Information for Students
What is Stepping into...?
- Do you want to gain paid work experience in a leading organisation?
- Build a networks of contacts?
- Develop valuable skills and experience?
Stepping into... is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability, who want to gain some paid hands-on work experience in their chosen field of study. The Australian Network on Disability (AND), work with their members to identify and provide opportunities for university students with disability to “step into” the workplace to gain exposure to their potential career field and get involved in projects and work alongside experienced professionals.
Students benefit by gaining valuable experience in their potential field of work, opportunities to develop networking skills, contacts and social skills associated within the professional environment, as well a chance to showcase their skills and knowledge in the workplace. The internship experience will equip students with newly obtained skills, knowledge and experience that will serve as a valuable attribute on any future graduate’s resume.
All students may benefit from participating in the Stepping into... program, by gaining skills in job applications and interviewing, with support and resources offered by AND, such as briefing sessions hosted by the Stepping into Program Manager, interview tips and guides, professional communication coaching as well as continual support throughout the program.
"The Stepping Into…Program provided by the Australian Network on Disability (AND) was an invaluable experience which I have benefited greatly from. My placement was in the Workforce Planning Unit at Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC). My time at ADHC has been great. From the first day I was treated like I was a part of the team. All of my reasonable adjustments were met and my workload and work schedule were tailored to suit my University commitments. Being a person with a disability I have faced many barriers in seeking work and subsequently have lost a lot of confidence. From my time at ADHC I have regained that lost confidence and have been able to become career focused. The program has allowed me to apply the knowledge and skills that I have acquired through tertiary education into real life work experience. I encourage all students with a disability and all organisations to participate in the Stepping Into…Program, as it is a step forward in solving systemic barriers for the employment of people with disability."
– Chris, 2011 Stepping into Intern.
For more information, please contact Cynthia Sasongko, Stepping into Program Coordinator
Phone: 02 8270 9200
Jobseekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder may find the following resource useful: The Hidden Curriculum for Getting and Keeping a Job. (Please note this link will open an external PDF document).
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