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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    Did your TAFE offer any suggestions of where they've had successful student placements in the past?
    I'm studying through oten and having had a chance to talk to a teacher yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BbBbBh View Post
    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.
    Since I've only just started studying I haven't really decided on a area if preference. I chose this course as I just want to help people, whether it's families/homeless people/troubles youth etc. That's a great idea, I already have all those checks due to a nursing placement so I'll make sure to use them.

    Ok another question - I know whoever takes me on for a placement is doing me a huge favour, but am I able to say anything like 'I'm mainly looking for a part time placement of 2-3 days a week due to having a young child'? Or should I be letting them state the conditions they want?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just*Ace View Post

    Ok another question - I know whoever takes me on for a placement is doing me a huge favour, but am I able to say anything like 'I'm mainly looking for a part time placement of 2-3 days a week due to having a young child'? Or should I be letting them state the conditions they want?
    Usually the uni/TAFE will tell you whether you can do it PT or not. If you can, be upfront. Most agencies are pretty decent about what hours you do, as long as they know what's happening.

    You probably should do 3 days if you can for continuity and switch around - one week work Monday - wed the next wed - Fri as you may be with a women's refuge for example and court may be Thursday. You don't want to miss that.
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    Yeah when I did my course through La Trobe they organised all my placements. They ensured I had a wide variety of experiences and they dealt with insurance etc. I also did contract work as an External Field Educator for the uni myself and there is a lot that goes into planning and running the placements.

    But I think the depth and length of OTEN placements is less. So yeah, I agree with Meredith. Contact your lecturer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just*Ace View Post
    Since I've only just started studying I haven't really decided on a area if preference. I chose this course as I just want to help people, whether it's families/homeless people/troubles youth etc. That's a great idea, I already have all those checks due to a nursing placement so I'll make sure to use them.






    Ok another question - I know whoever takes me on for a placement is doing me a huge favour, but am I able to say anything like 'I'm mainly looking for a part time placement of 2-3 days a week due to having a young child'? Or should I be letting them state the conditions they want?


    How are you finding the course ? Are the lecturers helpful? whats the study load like? Sorry for all the qs but im very interested in this course and am thinking of signing up but would like your opinion... TIA


 

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