Virtual work experience

Communication and Sustainability Cadet

In this exciting opportunity, you will employ communications strategies to educate the public about environmental issues. Explore a career where you can make practical change on a local and global scale by designing a workplace sustainability initiative, developing a marketing strategy, planning its roll-out, and receiving feedback from a team of sustainability champions from Inland Rail.

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Real-time support
Active community
Access from any computer, tablet or mobile
100+ students joined in the last 30 days
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Summary

This exciting experience gives you an opportunity to develop all aspects of a large-scale sustainability-themed campaign for Inland Rail. As a Communication and Sustainability Cadet, you will come up with an initial campaign proposal, identify its local and global significance, suggest potential partnerships and community liaisons, plan the campaign roll-out schedule and communications strategy, and present an elevator pitch of your final product to the Inland Rail team of sustainability experts and champions.

‍What you will gain

  • Understanding of the key disciplines and concepts relevant to the work of a Sustainability Officer as well as their day-to-day tasks.
  • Experience in conceptualising, pitching, and designing an implementation plan for a large-scale sustainability campaign that closely aligns with Inland Rail values and best industry practices.
  • Practice in researching potential partnership and outreach opportunities for your campaign.
  • Feedback on your work and progress from the industry mentor and the work experience facilitator as well as frequent self-reflection opportunities.
  • Certified microcredential titled ‘Communication and Sustainability Cadet' virtual work experience at Inland Rail, that can boost your chances of kick-starting a career in
  • related fields.
  • Possibility to see your campaign implemented across Inland Rail to increase sustainability awareness within its community

To join

You need:

  • Yourself
  • Aspiration to make a difference
  • Flair for communication
  • Forward-thinking
  • A computer 
  • An internet connection
  • A hunger for learning...
  • ... and snacks to keep you energised
  • Good vibes

You don't need:

  • To hold back
  • To be shy
  • To doubt yourself
  • To break the bank
  • To be a cool kid
  • The latest tech
  • 5+ years of industry experience 
  • A uni degree
  • Lame excuses 

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Communication and Sustainability Cadet

Discover how to protect the environment through marketing and communications – and make a career out of it
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100+ students in the last 30 days

Ideal for

14-19

Commitment

10 hours

Outcome

Microcredentials

Skills and related jobs

Core skills you will gain:

Problem solving
Creativity
Critical thinking
Communication
Environmental awareness
Global & intercultural fluency
Storytelling
Planning & organisation

Additional skills:

Problem solving
Creativity
Critical thinking
Communication
Environmental awareness
Global & intercultural fluency
Storytelling
Planning & organisation

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Environmental Journalist / Researcher
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Build your experience with real-world activities

In this exciting opportunity, you will employ communications strategies to educate the public about environmental issues. Explore a career where you can make practical change on a local and global scale by designing a workplace sustainability initiative, developing a marketing strategy, planning its roll-out, and receiving feedback from a team of sustainability champions from Inland Rail.

Discover Sustainability Communications

Beginner
2 hours

Discover what a day-in-the-life of a Sustainability Consultant looks like, explore the fundamental technical and soft skills you’ll need, and submit a job application for your upcoming project.

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Communication, Self awareness, Work ethic

Create a sustainability initiative

Beginner
2 hours

Learn what sustainability encompasses, locally and globally, then come up with an actionable initiative to be implemented across Inland Rail to increase sustainability awareness within its community.

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Global awareness, Project management, Problem solving

Marketing and communications strategy

Intermediate
3 hours

Learn how to get your message across and bring people on board. Create a campaign communications package, complete with a branding, language, and visual design guide, and a public communications and outreach strategy.

*
Communication, Planning & organisation, Creativity

Future ideas

Advanced
3 hours

Flex your creativity by coming up with your very own project that looks to the future and draws on developing technologies. Use your newfound sustainability and campaign strategy knowledge to innovate and inspire, then pitch your idea to industry experts.

*
Leadership, Creativity, Global awareness

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Inland Rail

Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project connecting regional Australia to domestic and international markets.

Meet your mentors

Alana Mann

Associate Professor/Communications Officer

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Communication, Global awareness, Writing

Liam West

Graduate Sustainability Advisor

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Communication, Teamwork & collaboration, Critical thinking

Why Grandshake?

Gain real-world work experience anywhere, anytime. Meet industry mentors, discover career pathways, and join a national community.

Self-paced journey

Complete at your own speed, and gain progressive skills from beginner to advanced.

Video check-ins

Touch-base with a community facilitator and receive personalised guidance at every step of the experience.

Pitch your project

Boost your communication and project management skills in one go, and get key stakeholders on board with your idea. 

Receive mentor feedback

Network with industry mentors and receive one-on-one feedback on your projects. 

Industry-endorsed Microcredential

Receive digital proof of your experience and celebrate your accomplishment with future employers.

Join a national community of students from over 150+ schools

Get help from our community

Get personalised support and feedback from our team, mentors and fellow students.

Build your network

Make connections, discover career opportunities, and collaborate with humans from across Australia.

Real-life experiences

Gain practical skills and insights from a community of industry experts.

What students say

Students rate their Grand experience at 4.9/5 🌟

Claire H

Year 12

“I took every opportunity, and work experience was the perfect opportunity to better myself and help me figure out what I want to do after school.”

Arslan P

Year 10

“I did not know what I wanted to do and none of my friends are talking about what they want to do. Thanks to Grandshake I found my passion and sense of clarity.”

Darcey K

Year 12

“Through my first job shadowing, I landed a paid gig. I soon released the benefits of being employed during high school. I found other ways I can start my career and not go crazy about ATAR.”

David T

Year 11

“I found it difficult to interact with my school. But Grandshake was awesome and the work experience helped me develop a sense of responsibility and got me some experience I needed.”

Elaine Q

Year 10

"I absolutely loved this virtual work experience. I feel like I learned a lot, and everything I did learn I will be able to apply to anything I do in the future."

Audrey W

Year 12

"The team put so much effort into making sure you get a lot out of the experience. My favourite part was meeting with industry mentors, and it was really beneficial to see what a real industry career could look like. The experience has helped me with my decision making in year 12."

Monty B

Year 10

"Work experience has confirmed my passion for working in a particular field and motivated me to work hard to realise my dreams."

Oscar T

Year 12

"The Grandshake community has been very engaging and welcoming."

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Adaptability
Adaptability
Writing
Writing
Global awareness
Global awareness
Creative thinking
Creative thinking
Persistence
Persistence
Planning
Planning
Lateral thinking
Lateral thinking
Empathy
Empathy
Persuasion
Persuasion
Conversation
Conversation
Relationship building
Relationship building
Listening
Listening
Digital technology
Digital technology
Decision making
Decision making
Surveying
Surveying
Civil/construction design
Civil/construction design
Geotechnical analysis
Geotechnical analysis
Cultural awareness
Cultural awareness
Project management
Project management
Digital strategy
Digital strategy
Systems design
Systems design
Data analysis
Data analysis
Presentation
Presentation
Storytelling
Storytelling
Global & intercultural fluency
Global & intercultural fluency
Environmental awareness
Environmental awareness
Personal management
Personal management
Planning & organisation
Planning & organisation
Leadership
Leadership
Teamwork & collaboration
Teamwork & collaboration
Interpersonal skills
Interpersonal skills
Creativity
Creativity
Work ethic
Work ethic
Communication
Communication
Problem solving
Problem solving
Resilience
Resilience
Critical thinking
Critical thinking
Self awareness
Self awareness