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What you can do now to improve your employability

July 29, 2015 by Curtin CEL Team

What you can do now to improve your employability

Often the time we become most aware of our skills gaps is when we find our dream job and realise we’re not adequately qualified to apply for it. Don’t worry, this happens to everyone… But unfortunately it really is too late to catch up for that particular job. Here, we’re going to look at ten things you can do while studying, that your future self will thank you for.

  1. Improve your grades with The Learning Centre
    Ready to take your assignments to the next level? The Learning Centre offers all sorts of opportunities to develop your critical thinking and analytical skills; professional writing abilities; and, oral presentation skills.
  2. Make CareerHub part of your day
    CareerHub is an online jobs and events board exclusive to Curtin students. Login to view paid part-time/casual positions; volunteering and work experience opportunities; vacation and grad programs; and, employer events.
  3. Register with Earn While You Learn
    Earn While You Learn offers diverse paid opportunities on campus. Cash, experience and convenience – what more could you ask for?
  4. Get a Mentor
    The Next Step Mentor Program links students with industry professionals. A great opportunity to get career advice, build your network and prepare for the workforce! (Applications close for this round August 28)
  5. Complete the Employability Award
    The Employability Award combines professional skills development with a practical placement to directly improve your employability. Build your skills in face-to-face workshops or online via Curtin Challenge in areas such as self awareness, resumes, personal branding and workplace communication. The award is also officially recognised on the Curtin Extra Certificate.
  6. Join CV!
    Curtin Volunteers! links you with opportunities right across WA that will help you gain experience while helping the community. Having fun and making friends is a cheeky added bonus!
  7. Complete the Curtin Leaders Program
    Combine leadership skills development with volunteer work to complete the program – another opportunity to receive official recognition on the Curtin Extra Certificate. Cover areas such as project management, public speaking and community impact.
  8. Join a relevant student group and/or professional association
    Not much explanation needed here, the perfect way to extend your networks and get to know your industry…
  9. Attend employer events
    Employers come on campus all through the year to present on opportunities and facilitate skills development workshops. This is an excellent way to meet potential employers face-to-face and learn about directions you may not have ever considered! Keep your eye out on CareerHub for details.
  10. Drop In to the Careers & Employment Centre for a quick consult
    We’re in Building 303 on Level 2 on the Bentley campus and you can drop in without an appointment 8.45am – 5pm Monday – Friday for advice on job applications, job search or course switching. If you can’t make it on campus, give us a call on (08) 9266 7802.

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