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6 Ways An IT Intern Can Digitise Your Business

6 Ways An IT Intern Can Digitise Your Business

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If you’re an Australian business or startup operating in the 21st century, there is no way you’re operating without using IT services. With the world moving digital and virtual communication becoming a necessity for survival, your business must stay on-the-pulse with technology trends. In fact, forecasts suggest that the IT sector will grow by 104% between 2018 and 2023. 

The pay rate for IT professionals in Australia is steep, which is a huge challenge for new and bootstrapped businesses. Taking on interns is a great way to test the potential of IT services in your business. And interns are a motivated and cost-effective resource you can rely on to help you get there.

Here are six ways an IT intern can digitise your business that you may not have considered.

1. Web Development

Web developers work on your business website to make it user friendly and visually appealing, increase traffic, communicate your offering, and boost your SEO efforts. 

Web development is a big industry now and you can even host interns with a specialisation in frontend, backend, or a particular coding language such as html, Java, Javascript, CSS, and MYSQL.

2. Data Analysis

As the name suggests, data analysts can analyse heaps of data from your past operations to make your business more efficient, fine tune your customer offering, and invest in the right initiatives to scale. Process mapping, market research, data analysis, CRM customisation, and general documentation and planning are just a few of the things that a data analysis intern can do for your business.

3. Cybersecurity

Keeping your online presence safe from hackers and your confidential data secured is your responsibility as a business owner. Especially if you are working with confidential customer data such as payment details, addresses, and PHI (private health information), cybersecurity is vital. A cybersecurity intern can help keep things safe and secure in the background.

4. Help Desk and Support

Move your business from paper to digital! A help desk and support intern can ensure all data entries are updated, accurate, and working smoothly. Help desk positions can also involve troubleshooting and solving issues with various hardware and software, and better supporting your customers to increase engagement, and ultimately, profitability and business reputation.

5. Systems Administrator

Ensure the myriad IT programs your business uses are being monitored for glitches and are powering your business in the right direction. Software is ever-prevalent and ensuring that your technology is always up and running is a must. There’s nothing worse than technology failing at the most inopportune moments and a systems administration intern could end up saving you a lot of hassle.

6. Networking and Telecommunications

Networking and telecommunications interns can help manage the network system of an organization. Their role is to oversee and boost the connectivity and performance of the network, as well as monitor the day-to-day operations of an organisation’s computer network. Interns can specialise in hardware and/or cloud-based platforms.

IT Interns Can Open New Horizons At No Cost

Our IT interns each have a Bachelor Degree or higher and have a great foundation to make improvements to your business. Internships typically last for 12 weeks for at least two days a week. 

If you like the intern, you can hire them. If you’re not interested in hiring, you lose nothing. It’s like when big companies offer a “try before you buy” option. We say, “Sign up. Try it for 12 weeks. Then hire or try again!”

At Outcome.Life, we take pride in not only helping students, but also in supporting Australian SMEs (small to medium enterprises) and startups with interns who can help their business. Just reach out and start talking with our team about IT interns who can help your business.

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Vintii Vasundhara Aggarwal

Vintii Vasundhara Aggarwal is part of the placement team at Outcome.Life in which she talks to new students and host companies every day about the importance of work-integrated learning. Once an international student herself, Vintii is passionate about connecting with international students and sharing with them how she has navigated the same path and kickstarted her career. She is also a visual abstract artist and the winner of three UNSW hackathons.

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

What is Career Catalyst?

What is Career Catalyst?

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From Casual Hospitality Work To Your Dream Job

Many international students in Australia work in hospitality to finance their studies. This is  a great start into work life. You get to know people and build your “soft” skills while working in a café or restaurant. You get to speak and improve your English and get used to a different culture. You may not be used to the sarcasm Australians use in their everyday life, so it’s good to learn all the new conventions before entering the job market of your chosen industry.

But realistically: Do you really want to serve and clean up after people all your life? Or would you rather build on the knowledge from your studies, expand your network, and find a job that matches your passions and most likely earns more money, too?

Certainly, some people burn for hospitality. But if you are an international student, you have most likely come to Australia to do more than serve coffee. You can achieve so much more with less effort if you are doing what you really love. So sacrifice some time now and extend your comfort zone to find your dream job. 

