About SWEP

SWEP is an opportunity for early to mid-degree students 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.

You will be assessed on your initial application and, if successful, you will be invited to an assessment centre. SWEP is open to both domestic and international students, at undergraduate and masters level.

SWEP is designed for you if you 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.

Key dates

  • Applications open Friday 21 February, 12pm
  • Applications close Tuesday 31 March, 5pm

Information sessions

Book to attend an information session (requires student login):

Book Thursday 20 February at 11.30am

Book Thursday 20 February at 12:30pm

Book Monday 24 February at 2:30pm

Decide if SWEP is right for you

SWEP is open to both domestic and international students, at undergraduate and master’s level.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a current student of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law and not in your final semester. Undergraduate students must also have a current GPA of 4.5 or above.

Stage in your degree when you should apply

SWEP is designed for early to mid-degree students.  We recommend that you participate in SWEP in your pre-penultimate year of study.  This will allow you to experience a competitive recruitment process and allow you to reflect on your areas of strength and development before you apply for internship programs in your penultimate year of study.

The table below highlights when we recommend you apply for SWEP.

Level Length of program When you should apply
Undergraduate 3 years

Year 1 - Semester 2
Year 2 - Semester 1

  4 years Year 2 - Semester 1 or 2 
  5+ years Please contact BELSET for advice
Master's You can apply at any time except your final semester

If you already have some industry work experience

SWEP placements are entry-level, aimed to get you on the first rung of the ladder.  You need to decide if this the best experience for you. You may choose to participate in the SWEP assessment centre experience to prepare you for future recruitment processes, even if you do not intend to undertake a work experience opportunity.

If you have previously participated in SWEP

Provided you meet the current eligibility criteria, you may reapply for SWEP if you were previously unsuccessful or placed on the waitlist and did not secure a placement.  If you were successful and turned down a placement that was offered to you, you are not eligible to reapply.

Application process

Before applying

Before applying for SWEP,  you must read all of the information about SWEP here and and in the SWEP Guide (PDF, 5.3 MB). If you do not read the SWEP Guide, you will not pass the initial application stage in the process.  We will run information sessions to cover off this information in more detail and answer any questions you may have.

Application process

Applications must be submitted via StudentHub. As part of the application, you will be required to upload your CV, your studies report and a cover letter (in written or video format).

After you have submitted your application, it will be assessed by the BELSET team. We highly recommend that you submit your application early and do not wait until the deadline. If your application is not at the standard required, you will be provided with feedback and allowed a second chance to submit. If your second application is not at the required standard, you will be encouraged to meet with a BELSET Employability Specialist to discuss alternative options to SWEP.

Availability during semester break

If you are not available during the semester break, you are still welcome to participate in SWEP to experience a recruitment process and receive feedback on your performance. Please let us know your circumstances in your application.

Feedback is a valuable and integral part of SWEP and the most important part of the process, as it allows you to reflect and build on positive and successful behaviours and improve your areas for development.

Timing of application and outcome

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Once your application is approved, you will be invited to book into an assessment centre. Please note that places at the assessment centre are first in, best dressed so if you apply at a later date, you may not have many dates and times to choose from. This is very common practice in a real-life recruitment process. The final results of SWEP will be released after the final assessment centre.

Can a member of BEL SET have a look at my application to see if it is good enough?

As this is a competitive recruitment program, BELSET will not specifically review your SWEP application. We hope that you have previously met with a member of the team to go through the dos and don’ts of CV-writing and we would encourage you to closely follow the SWEP Guide (PDF, 5.3 MB) to ensure your best chance of success.

Assessment centre experience

An assessment centre is a recruitment and selection process, commonly used by large organisations to assess a group of candidates in a short timeframe. It provides a fair and objective recruitment process as you are assessed on your performance across various activities and against set criteria, which allows you to demonstrate your strengths and areas for development. Activities in an assessment centre can include written tests, group activities and individual interviews. We recommend that you read the SWEP Guide (PDF, 5.3 MB) and do your own research so that you are fully prepared for what may be required of you in the session.

Timing, dates and attendance

SWEP assessment centres typically run for around 3 hours. Try to arrive at least 15 minutes before the assessment centre is due to start and plan for unforeseen travel delays. During a ‘real life’ assessment centre, if you are more than 10 minutes late, you will not be allowed into the assessment centre and you will be withdrawn from the program. If you are running late due to unforeseen circumstances, please call BELSET as soon as possible to notify the team and ask for advice.

We will be holding a minimum of 4 assessment centres. If your initial application is successful, you will receive the dates of the assessment centres straight away and you can self-book your preferred session. Please do this as soon as possible as the dates will be filled on a first in, best-dressed basis. Waitlists will be available for each assessment centre. We recommend that you register on the waitlist and keep checking the availability on a regular basis.

