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Deakin Research provides many resources to assist in developing skills required for research degrees. The skills developed during your degrees will set you up for your future career.
It is important to identify the skills that you already have and also the skills you develop from your research. Employability skills include generic skills and personal attributes and are developed during your degree, through work experience 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.
This skill includes written, verbal and visual communication. You can develop this through:
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:
The ability to apply basic IT skills to different software programs. Use technology to present or sort information. You can develop this through:
Applying existing and newly acquired knowledge to new situations. Being adaptable and receptive to new learning situations. Contribute to a learning community. You can develop this through:
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 the Australian University Games. See the DUSA website for more information about university sport.
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.
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 on the Deakin University Student Association DUSA website.
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.
You can go to the Careers and Employment office on your campus for resources or you can make an appointment to see a careers counsellor.
You will also be able to seek information and advice on your specific career goal by approaching your lecturers.