Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsANDREA NORTH-SAMARDZIC: There's a saying you may have heard. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. This gets to the heart of the topic we will be exploring in this course about teamwork. Teamwork takes time. But when teams work effectively, the results are definitely worth it. Hi, I'm Dr. Andrea North-Samardzic, course director of the Master of Professional Practise in Leadership at Deakin University. You would have a hard time finding a workplace that doesn't rely on teamwork for its success, which means being an effective team player is also critical to your own success.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsThe skills and capabilities that we emphasise in this course are ones that you don't just need now, but also in the future. The world of work is constantly changing, but teams will continue to be a feature. In this course, we will be asking important questions like, what is teamwork and why does it matter for my employability? What teamwork skills do I have and how can I most effectively demonstrate these to employers? To answer these questions, in week one we will discuss and analyse different types of teams and essential teamwork skills, such as conflict management.

Skip to 1 minute and 20 secondsIn week two, we move from understanding teamwork to demonstrating our teamwork skills, looking at how to assess our existing capabilities against international frameworks, including Deakin's own professional Practise criteria. This includes practical strategies and tips that you can use to demonstrate your mastery of teamwork and apply to obtain an internationally recognised Deakin teamwork credential. So as the saying goes-- since you want to go far, let's take our next step in learning more about teamwork and how you can evidence to the world how good you are at it, together.

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Team players with effective skills in working across diverse, cross functional and virtual teams are in high demand across all industries and employment sectors.

But what does good teamwork look like? What teamwork skills do you have and how would you go about benchmarking and demonstrating these to benefit your career goals?

Setting the scene for your learning

When you think about it, there are very few jobs that don’t require teamwork.

It’s also one of the most highly regarded employability skills that organisations rely on to achieve their goals and objectives.

Teamwork is a vital skill that we often take for granted by failing to appreciate the complexity of all the elements associated with effective teamwork, especially within a professional context.

Your ability to articulate and evidence your strengths as a team player is critical to gaining employment opportunities, whether in terms of changing jobs, applying for a promotion, re-entering the workforce, gaining access to the resources required to start your own business, or pursuing further education and training.

However, many of us find it difficult to evaluate and market our own teamwork skills, knowledge and experiences.

What will you be learning?

In this course you’ll:

  • investigate the role of teamwork in both jobs of today and the future
  • explore what teamwork skills employers are looking for
  • discover practical tips and strategies for improving your teamwork skills
  • benchmark your own capability in teamwork against international qualifications frameworks and Deakin’s Professional Practice criteria
  • discover how to apply for an internationally recognised, university-level credential in teamwork.

Your learning outcomes

By completing this course, you should be able to:

  • define teamwork and its importance to the workplace
  • describe the behaviours, skills and knowledge that exemplify good teamwork
  • assess your current teamwork skills against a qualifications framework
  • collect evidence of your capability to demonstrate to employers and/or apply for a teamwork credential.

Meet the team

Your Lead Educator for this course is Dr Andrea North-Samardzic.

Joining Andrea are Educators Dr Nick Patterson, Dr Trina Jorre De St Jorre and Associate Professor Colin Higgins.

You’ll also be hearing from senior workplace leaders and holders of employability credentials in teamwork who’ll provide you with personal insights and perspectives about the role – and importance – of teamwork.

If you haven’t already, take a moment to view your Educators’ profiles and follow them for course updates, feedback and discussions.

You can also add to the conversation on social media using #FLCareerCredentials.

Your task

Watch the video to hear more from Andrea about teamwork and the big questions you’ll be addressing throughout this course.

When you’re done, use the comments to introduce yourself, why you’re taking this course and what you hope to get out of it.

Next, select the ‘mark as complete’ button and move to the next step.

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Career Credentials: Evidence Your Expertise in Teamwork

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