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Employability roadmap

Employability roadmap

The employability roadmap is a guide for your development, through each stage of your student life cycle. It suggests activities for you to plan your career and enhance your employability throughout your studies.

Use the steps below to create your own map along the road to developing employability skills. Consider how this employability roadmap can be best adapted to suit your needs. Don’t attempt everything – take responsibility for your own career and make your employability roadmap work for you.

At the start of your journey, take time to reflect on your priorities. Ensure you have a balanced plan that enables you to study, work, socialise and above all, enjoy your Swinburne experience.

Step 1 | Orientation and transition into Swinburne

In the first few months of settling into study and life in Swinburne Sarawak, start developing your employability skill set. Learn about what employers want, determine priority areas for your development and start some career exploration.

To do:

  • Volunteer on or off campus, e.g. Student Leadership and Volunteering Program
  • Join a Swinburne club
  • Work on your English language and employability skills
  • Get to know our Careers Consultants at Career Centre
  • Visit our JobStreet.com Career Lounge at studentHQ
  • Participate in career development events and workshops
  • Find a part time or casual job (during study break)

Tip: Study is important, but also focus on getting involved in activities that will make you feel part of the community. This will help you develop skills important to your long term career.

Step 2 | Transition through

Mid-course is time to increase your career development and employability focus. Start to clarify your professional vision and career pathways. Explore your options and start to gain professional experience. Become aware of your strengths and areas for development. Put together an employability action plan. Keep working on developing the vital soft skills in demand by employers.

To do:

  • Participate in career events and workshops
  • Participate in the Swinburne Emerging Leaders Program
  • Participate in the Swinburne’s People of Tomorrow Program
  • Join a professional association, attend events and get involved
  • Participate in professional projects
  • Network with professionals
  • Undertake an internship
  • Enter study related competitions
  • Get involved in on-campus professional projects
  • Explore your own small business
  • Get a part time, casual or contract job – generic or related to your studies
  • Take on a leadership role in a Swinburne club

Tip: Don’t wait until final year to focus on employability, it is an important part of your career journey. Active involvement now in a range of activities will enhance your career options.

Step 3 | Transition out

Moving toward the end of your studies is time to engage with employers, continue to build your skills and gain more industry experience. Ensure you have a professional job search kit including resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile and work portfolio.

To do:

  • Complete a capstone project
  • Undertake an internship
  • Complete practical assignments using industry case studies
  • Undertake mock interviews
  • Find a professional mentor
  • Develop a professional resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile and professional work portfolio
  • Join business groups and associations to expand your network and develop skills
  • Attend employability events.

Tip: Networking is a vital job search tool – make useful contacts while you study. Invest in some simple networking (business) cards to encourage those you meet to connect with you.

Step 4 | Transition onwards

Building your career and employability needs to be ongoing. Today’s careers will require constant adaption to change and continual learning and growth. It is important to be proactive and keep reviewing your career plans.

To do:

  • Continue to attend employability events
  • Develop a clear career vision and job search plan for the next stage in your career
  • Become an active Swinburne alumni
  • Consider a professional year program
  • Continue to be active in your professional association
  • Join business groups and associations to expand your network
  • Keep working on professional and soft skill development
  • Focus on putting together tailored, quality job applications.

Tip: Your first job won’t be your last – keep thinking forward about the next step in your professional career. Research options, make contacts, give back to others and keep focused on your ongoing professional development.