Key employability strategies in your middle years:
Identify employer expectations
Gain career relevant experience
Fine tune your applications skills
Build your networks
Establish a professional online presence
Investigate relevant professional associations
Take up the challenge
Identify employer expectations and fill in the gaps
Identify the skills, knowledge, and experience required of graduates in your field. Work towards filling any gaps you identify any further expanding your strengths so that you are competitive when it’s time to apply.
Check employer websites and job vacancy sites to identify employer expectations
Scan skills, knowledge and experience requirements listed in job vacancies in online job boards e.g., Seek.
Use LinkedIn Learning for access to over 5000 professional development courses. Free to JCU students if you access via the JCU Library site.
Gain career-relevant experience
Evidence of relevant experience is a high priority for employers. Hands-on experience can improve your graduate job prospects, help you stand out from the crowd and give you valuable insight into the type of job you will enjoy. Gain experience and skills and demonstrate your talent and potential. Getting a foot in the door can lead to graduate employment.
Apply for Work Integrated Learning, placements, internships, cadetships, vacation programs or other career relevant work.
Ensure you are confident and capable of writing professional job applications and perform well in interviews. JCU Careers and Employability resources and support can help ensure you are successful when applying for placements, internships and other work opportunities. Use resources such as the degree relevant resume templates and book an appointment with one of the Careers team for one-on-one coaching and feedback. The JCU Employability Edge modules can also help you negotiate contemporary recruitment processes and develop confidence in your job application skills.
Networking is a very effective career development and job search strategy. Seize all opportunities to meet employers on or off campus, in person, or online. Employers get to know you and you get to hear of opportunities - it's a win-win situation.
Make a list of the people and groups you wish to network with. Think about your family, friends, classmates, sporting team members, work mates. Each of these people have their own networks that could prove helpful to you.
Develop teamwork, problem solving, interdisciplinary collaboration and project management skills through student competitions and challenges. Demonstrate initiative and creativity that will impress employers. Make the most of any opportunity presented to you.
Gain international experience, knowledge, skills and the disposition to succeed in a global workforce. Build your cross-cultural communication skills and cultural sensitivity, and stand out from the crowd in job applications. Visit JCU Global Experience for opportunities to study overseas as part of your degree.