If you are ill or have an excuse deemed reasonable, please contact BELSET as soon as you can, as we might be able to rearrange your session. If you miss it for any other reason or you do not contact us, you will be withdrawn from the program. Please remember that this is a competitive recruitment process and will mirror what happens with a graduate employer. You are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner.

How to dress

SWEP is designed to prepare you for a real-life recruitment process and we therefore expect you to treat it as such and dress professionally for your assessment centre. In real life, you should assume that your assessment centre will require you to wear smart/business attire (suit and tie for men and a tailored skirt/pants/dress and jacket for ladies) and if you are unsure, always overdress, rather than underdress – it’s better to be the sharpest person in the room than the sloppiest. You can take off a jacket or tie if you are dressed too formally, but it is difficult to look smarter if you are dressed more casually.

For SWEP, we do not expect you to go out and purchase new clothes but we do expect you to put some effort into your appearance and first impressions really are lasting. People tend to form an opinion of someone new within a few seconds of meeting so you need to focus on presenting yourself in the next possible light. Below are some tips to help guide you:

  • If you do possess a jacket or blazer, we would encourage you to wear it so that you get used to wearing it in a formal environment
  • Dress conservatively, avoiding colours that are too bright, distracting patterns and logos
  • Ladies – be careful with the length of your skirt or dress and how revealing your top/blouse is
  • Men – wear a collared, button-down shirt, tucked into your pants and a belt
  • Wear smart and clean shoes. Sneakers or open-toed sandals are not appropriate.
  • Do not over-do your perfume/fragrance
  • Make sure you are well-groomed:
  • Ladies – neat hair, conservative make up/nails and minimal jewellery
  • Men – neat hair and clean-shaven or neatly trimmed beard/moustache
  • Use your judgement on piercings and tattoos

At the end of the day, you need to feel comfortable and this will make you appear more confident to your assessors. It’s not a good idea to wear an outfit or shoes for the very first time at your assessment centre. Conduct a dress rehearsal beforehand.

Feedback

Feedback is a valuable and integral part of SWEP as it allows you to reflect and build on areas of success and improve your areas for development. After the final assessment centre is complete, all participants will be invited to a group debriefing session where BELSET will run through the positive behaviours observed and some general areas for development. You are also strongly encouraged to book an individual consultation with BELSET to run through your detailed scores and feedback across the whole SWEP application and assessment centre process.

Placements

Process

The top scoring students from each degree program will be placed first with remaining students considered on a case by case basis, should suitable opportunities be identified. This process mirrors the real world where you are competing with like-for-like candidates for a role. Please be reassured that BELSET will endeavour to identify as many opportunities as possible in order to offer as many placements as possible. Historically, we have secured between 50-60 placements per semester. The exact mix and number of opportunities for certain degree programs will vary and is determined by the business requirements of the host organisations. Typically we will have between 5-10 placements per discipline.

SWEP does not guarantee you a placement but is offered as a learning and development opportunity. It allows you to make mistakes in a ‘safe’ environment and receive feedback so that you can reflect and improve for your real-life recruitment processes. By participating, you will be well prepared for your internship applications in your penultimate year.

Placement hosts

Most placements will be Brisbane-based small to medium-sized organisations, The majority of large or global organisations run their own internship programs and do not offer unpaid placements.

Many of the organisations offering work experience placements are based in the CBD, however some are located in the outer suburbs or further away. We cannot guarantee where you will be placed and ask you to be reasonably flexible. If you have any concerns, please discuss with BELSET.

Many organisations request to have a casual meeting (over a coffee) with a potential work experience student.  This allows both parties to discuss the specifics and expectations of the placement and ensure there is a good fit.

You cannot choose a host. BELSET will endeavour to take your preferences into consideration but are not in a position to guarantee a placement within a specific sector or organisation.  If you decide not to take the opportunity you are offered, no further opportunity will be sourced for you, the opportunity will be provided to a different student and you will be withdrawn from the program.

Placements

All placements are unpaid and will occur over the winter break. You must be available during the whole break - 22 June to 24 July 2020 to be offered a placement.

Tasks will vary from placement to placement with some placements providing broader experiences and other placements being more project-focused. If you are unable to commit to this timeframe, you may still participate in SWEP to gain experience of a recruitment process and receive feedback on your performance.

During the placement

Once your placement has been confirmed, it cannot be changed. All organisations have their merits, and you will gain valuable professional experience. You may be surprised at how much you learn.

If you do not like the opportunity that you have been matched to, the opportunity will be offered to a different student (and no further opportunity will be sourced for you). If you feel unsafe or harassed during your placement, please contact BELSET as soon as you can.

If you are sick or have an exam, please consult with your supervisor as soon as you can. It is important to be honest with the organisation about the situation so that they can discuss it with you and plan accordingly.

If you are not comfortable with what the company is asking you to do, then please speak to your supervisor or a member of the company's HR team to obtain clarification on what is being asked of you. Please then contact BELSET if you do not feel that this resolves the situation, or if you do not feel comfortable speaking to your supervisor or the HR team.