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.
• Feedback on applications
• Where to from here
About AND
• We are a member-based organisation
• We a not a recruitment agency
• We are not a charity
OUR PURPOSE
To advance the equitable inclusion of people with disability in all
aspects of business
OUR VISION
To create a disability confident Australia as a national peak body.
OUR MISSION
To provide expert advice and services on disability to employers,
Government representatives and industry bodies
Some of our members
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
Where applicants come from
NSW
VIC
SA
University of New South Wales
Monash University
University of South Australia
University of Sydney
University of Melbourne
Flinders University
Macquarie University
RMIT
University of Adelaide
University of Western Sydney
University of Victoria
QLD
University of Wollongong
La Trobe University
University of Queensland
Charles Sturt University
Deakin University
Griffiths University
University of Newcastle
University of Ballarat
Qld University of Technology
University of New England
WA
ACT
University of Notre Dame
Curtin University
Australian National University
TAS
University of Western Australia
Australian Catholic University
University of Tasmania
Edith Cowan University
University of Canberra
Murdoch University
The process & timeline
• Generally two intakes: winter and summer program – during university
vacation periods
March / April
February
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AND members are
invited to participate
Receive member
participation form
February / March
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Members submit
participation form &
confirm placements
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Student application opens
We engage with
universities and market
your positions
Attract suitable candidates
Winter timeline
May:
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We meet and brief all
applicants.
Start screening & jobmatching process.
Short-listed candidates
provided to members for
interviewing
June
•
Members interviews
with shortlisted
candidates
Offers are made
•
July / August
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Internship period
The process & timeline
• Generally two intakes: winter and summer program – during university
vacation periods
September:
Beginning of August
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•
AND members are
invited to participate
Receive member
participation form
End of August
•
Members submit
participation form &
confirm placements
•
•
•
Student application opens
We engage with
universities and market
your positions
Attract suitable candidates
Summer timeline
October:
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•
We meet and brief all
applicants.
Start screening & jobmatching process.
Short-listed candidates
provided to members for
interviewing
November
•
Members interviews
with shortlisted
candidates
Offers are made
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December, January, February
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Internship period
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
• Inherent requirements
• Disclosure: if and when to disclose
• Reasonable adjustments
Importance of Branding
Understand your strengths
• Who are you?
• What do you want to be?
• What are you passionate about?
• What are your goals?
What is your personal brand?
• Clarity
• Consistency
• Constancy
• Credibility
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
Develop your tools of trade
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Email address
• Voicemail
• Online profiles
• Websites/blogs
What is your elevator pitch?
• What I do?
• How/Why?
• What are you hoping to achieve
• Evidence of what I do
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
First impressions count
• They way you dress
• Body language
• Communication style
• Listening skills
• Preparation and research
Behavioural interviews
•S
•T
•A
•R
Mentoring
• PACE
• Positive Actions towards Careers Engagement
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