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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.

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

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.

When would you like to start?

  • Available now

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.

Karen Johnson

Who will you learn with?

Michael Hobbs

I am a senior lecturer in the School of IT at Deakin University. My research interests are in the areas of distributed systems, operating systems and more recently IoT scalability & interoperability.

Guy Wood-Bradley

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

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.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 58,000 students studying online and on-campus.

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Advance your career with a degree

This course is the first step to a degree in Information Technology Leadership.

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.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Deakin University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Introduction to IT Professional Practice, which is part of the degree Information Technology Leadership.

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