Knowing if you are work-ready is important. What is “work-ready”?
ValuesAccountability: accepts responsibility for actions, and their impact on the business and others. Continuous improvement: has high standards and consistently tries to improve own performance, and the performance of the business. Honesty: straightforward behaviour with no deceit and cheating. Is trustworthy, fair and sincere. Knowledge: develops understanding, skills, and expertise. Is committed to growth and learning. Respect: takes into account other people’s feelings, wishes, or rights. Tolerance: willingness to recognise and respect difference and the beliefs, habits and practices of others. Work ethic: diligent and committed to the business.
BehavioursAdaptable : is open to new ideas and concepts, and pro-actively changes the way they work to stay effective in new work settings. Authentic : is true to own personality and values, while still working within the business’s expectations. Business-minded : understands all employees are responsible for business success, and therefore looks for opportunities to make the business better. Collaborative : shares knowledge and learning, works cooperatively with others, and works to build agreement to achieve an outcome for the business or client. Customer focused : understands who the customer is, what their needs are, and actively works to improve their experience. Flexible : effectively handles unexpected situations or last-minute changes. Globally aware : has an awareness and understanding of global interactions and is open to working with other nationalities and cultures. Self-aware : knows own strengths, talents and passions. Recognises areas for learning and development and learns from their mistakes. Has a good understanding of their role in the business. Resilient : bounces back when things don’t go as planned. Doesn’t dwell on failures, learns from them or their own mistakes and moves forward.
SkillsBusiness literacy : ability to apply knowledge of the business environment and work processes/tasks to manage situations and achieve good outcomes. Critical analysis : can evaluate a situation/proposal, identify possible outcomes, assess pros and cons, and determine the right approach based on desired outcome. Data analysis : collect and review data to identify trends, answer questions and test assumptions. Digital technology : ability to use information and communication technology. Literacy : ability to learn, read, write and communicate verbally. Numeracy : ability to reason and apply numerical concepts, and calculate numbers or amounts. Problem solving : ability to find solutions to simple through to complex issues. Technical skills : specific to the job and gained through formal education.
How to go about developing these values, skills and behaviours?Make a checklist – where are your gaps?Keep up to date with what employers want by connecting with them.Join relevant Professional Associations. Attend the networking events and professional development events to start building your networks.Join LinkedIn and build your online presence. Under the Interests tab, there are lists of companies where profiles are listed. Visit the CareerHub Resources section and browse labour market/conditions and salaries We host the Career Mentor Link (CML) which matches professionals with students providing an opportunity for students to benefit from the industry knowledge and career experience of their mentors. This program runs from April – October. Keep an eye out on CareerHub and around the campus for information on Recruitment Week and VIVE Careers Fair where recruiters and employers participate in Expos, panel discussions and eventsKeep an eye out on CareerHub and around the campus for information on various faculty specific Expos held throughout the yearJoin us at an employability workshop that will help you build your employability skills and job search techniques. Go to the CareerHub Events, search for workshops.