Enhancing your employability skills while you study

Enhancing Your Employability Skills While You Study

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.

First Year

  • 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.

Second Year

  • 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!