Career Ready, Seminar 2: Developing your skills

1,181 views

Published on

Published in: Career
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
1,181
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
254
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
34
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide
  • Show clip? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmO4-lMZ2hY
  • Don’t stop there. Why not directly ask some of your friends and colleagues what they think are your main strengths and skills as they see them. It can be a real confidence booster to hear value in you.A list of skills and examples is not enough. Rate your skills by level of ability and level of enjoyment. Make a note of your top skills and the ones you want to use the most and compare to the skills involved in any careers or jobs you are considering. Also make a note of any skills you really enjoy using but know you need to develop further, for example teamwork skills could be developed through involvement in group projects at university.
  • Networking is defined as “exchanging information, contacts and experience for professional or social purposes’” (Oxford Dictionary)It involves building two-way, mutually beneficial relationships one person at a timeIt is: ReciprocalLong termAnd one of the most important professional skills you can developIt is not about collecting business cards!
  • Career Ready, Seminar 2: Developing your skills

    1. 1. Career Ready Program Seminar 2: Graduate Employability Skills Career Development Centre La Trobe Universitylatrobe.edu.au/students/careers CRICOS Provider 00115M
    2. 2. Your Graduate Employability Skills• What are Employability Skills?• Identifying and recording my Employability Skills• How can I develop my Employability Skills?CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 2
    3. 3. What are employability skills?
    4. 4. What are my employability skills? ‘Employability’ = The set of general skills and personal attributes that makes me more likely to gain graduate employment and succeed in my chosen fields Academic studies + employability skills = graduate employmentCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 4
    5. 5. Skills employers want Sample Selection Criteria – major bank graduate program • Motivated, confident and genuine team player • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills • Customer-focused approach to solving problems • Passionate about innovation • A positive "can do" attitude • Willingness to learn from others • Be conscientious, honest and flexible • Experience outside of University: eg travel, community involvement, extra –curricular activitiesCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 5
    6. 6. ‘Big 4’ Accounting Organisation Selection Criteria 2013-14 People who excel - high academic achievers, demonstrate leadership through extra-curricular activities and community involvement. People with integrity - clear sense of personal and professional accountability and to show you are committed to doing the right thing. People who demonstrate respect - recognise the value of different backgrounds and points of view. People who are good at working in teams - evidence that you are good at listening, learning, sharing, developing and working with others, including those that are different from you. People with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead - passionate and excited about your future and achieving your potential. People with determination and personal ambition - people who want to strive to be their best.CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 6
    7. 7. Victorian Public Service Graduate Program 2013/14• We recruit outstanding, motivated graduates who want to contribute to Victorias future.• We consider your values, skills, work experience, involvement in extra- curricular activities (for example, in sport or as a volunteer), and other community interests.• We are looking for graduates who want to contribute to Victorian communities and have the following qualities:  strong analytical and conceptual abilities  excellent written and verbal communication and teamwork skills  initiative and accountability  flexibilityCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 7
    8. 8. What do employers want? Survey of employers recruiting for graduate programs assessed employability skills above university grades and relevant work experience. (The Australian Association of Graduate Employers Employer Survey 2012).CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 8
    9. 9. Graduates have two areas of skills:Skills specific to an industry or discipline e.g. accounting, law, civil engineeringAlso known as • technical skills • discipline skillsCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 9
    10. 10. ….and skills that are: General - also known as • generic skills • transferable skills • graduate capabilities • workplace skills • employability skills • core skillsCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 10
    11. 11. Employability skills: Summary- Communication- Self-Management- Teamwork- Initiative & Enterprise- Problem Solving- Learning- Planning & Organising- TechnologyCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 11
    12. 12. Where did the list come from?Australia ̶ Research in 2002, involving: • Business Council of Australia • Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry • Australian GovernmentSimilar Work Overseas • Europe – Key Skills, Core Skills • Canada – Employability Skills Profile • Singapore – Employability Skills System (ESS)CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 12
    13. 13. Why are these skills in demand?
    14. 14. Why are these skills important? Dynamic Labour Market – technology & globalisation •more complex work environments •multi-skilling •multi-disciplinary teams •workforce restructuring •increased productivity •increased pace of change and innovation How will this affect my career? •regular career change •new situations, environments, teams •mix of full-time, part-time, casual, project work •on-going learningCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 14
    15. 15. Why do employers want these skills?Global demand for graduates who can:• adapt to change• quickly fit into an organisation• self-manage their own learning & development• interact effectively within teams• analyse & use information from various sourcesCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 15
