Employers are looking for recruits with more than a degree
At Griffith, there are many ways you can improve your employability while you're studying. You can gain experience through initiatives such as placements and work-integrated learning, and engage in work experience, volunteering, mentoring, leadership and networking opportunities. Creating an impressive ePortfolio will also help you stand out from the crowd. Explore the possibilities below.
Engage in work-integrated learning and placements
Our work-integrated learning and placement programs allow you to gain industry-specific experience while earning credit towards your degree. Griffith offers work-integrated learning and placement programs in diverse fields ranging from information technology, engineering, health and dentistry to journalism, public relations and creative arts. Contact your school for relevant placement opportunities.
FIND AN INDUSTRY MENTOR
Learn from one of the experts in your chosen field with our Industry Mentoring Program. Having a mentor can help inspire you and keep you on track.
Mentoring is an important part of the learning community here at Griffith University.
GAIN WORK EXPERIENCE
Undertaking unpaid work experience and immersing yourself within a workplace is one of the best ways to gain insight and valuable experience in your chosen field. Through relevant work experience, you'll get to observe the day-to-day activities of employees within the industry, make connections and bring your learning to life.
To undertake work experience, you'll need to complete and submit a Work Experience Agreement.
Things to consider when volunteering
Here are some questions you might like to ask when discussing working with volunteering organisations:
- What sort of duties will I be expected to carry out?
- Will I receive any training?
- Am I covered by the company's insurance?
- How much time will I be expected to give?
- Does it matter that I can't give time when I have exams?
CREATE AN EPORTFOLIO
In the age of all things digital, an ePortfolio enables you to showcase your learning, achievements, skills and experiences on a digital platform that's easy to update as you go. A nicely crafted ePortfolio forms part of your personal brand and reflects who you are and your career aspirations. This evidence of achievement is helpful when you apply for jobs, postgraduate studies and professional accreditation. It's also ideal for networking.
To learn how to create an ePortfolio, follow our guide below.
We also have a Learning@Griffith module on ePortfolios that can help you to:
- understand what an ePortfolio is and how it can help you develop your career
- view examples of student portfolios
- choose an appropriate platform
- start adding key content
- learn how to reflect on the content to make it more powerful.
Access the ePorfolio guide on Pebblepad, or the Learning@Griffith module following these steps.
Accessing the ePortfolio module
To access the ePortfolio module on the Careers and Employment Learning@Griffith organisation:
- Go to Learning@Griffith.
- Select the Organisations tab across the top.
- Type "Careers and Employment" in the search box.
- Select CAREER_SERVICES.
- Click on the organisation to open it.
- Click on the "For Students" tab on the lefthand side.
- Click on the "Evidencing My Skills" tile.
- Select "E-Portfolio"
We can help ensure your ePortfolio aligns with your career aspirations and boosts your chances of employment
- social media networking, including an optimised LinkedIn profile
- an up-to-date ePortfolio that showcases your past work and achievements
- alumni groups
- attending networking events.
For further information and support with developing networking skills see our Professional Networking Workbook
Potential contacts can be found everywhere, so research the type of people you’d like to meet. Where do they work? What do they read? How can you contact them?
If you’re looking at specific companies you'd like to work for, determine the people within those companies would make great contacts.
Providing a value exchange will provide a point of difference and allow you to showcase your abilities while networking. What do you have to offer someone who’s already established in your industry?
Consider offering to share your knowledge in exchange for a contact's time. You can then use these exchanges as examples when interviewing for a position.
Networking is largely about maintaining contacts throughout your career, so touch base with people you meet after you initially meet them.
If you’ve connected online, send them a quick, personalised message and suggest another a meeting that suits their schedule.
There’s no one specific way to network. Introverts who don’t enjoy big crowds or making small talk with strangers might find it easier to connect online, whereas extroverts might find it more genuine to go to events or join organisations.
It’s important to put yourself out there, but consider the best way to do that for you.
EXPLORE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
Check out the many ways you can improve your employability while you study by searching for opportunities using the Enrich Your Studies ‘Find Your Opportunity’ search tool.
You can also explore the Leadership, Enrichment and Development (LEAD) program, which provides workshops and events designed to enhance your personal and professional skills and qualifications. Remember to use your portfolio to record and reflect on these experiences. It will help you to gain a competitive advantage among other graduates.