Work experience

Whether it’s an internship for a week, or an industry placement for 3 months, working with small-to-medium enterprises or rubbing shoulders with Australia’s blue-chip leaders, a work experience program with your BROWNS studies will:

  • Build your confidence and knowledge of the workplace in new sectors
  • Develop your professional and social networks for the future
  • Improve your communication, leadership, and team-work skills
  • Allow you to uncover hidden employment opportunities
  • Make contact with our Student Services team, your Academics and our Jobs Manager at BROWNS to integrate your work experience into your BROWNS experience.

Jobs club

Held every week at BROWNS, Jobs Club is designed to prepare students to find paid work, create industry-cutting resumes and learn the soft skills needed to succeed in job interviews.

BROWNS graduates are well equipped with the tools they need to make an impact on the employment market. Our career services offered through Jobs Club helps students to:

  • Understand the nuances of Australian workplace culture
  • Predict the styles of questions asked in an interview situation
  • Include key effective words in their resumes and cover letters to maximise their job search outcomes
  • Discover multiple job search channels to find advertised and hidden career opportunities
  • Network with their peers and teachers to benchmark against best-practice efforts

Jobs Club is offered to students weekly, so sign up at Student Services today.

Career advice

BROWNS has the resources available to help boost your career outcomes.

With our leading industry integration, BROWNS keeps students up-to-date with job vacancies in Brisbane and personalised mentoring to find the job you need during and after your studies.

Careers counselling

Careers counselling can be useful to help you understand career pathways and outcomes, possible job change, personal career development and other career-related issues.

  • career decisions
  • identifying your skills, strengths, values and interests
  • setting short and long-term career goals
  • current industry and job information
  • further study or change programs
  • improving your resumé and interview skills

BROWNS students are able to access the BROWNS job database for career opportunities in Brisbane and the Gold Coast - simply speak to the Jobs Manager at BROWNS for more information.

Student are also advised to check employment sites on the internet. Some useful employment websites are:

A number of recruitment and employment agencies are also available:

Here are some top tips to make sure you find that job faster:

  • Obtain copies of Australian daily newspapers to find the 'positions vacant' sections. Most local and national newspapers are available in the reading rooms of local libraries in Australia, so you don't usually need to buy them.
  • If you have a professional qualification that's recognised in Australia, writing to an Australian professional organisation for information and advice
  • Place an advertisement on the 'BROWNS Facebook page' of the position you are seeking or area you wish to work. Write a short description about your skills and work experience, as well as your hours of availability.
  • Ask other BROWNS students whether they know of an employer looking for someone with your experience and skills.
  • Your best chance of obtaining a part-time (or casual job) in Australia is to apply in person. Success is often simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
  • Take advantage of the Barista@BROWNS course or our RSA program to enhance your employability outcomes
Here are some handy tips to ensure you are set up to work in Australia.

What is a tax file number (TFN)?

Your TFN is a unique number given to you by the Australian Tax Office (ATO). The ATO normally only issues one TFN to you during your lifetime, even if you change your circumstances such as your name or residency. You should keep your TFN secure at all times and advise the ATO if you change your name or address so your details can be updated.

Why do I need a TFN?

If you want to work in Australia you will need a Tax File Number (TFN) or you will be taxed at 47 cents in the dollar by your employer.

How do I apply for an Australian TFN?

You can apply for a tax file number (TFN) online only if you are currently in Australia and you are:
  • a working holidaymaker, or;
  • an overseas student whose course of study is six months or longer
When you apply online you do not have to physically provide proof of identity documents. The ATO will compare your personal and travel document details with DIAC-s records. Your details will be validated and you will be given a receipt number.

When will I get my TFN?

The ATO will mail a letter with your TFN to your nominated address within 28 days of receiving your application. If you have not received it within 28 days, phone the ATO on 13 28 61 (8.00am-6.00pm, Mondays to Friday). If you applied online, you will need your receipt number.