Student Work Experience Program

Are you an early to mid-degree student with no relevant industry work experience?

If so, the Student Work Experience Program (SWEP) could be for you!

SWEP is designed to provide you with the opportunity to participate in a competitive recruitment and selection process, similar to those used by large organisations. The valuable knowledge, experience and feedback you gain will give you a real advantage when entering the job market as an intern or graduate candidate. SWEP placements are aimed at students who have little or no relevant industry work experience, to provide you with a helping hand to get on the first rung of your career ladder.

All students who participate will learn:

  • What to expect from a competitive recruitment process
  • What behaviours and soft skills employers are looking for
  • How to stand out from other candidates to impress recruiters and hiring managers
  • How to articulate and present yourself within a recruitment process
  • How to reflect and act on constructive feedback to improve for future recruitment processes.

Students who successfully pass the SWEP process will also:

  • Receive a certificate of achievement
  • Be considered for an unpaid work experience placement

Please note that not all successful students will be eligible for a placement. The number of placements in the Brisbane area is limited and subject to business requirements. The top scoring students from each degree program will be offered a placement first, with remaining students considered, should further suitable opportunities be identified. Please be reassured that BELSET will endeavour to identify multiple opportunities, in order to offer as many placements as possible. Historically, we have secured between 50-60 placements per semester.

How to participate

  1. Read about SWEP to decide if this is the right experience for you and ensure you are fully prepared.
  2. Register for and attend an information session which will outline the participation requirements and process, and answer any further questions
  3. Submit an application via StudentHub
  4. Unsuccessful applicants will be provided with feedback and offered a second chance to apply, provided there is time before the deadline
  5. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre
  6. Following the assessment centre, attend a debrief session where you will receive group feedback to help you improve your performance in future recruitment processes
  7. Book a one-on-one consultation with BELSET where you will receive feedback on your individual performance during the recruitment process
  8. If successful, be considered for an unpaid work experience placement during the winter semester break.

    Get started

    Read more about SWEP 

    SWEP 2020 and SWEP Guide

    Register for a SWEP information session 

    Register for information session