    16. 16. What do employers think? Communications “Interpersonal and communications skills are very important. Mars has an informal culture where a lot of business gets done via face to face conversation. To succeed at Mars, you need to be able to build rapport and relations quickly with a wide variety of different personalities.” Chris Howes, graduate marketing manager Mars CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 16
    17. 17. What do employers think? • Teamwork Applicants for Microsoft’s graduate program are commonly asked for an example of a time when they have influenced another team member. The ability to positively influence is vital for making someone a good team worker - Microsoft doesn’t just look for candidates with technical ability. • Problem Solving “It’s about not giving up when the first solution didn’t work; it’s about keeping at it until you found a solution that did” Graduate recruitment manager for Capgemini consultancy (in 35 countries) CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 17
    18. 18. Where will employers look for evidence of these skills?• Cover letter & Resume• Responses to selection criteria• Online applications• Response to phone interviews• Assessment centres• Face to face interviewsCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 18
    19. 19. How can I record & develop my employability skills?
    20. 20. How can I develop my employability skills? • Academic studies • Work placements • Solo or group projects • Student exchange • Employment • Discipline-related or general • Volunteering • Discipline-related or general • Extra-curricular activities • Links with the community • Join and be an active member of an industry-based or professional association • Become a member of a club or society • Be an active member of a sports teamCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 20
    21. 21. La Trobe Graduate Capabilities – link to employability skillsCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 21
    22. 22. CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 22
    23. 23. CommunicationWhat does it mean?• Organises and expresses ideas concisely in both writing and speaking• Two-way communication through sharing information• Listens to and understands others• Speaks clearly and directly to individuals or groupsHow can I develop my skills?• Written projects, research and reports• Class presentations, participation in class discussions• Customer service skills through employment and volunteering• Tutor, ambassador or mentor roleCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 23
    24. 24. Initiative & EnterpriseWhat does it mean?• Ability to adapt to new situations• Translating ideas into action• Initiating changeHow can I develop these skills?• Volunteer involvement• Work placement or internship• Operating own business• Innovation in student group, club or team• Travelling or studying aboard• Attending conferences or events to aid own learningCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 24
    25. 25. Problem solvingWhat does it mean?• Analyses problems for underlying causes, assess options, propose solutions• Researches and selects relevant information required to solve a problem• Ability to think sequentially, critique information and synthesize informationHow can I develop these skills?• Research projects, case studies & assignments as part of university course• Work placements, industry-based learning, internship• Working in a customer service environmentCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 25
    26. 26. Self-managementWhat does it mean?•Can operate independently, and takesresponsibility for own actions•Self awareness of own strengths and challenges•Can monitor and evaluate own performanceHow can I develop these skills?•Attending careers fairs, seminars & workshopsfor own professional development•Addressing gaps in skills and knowledge•Obtaining industry experience throughplacement, internships or vacation work•Learning skills outside my degreeCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 26
    27. 27. TeamworkWhat does it mean?• Works within a team of people from different backgrounds to achieve a common goal• Shares information, supporting, mentoring and empowering other team members• Responds constructively to others’ opinionsHow can I develop these skills?• Group project work on assignments at university• Involvement in a student society, sports team or community organisation• Working as part of a team in employmentCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 27
    28. 28. Planning & organising What does it mean? •Manages time and priorities •Sets and keeps to timelines •Coordinates tasks for self and others •Anticipates need for forward planning How can I develop these skills? •Organising study and work commitments •Developing action plans, including goal setting and scheduling of tasks •Researching, collecting & organising data •Involvement in project planning/event management •Organising sporting, social or professional networking activitiesCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 28
    29. 29. LearningWhat does it mean?• Invests personal time and effort in learning new skills• Contributes to the learning community at the workplace• Adaptable about learning environments: in class, on line, on the job, solo, in groups• Passion for continual learning & improvementHow can I develop these skills?• Seeking opportunities for learning outside compulsory elements of your course• Participating in professional development activities• Mentoring or coaching activities• Participating in an interest group or student society CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 29
    30. 30. Using technologyWhat does it mean?• Proficiency in using computers and telecommunications systems• Applies I.T. as a information management tool, to access, organise and distribute data• Kept informed and understands current trends and developments in an area of expertise• Uses I.T. as a research toolHow can I develop these skills?• Effective information seeking through use of electronic databases• Specialised software packages for course/occupation• Using software to plan and manage project timelinesCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 30
    31. 31. Your Graduate Employability Skills• What are Employability Skills?• Identifying and recording my Employability Skills• How can I develop my Employability Skills?CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 31
    32. 32. Next seminarCAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE | La Trobe University 32
    33. 33. Thank youConnect with us via:Web: latrobe.edu.au/students/careersFacebook: facebook.com/LaTrobeCareersTwitter: @LTUcareersEmail: careers@latrobe.edu.au

    ×