It's not just about having qualifications...

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Most people think that having a qualification will guarantee them a job in their chosen occupation but this is not the case.

Many graduates are shocked to realise that they are unable to get work in their chosen field of study. This can be because:

  • there are limited opportunities in their chosen occupation 
  • they lack the relevant work experience
  • of poor grades or they lack the necessary employability skills and
  • they are not competitive for the jobs that are available.

The best way to ensure you are competitive for jobs is by having a combination of:

  • A relevant qualification. You need to be sure that any further education you undertake meets the needs of employers and provides the theoretical basis to enable you to do a particular job.
    • To ensure your course meets their needs, you should to speak to employers to confirm what skills and certification they require from workers in this occupation, and whether they have preferred course electives and education providers.
  • Industry related work experience. This will help you build the workplace skills you need to do the job. There are a range of ways to gain this experience including:
    • Undertaking part-time work in this or a related occupation - even if it isn't in your industry of choice.
    • Undertaking work experience as part of your course. It's best to organise this through your education provider, however you will need to find an employer willing to take you on and provide a suitable learning experience.
  • General employability skills. Employability or ‘soft’ skills are the general personal qualities and values that enable you to quickly adjust to any workplace. These include skills like team work, communication skills, reliability, following instructions etc.
    • You can develop and demonstrate employability skills in paid or unpaid work or through extracurricular activities, such as volunteering, sports etc.

These tools can help you:

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.