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Stepping into… . Welcome. Overview of the session: About AND Understanding how the Stepping into process works What to expect, what employers expect from candidates Building your personal brand Understanding disability: if and when to disclose and how to ask for reasonable adjustments.

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welcome
Welcome
  • Overview of the session:
    • About AND
    • Understanding how the Stepping into process works
    • What to expect, what employers expect from candidates
    • Building your personal brand
    • Understanding disability: if and when to disclose and how to ask for reasonable adjustments.
    • Feedback on applications
    • Where to from here
about and
About AND
  • We are a member-based organisation
  • We a not a recruitment agency
  • We are not a charity

OUR PURPOSETo advance the equitable inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business

OUR VISIONTo create a disability confident Australia as a national peak body.

OUR MISSIONTo provide expert advice and services on disability to employers, Government representatives and industry bodies

overview of stepping into
Overview of Stepping into
  • What is the Stepping into program?
    • Paid internship program that offers students with disability hands-on, practical work experience that is degree relevant
  • History: how the program began
    • Began in 2005 with Stepping into.... Law
    • Developed into further opportunities in various disciplines
  • How it works
    • Summer and Winter programs with the opportunities demand driven and employer led by AND members
the process timeline
The process & timeline
  • Generally two intakes: winter and summer program – during university vacation periods
  • September:
  • Student application opens
  • We engage with universities and market your positions
  • Attract suitable candidates
  • November
  • Members interviews with shortlisted candidates
  • Offers are made
  • Beginning of August
  • AND members are invited to participate
  • Receive member participation form

Summer 2013/14 timeline

  • October:
  • We meet and brief all applicants.
  • Start screening & job-matching process.
  • Short-listed candidates provided to members for interviewing
  • December, January, February
  • Internship period to take place within the summer period.
  • End of August
  • Members submit participation form & confirm placements
expectations
Expectations
  • What can you expect as a Stepping into intern?
    • Your Student Handbook – 9 Steps of the program
  • What previous interns experienced
    • The work is exactly what I have been yearning for, it wonderfully incorporates and complements my studies and satisfies my interests
    • I have been lucky enough to receive guidance and teaching from each of the lawyers in the practice
    • All of my reasonable adjustments were met and my workload and work schedule were tailored to suit my University commitments.
    • The program has allowed me to apply the knowledge and skills that I have acquired through tertiary education into real life work experience.
    • The work is for the most part stimulating, and it's pretty much a dream job.
  • What employers expect
    • Ask questions
    • Be part of the team
    • Give feedback
understanding disability
Understanding disability
  • Inherent requirements
  • Disclosure: if and when to disclose
  • Reasonable adjustments
what is your personal brand
What is your personal brand?
  • Clarity
  • Consistency
  • Constancy
  • Credibility
when you go into the marketplace
When you go into the marketplace
  • What is your purpose?
  • What are your networking skills?
    • How do you present yourself?
    • What is your follow-up strategy
understand your strengths
Understand your strengths
  • Who are you?
  • What do you want to be?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are your goals?
develop your tools of trade
Develop your tools of trade
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Email address
  • Voicemail
  • Online profiles
  • Websites/blogs
first impressions count
First impressions count
  • They way you dress
  • Body language
  • Communication style
  • Listening skills
  • Preparation and research
what is your elevator pitch
What is your elevator pitch?
  • What I do?
  • How/Why?
  • What are you hoping to achieve
  • Evidence of what I do
interviewing
Interviewing
  • Research the organisation
  • Familiarise yourself with where you need to go on the date
  • Arrival time – not too early and never late!
  • Bring note pad / folder
  • Calming nerves when struggling to answer a question
  • Prepare questions you want to ask the employer
mentoring
Mentoring
  • PACE
    • Positive Actions towards Careers Engagement