Current students are a significant part of the work force in Simulation Services within Professional Experience Services (PES) in the Faculty of Health Sciences, with almost 50 students employed nationally.
Student Jobs on Campus is enabling Simulation Services to operate more effectively in Brisbane and Melbourne, whilst North Sydney is currently in the process of recruiting students in the role of Technical Assistant.
“Engaging students to work alongside staff in Simulation Services fosters a culture of collaboration and innovation. We’re gaining a unique perspective on how students experience their practical classes,” said Beatrice D’Souza, Manager Simulation Services.
The initiative helps PES achieve its vision by creating new opportunities for students to develop their practical skills in a work setting.
Sam Harrison works on the Melbourne Campus within Simulation Services. He said: “We are able to listen and act on feedback from our students, hence enhancing the student experience by improving our practices.”
In addition to studying Paramedicine, Aidan Paris works on the Melbourne campus as a Technical Assistant. He said: “Being a part of Simulation Services is a fantastic experience where I get to work with an enthusiastic team and together help ACU maintain the quality education it provides."
“Working with Simulation Services makes me feel like I am ultimately contributing to Australian health care in a positive way by ensuring classes have everything they need to promote a healthy learning environment, ” Aidan said.
Stacey Sewell is a Senior Simulation Officer on the Brisbane campus where 15 students are employed as part of Student Jobs on Campus. She says the program has benefits for staff and students.
“We learn from each other. Students gain an appreciation for the work that is done behind the scenes to create the scenarios they work with in class,” Stacey said.
Students are employed in Simulation Services for the duration of their degree, further enhancing their workplace professional skills and job prospects for the future.
In 2016, Student Jobs on Campus employed 582 students across all campuses.
Tamara Stacey is the National Coordinator of Student Jobs and encourages staff to consider students for employment as vacancies arise.
“If we show that we believe in our students by employing them, then other employers will too,” Tamara said.
Tamara said positions vary depending on staffing needs and budget. “Outside Simulation Services, to date we have had students working as research assistants, library assistants, data entry officers, project management assistants, administrators and more! Roles can also vary in length from a few days, a few months, to a year.”
Student Jobs on Campus holds networking events during the year.