How Career Catalyst Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

Outcome.Life and Study Melbourne have teamed up to create Career Catalyst – an employability hub to connect international students with industry and employers. Career Catalyst is a program to enhance employability and career development for international students. We help you create a professional network relevant to your skill set.

Mixing together entrepreneurship, leadership, and mentoring, Career Catalyst is supporting and empowering students with the right skills to excel in the Australian job market. Students can access a range of workshops, webinars, and online courses to improve their visibility on the hidden job market and, therefore, their chances of finding their dream job.

With Career Catalyst, it’s not just one career coach who has your back –  you have a whole community and network helping you connect with your future employer.

Thanks to the Victorian Government, this program is free for international students living and studying in Victoria.

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What Free Services Does Career Catalyst Include?

LinkedIn Workshops
Learn why LinkedIn and networking are the most important tools on your path to finding a job in the Australian job market, and how to utilise them!

Interview Workshops
How do you excel at your next job interview? What do you need to prepare and what is better not to say? We’ll cover all this and more in our free interview workshops.

Interview Preparation Online Course
You want to learn and prepare more for your next job interview? This online course will help get you ready in no time. Go at your own pace, anytime, from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Employability Webinars
Hear from industry specialists who will give you insights into your chosen industry and employability trends in our employability webinars! 

Resume & LinkedIn Coaching
Get personal coaching from our experienced coaches. They will meet with you one-on-one to help you improve your resume and LinkedIn profile, so you can reach more employers and build your personal brand.

Casual Jobs
We can help you find a casual or temporary job in Melbourne with one of our partners, so you can finance your living while you are studying.

Take Your First Step Now!

If you want to make the change to professional employment in your chosen industry, Career Catalyst is here to help! We have your back – no matter what you need help with on your way to finding your dream job. Sign up now!

 

 

 

 

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Leonie Schaefer

Leonie Schaefer is a Social Media Marketing Intern at Outcome.Life where she helps create content to empower better employability outcomes for international students and provide host companies with diverse and passionate interns. An international student herself, Leonie is a bilingual content creator who also enjoys playing the Australian sport, polocrosse (a mix of polo and lacrosse).

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

How A Marketing Intern Can Increase Your Company’s Reach

How A Marketing Intern Can Increase Your Company's Reach

Marketing: An Indispensable Activity For Any Business

If you own an Australian business or startup, you’ll know all about the importance of revenue, and by extension, attracting customers. Customers come when they know you exist. When they know you are solving their problems. When they know you are offering something they want or need. But what if you’re doing all those things and you’re still not attracting enough customers? You increase your reach.

How can you increase your reach? With the help of a marketer.

Now, you may be thinking, “That sounds like a lot of money. Money I just don’t have right now.” We understand your problem. When you’re getting a business off the ground, the costs can feel like they’re constantly racking up, and any unnecessary costs are cut.

But what if you could have a marketer and save your business money? It’s all possible with a marketing intern. Don’t sacrifice marketing. It is an absolute essential, and with a creative lot of students opting for careers in the field, we’ve found a way you can have your cake and eat it, too.

Now that sounds like really great news!

Increase Your Reach And Customer Base

In the current noisy digital world, marketing is becoming more and more complex. It requires a constant outpouring of content and communication to make yourself heard. Having a dedicated person doing that for your business can be a complete game changer.

Some of the tasks a marketing intern can help you with include:

  • Creating regular content for your social media channels – specifically where your ideal customer hangs out.
  • Preparing a monthly e-newsletter to make sure you are always top of mind for your loyal customers.
  • Tailoring your message for your niche customer.
  • Helping you stand out from the crowd with visually appealing packaging and brand communication.
  • Improving your SEO (search engine optimisation) so you appear in search results when people google for your product/service.
  • Researching your competitors so you can out-do them.
  • Compiling testimonials from happy customers to help attract new ones.
  • Helping you become a well-known brand in your industry.

Marketing Doesn't Work For My Business – Said No One Ever!

You could offer the greatest product/service but if no one knows about you, you won’t survive for long. 

In order to take off and fly, make some noise and speak to your audience – in a voice they will hear, in a place they hang out. To get marketing interns to support your business, just follow these three simple steps:

  1. Have a clear understanding of what your needs are.
  2. Assign an employee to provide supervision to the marketing intern during their internship.
  3. Reach out to Outcome.Life to sign up and start taking on interns who can boost your popularity, revenue, and confidence!

