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Unlocking Your Employability (MOOC)

Do you want to boost your employability? Learn how to unlock your personal and professional development and market your skills to potential employers to maximise your career success.

About this course

A degree is necessary to secure a graduate role, but employers are looking for much more. The key is showing a potential employer what you can offer BEYOND your credentials.

This is not a standard business course on writing job applications and practicing interview techniques. The creators of the course have thought deeply about what actually matters to employers and how you can develop the skills and qualities they value. This course will show you how to take your experiences, extract what you have learned from them and present them in a way that would be attractive to an employer. It will help you develop your employability – the capabilities, skills, and personal attributes that make you attractive to an employer – so that you can successfully navigate the recruitment process and be effective in your job.

You’ll hear from:

  • Employers discussing what they value when hiring new graduates
  • Current students who have maximized their university experience
  • Graduates who have transitioned successfully into the workplace

The instructors will also share their knowledge and the perspectives of other experts in this area.

Check out: 7 TED Talks for a Successful Career

What you will learn

On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of what employability is and why it is important.
  • Recognise opportunities for employability development.
  • Apply self-reflective methods to interpret your experiences, connect them to your employability and recognise how your unique qualities translate into job performance.
  • Develop your communication skills to convey your potential to employers in the recruitment context.
  • Define professionalism and understand how to conduct yourself appropriately in the work environment.
  • Prepare for the transition from university to your first job.
  • Determine how to develop your employability throughout your career and understand the benefits of lifelong learning.
  • Recognise the value of working globally.

About the instructors

Andrea Reid is currently the Manager of Teaching and Learning Development in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at The University of Queensland. In her previous role, she managed the UQ employability strategic project which included working with Anna Richards to develop an institutional approach to employability and creating EMPLOY101x. Andrea is also currently working on her doctoral thesis which focusses on making meaning from life experiences, in the context of international study, to determine educative gain. Andrea has 20 years’ higher education experience across three Australian universities, in the areas of curriculum design, enhancing academic staff teaching practice and student academic skill development. She has Bachelor, Graduate Diploma and Master level degrees in education and has worked as a primary school teacher. Andrea has co-authored three academic skills texts with Ros McCulloch – Your business degree, Academic skills for international students published by Pearson Australia; and Starting your business degree published by the Queensland University of Technology.

Anna Richards has been working in graduate employment and career development for over 10 years. After graduating from the University of Otago in New Zealand she began her career in an internal recruitment role with a large international education organisation based in Taiwan. In 2003 she set up the organisation’s Australasian recruitment office in Sydney and then worked for a Job Network provider, assisting unemployed individuals with their preparation to re-enter the workforce. Since 2007 Anna has worked at The University of Queensland, coordinating internships and volunteering placements for students, as well as developing and facilitating a range of initiatives aimed at improving graduate employability. Anna worked with Andrea Reid to develop the UQ Employability Framework and create EMPLOY101x. Anna is currently the Work Integrated Learning and Employability Coordinator for the Student Employability Centre at The University of Queensland, and is the course director for EMPLOY101x.

Starting date: February 6, 2018

Duration: 1 hour/module; 7 modules

Language: English

Instructors: Andrea Reid, Anna Richards

Institution: The University of Queensland

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