Meet Jess – student placement

01 July 2024


Jess has recently completed her student placement with us working in the Youth team. She is completing her Bachelor of Social Work and has shared a bit about her experience in her student placement below.

What were some of the tasks as part of your placement?
I was able to take part in many different things during my placement including:

  • Assisting with a beach safety program for Eritrean women.
  • Assisting with a Youth Consultation Day.
  • Assisting with the art program.
  • Observing counselling and intake sessions.
  • Assisting with the Children in Cultural Transition (CICT) program and delivering a module on Bullying and Discrimination.
  • Assisting with two youth activity days.
  • Organising an Aboriginal Cultural program and taking a group of clients to Herdsman Lake for a walking tour and introduction to Aboriginal culture.
  • Analysing results of youth consultation and writing a report with recommendations for how ASeTTS can better meet the needs of children and young people.

What was the highlight of your experience?
The Children and Youth Team! Everyone welcomed me with open arms – I felt like a part of the team from my first day. It is easy to feel out of place or underqualified as a student, but the staff made me feel as if I was a valuable member of the team. My contributions were always treated as equally important. The team always gave me feedback and encouraged me to try new things. I will miss them.

Did the placement experience help guide you in what you would like to do once you complete your studies?
My experience at ASeTTS was diverse and I got an insight into community development, counselling and youth work. I was able to work with adults, children and on my own when writing reports. It helped me narrow down what kind of social work field I would like to work in in the future.

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