Marketing Can Open New Horizons At No Cost

Our marketing interns each have a Bachelor Degree or higher and have a great foundation to make recommendations and improvements to your business. Internships typically last for 12 weeks for at least two days a week.

If you like the intern, you can hire them. If you’re not interested in hiring, you lose nothing. It’s like when big companies offer a “try before you buy” option. We say, “Sign up. Try it for 12 weeks. Then hire or try again!”

We at Outcome.Life take pride in not only helping students, but also in supporting Australian SMEs (small to medium enterprises) and startups with interns who can help their business.

Just reach out and start talking with our team about marketing interns who can help your business. It’s that simple.

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Vintii Vasundhara Aggarwal

 Vintii Vasundhara Aggarwal is part of the placement team at Outcome.Life in which she talks to new students and host companies every day about the importance of work-integrated learning. Once an international student herself, Vintii is passionate about connecting with international students and sharing with them how she has navigated the same path and kickstarted her career. She is also a visual abstract artist and the winner of three UNSW hackathons.

 

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

Top 3 Tips To Smash Out Your Internship

Top 3 Tips To Smash Out Your Internship

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Talk To Senior People In The Business

If you’re in the middle of an internship in Australia, one of the best things you can do is talk to senior people in the business. That might be your supervisor, CEO, or another senior member of your team.

Tom Jamieson, COO of ZayZoon says, “I really encourage interns to try to talk to the senior people in the business they join. I know that can seem hard and intimidating but I’ll tell you – senior leaders really like it.”

If you’re just starting out, going out of your way to seek advice, offer help, or asking senior people to share their experiences with you does a few things:

  1. It shows initiative.
  2. It demonstrates that you are an effective communicator.
  3. It increases your chances of your host company offering you a permanent role or connecting you with other employers.

Make Yourself Invaluable

When you set up a time to meet with one of your company’s founders or senior people, you may feel nervous. That’s totally normal. But we promise it’s way easier than you think, especially when you practice!

At the end of the day, Tom says, “You’ve got to do it. You’ve got to get out there. You know, make sure at work that you make yourself invaluable. This goes for your internships, but this goes for your job, too.”

So, if you really want to be invaluable, you need your company’s leaders to know you. To trust you. To like you. To understand your worth, your ideas, and what you bring to the company that sets you apart from the crowd.

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Work 10% Harder, Earn 40% More

How else can you make yourself invaluable and increase your chances of getting hired? Work 10% more.

There are statistics that suggest if you work 10% longer, you end up earning 40% more. So one way to work harder is to be the first one in the office and the last one out. 

But you can also work smarter. That means learning to prioritise your tasks effectively before each work day, so you’re making the most of the time you have. It means starting with the most important tasks, so you accomplish everything you need to.

Want to learn more about how to smash your internship? Check out our upcoming webinars!

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Anja Goedhart is the Marketing Manager at Outcome.Life where she creates content to empower better employability outcomes for international students and provide host companies with diverse and passionate interns. A storyteller at heart, Anja is passionate about using words to create connections and communities. When she’s not working, you can find her drinking hot chocolates, reading books, and hanging with cats.

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

LinkedIn Is Your Job Hunting Super-Tool – Here’s Why

LinkedIn Is Your Job Hunting Super-Tool – Here's Why

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Why Employers and Recruiters love linkedIn

According to LinkedIn Educator, Megan Edwards: “The resume or the CV plays a poor second to platforms like LinkedIn. Firstly, because most of our interactions – social and professional – are online to begin with. And secondly, because anybody who is a potential employer or recruiter is doing their fact-finding online before they have a conversation with you.”

Not only that, but many employers will spend more time looking over your LinkedIn profile than they will looking over your CV.

Think about it: While your CV provides important raw information and data, your LinkedIn profile shows potential employers how you behave online, what your professional interests are, what experience you have, who has recommended you, and why they’ve recommended you.

LinkedIn gives employers a much more holistic picture of who you are and how you can contribute to their business.

LinkedIn As a networking tool

But LinkedIn isn’t just about the words you put on your profile. It’s also about the connections you make. One of the first tasks with your LinkedIn presence (after you’ve successfully set up your LinkedIn profile) is to connect with at least 100 people of significance in the area that you want to be employed. This will show your credibility when you’re looking for a job.

