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.
- Volunteer on or off campus, e.g. Student Life Volunteering Program
- Join a Swinburne club
- Work on your English language and employability skills
- Get to know our Career Consultants at Employability unit
- Visit our JobStreet Career Lounge at studentHQ
- Participate in employability expert series.
- 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 employability focus. Start to clarify your professional purpose. 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.
- Participate in employability expert series
- Participate in the Swinburne Emerging Leaders 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.
- 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 adaptation to change and continual learning and growth. It is important to be proactive and keep reviewing your career plans.
- 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.
- A career includes all the paid and unpaid work, learning and life roles you undertake throughout your life.
- The term ‘Career’ was traditionally associated with paid employment and referred to a single occupation.
- In today’s world of work the term ‘Career’ is a seen as a continuous process of learning and development.
What makes a successful career?
- Manages change.
- Allow you to try new and varied experiences.
- Includes different paths than you originally planned.
The importance of planning career
- Career is a major life investment and impacts on many aspects of your personal life including personal satisfaction, psychological wellbeing, financial stability and interpersonal relationships.
- Career planning is important so that you can find a job which suits your personality, respects your values, is based around your interests and will not restrict your growth.
- Therefore, you need to reflect on the types of work environments that you work well in and the tasks that you enjoy doing.
Career Management Step 1 – Self-Reflection and Self-Awareness
- Clearly reflect your interests, values, skills, knowledge, needs, attitude, and preferences in enjoyable and satisfying career opportunities.
Career Management Step 2 – Research
- Research different career paths and roles and consider:
Network and conduct informational interviews
- Key work tasks
- Qualifications / training / experience required
- Skill sets
- Employment prospects
- Pay and benefits
- Pathway and career development
- Good and bad side of the career
- Use professional associations’ and social networking sites such as LinkedIn to identify and network with professionals in careers you are exploring.
- Consider conducting informational interviews where you meet with industry professionals and ask questions about the realities of working in their industry, pathways and explore foot in the door opportunities such as volunteer work and work experience.
Career Management Step 3 – Make decisions
- Some students find it useful to evaluate the costs and benefits of each career or study pathway and rank their options.
- Be true to your own interests and passions but also seek help from family, friends, academics, employers and Swinburne Sarawak Employability team.
- Adapt to change – make decisions, but reflect and adjust in response to changes in interest and your circumstances, as your knowledge and experience expand or employment trends change.
Career Management Step 4 – Develop a Career Action Plan
- Plan realistic short- and long-term goals
- Look at training and education options
- Develop skills
- Assign timeframe
- Identify your supportive peers and family members
- Regular review periods