If you are a student considering registering with Unitemps, or if you’ve already signed up and are applying for job opportunities, here’s a good refresher on the preparation students need to take when jump-starting their career.
Career Ready hosted on 7th September ‘Career Options in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)’ and were joined by six industry professionals from Coles, Coca Cola Amatil and Six Degrees. Emma, a Career Ready Ambassador went along for the event and shares the insights employers gave on what it’s like to work in FMCG and how to succeed in your career. Here’s what they had to say:
It’s no secret that we in La Trobe Careers and Employability are big fans of Linkedin.com as a career development tool. So we were excited to see that Linkedin has released three fantastic ebooks specifically for students. These guides are not just instruction manuals for Linkedin itself; they include a lot of fantastic advice on how to discover and create 21st-century career paths. Continue reading
First impressions count, a lot. It may be superficial, but we humans form opinions of people and things almost instantly. The impression we form in those first few seconds can influence our opinion long after we have learned more information.
The dating app Tinder is based entirely on this aspect of human psychology. A quick glance at a profile picture and then swipe right on someone’s profile to indicate that you’d like to get to know more about them, or swipe left to pass and move onto the next person.
Reading resumes is similar. Studies have shown that recruiters spend just 6 seconds making a decision about a resume. That’s not enough time to read everything you’ve so carefully written, so a lot of it comes down to visual appeal.
The humble old Bachelor of Arts, among the oldest of all degrees, doesn’t get much love. It’s the butt of science and business students’ jokes, often with reference to a certain well known fast food company. It’s been called the Bugger All and Bumming Around degree.
Yet, people who did a BA are typically grateful that they did. They defend the quality of the education they received and point to numerous skills learned in their BA that they use in their professional lives.
This is in large part due to the nature of the skills that employers are screaming out for. Communication and interpersonal skills. Creativity and critical thinking. Cultural and values fit, and emotional intelligence. Mainstays of an education in the Arts and Humanities.
If you’ve been through the Career Ready resources on “knowing yourself”, you may have started to consider how your values impact your career decisions. We all need to earn a living, but often we fear that it means compromising our ability to contribute to our community or the world at large. A big part of preparing to enter the world of work is to figure out what your priorities are and what you will and won’t compromise on.
A great way to explore values-driven employment is through the website ethicaljobs.com.au, which was set up to provide a place to find “community jobs, environmental jobs, not-for-profit jobs and social enterprise jobs that contribute to a more equitable, more just or more sustainable world”.