Like our CEO Gerard Holland says, “Your CV is a tick-the-box thing. But you should spend your time building out your LinkedIn contacts because you will apply for a job one day, and one of those contacts, or a friend of that contact, will work at that company. Then, bang! You now have a warm application. You have cut through all the noise and all the mess, and you’re accessing the hidden job market.”

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So Should I Use LinkedIn, A CV, Or Both?

For your best chances of job success, you should have both an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and a carefully curated CV. While more and more employers are moving towards LinkedIn over resumes, some employers still like to view your CV as well, especially during the interview stage.

That being said,  focus most of your time and energy on LinkedIn. You’ll have higher chances of success through LinkedIn and it’s a great platform to apply for jobs and most importantly, connect and network with industry professionals. Some people are even giving potential employers and recruiters a PDF version of their LinkedIn profile instead of a CV.

Bottom line: While CVs are still being used today, they’re on their way out. Online and “living” platforms like LinkedIn are the way of the future. So don’t miss out!

You can access our LinkedIn Workshop for FREE if you register now.

Anja Goedhart profile

Anja Goedhart is the Marketing Manager at Outcome.Life where she creates content to empower better employability outcomes for international students and provide host companies with diverse and passionate interns. A storyteller at heart, Anja is passionate about using words to create connections and communities. When she’s not working, you can find her drinking hot chocolates, reading books, and hanging with cats.

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

How Internships Can Give You a Competitive Edge

How Internships Can Give You A Competitive Edge

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"Should I do an unpaid internship?"

I get asked this question on a regular basis by students battling with life-changing decisions during, and even after, their university studies. Deciding to do an internship is no small commitment, so allow me to guide you through the advice I have passed on to other students in your position.

In Australia, I can say with certainty that doing an internship is one of the best decisions you can make to kickstart your career. The Australian work climate heavily favours local work experience and leveraging networks to get employment. As an international student, your biggest drawback is the lack of local work experience and access to industry professionals who can help you.

A Fierce competition

Did you know that approximately 85% of the jobs that exist in Australia are never advertised on job boards such as SEEK and Indeed? Instead, they get filled via networks of existing employees and industry professionals. If you approach your job search by applying only for jobs that are listed, you are left fighting for the remaining 15% that are advertised. It’s not surprising why these jobs attract thousands of applicants. With your application filed neatly amongst the thousands, do you think the recruiter or hiring manager will sift through all of them?

No, they won’t. It’s too much work for the employer, so the position will be filled from the first 30 or so applications alone. Or worse, employers won’t even look at resumes, instead using software designed to discount as many applications as possible.

Now you see how low your chances truly are.

Now you see why you keep getting automated rejections such as, “We’re sorry we couldn’t offer you a position.”

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The problem isn't you. the problem is the approach you're taking.

So, what do you do? You do an internship.

As I’ve mentioned, you need local networks and local work experience to break into the job market in Australia. Internships are a great starting point for students to transition from university to professional life. They help students like you, get local work experience and build networks with industry professionals in Australia, thereby giving you an advantage in the job market.

In my experience, I have noticed that students with a good attitude and a quest to learn, grow, and perform always get hired. So, use your internship as an opportunity to showcase to the company your drive, passion and willingness to learn and deliver solutions. It’s a way to market yourself, make a lasting impression, and create rapport with your company peers. They are the people who will become a part of your local Australian network.

Finding a legal & Compliant internship

Before you race off to accept the first internship offered to you, I want to safeguard you from accepting offers for unpaid internships in Australia. It is illegal for the company, as well as you as a student, to undertake certain unpaid work offers and it could get you deported from the country. Always go through a legally compliant and regulated company like Outcome.Life that truly aims to support international students in Australia like you.

We are the only internship placement provider who insures our students against injury or company lawsuits. We do this because we care. We started this work to support and help international students like you integrate into Australia, and we continue this mission everyday.

To conclude:  Build your networks and gain local work experience by securing an internship to kickstart your career in Australia.

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Vintii Vasundhara Aggarwal

 Vintii Vasundhara Aggarwal is part of the placement team at Outcome.Life in which she talks to new students and host companies every day about the importance of work-integrated learning. Once an international student herself, Vintii is passionate about connecting with international students and sharing with them how she has navigated the same path and kickstarted her career. She is also a visual abstract artist and the winner of three UNSW hackathons.

