Evaluate yourself. Where are you right now?
Critical self-examination is hard and proves to be the toughest step for most people. A great way to make this easier on yourself is to examine every skill you have.
Spreadsheets may be the bane of a professional’s existence, but they save the day here. Firstly, list down all your professional skills. Then, in another column, rate them as ‘novice’, ‘good’ or ‘expert’. Skills gained during study are as important as skills gained through work, so don’t feel that you’re at a disadvantage if you have no prior work experience!
How RMIT can help
Having a good resume really helps make this task a breeze, but if you have struggled with building a relevant CV that showcases your abilities, hop onto the RMIT Job Shop to get all your questions answered.
These answers may take the form of resume writing workshops, or drop-in sessions run by experienced support staff that help graduates within 12 months of graduating. Countless RMIT alumni owe their first jobs to the consultants who helped them fine-tune their profiles!
Chart out a roadmap. How do you get from where you are to where you want to be?
So, you finally know what you want to do, and you have a reasonable self-analysis of your current skills.
At this point, you may only need to upskill in a couple of key areas, combine that with your existing skillset (along with a new, polished resume) and be ready to apply for your dream job! This is what is referred to as a pivot, and generally involves a modest shift to a different industry but within the same job functions.
Alternatively, you might find yourself needing to make a fully-fledged career change. Greater research and planning are required here to nail down which skills you need to acquire, how you will gain entry into your new industry (it might be through an internship, freelance or contract role, entry-level job, or perhaps even a return to study), and how you will balance the additional commitments against your personal life.
How RMIT can help
A career is akin to a living organism, constantly growing and evolving. RMIT understands this, which is why the support doesn’t just stop once you graduate.
The Future Skills short courses are designed to be the catalyst for that growth, with a 15% discount available for all RMIT alumni. Whether you’re looking for a career change, a pivot or even growing within your current job, these course offerings will let you upskill for a future that you want, when you want it.
Story: Hassaan Ahmed