It's not just the professionals that are brought in to support the students. Individualised support is offered as well.
“We aim to have consistent conversations about employment outcomes throughout the entirety of the degree, such as where you could go in your career and what you'll be bringing to an organisation,” Ben says. “Students can see ‘Okay, these are skills I really need to focus on when applying for a role’. They use the placement as kind of a job trial, essentially. It's not uncommon for students to be offered positions on the basis of their placement experience.
“We've just had a representative of Education Queensland with us, who mentioned that they find JCU graduates to be really job-ready. Going out into regional and remote areas during their degree, seems to equip JCU students to adapt more readily to those settings. Our students tend to have a good understanding of regional issues and tend to slot in quite nicely into regional and remote schools.”
In Kate’s experience, having a love for your profession is the desired goal, and the journey towards building it can also be rewarding.
“It’s very competitive to get a guidance role and I honestly think that placement experience was what gave me the edge compared to the other candidates,” Kate says.
“I finished the course last December, then I had an interview a couple of days after and was offered a job in Rockhampton as a guidance officer. It's really nice working with students in a therapeutic manner. I really love the job,” she says.