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

Expanding Your Professional Network​

Expanding your Professional Network

Joshua Tinner, Placement Consultant At Outcome.Life, Discusses The Importance Of 'Who You Know' And How To Grow Your Contacts List

Utilizing your network?
What does this even mean?

People often talk about utilising your networks, expanding your connections, and it’s who you know not what you know, but what does this actually mean? How do you professionally connect with people, and once you’ve done that how does it give you any advantage?

It is often said about Australia that the overwhelming amount of available jobs are never advertised but only passed through word-of-mouth. Australians are well-known for hiring people based upon who the person is behind the skillset, that is to say that your personality matters as much as (if not more than) the skills that you possess. Of course, the best way to show to someone your personality is to talk to them: this is where your network comes into play!

How it works

By having a large and strong network of professionals, you increase your chances of knowing someone (or knowing someone who knows someone else) that is hiring. The advantage this gives you is that you can strike-up a conversation with the hiring person if you already know them, or have your mutual connection introduce you if you do not. This conversation is effectively an informal interview for the position and you may secure the job from this discussion without ever submitting an application.

Here’s an example of how this works.

At an industry networking event, you start a conversation with someone that works in your industry. You get along well and in the conversation you end up mentioning that you’re currently looking for a job. The next day you message this person and thank them for their chat, to which they message you back saying that a business they have worked with before is looking to hire someone with your skill set. This person kindly offers to take you out to coffee with their friend that still works there and violá: you’ve got yourself an informal interview!

You may think this scenario sounds fanciful, so think of it this way: it is not uncommon for advertised jobs to get more than one hundred times as many applications as there are vacancies. If this many people get rejected from application, how does anyone get a job? Once you start talking to people in the industry, you will see just how many ‘applied’ for the roles they currently occupy. So now we know why it’s so important to expand your professional network, of course the next question is how to do it.

How to expand your network:

There are two main ways you can expand your network:

1. Have people you already know make introductions.
If you already know some people in your industry, whether you’ve worked with them before or they’re a friend from university, ask them if they would mind introducing you to their colleagues. This is certainly the easiest way to start building network and is a great way of keeping touch with many people.

2. Go to networking events. And again, go to networking events! It is impossible to overstate how important this is for building and maintaining your professional network, to say nothing about the useful information formally discussed during the presentation at the event. People go to these events to build their own networks and employers attend to scout for new hires so you must, make sure you regularly attend such events and that you talk to new people every time.

When it comes to it, building your professional network is no different to making new friends. There are many different tips and tricks, but at the end of the day the most important step to take is the first one: just get out there and start talking to people!

Joshua Tinner is part of the placement team at Outcome.Life in which he talks to new students and host companies every day about the importance of work-integrated learning. With several years’ experience in people-focused industries, Josh is always up for a chat and his booming voice can often be heard echoing down Hardware Lane! Josh is a life-long student of the humanities and envisions a world where there exists a balance between education making us well-rounded members of society whilst practically preparing us for our working lives.

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

10 Ways to Turn Your Internship into a Job

10 Ways To Turn Your Internship Into A Job

Find Out The Different Ways That You Can Make An Impact On Your Host Company And Secure A Job At The End Of Your Internship With Outcome.Life Co-Founder, Dom Saporito

It's All About Attitude

Whilst there is never a guarantee that an internship will turn into a job, I can almost predict the interns that will make it happen. Sadly, I can also predict the interns that won’t. How do I know? I can tell by their attitude!

The mindset that interns need to take into an internship is that they get the job the first day they arrive. They then have 12 weeks to lose it.

Turning an internship into a job is all about attitude, not technical skills. Attitude, attitude, attitude.

Do not believe a host company when they say there will be no job at the end of an internship. We are constantly surprised by host companies that have created a new position for an intern because they were just too valuable to let go.

Be Indispensable

If you make yourself indispensable during your internship, by definition, how can any business possibly let you go?

So what can you do to significantly increase your chances of turning an internship into a job? Here are my top ten tips:

1. Treat your internship like a job, not an internship. This may sound strange, but it should probably be tips number 1, 2 and 3 as everything else flows from this tip. If you treat your internship as an internship, i.e. just a learning experience that will end in 12 weeks, guess what? That is all it will ever be. But if you treat it as a job, where you turn up everyday, on time, ready to do real work, show your initiative, be part of the team and add real real value…that is when the magic happens.

