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Employers seek graduates who have general employability skills as well as specific discipline knowledge and skills as these contribute to people becoming effective employees in the workplace.
Employability skills include generic skills and personal attributes and are developed during your course, through work experiences and by participating in extra-curricular activities.
Employers are interested in your activities, but more so in the process of you recognising when and how you acquire the skill and what you have learnt from it.
Group working skills are highly valued as they include people working cooperatively towards common goals, negotiating and listening to other team members. You can develop this through:
Being creative and thinking of possible solutions to problems. Thinking big picture, and breaking the problem down into achievable smaller tasks. You can develop this through:
Planning and organisation:
Managing time and setting goals. Allocating resources and people to task within timeframes. Using your initiative and thinking of contingencies. You can develop this through:
Involves taking responsibility for your own learning and reflecting on feedback given to improve the work in the future. Gather process and use information. You can develop this through:
Possess basic IT skills together with the ability to use different software programs. Use technology to present or sort information. You can develop this through:
Possess a positive approach to learning and applying new knowledge to new situations. Being adaptable and receptive to new learning situations. Contribute to a learning community. You can develop this through:
During your degree in Dietetics you will complete learning activities and assessment tasks which will address the dietetic core competencies and help you develop specialist skills in dietetics.
Refer to Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) website for details on ‘Specialist Competencies in Dietetics’.
National Competency Standards for entry level dietitians.
So now you must be wondering how to develop these important skills and become employable. Read on to find out!
Be a team player who plays collaboratively, sets goals, thinks strategically and keeps fit. You may even get to represent Deakin at the Southern University Games and Australian Uni Games.
Jobshop has vacancies listed for part time, casual, full time and tutoring positions which can introduce you to the world of work. If you need assistance with creating a resume then attend one of the resume workshops at Careers and Employment.
Deakin Alumni - career and information interviewing mentoring program (CIIMS):
CIIMS allows final year undergraduate and all postgraduate students to connect with members of the Alumni for the purposes of career development and information in order to help improve graduate employment outcomes.
Duke of Edinburgh awards:
Attain the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh Award (gold level available) whilst at Deakin. The award provides opportunities to set goals, undergo personal development, pursue your interests and gain a range of practical skills.
Joining a student society related to your course can be a great networking opportunity. Meet with people who have similar interests to you, get to know the employers in your field and access opportunities available for work experience.
Examples of relevant societies:
Information about all of these student societies is available from Deakin University Student Association (DUSA).