Often tutoring is seen as a casual gig you do while at university until you start looking for ‘serious’ degree related work!

But this isn’t actually the case!

Working at AOS is an incredible opportunity to build key skills and experiences so that you can land that graduate job!

Really? Yes, really!

Find out how Joshua landed his dream job with NAB!

What role will you be doing next year at NAB?

I’ll be working as a graduate in the Customer Products and Services team at NAB. I am excited by the chance to work alongside a variety of clients and teams, as I’ll be rotated through different areas of the bank. It also presents an amazing opportunity to learn about the banking and finance industry on the job.

What prompted you initially to apply to join the AOS team?

I initially applied to join AOS as I’ve always enjoyed teaching and thought it would be a good idea to try my hand at tutoring before moving into full-time work. Furthermore Art of Smart’s website immediately drew my attention and the prospect of providing personalised, one-on-one tutoring appealed to me more than classroom-style teaching.

What skills have you learned and developed in your time at AOS?

During my time at AOS, I have developed my ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner. In particular, being able to break down concepts and explain them in an understandable way is an area in which I have improved. Working with numerous students who are all unique, has challenged me to be more adaptable and engaging as a coach.

I developed these skills by striving to make lessons as engaging and worthwhile as possible for my students. This involved reflection, utilising feedback and collaborating with fellow coaches and parents.

How did AOS support you in developing these skills?

The regular workshops and team meetings certainly helped me develop the skills outlined. They allowed me to share my experiences, collaborate and learn from my fellow coaches. Moreover, the advice and encouragement provided by Rowan and the team online helped foster a great learning environment.

What’s been your favourite/most rewarding experience while part of the AOS team?

The most rewarding aspect of working as part of the AOS team has been getting to know each of my students, and observing them as they develop and work towards achieving their goals. It has been a very fulfilling experience.

How do you feel your work at AOS contributed to you successfully being offered a role with NAB?

My work with AOS demonstrates skills and qualities such as effective time management, customer service, adaptability, problem solving and teamwork. Furthermore it has boosted my confidence and communication skills, thus helping me excel during NAB’s assessment centre and interview.

How can other coaches make the best use of their time with AOS to develop their skills?

Make an effort to attend development workshops and team meetings. In doing so, you get to meet and collaborate with many like-minded young people. Also try to get to know each and every one of your students and work towards building a genuine friendship with them. This makes lessons significantly more enjoyable and develops your ability to build rapport, which is important in any work context that requires client interaction and teamwork. Finally strive to be proactive, whether it be when collaborating with fellow tutors, or helping your students achieve their goals.

Looking for a job to help you get into your dream career?

We’re looking for world-class tutors and mentors to join our team! 

We offer tutoring and mentoring for Years K-12 in a large variety of subjects, with personalised lessons conducted one-on-one in students homes or at our state of the art campus in Hornsby!

To find out more and apply to become an Art of Smart coach get in touch today! 

Isabella Hanley loves science. She loves science so much she’s making it her career. While completing her Bachelor of Medical Science she is also a Coach and Digital Content Manager at Art of Smart. She is super passionate about sharing her knowledge on surviving the HSC since completing the HSC herself in 2014. In her downtime she enjoys Netflix binging like a pro, singing in the shower and baking cakes that are almost as tall as she is.