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It is important to support the great work done by our universities in preparing new graduates for the workplace. The Association for Culturally Appropriate Services is proud to support the Edith Cowan University workplace integrated learning. We are particularly supportive of the focus on working in community service organisations as it provides a chance for young people to gain insight into the thrill provided by making a positive difference to the quality of life of vulnerable community members. These people are often the ones who have given so much to the community as migrant parents and now have no one to care for them in their hour of need.
Here’s Vincent Kaporir’s views in his own work experience:
What Did You Expect To Achieve With This Internship?
The purpose of undertaking this internship is to reinforce the theoretical knowledge acquired during my undergraduate studies in health Management as a major. The aim of gaining practical experience in a real-world/workplace setting is to refine and develop my management skills, as well as to gain a better understanding of the expectations placed on a coordinator or administration.
How Did You Find the Internship Experience at AfCAS?
Interning at AfCAS proved to be an enriching experience for me. It was a unique opportunity to work in the culturally and linguistically diverse aged care industry and gain hands-on experience in management. I had the privilege of learning from a supervisor with extensive skills and experience in various levels of the management profession, which was a valuable experience.
What were your Learnings from the Internship?
Being offered the chance to serve in a coordinator/ administrative role and gain hands-on experience in coordination and administrative role. It was a source of great delight for me. Throughout my tenure in this position, I came to realize the critical role that effective communication and negotiation play in achieving project objectives when working with partners and individuals involved in the project.
What were Some Highlights of the Experience?
Being involved in various project activities gave me the chance to mingle with unfamiliar faces and establish connections with experienced personnel. The company's strength lies in its team-oriented approach, and the working atmosphere is friendly and adaptable, which helped me work efficiently and accomplish my responsibilities within the designated time frame.
Any Other Comments?
I feel immensely thankful to AfCAS, as well as my supervisor Mary Gurgone, and ECU, for giving me the opportunity to participate in this Placement. My experience with AfCAS has not only enhanced my Coordination and administrative abilities but has also greatly expanded my understanding of Aged Care and CALD organizations. Working under the guidance of Mary Gurgone and Anne Butorac has been a pleasure, as they have not only offered direction but also enabled me to acquire knowledge about the Aged Care Sector throughout my placement.
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