Successful graduate behaviour

5 behaviours to help you succeed

 Some graduates find work quickly and transition seamlessly into their first graduate role while others struggle to find their fit and their feet.  Practice these behaviours to get further faster.


  • Investigate varied career pathways keeping your options, mind and eyes wide open
  • Explore education,professional  development  and training requirements for a variety of work roles and industries
  • Test out a range of volunteer and work experience opportunities as a career exploration strategy
  • Seek career challenges that take you outside your 'comfort zone'


  • Build mutually beneficial professional relationships in life, study and work
  • Demonstrate effective social and group membership skills knowledge and attitudes
  • Develop a professional  online profile and utilise digital social and social professional networks


  • Written communication –  appropriately tailor a written documents in a work context   using a variety of work styles  depending on the function and audience
  • Oral communication – verbally and appropriately express and adapt to a variety of work audiences
  • Digital  career communication –express themselves  through multiple mediums  in a work or job seeking context
  • Non- verbal communication – Use work appropriate non-verbal communication in job seeking, presentations and workplace interaction


  •  Examine and audit  your skills, knowledge, values, attitudes, interests values, beliefs, career motivators, limitations and aspirations
  • How do these differentiate you from other graduates or job seekers?
  • How  have your career decisions so far have been influenced by these and how might  you need to adapt to match your attributes to your goals
  • Reflect on how your personal motivations and aspirations may change over time. What may this mean to your plans


  • Consistently re-examine and assess your aspirations and imagined future against new  information about yourself  and the world of work,  sometimes circumstance changes
  • It's never to early to gain experience and start your jobs search early
  • Approach every new opportunity with a positive attitude and try not to let knock-backs get you down
  •  Don't give in, learn from setbacks, re-examine  your career goals, plans and strategies for dealing with change and determine whether it's necessary to adapt

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