You are not too early to prepare for your employability in your first year of study.
Below is a list of tips and activities for you, as a student, to start developing your career path.
- Begin the self-assessment phase.
- Identify your interests, employability skills and values.
- Begin to identify various career outcomes from your degree.
- Talk to a course adviser about your choice of major.
- Develop a strategy for overcoming any gaps in your career plan.
- Visit the careers and employment centre on your campus and find out about part-time or vacation work opportunities.
- Identify and participate in campus activities e.g. Open Day.
- Begin (or continue) involvement with student organisations, volunteer work and/or part-time employment.
- Be alert to opportunities to develop new skills and interests.
- Try to develop leadership experience and teamwork skills.
- Make an appointment to see a career counsellor about possible future career options.
- Investigate and undertake work experience (paid or unpaid) in your choice of career area(s). Apply for vacation work.
- Identify the practical requirements for entering your choice of career e.g. minimum number of weeks experience or supervision, exams etc.
- Write your resume to showcase your employability skills and other relevant qualifications. Have your resume checked by a career counsellor during the resume checking hour.
Third Year and Fourth Year
- Maintain your participation in extra-curricular activities to enhance your employability skills.
- Decide whether or not you are going to consider further study or seek employment. Considering further study?
- Visit the student information centre for information about further study options.
- Speak to your lecturer(s) for further information and ideas.
- Contact institutions for information and application forms at least one month before the closing date. Considering employment?
- Consult graduate opportunities for information about recruitment programs run by a number of organisations.
- Apply for vacation work in case you don’t have any other work.
- Attend careers and employment seminars on job seeking, resume writing and interview skills.
- Update and refine your resume and have your resume checked by a careers counsellor.
- Obtain references from academic staff who know you well.
- Attend employer information sessions, employment fairs and career expos.
- Research employers using the resources of the careers and employment centre and informational interviews.
- Actively get involved in professional networking events
- Check out the Graduate Careers Australia website, recruitment agencies and other career resources.
Discuss with our career consultants at NotedCareers to explore your career options and define your career objectives!