Work experience is an opportunity to:-
- assist in the vocational development of students.
- provide a transition from school to working life.
- test career choices against the realities of the workplace.
- allow employers to meet potential employees.
- raise awareness of the profession and its career opportunities and variety.
- contribute to the skill development of staff by giving them experience as a workplace supervisor.
- promote goodwill in the community through closer links with schools.
The Institution supports and recommends work experience both for high school students and tertiary students.
High school students should contact a surveyor in their local area, requesting work experience.
Institution members or careers advisers may request a work experience kit to help them arrange work experience opportunities.
Tertiary students should contact professional surveyors in their local area well in advance of the proposed time experience is required. Formal work (paid and unpaid) experience opportunities exist throughout Australia, via larger organisations.
Career options in surveying and other spatial science fields are wide and varied. You can see these for yourself by ordering a free Careers DVD and brochure from the Institution.
Today's surveyors and spatial scientists can be found:
- Mapping the sea bed of the worlds ports and oceans.
- Surveying and designing land development projects such as new residential developments.
- Studying global warming in Antarctica.
- Monitoring the movement of buildings.
- Ensuring the verticality of high-rise buildings.
- Monitoring the alignment of tunnels.
- Developing flora and fauna distribution maps.
- Mapping open cut and underground mines.
- Developing geographic information systems (GIS) for organisations, both large and small.
- Mapping environmentally sensitive areas.
- Monitoring and mapping magnetic fields in the search for minerals and fossil fuels.