Improving employability skills and preparing students for the Australian job market
Work permit issues asside, the competition for graduate jobs in Australia is high and challenging. As an international student, you are competing against local students who are familiar with the local culture and whose first language is English. Having a second or postgraduate qualification is no guarantee to gaining a job, and you may need to put extra effort into persuading an employer to hire you.
We know that moving to a new country can be a great adventure; meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, exploring new places. However there are times when things can become a little overwhelming and get off track. This can impact all aspects of life; leading to depression, isolation and withdrawal- which then impact the students ability to keep up with academic requirements, and financial obligations. This is why we’ve initiated Fridays’ Employability skills and student support. During one-on-one sessions, we explore challenges, emotions and obstacles, and come up with achievable action plans designed to equip students with tools and strategies to move forward.
These often include many of the skills cited in the Australian employability skills framework, such as self-management, communication, planning, etc.
The current labour market in Australia is becoming very competitive with the changes in the Economic landscape.
International students often find the labour market difficult to enter into.
Learning how to represent their skills and talents to best meet the Australian market gives them a competitive advantage and a fair chance of gaining employment.
On Fridays, students who attend the sessions learn how to create a resume tailored to the Australian job market, how to use Linked In, networking opportunities and more. Each student is provided with a tailor-made action-plan which will help them focus and attain stronger results.
Below is a table containing ways to improve your employability skills and persuade employers you are competent and worthy.
|Areas which impact on your employability||How you can improve|
|Poor English language skills||
|Poor written English skills|
|Difficulty fitting in outside own cultural group||
|Unfamiliar with Australian work practices||
|Inappropriate/unimpressive Resume/Cover Letter/Selection Criteria for the Australian job market||
|Poor Interview skills||
|Cannot articulate skills or clearly match to job requirements||
|Poor networking skills/lack of professional contacts||