Expand Your Career Options with a Business Traineeship
Do you want to get a head start on the corporate career ladder? These days it’s virtually impossible unless you can prove experience. But how do you manage that if you’re yet to pick up a job?
Let’s have a look at it from your future employers’ point of view – it’s easier for hiring managers (the people you have to convince that you’re the right person for the job) to hire job seekers who can clearly demonstrate their competencies. It reduces their doubts and inspires confidence that you can do the job, at any stage of your career.
To make the seemingly monumental jump from “nil experience” to “competent in…”, make sure your career starts with a solid foundation of valuable skills in the industry you want to crack. A business traineeship helps you tick a few boxes.
How can a business traineeship help you?
Most bosses don’t expect a lot from a recently graduated high school student. In fact, many are happy to hire someone who can take coffee orders and do other small tasks. They call it paying your dues, but tasks do nothing to develop your skill set.
A business traineeship makes your employer prioritise your training. They do this by ensuring your traineeship is structured, with regular sign offs when you reach valuable competencies. At ATEL, this also means getting access to a mentor who meets with you regularly to make sure things are running smoothly.
You get valuable skills and proven progression that you can include in your resume for your next job. It really helps to provide proof of your career and skills development.
Think of it as opening the door to the industry or job that you’d love to try, without having to do a lengthy higher education course. It also means you are working and making valuable career contacts, which is where your next job could come from. Sometimes it’s about ‘who you know’ and not ‘what you know’!
To see how you could get a solid foundation in your career, we’ve outlined three examples where ATEL can help job seekers like you get into professions through a business traineeship.
Law – can you handle the truth?
Careers in law can be both lucrative and fulfilling. You get to be involved in a profession that works to protect society and enforce the law. Not all people working in law are judges, lawyers, solicitors or police, there are also paralegals, court officers, administration clerks and other types of jobs that you wouldn’t necessarily think of when planning a legal career.
A common remark from those working in the legal profession is that there are more types of jobs in this field that aren’t visible until you are exposed to them through work experience.
Most law firms have support staff, and the types of these jobs will depend on the type of law and clients they attract. A large top tier law firm will have paralegals, secretaries, PAs, data entry clerks, summer interns and office managers across many disciplines.
The job description of each role will vary depending on the employer, so it’s important to get competent across a base level of skills early in your career. For example, some firms will use paralegals to research past cases or arguments on behalf of solicitors or partners. In others, a paralegal may answer phones and act as a first point of contact with clients.
There are also lots of options for people wanting to work within the law but not for a law firm. A traineeship will allow you to assess the industry whilst getting paid and gaining valuable experience. Many choose to work within the legal field, not for a law firm, but as officers for the court or within a police department.
Dental – making smiles selfie-ready
Dental reception traineeships are one of the most popular traineeships on offer, thanks largely to the skills you can acquire and the exposure it can give you to associated health industries.
Medical administration can be particularly challenging due to the technical knowledge required to run a front of office competently – including working with clients who may not be at their best!
Industry experience is key to getting into this profession. Aside from technical knowledge, the following duties are typically part of a dental traineeship:
- Getting a handle on important processes dealing with patient safety
- Developing a ‘chair-side’ manner with sick patients
- Ensuring accuracy when entering patient records
- Processing payments through HICAPS
- Setting up rooms for patient treatments
- Liaising and coordinating with all team members to cater for patient and office needs
- Managing and maintaining all dental and medical equipment and instruments
Education – be an inspiration to future leaders
The world is changing so rapidly that everything you can remember going through school system yourself is likely to be completely different now! The one thing that never changes is the need for passionate teachers who can motivate the next generation of students.
If you’re excited by the thought of inspiring others and making a difference, a career in education may be for you. An education traineeship is a great way to start, try out some of the roles, or simply qualify to be a teacher’s aide.
This traineeship will give you an understanding to what goes on behind the scenes in educating students. And you may be surprised – there’s a lot more to it than just standing in front of a classroom. The teaching profession now has a much greater set of responsibilities than ever before. It needs good quality administration assistants, parent and community liaison officers, social support for students, as well as more passionate teachers.
Even if you have only just left the school system, there is a wealth of opportunities to getting into the world of education as a job seeker. Best of all, an education traineeship will give you a placement within a school and contacts for a lifetime. Below are some of the things you can expect to learn:
- Preparing a lesson for students
- Observing correct behavioural management of students
- Liaising between teachers and administration to achieve schools objectives
- Working with administrators to run behind the scenes activities
- Participating in ongoing training and development activities
- Providing reassurance to parents or carers about their children’s progress
- Learning how to interact with different personalities
How to land a business traineeship
These are just three examples of business traineeships. If you have a profession you’d like to try, but aren’t quite ready to fully commit to higher education, ATEL can help.
Get in touch with us and tell us what you’re passionate about. There will be an organisation and profession that’s right for you – you only need to ask!