Practical Work is a compulsory part of many of our programmes.
The aim of the Practical Work component in our programmes is to strengthen your understanding of academic theory by applying it in a real-life work situation.
Practical Work gives you valuable experience in relevant industries and a competitive edge when you complete your studies and enter the job market.
We have connections with many employers who offer students summer work every year. It is up to you to secure work for yourself but we can help if you are having any difficulty with this.
Finding a variety of types of work over the course of your studies will increase your skills and make you more valuable to a future employer.
What are the benefits of Practical Work?
- You can apply the knowledge you learn in class to the real world.
- You gain valuable experience that could give you a competitive advantage when applying for jobs.
- Work becomes a learning experience, not just an earning experience.
- You have the opportunity to network and make important industry contacts.
- You develop great working habits for the industry you will enter – skills in observation, information-gathering and report writing.
Practical Work requirements
Before you can graduate from your programme, you will need to complete your Practical Work requirements and pass your reports. The requirements for each programme can vary, so please make sure you check these carefully when you are applying.
While you are working, it is advisable to keep a daily work diary to record what you are doing.
This habit of recording what you see and do will become a great asset for you in the future and most programmes require a written report about your experience.
Your employer or manager will need to sign off your employer form when you’ve finished your period of employment.
For all programmes, except the Bachelor of Agriculture and Bachelor of Agricultural Science, you must submit one satisfactory Practical Work report to the Practical Work Coordinator by 25 July of the year that you complete the work period. An employer form verifying the work period also needs to be handed in with the report.
Bachelor of Agriculture and Bachelor of Agricultural Science students must record their farm information on the appropriate data sheets and keep these to help complete their AGRI 393 paper. They need to submit employer forms as well.