If you’re a school student who is looking for more information about a range of health careers, you may like to consider work experience or a Rural High School visit to help you learn more. Your school can host a visit by members of a rural student health club. This is a great way of learning more about a career in health. Students or School Work Experience Coordinators should contact their local health site for further information.

Students are the future of the regional health workforce. Our regional local health networks are proud to support health students in their studies, and assist them in the transition to become regional health professionals.

Work experience

Gaining some work experience in high school and university is a great way for you to decide what type of career you would or wouldn’t eventually like. It also offers the opportunity to make useful contacts in the Health industry. 

What is work experience?

Work experience is generally unpaid work that you do to see if you like a particular job, and to get some skills and experience to make you more appealing to potential employers when you start looking for a job.  Getting work experience while you're still at high school is also a great way for you to decide what type of career you would or wouldn't eventually like. It also provides an opportunity to make some great contacts in the Health industry.

Why do it?

You can:

  • Get an insight into what it's like to work and what's expected of you in the workplace
  • get to find out if you really like a job before committing to it
  • get on-the-job experience and skills
  • get a foot in the door with an employer you want work with
  • find out more about yourself - whether you like working with people or alone, whether you like hands on work, whether you like helping people etc.

How to get a work experience placement

  • Ask your family and friends if they know any health professionals that you can speak to
  • talk with your careers counsellor and teachers about what you're interested in and see if they can help, or know someone in the workforce that you can talk to
  • directly contact employers (find out which Health services operate in your area)
  • search the web for work experience opportunities
  • volunteer with a community or charity organisation in your local neighbourhood to find out if you like helping and working with people.

Further information

For further information, e-mail Health.CHSAOrganisationalDevelopment@sa.gov.au.