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    Default Finding own work placement while studying

    Has anyone had to find their own placement while studying? I'm looking at studying aged care through OTEN this year but the bit that worries me is having to find my own placement! Especially since it needs to be somewhere a TAFE facilitator can mark me off. Are places willing to take on students?
    Also does anyone know if OTEN courses are still eligible for CCB?

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    I'm not studying yet but this is something I was worried about too so interested to see the responses. I'm looking at doing social work.

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    I had to do this when I did my diploma in children's services. I just rang around local centres till I found one willing to take me on, I then organised to go in, meet them & do any paperwork that needed doing. Was not as daunting as it sounds!

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    I found my own placement while studying. I called or visited local facilities and found my current employer that way. Many will take on students(who doesnt like extra staff for free?) and students will work with the more experienced staff.

    Good luck.

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    I've always wondered how hard it would be to find a placement myself so have always avoided courses with prac.

    As for CCB/CCR, you are eligible whilst studying through OTEN. All you need is the 'confirmation of enrollment' letter they email you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myztiks#1Fan View Post
    I found my own placement while studying. I called or visited local facilities and found my current employer that way. Many will take on students(who doesnt like extra staff for free?) and students will work with the more experienced staff.

    Good luck.

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    That's what I've been thinking, especially in aged care (which I think is what you work in?) I'm sure they would not say no to an enthusiastic student!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    I've always wondered how hard it would be to find a placement myself so have always avoided courses with prac.

    As for CCB/CCR, you are eligible whilst studying through OTEN. All you need is the 'confirmation of enrollment' letter they email you.

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    I started prac on Monday for my Bachelor of Education degree. I am studying through a university in Perth (I'm in Canberra) and had to organise my own prac. I sent out three e-mails to centres and had two come back to me straight away saying they were happy to have me. I'm 3.5 years into my degree and doing first year prac now, wish I hadn't put it off because it was far easier to organise than I had anticipated.

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    I have organised work placement for past students. Most places are keen to take students. Some advice: have your resume ready to go, write a good introductory letter, have a valid police check and working with children check (if required) before you apply. Also be very clear about your objectives as some places will have you doing unrelated tasks all the time if they can get away with it (cleaning etc) and ensure your Tafe etc has insurance to cover your work prac. (Some places are lazy and don't bother to renew it until asked. This can stop you starting your prac and some other student will take your place). Good luck!

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    Yes most definately organise a police check as its important. It will also take a few weeks to get back to you so its always a great idea to have it before placement starts(i had to wait for mine to come back before i started my placement). Its about $50.

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