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1 Career Transitions – career management strategies to take your career to the next level Wednesday 12 March 2014 Olivia Doyle – Career Practitioner Post Graduate Seminar Series Semester

2 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN Career Transitions: Career management strategies to take your career to the next level 2 Objective Assist post graduate students to think about actions to enhance their career prospects Session plan -Redefining career and identifying your goals for personal success -Career management strategies -Tips and tricks to build your career

3 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN Taking your career to the next level will mean something different to each of us 3 -The traditional view of career involves promotion and moving up the corporate ladder -Successful and rewarding careers are more diverse than this traditional paradigm

4 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 4 Traditional 20 th century graduate corporate career elevator Entry level job at the bottom of the elevator Groomed to gain first promotions and move up the elevator Progress up the elevator to management and executive positions Age 55 – 65 step off the elevator and make room for new graduates at the bottom of the ladder SourceThe Start Up of You Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha

5 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 5 Death of the traditional career path The escalator is now jammed at every level Hard for young to get on Hard for mid career to ascend Hard for over 60s to get off Less company loyalty / increased career mobility Change manifested by globalisation and technology Labour market has permanently changed Careers are more often characterised by lateral moves rather than vertical paths (promotions)

6 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 6 What are career transitions? What does taking your career to the next level mean for you? Complete career change Lateral career move Change in career emphasis Getting your first professional job Getting a promotion Finding a new employer Starting your own business Other?

7 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 7 The common element is you want some form of change in your career Lets look at some strategies to assist you to manage career change – which is a life skill Why? Managing change is going to be an even more vital skill!

8 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 8 Security now lies not in employment but in employability Individuals who want to maintain their employability have to regularly learn new skills. We must all take more responsibility for maintaining our employability, which includes what we want to do, what skills we bring to the marketplace, and what others will pay us to do. The underlying idea is that my career is my business Professor Tony Watts, 2011

9 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 9 The pace of change – consider this: Children starting school this year will be retiring in No one has any idea of what the world will look like in 10 years time, let alone in Dr Ken Robinson, 2009 Technology is developing at a rate that most people cannot grasp. What will the careers of people in the future involve?

10 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 10 Strategies for taking your career to the next level Approaches to career planning Allocate time to consider your career aspirations and develop a career vision Understand yourself so you can ensure you will gain satisfaction from your career What are your values, strengths and interests? Be aware of the market realities and place yourself in a position to ride the big waves in terms of market realities and opportunities

11 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 11 Strategies for taking your career to the next level Approaches to career planning Dont lock yourself into fixed 10/20 year plans – be ready to adapt and take advantage of opportunities You and the career landscape will change over time – keep reviewing The current chaos career theory is: We are not in a calm lake, but in a chaotic ocean External forces will continue to impact careers – your career destiny will be determined by your attitude and action taken in response Continually strengthen and diversify your asset mix / skill set

12 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 12 An entrepreneurial approach to career planning: Reid Hoffmans ABZ career management strategy Think of yourself as an entrepreneur at the helm of your own start up venture – your career Your career is a puzzle that needs to successfully combine: Your assets Your aspirations Market realities – supply and demand

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17 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 17 GRADUATES 1Interpersonal & communication skills 2Passion / knowledge of industry / drive / commitment / attitude 3Critical reasoning / analytical skills / technical skills 4Academic results 5Cultural fit 6Work experience 7Emotional intelligence (self awareness, confidence, motivation) 8Teamwork 9Activities – intra and extra curricular 10Leadership Review your asset mix in relation to these areas Is any professional development required? Understand what qualities employer are seeking

18 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 18 MANAGEMENT Strong interpersonal skills Direct, open & accurate communication Show respect for self & others Team focussed Integrity Emotional intelligence Achievement record Technical competence Depth of previous experience Problem solving and analytical skills Review your asset mix in relation to these areas Is any professional development required? Understand what qualities employer are seeking

19 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 19 Prioritise career plans that offer the most learning potential Strengthen and diversify your asset mix Develop a personal career action plan Budget for the necessary time and money Identify 3 people striving towards aspirations similar to yours – use them as a benchmark. Take inspiration and insight from their journeys Follow organisations and industries of interest to you – track the emergence of new opportunities Focus on growth markets (but dont overlook opportunities in all sectors) Be strategic – a goal that can be achieved in a single step is probably not very meaningful or ambitious CAREER ENHANCEMENT TIPS

20 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 20 Recruiter tips to take your career to the next level Join your professional association and get involved -Volunteer to assist with events -Join committees -Attend seminars / conferences / forums -Network

21 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 21 Recruiter tips to take your career to the next level If a friend / contact gets a job you are interested in, get them to recommend you to the recruiter (GOLD connection) Dont focus on changing jobs / organizations to change field - Gain broader experience in your current organization - Explore the options for internal transfer - Get involved in project teams - Suggest new ideas from your study - Assist with a corporate sponsored charity - Network in your organization - Discuss your plans with management and HR

