5 skills graduates need to kick-start their career

Most would agree, we undertake post-school study to improve our chances of getting a job or career progression. But as Australia’s industries and labour markets change so too does employment opportunity, demand and skills needed.

Today’s graduate faces more challenges than their parents ever did when finding work. In such a tumultuous time, how do graduates improve their chances of being employed and kick-start their career?

Australia’s labour markets and industries are changing, and rapidly. This is due to a number of factors including; technological advancements, global economics needs, business needs, industry needs and skill demands.

According to the 2016 Graduate Outcome Survey, 70% of undergraduates were in full-time employment four months after completing their degree.¹ That leaves 30% still looking for work months after graduating.

Looking at the facts closer, undergraduates with more generalist degrees took longer to gain a foothold in the labour market immediately upon graduation. Study areas with the lowest rates of full-time employment in 2016 were; creative arts, agriculture and environmental studies, communications, psychology, science and mathematics and, humanities, culture and social science. All these areas had full-time employment rates of less than 62%.¹

What skills are needed in Australia’s ever-changing industries and labour markets and how can graduates prepare themselves?

From our research, we’ve found graduates should equip themselves with these 5 skills to kick-start their career:

  1. Digital literacy

Digital literacy encompasses a range of skills that involve; computer skills, understanding how technology is used to communicate, gather information and transact, and how to configure and build digital systems.

  1. Interpersonal and emotional intelligence

Interpersonal and emotional intelligence is essentially the ability to develop meaningful relationships with others and the ability to interpret and respond to social and emotional circumstances.

  1. Creativity problem solving

Creative problem solving is a proven method for approaching a problem or challenge in an imaginative and innovative way.

  1. Time management and organisation

Organising and managing priorities to timeframes is a skill needed in almost all industries and it’s essentially the ability to complete work on time.

  1. Effective communication and negotiation

The ability to deliver information clearly and concisely coupled with the ability to discuss and negotiate positive outcomes are valuable and sort after skills.

CIT Solutions offers many Professional Development workshops in many of the subject areas above. Browse our subject areas today Communications & Engagement, Computer Skills and Self Development and kick-start your career.

¹QILT 2016 Graduate Outcome Survey

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