Build your employability over the holidays
University holidays are a great way to mentally freshen upafter a long year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t further your careerprospects while you’re out of the classroom. There are plenty ofextracurricular activities available over the break that will bolster anygraduate’s CV, some of which can be very rewarding.
Whether you’re learning, teaching, practicing or lending ahand, there is plenty to keep you busy over the summer break.
There is no shortage of ventures looking for volunteers. Soupkitchens, meals on wheels, sporting clubs and many charities are constantly onthe hunt for people to help in different capacities, and contributing your timefree-of-charge is something looked favourably upon by prospective employers.
Many primary and high school students require tutoring in anassortment of different subjects, and this can be a great avenue to share yourexpertise, develop your people skills and make some money. If you’re ajournalism major, teaching essay writing for VCE English could be your go,while design students could assist high schoolers with their media and visualcommunication studies.
Using your skills to develop a portfolio is an excellentstrategy for boosting employability. Whether it’s writing blogs, creatingvideos or designing websites, these projects can be referenced further down thetrack and demonstrate initiative and a willingness to work. Plus, there’s achance you could be paid!
Are you interested in refining your knowledge of aparticular subject? Perhaps you’re a marketing student who wants to learn basiccoding to complement your marketing skillset? Whatever your preference, thereare various short courses available online, many of which are free.
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