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    Default Where to apply for a community services placement?

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    I have recently signed up to study my cert 4 in community services work. I need to find my own placement and I was wondering what sort of organisations people would ask? I know some of the bigger ones might be reluctant to have a student there, so any ideas?

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    Your local community/neighbourhood centre would be a great place to ask.

    Look around for any not for profit organisations in your area. Shelters, youth services etc.

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    I would look at NGO's. So local family services that may include counselling, foster care, programs that work with at risk youth. Your community health centre may be another good one. They may run a DV program, D&A counselling, community development programs for indigenous people.

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    Thanks ladies they are some places I didn't think of
    Do you think emailing them is a bad idea? I just feel like I will be able to give them more information about me and the course in a email rather then a phone call

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    I would call and ask for a time to chat to someone about doing a placement.

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    I would call.

    you have a much higher chance of getting a placement if you call in my experience.

    Getting an email its much easier to just say no

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    I work in community services. What area are you in?

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    Yes that's true, ok I'm going to make a script so I feel more confident calling lol.
    @ScubaGal I'm in western sydney

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    Definitely make contact directly by phone or by calling in.
    Some services won't take a cert IV student because their minimum quals may be Dip or higher. Just be prepared for that.

    Students can be a lot of work (if placement is done properly) but most services I know are only too happy to have students - providing the timing suits the org.

    We believe that if we want a strong, experienced, committed workforce to choose staff from then we have a responsibility to contribute to that.

    Definitely try NGOs including big charities like salvos or vinnies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just*Ace View Post
    Hi

    I have recently signed up to study my cert 4 in community services work. I need to find my own placement and I was wondering what sort of organisations people would ask? I know some of the bigger ones might be reluctant to have a student there, so any ideas?
    What kind of work interests you? I would be looking for placement which may
    be a stepping stone into your preferred area. Call first and when you email attach your resume, your volunteers WWC (free) and a police clearance ($80?). You will be competing to get a good placement so you want to look professional and organised straight off the bat. Also, if you have limited ideas, look at seek.com.au, www.ethicaljobscom.au (I think) and www.ncoss.org.au to get a feel of what organisations exist.
    Last edited by BbBbBh; 18-02-2015 at 23:07.


 

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