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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.

Free:

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

Upgraded:

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

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Becoming Career Smart: How to Sell Yourself

Why join the course?

Most people change their jobs multiple times during the course of their working lives. Many make dramatic career shifts. Identifying your transferable generic skills is key to making the most of this agile employment marketplace.

Understand your strengths and how to sell them

This course looks at the current career environment. Using case studies and a series of unique audit tools, the course will challenge you to:

  • explore your successes and what success means to you
  • develop your capacity to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses
  • identify your key professional skills and capabilities.

Credentials and portfolios

You will also learn about credentials – contemporary recognition, usually in digital form, 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.

This course will teach you how to document your cumulative work and life experience.

Learn from the experts

Deakin University is a pioneer in the field of digital credentials and recognition of prior learning. Our Master of 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 Master of Professional Practice.

Take your learning to the next stage

This course is a free introduction to a unique Deakin University postgraduate degree: Master of Professional Practice, that allows you to earn credentials based on your industry experience.

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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.

What topics will you cover?

This course looked at the current career environment. Using case studies and a series of unique audit tools, the course challenged learners to:

  • explore their successes and what success means to them
  • develop their capacity to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses
  • identify their key professional skills and capabilities.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Explain what success means to you
  • Create a portfolio to document current experience
  • 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.

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 is Australia’s eighth largest university with over 53 000 students from more than 100 countries, with one quarter choosing to study wholly online at our Cloud 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

Estimate prices in preferred currency

Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Beyond your resume
    Beyond your resume
    video

    Times are changing; employers not only want to know what you have done in the past, but what you are capable of in the future.

  • Woman standing and explaining her ideas at a meeting
    Your success
    article

    How do you define success from your point of view?