2. Raise your hand
Whether it’s to volunteer or take on some extra responsibility in your current job, putting your hand up is a great way to load up your CV.
Become the impossible-situation-specialist in your office by identifying and tackling a tough issue no one else has been able to fix. And brand yourself as a problem solver. You know, use your ‘very special set of skills’ like it’s 2008 and you’re Liam Neeson in Taken.
If that’s not your thing and you’re more into talking and music, then try volunteering in community radio. Or, if you have a particular passion, such as our changing climate, then set up a workplace committee to help your company become carbon neutral.
When you raise your hand, it shows employers that you have initiative and that you can commit to the things you care about. You’ll also learn new skills and meet new people along the way (yes, it can also help you network).
It might even help you shape your career trajectory and discover what we call: Professional Purpose.
3. Release your inner creative
Remember the AI in point one…? Well, creativity is kind of their kryptonite and it’s your point of difference in a world where tech is woven into everything we do (it’s definitely woven into everything we do at Swinburne).
Everyone has creativity, but not everyone knows how to recognise and wield it.
So how do you draw it out? Quite literally, you could do it with a pencil or a paintbrush, or just as a spectator in some experimental theatre. Creativity is a muscle, you have to use it or you’ll lose it.
Immersing yourself in worlds that are different from yours has enormous benefits. It gets you out of your modus operandi. And, if that sounds too fluffy, exercise and meditation are said to boost creativity as well.
Now, all you need to do is put it into practice. Employers want to know that you can do things others can’t, so absorb what everyone else is doing and pivot, flip it, or spin it into something new.
4. Find your dream course
At Swinburne University of Technology, it’s kind of our job to make you more employable. We do it by intertwining your education and our research with tech, innovation, and industry. It’s how we prepare you for the ever-evolving workforce.
We do things first, like our Master of Supply Chain Innovation and Master of Financial Technologies, which are both co-created with industry. And, in 2020 we climbed 100 places in the Academic Ranking of World Universities to sit at 269.
So, if you’re looking to make yourself more employable – we're set up to make it happen.
We have a course for you no matter your level of study from short courses, micro-units, certificates and diplomas, to degrees and doubles, and master and PhD programs.
Wherever you are in life, no matter your area of interest, we can help you find a course that can take you where you want to go.
*abs.gov.au, labour force Australia, latest release.