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AHRI WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENT PROGRAM AT ABLE AUSTRALIA
Work experience can go a number of ways:
you can love it and be relieved to find
you’ve invested in studying the right thing,
or you can be disappointed and realise it’s
already time to rethink your career path.
Luckily for AHRI intern Liz Dunne, her
placement with Able Australia, a not-for-
profit organisation that provides services
to people living with multiple disabilities,
confirmed beyond a doubt that HR is
something she’s “quite frankly obsessed by”.
“I got to see so many versions of HR
played out in one environment, which
confirmed to me that if I get sick of
working in one particular section of
HR, in the future I can just shift into
Able Australia was so impressed with
its first AHRI intern it didn’t hesitate in
signing up to host another straight away.
“I was unprepared for the level of
professionalism Liz brought,” says Able
Australia learning and development manager
Lauren Shoecraft. “She went above and
beyond to connect us with resources which
have provided us with ongoing value.”
Both women say the placement worked to
“I was given the opportunity to identify keen
interests of mine and align those to the needs of
the business at the same time,” says Dunne.
“I wanted to develop my research skills –
to challenge myself to find the data you need
to be an evidence-based practitioner without
access to the academic portals and papers
you have at university.”
Dunne’s research project entailed
the exploration of compliance and best
standards for reporting accidents.
“I wouldn’t say [hosting] was a chore
or an inconvenience. It was a few hours
of supervision, but we got a lot back,”
says Shoecraft. “She provided us with
the information we required, which was
then used in a training program. It had a
Able Australia maintains an ongoing
relationship with Dunne. “She adds that
extra contact in HR whom we can bounce
ideas off and support into the future,”
“Ask what is the
and how do you
amplify it to attract
the people you’re
CHRISTIAN CAMPANELLA MAHRI,
PERNOD RICARD WINEMAKERS
“The intelligence [we receive] on what's
happening on the ground, that we can build into
our brand planning and activation, is priceless.”
It’s this clear link between graduate
development and business strategy that makes
the program so successful.
“Sometimes people think, 'We need a grad
program, let's put one in place'. But you need to
have a strategic view as to what you're trying to
achieve and the reasons why.”
“If you're going to do it, do it properly.
I've seen things that are called grad programs,
but really, they're just recruiting a graduate
profile into a permanent or fixed-term role.
Lauren Shoecraft MAHRI
HOST A TALENTED HR
Help nurture the future generation of HR
practitioners by hosting an HR student in your
organisation through AHRI’s Work Experience
Placement Program (WEPP). Applications for
both organisations and students close on
Friday 5 October.
“That's where you can sometimes come
undone because it doesn't deliver on what the
person's looking for.”
And for businesses that don't have the
advantage of luring graduates with the prospect
of marketing wine, Campanella has some advice
for attracting top talent. “It's a bit of marketing
101: you need to have a point of differentiation.
Ask what is that positive difference and how
do you amplify it to attract the people you're
“If you have a vanilla graduate program, you
probably won't stand out from the pack because
there are so many of them out there.” •••
Liz Dunne GAHRI
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