Graduates and Students

New Graduates

Transferring the knowledge and skills gained as part of your professional learning into the real work can be a difficult task. That is why we invest additional time and resources into supporting new graduates become the best clinicians they can be.

We provide high quality supervision to all our staff and for new graduates we increase the hours of managerial and clinical supervision available to you. Every new graduate has access to weekly formal Supervision and ongoing informal support from your leaders and senior clinicians. We also set you up with a buddy, a friend-at-work, to walk you through your role at a pace that takes into account this is not just a new job, just it a new way of working.

We have structured monthly professional development and regular additional training to meet your needs. We know that your degree cannot teach you everything about your profession and that the sector is always changing and responding to new research. To keep up, we have monthly workshops with senior clinicians or practitioners. We also engage internal and external training when we need it.

Finally, in regards to your case load, we slow things down. In Disability Services we provide service to people under the NDIS and that means working in a “billable environment”. Essentially it equates to staff having a target number of hours they need to bill for each day or week. In our ageing or child and family services, rather than a hourly expectation,  programs generally have a minimum and maximum number of clients or families allocated to each practitioner. For new graduates, the expectation is lowered. This gives you more time to plan, consult with seniors and research, so you provide participants with the best service.

 

Graduate Pathways

In January 2022 The Benevolent Society will pilot a structured, targeted program for new graduates. The pilot will accept 12 participants newly graduated from Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology tertiary courses. The participants will be full-time employees based in Sydney. The program offers the same conditions as outlined for all new graduates with the addition of a multidisciplinary group program facilitated by our Practice & Impact Management Team. The program will include coordinated group and self-directed learning modules, peer learning, monthly reflective workshops and short placements with other areas of the organisation. Register your interest now by emailing graduatepathways@benevolent.org.au  

Students

We believe that it is important to share our knowledge and expertise with students to build a skilled workforce. We provide a wide variety of student placement opportunities across our services and programs including (but not limited to): 

  • Speech pathology
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Early childhood teaching
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Community Services
  • Community participation placements (where opportunities exist) 

Our student placements are coordinated across the organisation by one team which allows us to keep our processes consistent, placements of high quality and to make sure we are matching the right student with the right supervisor. We are dedicated to helping you reach your learning goals by offering added support  to supervisors, additional learning activities for students and opportunities to visit other programs in our large organisation. 

You can lodge a placement enquiry with us here, or to get more information and questions answered, contact studentplacements@benevolent.org.au