Becoming Career Smart: How to Sell Yourself

Discover how to recognise and utilise your professional skills to make a positive career change.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Extra benefits From $64 Find out more
This course is part of the program Introduction to IT Professional Practice, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Information Technology Leadership. Find out more.

Identify what career is right for you based on your key skills

Most of us will face the challenge of changing career at some point in our lives. Although it seems daunting, it needn’t be if you’re aware of what your skills are, and how they can help you in the jobs market.

On this course, you’ll investigate the current career environment and, using practical examples, challenge yourself to explore your personal and professional successes – identifying what success means to you.

You’ll develop your ability to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, increasing your awareness of your credentials along the way.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsAre you unhappy with your current job and looking to pursue the career you always dreamed about, or simply just looking for a promotion in your current workplace? Either way, you have come to the right place. We can all benefit from learning the best approaches to become successful in the professional world. So this course is for anyone and everyone who is on their career journey. According to the latest report from Deloitte and DeakinCo 2/3 of jobs will be soft skill intensive by 2030. And current demand for soft skills exceeds supply by up to 45%. So now is the time to not only determine if you have certain skills suitable for the job market, but also how to sell these for success.

Skip to 1 minute and 1 secondThrough the skills audits, discussions, and self-reflection, you will be able to develop a deeper understanding of who you are and how to take your career to the next level.

Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsWe're about to begin, so get yourself registered. And I look forward to seeing you in the first course.

What topics will you cover?

  • 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

When would you like to start?

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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 for anyone considering a change of career, or wanting to evaluate their own skills and abilities. It will be of particular interest to mid-career professionals looking to plan their next step.

What do people say about this course?

Becoming Career Smart is really helpful, especially the skills audit. This was a really good opportunity to see the category of skills that HR is looking for in an employee and compare it to my current skill set. Identifying what skills I have, and areas I need work on is great because I can focus on how I present myself, plus be a more rounded choice for future employers. It has helped with how I have now structured my resume and working on my Linkedin profile. Also, handy knowledge to draw on when addressing selection criteria, or key skills, for advertised positions or E.O.I. I'm a matured aged student, as such I need to be more aware and knowledgeable about techniques and skills required to obtain employment once I graduate. The job market is evolving rapidly due technology and globalisation, as such, being career smart is imperative, and your course is a huge assistance in understanding where to start and how to go about it.

Karen Johnson

Who will you learn with?

Marek Gagolewski

Marek Gagolewski

Senior Lecturer in Applied Artificial Intelligence, School of Information Technology, Deakin University

Who developed the course?

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established1974
  • LocationMelbourne, Australia
  • World rankingTop 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2019

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What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

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How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Introduction to IT Professional Practice, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Information Technology Leadership.

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