2. Learn company software BEFORE you begin your internship. Nothing impresses a host company more than knowing the software they use in their day-to-day operations. Ask your supervisor in the interview “what software can I learn to add value from day one?” and learn it in the weeks leading up to your internship.

Communication Is The Key!

3. Little things matter. Like turning up on time every day (5-10 minutes prior to start time), saying good morning, smiling, smelling nice, dressing appropriately and bringing your laptop as well as a notebook & pen to show that you are ready to work. Every day is a great day to make a great first impression.

4. Develop a strong relationship with your supervisor. It is your direct supervisor that will most likely make the decision to keep you or let you go at the end of the internship. So get to know them, and them you. Tell them about your journey, your aspirations. Ask questions. Keep them informed of your process. Don’t be afraid to tell them when you don’t understand something. Far better spend time up front to clarify tasks, than having to admit you have wasted time because you misunderstood.

5. Tackle low level admin work with gusto. Ask anyone that has ever worked before, and they will tell you that 80% of most people’s jobs are filled with boring mundane tasks. But these tasks need to be done! Be the person that embraces low level admin work with enthusiasm, as it does not go unnoticed.

Work On It

6. Be part of the team. Workplaces build teams to tackle tasks and problems, not individuals. Be part of the team. Build report. Take on the work that no one else wants to do. By creating capacity for you team members dramatically increases your chance of being retained as without you, they will need to go back to doing your work.

7. Be proactive and read the play. A self starter does not wait for their supervisor to delegate every single little task. Show that you are proactive by suggesting what you can do next to help.  Use your knowledge from your education to identify issues the business may not already be tackling and suggest solutions. Most host companies take on interns because they want a fresh set of eyes to look at their business and provide the latest contemporary thinking.  

8. Make sure everyone at the organisation knows you. Don’t be the best kept secret.  Make sure everyone knows who you are and what you do. Have lunch and/or coffee with someone new every day. Show interest in what they do and connect with them on LinkedIn.  Any one of your work mates could be the person who referees you to a business contact or a friend for your first job.

Don't Forget To Have Fun!

9. Make sure the business knows you would like to work for them. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Once you have some runs on the board and proven yourself to add value to the business, make sure your supervisor knows you would like to work with them after your internship. After all, they have just spent the last 3 months training you.

10. Above all, smile and have fun!. Reality is…people hire people. Not robots with technical skills. For most of us, we spend more time with our workmates than our loved ones. So, is it any wonder then that most employers rate attitude, personality and culture fit much higher than technical skills. Don’t be the person that at the end of your

internship is described as technically proficient but not the right culture fit for the business. Be the person that everyone loves to be around.

Notice something about the tips above. Only one tip is about your technical skills. The other nine tips are about the attitude you bring to a business. Reality is that your internships is more about the people you meet, the networks you create and the attitude you bring than technical skills.

Domenic Saporito is the co-founder of Outcome.Life and GADA technology. Dom has started, run and sold many businesses throughout his career, ranging in industry from property to tech, and even golf! As a business owner, product developer and chartered accountant with 15 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, Dom enjoys sharing his knowledge, insights and advice with international students looking to enter the job market in Australia.

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

Your Last Day Checklist

Your Last Day Checklist

Joshua Tinner, Placement Consultant, Highlights The Things You Should Tick Off Before You Finish Your Internship Placement

Congratulations!

You’ve now spent several weeks in an unfamiliar environment where your skills have been tested, your adaptability pushed to its limits, and your work ethic critically examined. You’ve faced the fire of practical experience and you’re ready to take the next steps along your chosen career path, hopefully by starting your first full-time job.

But before you celebrate completing your internship you need to make sure that you’ve finished it properly. It would be a waste of all your hard work if you walked out of the office on your final day and weren’t fully prepared for your next steps. With this in mind, here are ten crucial items that should be on your last day checklist:

1. Update your resume. It’s prudent to always have an up-to-date resume as you never know when you’ll quickly need it. Make sure you write a brief summary of the company as well as what you did there.

2. Update your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is the best place to collate all your experiences and is essentially your digital resume. Making sure your profile is always updated is also a great way of finding new connections!

3. Individually thank your colleagues. It goes without saying that you ought to thank every person with whom you’ve worked for their time and patience throughout your internship, but a personalised thank you will make you stand out in their memory.