22 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 22 Recruiter tips to take your career to the next level Join LinkedIn - if you are not on LinkedIn you dont exist! Post grad Professional networking seminar – 11 Sept Attend Linked In seminars throughout semester A few LinkedIn tips: Vital tool in current business Link in with uni contacts as in 5 years 10% will be in key roles Join a range of relevant LinkedIn groups and get active Ensure your resume and LinkedIn profile match Use your connections to help you get a job Look at job adverts on LinkedIn Appropriate header title is vital – use to re-brand or re-position yourself Upgrade account so you can send in-mails to key people out of your network Follow organizations of interest to you Endorsements and comments by senior people can make a big impact

23 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 23 Recruiter tips to take your career to the next level

24 Swinburne STRATEGIC JOB SEARCH Your job search needs to be in line with your career aspirations -Develop a strategic job search plan encompassing formal and informal tactics -As with all career planning, be flexible and open to opportunities 24

25 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 25 Job search Combination approach is best = Advertised + Non Advertised job opportunities

26 Applications for advertised jobs Be strategic in terms of the jobs you apply for Dont apply for large numbers of random jobs Applications need to be professionally presented Applications need to be tailored to the job key selection criteria Demonstrate organisational interest, understanding and research Consider using some additional influence Eg referrals from your LinkedIn contacts, telephone contact Refer to specific sessions & resources for assistance with job applications

27 Swinburne Branding YOU! Through networking you are repeatedly communicating your value to the world. By increasing the worlds awareness of your unique value, you are increasing the possibility of your next job opportunity or promotion. You are creating your reputation. Be Seen, Be Heard and Be Respected

28 Personal Branding -The practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands -Involves creating an asset by defining yourself in a uniquely distinguishable manner and ideally creating a memorable impression -Your brand is built from the thoughts, words and reactions of other people, so is shaped by how you present yourself publicly, both offline and online -Your personal brand is something you have control over, so work on being the image you want others to see,

29 Personal Branding Tips Put together a personally branded job search kit: - Business card - Resume - Cover letter - Work portfolio - address - Blog / website - LinkedIn profile - Other social media – Facebook, Twitter If relevant build your net rep or klout score

30 Swinburne Branding YOU! -Plan a social media strategy that is right for your career goals. Think about the types of organizations you want to work at and research what networks the company and the people that work there are utilizing to make sure you are on those networks too. -Create a robust professional LinkedIn profile. Almost all employers will do a Google or LinkedIn search on potential candidates. Make sure that when employers find you they are seeing information about your professional accomplishments and background thats up to date. Ensure that your profile is consistent with your resume! -Use platforms like Twitter to expand your network. Build relationships with organizations and individuals of interest to you and dont be afraid to reach out through several social media platforms. Many students have successfully found work through participating in industry-related Twitter chats where you can communicate your knowledge of different industries to the right people and thus impressing hiring managers. How to build your online brand

31 Swinburne Branding YOU! -Join LinkedIn Groups (industry-related, or your faculty/university- related). Actively participate in discussions and identify individuals whom you can converse with online who may also be able to help you build a robust network and eventually lead you to getting the job you want. -Consider starting a blog related to the many career interests you are passionate about. This will give you an opportunity to communicate with others who share similar interests as yourself and connect with them. Some of your readers may be in a position to hire and be impressed with your initiative and ingenuity. -Pay it forward. Communicate and share information from other professionals. Re-tweeting, forwarding links, articles, and other relevant social media will not only raise your on-line profile, but will encourage others to also do the same for you. -Use social media platforms to research organizations and people. You may discover information that will be important to your interview preparations and help you stand out to your interviewers. How to build your online brand

32 Swinburne Post Graduate Seminars – Semester 1 32 Academic Career Pathways25 March Employer Insights – Guest Speaker Panel3 April Employment Trends and Opportunities15 April Stepping into a Corporate Career after Postgraduate Studies7 May

33 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 33 The Centre for Career Development We are here to help you with career assistance and advice Your professional career starts NOW – let us help you with your career journey All services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL

34 Swinburne SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | BUSINESS | DESIGN 34 Services -Career counselling -Job search assistance -Interview skills -Resume builder -Employer information and on campus presentations -Going Global international job search data base -Career conferences, workshops and webinars -Range of handouts / podcasts: -Interviews- What can I do with my qualification -Resumes- Networking -Cover letters- Job search -LinkedIn profiles- Assessment centres etc

35 Swinburne 35 Free resume / cover letter / LinkedIn checks Drop in to have your documents checked by a Career Practitioner No appointment necessary Hawthorn: Monday – Friday

36 Text line Check out Swinburnes own job website for: Casual & part-time jobs Tutoring jobs Volunteer roles Traineeships & apprenticeships Graduate programs Professional full-time jobs SwinEmploy: Swinburnes Online Job Database 36

37 Swinburne Short for time? 37 Online resume checks and answers to career questions via Send queries to

38 Swinburne 38 Location…. Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm ((open later by appointment) Level 2 The George Building, Hawthorn Campus Tel Web

39 Swinburne Careers and Employment For information and news on the latest jobs, employer information sessions, workshops and events… Join us on: Facebook: Swinburne Careers and Employment LinkedIn: Swinburne Careers and Employment Group


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