• Deakin University

Becoming Career Smart: How to Sell Yourself

Thinking about a career change? Identify your key strengths and professional skills, and learn how to sell them and yourself.

66,054 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours
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.

Learn how to benefit from your work and life experience

Most people change their jobs multiple times, some make dramatic career shifts. Being able to identify your transferable skills is vital in a changing career marketplace.

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. It will also develop your capacity to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and increase your knowledge of credentials (the skills and capabilities you have built during your life and career).

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Are 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 second Through 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 seconds We’re about to begin, so get yourself registered. And I look forward to seeing you in the first course.

What topics will you cover?

This course looks at the current career environment. Using case studies and a series of unique audit tools, the course challenges 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.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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 professionals who are considering a career change. 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."

Who will you learn with?


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

Jinho Choi is a Professor of Software Engineering and Internet of Things (IoT) at Deakin University’s School of Information Technology. His research interests include IoT and communications.

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.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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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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