4. Ask about employment opportunities. These conversations should have been sprinkled throughout your internship but of course your final day is the last chance you have to confirm if there is a future for you at the company. If not, make sure your supervisor puts you in touch with other businesses that may want to hire you: start using your newfound network!

5. Connect with your colleagues on LinkedIn. You should have already done this but it’s a good idea to double-check on your final day. These contacts are going to be your strongest for some time yet, so make sure you’ve got access to them!

6. Get feedback from your supervisor. You must make sure that you set aside time for a final debrief with your supervisor for your own personal and professional development. Make sure to mention what worked and what didn’t and take detailed notes from your supervisor’s comments.

7. Ask for a reference. A reference goes a long way towards landing you a job and showing other people that you can backup what you

say. These days a reference on LinkedIn is best but a short letter (on a company letterhead!) is also nice to have.

8. Return company property. Make sure that everything the company lent you is returned in the same condition you received it.

9. Tidy your workspace. When everyone else goes back to work the day after you leave, you don’t want your final impression to be a messy workstation.

10. Register for a networking event. Just because you’ve finished your internship doesn’t mean you’re all done! Keep the momentum going and ensure you’re already looking forward. Bonus points for getting your supervisor to go with you and introduce you to their connections that you have yet to meet (and give a good reference on your behalf!).

Now you’ve checked that everything has been finished properly, you’re ready to move onto your next opportunity. Say thank you to everyone, update your profile, and use your newfound abilities to keep striding towards your goals.

Joshua Tinner is part of the placement team at Outcome.Life in which he talks to new students and host companies every day about the importance of work-integrated learning. With several years’ experience in people-focused industries, Josh is always up for a chat and his booming voice can often be heard echoing down Hardware Lane! Josh is a life-long student of the humanities and envisions a world where there exists a balance between education making us well-rounded members of society whilst practically preparing us for our working lives.

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life

How to Request a LinkedIn Recommendation

Requesting a LinkedIn Recommendation

Utilise LinkedIn for your professional networking and development

the power of LinkedIn

Did you know as of August 2020, LinkedIn has over 706 million users?

We all know why LinkedIn is so successful – it acts as a resume to promote yourself to potential employers, colleagues, and networks. And as a platform, it makes it relatively simple for us to connect with these people. So with 706 million profiles out there, how do you make your LinkedIn profile stand out from the crowd?

The answer:

Compile a number of LinkedIn recommendations from credible people!

Wait, what is a LinkedIn recommendation? A LinkedIn Recommendation is a recommendation written by another LinkedIn member to acknowledge and highlight you as a colleague or business stakeholder. A recommendation can act as a reference for employers before they have even interviewed you. It could just be the defining factor to get you to an interview.

What are Recommendations?

Okay great, who do I ask though?

When thinking about who to ask for a LinkedIn Recommendation it is important to ask credible people.

Think Managers, Senior Managers, colleagues, direct-reports, or mentors.

The more recommendations you get from different levels will give you a well-rounded view of you as an employee, as well as a person. Ensure you also ask for recommendations from people who have worked directly with you and can provide a genuine recommendation and can indicate to what it is like to work with you. You can also think outside of the workplace, community clubs, sporting clubs committees, these networks could also give you a valuable recommendation.

What do I ask them? And how?

Do you simply just ask “Can you please give me a LinkedIn recommendation?”.

The answer is yes, but with a little more tact. Acknowledge that they may be busy and when they get a chance could they please write a recommendation.

LinkedIn also has a feature that allows you to request a recommendation, ensure you always leave a comment, or a shared experience that might act as the basis of the recommendation. If you feel nervous about directly asking for a recommendation, you could also leave them a recommendation and chances are they will write one back in return.

How and When to Ask

When is the best time to ask?

You can ask for a recommendation at any time. If you have just completed a big project successfully at work, someone could write a recommendation on you based on that project and how you helped with the project’s success. If you are leaving your job you could ask for a recommendation as an overall employee.

Any other tips?

It is important to remember, when asking for a recommendation make sure that you always provide context around your

recommendation. If you want a recommendation on your customer service, mention that in your request. If you are wanted a role in project management, identify a time you worked well on a project, who you worked with and ask that person for the recommendation.

If you have any questions...

The Outcome.Life team are always here to answer any questions or help with any problems you might encounter during your internship.

You can contact us between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday at:

Phone: 03 8899 7424

Email: hello@outcome.life