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Work experience

Unlocking potential through work experience opportunities

Your company offering work experience
We believe in the power of work experience opportunities for students from school to university and vocational education and training. By opening your doors to these budding professionals, you can contribute to their personal growth, enhance your own workforce, and support the local community.

We invite you to participate in many programs delivering exceptional work experience opportunities such as:

A life without limits
Surveying careers
She Maps

Benefits for your business

Fresh perspectives and innovation: When you provide work experience opportunities, you bring in young minds bursting with energy and creativity. These students often offer fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and a unique take on industry challenges. Engaging with them allows your business to tap into this wellspring of creativity and gain valuable insights that may lead to breakthrough innovations.

Pipeline for future talent: By offering work experience placements, you create a talent pipeline that can benefit your organization in the long run. As students gain hands-on experience and develop a deeper understanding of your industry, they may be more likely to pursue careers in your field. This enables you to identify potential future employees who are already familiar with your business and its operations.

Leadership development: Mentoring students during their work experience allows you to share your expertise and helps develop leadership skills within your existing workforce. Assigning responsibilities to your employees to guide and supervise these students nurtures their own leadership abilities and boosts their confidence. It fosters a sense of responsibility and cultivates a supportive and nurturing environment within your organisation.

Benefits for students

Hydrography students

Real-world exposure: Work experience provides students with a glimpse into the real world, allowing them to apply theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to practical scenarios. By immersing themselves in a professional environment, they develop a deeper understanding of industry dynamics, workflows, and the skills required to succeed in their chosen field.

Skill development: Work experience offers students the opportunity to develop essential employability skills such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and time management. They learn to adapt to professional expectations, acquire industry-specific skills, and gain insights into various roles and responsibilities. This practical knowledge enhances their overall employability and prepares them for future career opportunities.

Networking and mentoring: Engaging with professionals in your organisation exposes students to invaluable networking opportunities. They can connect with individuals who can provide guidance, advice, and mentorship, helping them shape their career paths. These connections often prove instrumental in securing future internships, jobs, or even entrepreneurial ventures.

Supporting local communities and raising the profile of the geospatial industry: By offering work experience opportunities, your business plays a vital role in supporting the local community. You contribute to the growth and development of the future workforce, empowering students with the skills they need to succeed. Additionally, in the geospatial industry, the work experience placements you provide help raise awareness of the vast array of occupations within the sector. This exposure showcases the exciting opportunities available and inspires students to consider geospatial careers, ensuring a thriving and diverse workforce in the future.

Student community surveying

As a Member the Geospatial Council of Australia connects businesses like yours with eager students seeking valuable work experience.

Together, we can foster a collaborative environment where businesses and students grow, thrive, and make a positive impact on their communities. Join us today in unlocking the potential of the next generation and shaping the future of the geospatial industry!

Contact us now to explore the benefits of offering work experience opportunities and to begin your journey of empowering students and your business simultaneously.

How to gain work experience

If you’re a student in school, University or Vocational Training and Education, a parent, teacher or community leader and want to get experience within the geospatial industry, there are many opportunities available to you.

Immersing yourself in real-world environments can provide invaluable insights and shape your future career path. In the geospatial industry, there are abundant opportunities for students to get involved, building experience and knowledge that can pave the way to a successful and fulfilling professional journey.

  • Exploring the geospatial industry

The geospatial industry offers a vast array of exciting opportunities that span across various sectors, from urban planning and engineering to environmental management and surveying. By participating in work experience programs, you can gain firsthand exposure to what it’s like to work in this dynamic field. This experience not only enhances your understanding of the industry but also allows you to develop practical skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Take the first step! Partnering with industry leaders.

To facilitate your work experience journey, numerous organisations are dedicated to helping students gain valuable exposure in the Geospatial industry.

Organisations such as A Life Without Limits, A Class of Your Own (Design Engineer Construct), SheMaps, and Surveying Careers are just a few examples of initiatives that can connect you with work experience opportunities. These organisations provide valuable resources, mentorship, and guidance to help you kickstart your career and build a solid foundation in the industry.

  • Inclusive opportunities for all

The geospatial industry recognises and celebrates the value of diversity, including neurodiverse individuals, in its workforce. Organisations like Australian Spatial Analytics provide specialised programs and initiatives that create opportunities for neurodiverse people to gain work experience and sharpen skills that are highly sought after across the industry. By fostering an inclusive environment, the geospatial industry embraces diverse perspectives, driving innovation and positive change.

  • Harnessing the benefits of work experience

The value of work experience extends far beyond the accumulation of knowledge and skills. It provides you with a competitive edge in the job market, as employers increasingly seek candidates who have practical experience and can hit the ground running. Work experience allows you to:

Gain industry insight: Immerse yourself in real-world projects and operations, gaining a deeper understanding of the geospatial industry’s dynamics and challenges.

Develop practical skills: Work experience equips you with hands-on skills, enabling you to apply theoretical knowledge in practical settings and develop essential competencies.

Build professional networks: Collaborate with industry professionals, mentors, and peers, fostering connections that can open doors to future employment opportunities.

Refine career choices: Work experience helps you explore different roles and sectors within the geospatial industry, enabling you to make informed decisions about your future career path.

Boost employability: Having work experience on your resume demonstrates initiative, adaptability, and a proactive attitude, enhancing your employability and making you stand out to potential employers.