University graduates are constantly refining their portfolios to stand out in a crowded employee marketplace and land their dream job.
But how can you tell if you and your prospective employer are on the same page? The Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching has assisted by funding a commissioned project on graduate employability, and the findings are being presented to various employment sectors.
Searching for optimum graduate outcomes
On the 18th March, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Associate Professor Margaret Jollands from RMIT University, will be discussing graduate employability at Engineers Australia in North Melbourne. Professor Jollands will be speaking about employment trends in Australia, including higher education frameworks for preparing students to enter into the workforce. It’s hoped the presentation will assist employers, academics and professional bodies in achieving optimum outcomes for graduates.
Graduate employability is defined as “a set of achievements, understandings and personal attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations.”
The graduate employability project has received input from students, educators, employers, professional organisations and graduates. Leaders in five study disciplines have provided guidance, including Professor Jollands in her capacity as a senior academic at the RMIT University School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering.
Gaining the competitive employment edge
In an age where every advantage counts, students are positioning themselves by tailoring and refining their scholastic and extra-curricular activities several years before they graduate. Many employers expect candidates to embody characteristics, qualities and life-skills that will benefit everyone in the workplace, and are not hiring based on university grades alone.
Here are some strategies that will give you the competitive employment advantage.
- Research your ideal occupation
- Identify potential employers
- Start your employment strategy long before you complete studies
- Use the services of university employment advisors
- Participate in career development seminars and activities
- Take part in community events and co-curricular initiatives
- Take time out to attend career expos
- Identify your strengths and improve weaknesses
- Focus on your skills, experience, attributes and knowledge
- Show your interest by asking questions of potential employers
- Ensure you can be contacted by multiple delivery methods
- Create a professional online and hard-copy portfolio
- Have a strong digital presence without any embarrassing digital footprints
Graduate employability is a combination of your personal presentation, skills, knowledge and community involvement that supports graduate qualifications and assures employers they are choosing the best applicant for the job.
Find out more about the Graduate Employability session.
Contact: Jeanine Howton
Phone: 03 9321 1740