (and keep your correspondence to submit with your assessment).

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