MODULE 2: Developing your employability
“New experiences and their challenges … Building your employability through global experiences … Learning from reflecting on experiences … The SEAL process of self-reflection … Identifying skills and attributes from doing SEAL”
- MODULE 2: Developing your employability > 1: New experiences and their challenges > Identifying new experiences and their challenges
- MODULE 2: Developing your employability > 1: New experiences and their challenges > Insights into identifying new experiences and their challenges
- MODULE 2: Developing your employability > 2: Building your employability through global experiences > Building your employability through global experiences
- MODULE 2: Developing your employability > 2: Building your employability through global experiences > Studying abroad: A unique set of challenges
- MODULE 2: Developing your employability > 2: Building your employability through global experiences > Insights into the value of global experiences
- MODULE 2: Developing your employability > 4. The SEAL process of self-reflection > Students talk through SEAL
- MODULE 2: Developing your employability > 5: Identifying skills and attributes from doing SEAL > Identifying skills and attributes: Brenton
- MODULE 2: Developing your employability > 5: Identifying skills and attributes from doing SEAL > Explore further: Translating learning
MODULE 2: Developing your employability > 2: Building your employability through global experiences > Building your employability through global experiences
- For most people, travelling and studying abroad IS a new and challenging experience and provides multiple opportunities for personal and professional development.
- There are very few experiences that provide such a rich opportunity for you to develop the personal attributes that employers value as travelling does.
- You are opening yourself up to new experiences and new ways of thinking about and doing things.
- When you go for a job as a graduate, employers look at your experiences to make judgements on your potential to perform in a role.
- The trick is for you to be able to recognise from your travelling experiences what you have learned.
- NICK I think studying abroad is not only a fantastic opportunity for students but also an incredible bonus as far as making yourself more employable.
- I think the simple act of upping sticks and moving to a different country, studying in a higher education culture which is potentially very different from that which we’re used to and so on communicates to an employer that you are self-starting, you’re self-motivated, and that you are able to cope with complexity and change.
- I think employers are increasingly looking for people that can demonstrate that they’re able to work with people from different cultures, work in different contexts, to experience and to learn from those types of contexts and different cultures and so on.
- Therefore studying abroad or an experience of studying abroad really does, as long as it’s reflected upon, and therefore puts you on a position to communicate that learning, then it is hugely important.
- MICHAEL I think it’s going into the unknown to a certain extent, and I think the contemporary job market is all about unknowns, and risks, and risk management, and the need for adaptability, so I think those skills would definitely be enhanced through that.
- I think there’s a lot of skills, and they’re just not codified skills.
- I think, in terms of giving a graduate that confidence when they go to an employer and say, “Look, I studied in the UK for a year.
- I think there’s definite skills to be gained from that.
- REA Gaining global experience is the one single thing you can do that almost GUARANTEES the development of a range of skills and attributes employers value.
- If you want to take that experience and use it to develop your employability you need to recognise what you learned from it.
MODULE 2: Developing your employability > 2: Building your employability through global experiences > Insights into the value of global experiences
- NINA I think the value of studying globally is boundless.
- I think it really is an experience that has so many mini-experiences within it that can contribute to an overall great opportunity.
- I think the biggest part about studying globally is being able to think back to your time at UQ, where you’re going with your degree, and critically reflect on how these new experiences that you’re getting overseas can make you into a more employable person, and someone who can really take on new experiences and challenges with optimistic and great attitude as well.
- I think it’s also a great space where you have more time open to you-you may not be working when you’re overseas-to really do recreational activities, get out of your comfort zone, and try something new, and meet new people that you wouldn’t be able to meet at home.
- That’s number one: a really great networking opportunity to meet people who are from different industries overseas, learn from new academics and people who have different passions and interests to your own, and discover new things that you might want to continue on with your career or through further study that can enhance you as an individual and as an academic.
- When I make the move, when I started to study overseas, wasn’t honestly thinking too far away.
- I was looking forward to then, but I wasn’t thinking too much about actually staying overseas to work or even build the career or a life over there.
- After I came to University of Queensland Australia, started my life as a student but still a life here, I do feel the change is a gradual change.
- I really finding, I think I’m living a different life.
- When I started or when I made a decision to come here to study overseas because I do like Western culture, and I think I fit it.
- I do think I did go out to mingle with the locals and also people from the other place of the world.
MODULE 2: Developing your employability > 4. The SEAL process of self-reflection > Students talk through SEAL
- Yes, so I think the nerves sort of hit you, and then you start running through your head, “Have I done everything right? Am I going to cover everything?” Yes, it’s a little bit daunting.
- REA When you were actually giving the presentation, how did those nerves affect you for the actual presentation? Were you okay once you got out there? EMMA One of my majors is drama, so I have experience like on the stage and acting in front of people.
- You’re thinking about the impact that that challenge or new situation had on you and then what action you took to try to help that situation or try to mitigate the nerves or the challenges – so what did you do then to help with those nerves? EMMA Well, originally, before I went into the auditorium, I was given the notes by the coordinator of what she would like me to say, and I just went through them and really read over them, made sure that I knew the content that I was supposed to deliver.
- So even though that was just giving a presentation, it was still a really great learning experience.
- Can you talk a little bit about your overall learning from it, and how you’ll take that learning forward into other activities that you’ll be doing? EMMA Definitely one of the best thing that I took out of that experience was that I did have to volunteer for that presentation, so I had to put my hand up and say, “Yes, it’s scary, but I’m going to give it a go.” I definitely think that has given me the confidence to put my hand up for other things.
- REA What about your confidence building? From that experience and other ones you’ve had, can you feel your confidence building? Can you feel yourself thinking about things that you did previously and how the learning from that has added to other learning as you kind of move forward with that development? EMMA Yes, definitely.
- I think, just in general having this – having the experience itself, it just sort of puts you in this position where you realise that you sort of can do anything.
- REA Did you think you using the SEAL process to reflect on an experience is really valuable in terms of being able to draw out to what you’ve learned from it? Because sometimes students say to us, “Well, I haven’t really thought about that very much.” Do you think that really helps to actually think about it? EMMA Yes, definitely.
- I remember everyday sitting in the office and writing things down, things like: what did – like what challenges did I face today? What did I do to overcome them? How do I – how did I feel about the challenge? How did I feel once I had overcome the challenge? Yes, so I definitely think – yes, it’s really good.
- I had to write a report when I came back about what I had learnt and I – actually one of the question was what sort of skills do you think that you’ve developed that employers are looking for.
- I definitely think that the SEAL process helped me a lot to answer that question, because it really gets you thinking, “Oh, well, how can I use this experience and communicate my experience and all of my transferable skills to an employer from this experience?” I definitely think it’s very valuable.