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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsNICK PATTERSON: Most people change their jobs multiple times, and many make dramatic career shifts. Being able to identify your key skills that are transferable from one career to another is the key to making the most of this current job market. Hi. I'm Dr. Nick Patterson from Deakin University. I'm an academic and IT professional. I've been involved in research projects and teaching for many years. In my career I've been awarded the Alfred Deakin Medal and a Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award. To get where I am now, one of the most important skills I needed to develop was the ability to reflect on my career, size up where I am now, and think about the next steps.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 secondsThat's what this course is actually all about. Working with me in this unit is Dr. Michael Hobbs. Although you'll see me explain various concepts in the unit, my colleague Michael will take the role of unit chair in this trimester and guide you in learning and regular online seminars. DR.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsMICHAEL HOBBS: Thank you for that, Nick. Hi, everyone. I'm Dr. Michael Hobbs. And as Nick mentioned, I'll be your unit chair for SIT752, Introduction to IT Professional Practise in this trimester. I'm here to guide your learning, so please make sure you participate in the discussions online as well as the seminars and activities that are designed to help you unpack your learning. You can post comments and questions through the FutureLearn platform, which is designed to encourage social and peer learning. I'll respond to you as soon as possible. Happy learning. DR.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsNICK PATTERSON: We're using a set of real world case studies and a series of unique audit tools in order to explore when and where you've been successful and what success actually means to you, develop your ability to reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses, identify your key professional skills and capabilities. You'll be also introduced to the idea of flexible credentials. These are modern, digital recognition of skills and capabilities you've developed over your career, in your personal life and community involvement. In modern working environments, being able to provide evidence of your abilities is often more important than formal qualifications.

Skip to 2 minutes and 3 secondsAt the completion of this open course, you'll be able to do the following-- understand Deakin's globally recognised credentials, learn the power of self-reflection, explain what success means to you, identify your core saleable skills by conducting a skills audit, and think about the next steps for your career. In the comments box, tell us a little about yourself, your profession, and your goals in doing this course.

What sets you apart from the rest?

Becoming career smart means learning how to adapt to change.

Most people change their jobs multiple times, many make dramatic career shifts. Being able to identify and apply your transferable skills is key to making the most of your knowledge, skills and abilities in this agile career marketplace.

Over the next two weeks you will:

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

View the course map for more details of the course.

Meet the team

Your Lead Educator for this course is Dr. Michael Hobbs, who is involved in both teaching and researching cyber security. The team also includes Educator Dr. Guy Wood-Bradley who will be working with Michael to help you get the most out of this course. Follow them to keep up with the latest course updates, feedback and discussions.

If you’re not already, follow the team and use #FLcareerpromotion to keep up with the latest course updates, feedback and discussions.

Your task

Tell us about yourself, your profession and what you would like to achieve from this course.


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