Our successful graduates have been in your shoes and have gone on to fulfilling careers. They share their top tips for gaining employment in Australia.
Dhanya (Research Assistant)
"When searching for a company, always keep an eye on job sites also. From that you will be able to understand how often companies advertise jobs. Alternatively, you can look for the company where you applied for a position. Always try to do the market research to get to know more about potential employers.
Consider the work placement as your real job. Behave accordingly, show dedication in work and be punctual and loyal to the employer. And moreover, try to learn things, try to prove your skills whenever you get a chance to do so and be enthusiastic."
"The course was very useful to get to know about the Australian job market by receiving updated information from experts who helped me to be successful during my work placement. What I liked most about the course was the conversations between the teachers and students- it was amazing that I regained my confidence. I would strongly recommend the OQP course to all eligible applicants."
"I faced some major barriers when I arrived in the OQP program. Firstly, my communication skills were poor and it was very hard for me to make myself understood. I had huge aspirations for getting a job. Secondly, it was hard to prove my Romanian work experience and because many employers didn't even know where is Romania on the map. I became more disappointed with every interview I had.
My resume was the best. Everybody asked where I learned to make my resume. The content and form, both are great. All OQP staff members were exceptional and they helped me to improve my knowledge about resumes, cover letters, job interviews and communication skills."
Susan (Test Analyst)
The critical events that led me to finding good employment were:
- Joining the OQP program
- Following the advice given at OQP
- Doing my research of IT companies. (Keep on searching. There are many small IT companies in Victoria that would be more than happy to get free labour!)
- Work placement (in my own field) gave me lots of experience within a very short time
- Practicing interviews in front of the mirror or whenever I find myself alone in a room
- Applying for jobs every single day with custom cover letters and doing follow up by calling them
- Doing research on companies and different salary brackets before job interviews
- Putting on a happy and confident face for interviews. (Yes, it counts for a lot. They will be looking to see whether you fit into their work environment or not)
- Predict questions in advance and answers which can lead the interviewer to ask questions you want them to ask
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