Unlocking Your Employability

Learn to unlock your personal and professional development and market your skills to potential employers to maximise your career success.

Course Description

A degree is necessary to secure a graduate role, but employers are looking for much more. The key is showing a potential employer what you can offer BEYOND your credentials. This is not a standard business course on writing job applications and practicing interview techniques. We’ve thought deeply about what actually matters to employers and how you can develop the skills and qualities they value. This course will show you how to take your experiences, extract what you’ve learned from them and present them in a way that would be attractive to an employer. We’ll help you develop your employability, which is the set of achievements, skills, and personal attributes that make you attractive to an employer, so that you can successfully navigate the recruitment process and be effective in your job. You’ll hear f... Read More »

A degree is necessary to secure a graduate role, but employers are looking for much more.

The key is showing a potential employer what you can offer BEYOND your credentials.

This is not a standard business course on writing job applications and practicing interview techniques.

We’ve thought deeply about what actually matters to employers and how you can develop the skills and qualities they value.

This course will show you how to take your experiences, extract what you’ve learned from them and present them in a way that would be attractive to an employer.

We’ll help you develop your employability, which is the set of achievements, skills, and personal attributes that make you attractive to an employer, so that you can successfully navigate the recruitment process and be effective in your job.

You’ll hear from:

  • Employers discussing what they value when hiring new graduates
  • Current students who have maximized their university experience
  • Graduates who have transitioned successfully into the workplace

We’ll also share our knowledge and the perspectives of other experts in this area.

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Course Outcomes:
  • Understand what employability is and why it is important.
  • Recognise opportunities for employability development.
  • Apply self-reflective methods to interpret your experiences and connect them to your employability.
  • Develop your communication skills to convey your potential to employers in the recruitment context.
  • Define professionalism and understand how to conduct yourself appropriately in the work environment.
  • Prepare for the transition from university to your first job.
  • Determine how to develop your employability throughout your career and understand the benefits of lifelong learning.
  • Recognise the value of working globally.
About Instructor:

Andrea Reid

Andrea Reid is currently managing the student employability strategy project at The University of Queensland. Employability development through experiential learning is the topic of Andrea's PhD research. Andrea has 18 years' higher education experience across three Australian universities, in the areas of curriculum design and academic skill development. She has Bachelor, Graduate Diploma and Master level degrees in education and has worked as a primary school teacher and in the Schools division of the National Library of New Zealand. Andrea has co-authored three academic skills texts with Ros McCulloch - Your business degree, Academic skills for international students published by Pearson Australia; and Starting your business degree published by QUT.


Anna Richards

Anna has been working in graduate employment and career development for over 10 years. After graduating from the University of Otago in New Zealand she began her career in an internal recruitment role with a large international education organisation based in Taiwan. In 2003 she set up the organisation’s Australasian recruitment office in Sydney and then worked for a Job Network provider, assisting unemployed individuals with their preparation to re-enter the workforce. Since 2007 Anna has worked at The University of Queensland, coordinating internships and volunteering placements for students, as well as developing and facilitating a range of initiatives aimed at improving graduate employability. Anna is currently working as a project officer on the UQ student employability strategy.


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