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Putting it all together

In this video, Dr Nick Patterson reflects on the big questions posed at the beginning of this course, including key takeaways and next steps.
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NICK PATTERSON: Congratulations, you’re nearly at the end of week two. It’s now time to reflect on how you can pull together everything we’ve learned and apply to your future career success. At the beginning of this course, we outlined the big questions of our investigation– namely, what is communication and why does it matter for my employability? What communication skills do I have and how can I most effectively demonstrate these two employers? We’ve heard from Deakin academics, senior industry leaders, and practicing professionals, including professional practise communication credential holders. We’ve also reflected on our own experiences and communication capabilities. So you should have started to formulate and develop your own answers to these questions.
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By now, you should also have a good sense of your own communication skill level and what examples you could draw on to evidence your expertise to employers. You may also have some ideas about what you need to work on to raise yourself to the next level. What next steps you need to take is up to you. If you’re confident in your skill and believe you have examples and evidence appropriate to your level, you may want to consider applying for formal recognition of your capabilities by undertaking Deakin professional practise credential assessment. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about the communication skills employers are looking for and gain new perspectives on your communication capabilities.
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And how you can draw on your own examples and expertise to demonstrate these. On behalf of the team, thank you for joining us. Wherever your next steps take you, I wish you all the best.
The two big questions we set out to answer at the beginning of this course were ‘What is communication and why does it matter for my employability?’ and ‘What communication skills do I have and how can I most effectively demonstrate these to employers?’
By now, each of you will have come up with a very personal answer to these questions. We hope the material we’ve explored together in this course has contributed to your thinking.

What we covered

In Week 1 we explored what good communication looks like, its relationship to employability and practical tips for improving some of your key communication skills.
This included hearing different perspectives from employers, employees and your education team.
In Week 2 we examined how the world of work is changing and what this means in terms of a growing emphasis on key transferable skills like communication.
During this week you had the opportunity to benchmark your communication skills against formal qualifications frameworks and criteria before investigating what evidence you could draw on to demonstrate your communication expertise to employers.

Your task

Watch the video from Nick and reflect on what you’ve learned and how you would pull this all together to answer the big questions posed in this course.
In the comments, share and discuss your key takeaways, including what your next steps will be.
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