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“Building an inclusive culture is a priority for GHD, and this extends to partnering with CareerSeekers to access the varied and at times exceptional skills among humanitarian entrants.”
– Jill Hannaford, Technical Services Leader Australia, GHD
CareerSeekers assists humanitarian entrants in two groups: we help those with tertiary qualifications to find work in the fields they trained for back in their home countries, and support university students to complete internships in their study breaks each year.
For 12 weeks, participants work in corporate jobs in their areas of expertise.
It’s a low-risk proposition for employers – the commitment is capped – but they may be able to offer further work to the intern and reap the benefits of having a more diverse workforce.
Participants, meanwhile, gain vital local experience and local references while earning a professional wage.
CareerSeekers is a program, not a placement. CareerSeekers participants – particularly in our mid-career stream – may need extra support to develop technical skills or adapt their experience to Australian workplaces. With this in mind we offer comprehensive support before, during and post-internship to both participants and employment partners.
All CareerSeekers participants have the right to work in Australia.
The success of partnerships is built on preparation of both interns and workplaces.
Interns receive comprehensive pre-employment training before arriving for the first day of their internship, designed and delivered by professionals who know what it takes to build a career in Australia.
We also facilitate a Working with Refugees briefing for the team hosting the intern.
Managers receive ongoing support while hosting interns.
During the first week of the internship, one of our team members facilitates a session to establish objectives with the intern and his or her manager.
Over the course of the internship, we have scheduled check-ins with managers to stay on top of the intern’s progress.
Your participation in CareerSeekers is driving tangible social impact.
Providing an internship allows our participants the chance to rebuild their confidence and provides meaningful income to the intern’s household.
Your staff will also grow and develop during the internship. Mentoring asylum seekers or refugees affords the opportunity to share skills and gain deeper insight into diverse experiences.
City Of Sydney
Colonial First State
Cross Yarra Partnership
Donald Cant Watts Corke
First State Super
Herbert Smith Freehills
Infrastructure Advisory Group
Johnson & Johnson
Major Transport Infrastructure Authority
Metro Trains Melbourne
NSW Department of Planning & Environment
SD Civil Engineering
Sydney Motorway Corporation
VIC Department of Health and Human Services
We believe in long-term partnerships. While not every employment partner commits to a multi-year partnership, we believe every partner should commit to supporting their intern throughout their degree and beyond.
The most successful CareerSeekers partners: