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Watch the video from A/Prof Marcus O'Donnell to find out what you'll be learning in this course about self-management and your employability.
MARCUS O’DONNELL: Do you feel like you work too much? But even then, you still don’t get things done? Do you feel stressed by trying to juggle too many different responsibilities? Are you constantly dreaming of that next opportunity, feel confused about how to take even the next step? And What about work/life balance? None of these feelings or questions are uncommon. As life and work become increasingly complex, we need new ways of managing our lives, managing our work, and managing our expectations. Hello, I’m Marcus O’Donnell from Deakin University. Welcome to this free two-week course on self-management skills for career success. Self-management is high on the list of skills employers say they want in their employees.
And we instinctively use the term manage in relationship to a whole range of different things in our life. We often say things like, I didn’t manage to get that done. We talk about managing our money. And of course, we talk about time management. But what does self-management really mean? In this course, we’ll talk about self-management from two perspectives– how to manage our careers and how to manage our lives. In this first week, we’ll hear from some employers about how they define self-management and why they want employees with this skill set. We’ll also hear from a range of different professionals about how good self-management skills have contributed to their career stories.
Then we’ll explore how to evidence the skills you have, how to better tell your career story and your skills story to current and future employers. We’ll also introduce you to Deacon’s own professional practise credentials, which are a unique way for you to reflect on and validate your employability skills in a way that will be recognisable to current and future employers. Then next week, we’ll explore practical behaviours and strategies for building better self-management in your career and in your life. One of the strategies we’ll look at is goal-setting. So my first challenge to you is think about why you are doing this course and set a realistic goal about your participation. Maybe you’ve started lots of courses before.
And this time, you really want the satisfaction of getting over the finish line. So your goal might be to make sure you do at least two steps each day to get you there. Or maybe you know this is an area you really want to focus on at this point in your life. And you’re going to go all-out. So your goal might be to spend some time each day making at least one comment. What do you want to achieve? And what are the plans you can make to help you achieve it?
Self-management is in high demand across all industries and employment sectors.
But what does good self-management look like? What self-management skills do you have and how would you go about benchmarking and developing these to benefit your career?

Setting the scene for your learning

When you think about it, there are very few jobs that don’t require self-management.
It’s also one of the most highly regarded employability skills that organisations rely on to achieve their goals and objectives.
Your ability to identify and evidence your self-management skills is critical to gaining employment opportunities, whether in terms of changing jobs, applying for a promotion, re-entering the workforce, gaining access to the resources required to start your own business, or pursuing further education and training.
Developing great self-management skills is not only important for your career; it’s also what enables you to maintain a healthy balance across all your other life commitments and responsibilities.

What will you be learning?

In this course you’ll:
  • investigate the role of self-management in the world of work
  • explore what self-management skills employers are looking for
  • benchmark your own capability in self-management against international frameworks and Deakin’s Professional Practice criteria
  • discover practical tips and strategies for improving your self-management skills.

Your learning outcomes

By completing this course, you should be able to:
  • describe self-management and what skills it entails
  • identify the behaviours, skills and knowledge that exemplify good self-management in the workplace
  • assess your level of self-management against international qualifications frameworks
  • improve your self-management skills by reflecting on your capabilities and implementing practical strategies.

Meet the team

Your Lead Educator for this course is Associate Professor Marcus O’Donnell.
Joining Marcus is Educator Dr Trina Jorre De St Jorre.
You’ll also be hearing from senior workplace leaders and holders of employability credentials in self-management who’ll provide you with personal insights and perspectives about the role – and importance – of self-management.
If you haven’t already, take a moment to view your Educators’ profiles and follow them for course updates, feedback and discussions.
You can also add to the conversation on social media using #FLCareerCredentials.

Your task

Watch the video to hear more from Marcus about self-management and the big questions we’ll be addressing in this course.
When you’re done, use the comments to introduce yourself, tell us why you’re taking this course and what you hope to get out of it.
Next, select the ‘mark as complete’ button and move to the next step.
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