Work Experience Sydney: Paid Work vs. Unpaid Internship

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  • Work Experience Sydney: Paid Work vs. Unpaid Internship

    By Marlowe Bennett

  • Are you clear on what to do next after completing your diploma or degree? As with most recent graduates, youll be eager to enter the workforce and start getting paid, but what if you dont land that dream job straight out of university? Dont worry, about 80% of graduates end up in the same situation.

  • You need to get practical and decide on how youll build up your work experience, but which way do you go paid work or unpaid internship?

    Next, we discuss the pros and cons of both.

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    career with us.


  • Weve talked previously about the importance of gaining paid experience and weve also discussed the value behind putting yourself forward for an unpaid internship...

    So which is the best path for you?

  • The simple answer is, it depends on you and what you want to get out of each experience. Try to remember, there is never a right or wrong approach... and there are numerous ways in which to compliment and expand your professional growth with hospitality jobs.

  • Unpaid Internships

  • 1. Gaining valuable real world experience with industry professionals2. There should be a set internship schedule for training and development3. Vocational placement is accredited4. Valuable relationships formed


  • Pros5. Could lead to paid work6. Less experience is ok7. Training is provided8. Flexible exposure to different work styles9. Detailed understanding of the work

  • Cons1. Danger of not having a set internship training and development schedule2. Potential to feel like being taken advantage of and used for menial tasks3. Host employer may see the relationship differently or have high expectations4. Not getting paid

  • Paid Work Experience

  • Pros1. Transferable soft skills are developed and can be used in any industry for professional and personal development2. Better understanding of different cultures and service expectations3. Learn how to provide service to people

  • Pros4. Learn how to entertain guests and manage expectations5. Learn about the back-of-house set up and how the front-of-house runs6. Acquire technical understanding to support the administrative knowledge7. Get paid

  • Cons1. Need some experience, may have to pass a basic skills assessment/interview2. Perception that it may not be beneficial to what you have studied3. Inconsistent work hours4. Fast paced, difficult to adjust

  • Its important to remember...the people you meet through your first vocational placement may influence you (organically) to look into hospitality service opportunities such as bars, restaurants, conferencing, weddings or corporate events.

  • Or you may get lucky and discover an internship working alongside a business on a paid casual basis, effectively blending an experience of paid and unpaid work. This can give you exposure to all the varying types of opportunities...and this is the service we provide at BENCHMARQUE.

  • The good news is, a mixture of both types of work will most definitely allow for the perfect transition from your tertiary studies into the real world. So dont just stand there, update your resume and get yourself out there.

  • Are you looking to take the next step in your career? Submit your resume below to begin your journey

    with us today!

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