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Health Science is a diverse area that requires a wide range of skills and knowledge in its application.
One of the best ways to ‘get the edge’ is to obtain not only course related work experience, but to seek out opportunities that help develop transferable skills. The more relevant the work experience is to your studies, the better the opportunities to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs in your field.
For most positions, employers will require certain skill sets which you may have to address in the form of Selection Criteria. Some common examples of these skills include:
Opportunities to gain relevant workplace experience can be obtained through the following:
Internships are supervised programs which are offered in a workplace. The student will have the opportunity to apply university theory in a practical setting. Some internships can be credited towards your course of study.
Visit the Jobshop website to view internship vacancies.
Studying overseas can be an enriching, life-changing experience, where you can gain in-depth knowledge and experience of another culture while learning more about your area of study through a new and exciting lens.
For more information visit the Study Abroad website.
In a competitive job market, demonstrated community involvement can give you an advantage over candidates who have none. Volunteer work is characterised by three elements:
Joining a professional association could provide you with the opportunity to meet people in your industry, make contacts and show an employer that you are serious about your chosen career or area of study.
Membership may also provide professional development activities, conferences, networking evenings, workshops or advice about pay and conditions. Below are a few of the professional associations in the health science sector: