Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsNICK PATTERSON: At this stage, you're probably thinking either yes, I'm a great communicator or actually, there are areas I could improve. If you're already at the point of having communication mastered, that's great. But always remember, you can never stop building your skills, and it's rare that anyone's communication is perfect all the time. Another point to keep in mind is that it's one thing to be a good communicator, but it's another thing to showcase your expertise to employers. For example, did you know that despite the value that employees place on employability skills, like communication, data from LinkedIn reveals that employability skills are routinely under-reported in user profiles.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsThis might be because we're uncomfortable about climbing skills without formal credentials or because we underestimate the relative importance of the skills we do have. Next week, you'll have the chance to benchmark your communication skills against international frameworks and criteria. You'll also have the opportunity to consider examples that demonstrate your communication capabilities and will be guided through ways that you can evidence these to employers. There are lots of other practical activities and topical discussions planned too. Starting with how the world of work is changing and what this means for you. So please join me in week two as we continue to explore the relationship between communication and employability and find out what steps you can take to showcase your communication skills.

What's on for next week?

When it comes to employability, it’s not enough to simply ‘be’ a good communicator; you also need to be able to demonstrate and evidence this to employers. In this video, Nick Patterson talks about what’s on for next week and how to prepare.

Next week we’ll be looking at ways to benchmark your communication skills, and gather evidence to demonstrate these, which includes writing your own capability statement.

We’ll explain how you can use this evidence to apply for a Deakin Professional Practice credential, a new way to recognise the skills and knowledge you’ve developed through learning, work and experience. We’ll also tell you how you can get a discount on the cost of the Communication credential. If you’d like to find out more about how credentials work, drop us a line.

In the meantime, you may want to try one or more of the following practical strategies, which will help you prepare for the kinds of practical and reflective activities planned for Week 2:

  • Ask your manager or co-workers for feedback about your communication style, what you’re good at and the specific skills that you could improve on.
  • Try recording a presentation you have coming up at work and then listen to it and note how you could improve.
  • Make some notes about a work conversation that went well – or perhaps not so well – and analyse why this was the case.
  • Change your communication technique depending on whom you are speaking to and see what results this achieves.

Your task

Watch the video from Nick to find out more about what’s on for next week.

In the comments, discuss what you’re going to try and do before next week and what you’re most looking forward to.

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Career Credentials: Evidence Your Expertise in Communication

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