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Becoming Career Smart: How to Sell Yourself

Identify your key strengths and skills, and learn how to sell them and yourself.


  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate


  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Becoming Career Smart: How to Sell Yourself

Learn how to document your cumulative work and life experience.

Most people change their jobs multiple times with many making dramatic career shifts.

This course investigates the current career environment and using case studies and a series of unique audit tools it will challenge you to explore your successes and what success means to you and develop your capacity to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses.

You will also learn about credentials – contemporary recognition of the skills and capabilities you have built during your life and career. Providing evidence of what you can do can often signify more than formal qualifications.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsIn a recent survey, the London School of Business found a third of all workers were considering a career change in the next two years. LinkedIn discovered that among their users, young people in the first decade of their career had already changed jobs about four times. Job change is the new normal, so becoming career smart is the best professional skill you can ever develop. Hello, I’m Dr Nick Patterson from Deakin University. And in this free two-week course, we will explore how you can best prepare yourself for career change and success.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 seconds We'll examine what skills are important in 21st century workplaces, analyse your ideas about success with others, and discuss what it actually means to be successful, then, identify your core sellable skills, and create a more effective resume using Deakin's revolutionary credentialing system. Through the skills audit, discussions, and self-reflection, you will be able to develop a deeper understanding of who you are and how to further develop your career.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain what success means to you
  • Identify your core sellable skills
  • Identify evidence of these skills from your experience

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at professionals who are considering a career change. It will be particularly appealing to mid-career professionals looking to plan their next step.

Take your learning to the next stage

This course is also a free introduction to a unique Deakin University postgraduate degree in Information Technology, that allows you to earn credentials based on your industry experience.

Learn from the experts

Deakin University is a pioneer in the field of digital credentials and recognition of prior learning. Our Professional Practice degrees enable you to evidence your professional experience and use this to earn a Professional Practice Credential. Our revolutionary model recognises experience and allows you to demonstrate your skills in the workplace. You can earn credentials for a range of skills and stack them into a Professional Practice Qualification.

Who will you learn with?

Nicholas Patterson

Dr Nicholas Patterson (Ph.D) is an academic professional and Alfred Deakin Medalist in Information Technology and Criminology who has been involved in cyber-security research projects and teaching.

Guy Wood-Bradley

is an academic professional in Information Technology with teaching and research interests in human-computer interaction, interactive, and virtual technologies.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus!

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £79.00

Statement of Participation £49.00

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