Career development is the continuous process of effectively managing your learning, work and transitions at all stages of your life. It involves developing the skills and knowledge to plan and make informed decisions about your education/training, career choices and working life, as well as maximising your on-going employability and contribution (through meaningful paid or unpaid work) to the community and broader economy.
Below are some of the ways the MSEL program directly contributes to your career development.
The Recruitment Process
The MSEL program selection process offers you exposure to real-world recruitment practices/activities that graduate employers typically use when screening and identifying competitive graduates for employment. The MSEL program allows you to do a test run of this process – all within the familiar surrounds of the Murdoch Campus.
The MSEL program’s selection/recruitment activities include:
- submitting your cv/resume and addressing selection criteria through an e-application,
- participating in a group (team) exercise,
- completing a business simulation activity (requiring decision making/organisational skills), and
- attending a final interview.
Applicants are short-listed at several stages of the process and have the benefit of optional feedback for each activity they undertake. The MSEL program selection process not only provides you with invaluable job search practice in preparation for the graduate job market, but also the opportunity to reflect upon your performance from an employer’s perspective. This enables you to focus on possible areas for improvement that would ultimately enhance your future employability – ideal for those looking to gain industry experience or launch your professional career.
Murdoch University’s Careers and Employment Centre has great resources to help you write an excellent CV/Resume, address Selection Criteria (with samples), and identify your employability skills. Access them here: CV/Resume, Selection Criteria and Employability Skills.
The MSEL program requires participants to join 5 workshops designed to level-up your transferrable skills. Transferrable skills are those that can be recognised, developed, and applied across a number of settings and contexts. They are not skills tied to your subject area. They are skills that are used in all subject areas, and indeed, in all areas of your life.
MSEL Workshops include topics such as:
- Leading Yourself
- Leading Projects
- Structuring Teams
- Leading Teams
- Leading Individuals
The MSEL program’s workshops are designed to help you select strategies that will allow you to improve your teamwork, communication, time management, problem solving, and presentation skills, and the workshop series is capped off with a career development workshop that will help you discuss your MSEL experiences (the skills you develop and the project outcomes you deliver) in a way that “speaks to” the interests of your future employers.
Employment networking refers to using personal, professional, academic or familial contacts to assist with a job search, achieve career goals, or learn more about your field, or another field you’d like to work in. Networking can be a good way to hear about job opportunities, or get an “in” at the company you’d like to work in.
The MSEL program supports your professional networking through its mentoring component, which is made up of two parts: MSEL student alumni mentors and professional mentors.
MSEL Alumni Mentors, as the name suggests, are students who are graduates of the MSEL program and have made themselves available to share their perspective with current participants. MSEL Alumni Mentors work with one or two teams throughout the program to motivate, share their experiences, guide and help problem solve team and/or project issues by meeting up with teams over coffee and online through LMS.
Professional Mentors are working professionals (often Murdoch University alumni themselves) who are matched with participants (mentees) to assist with their career development. The goals of the Professional Mentor are to improve the future employment opportunities of mentees, enhance the mentee’s employability skills and share career-relevant knowledge. Mentors are typically aligned to the mentee’s career path and handpicked to ensure they are of high calibre.
Because the MSEL program revolves around completing a project for a Community Partner, it provides you with an authentic learning experience. That is, the learning you do, whether it be of new technical skills or general transferrable skills, occur in a situation that is a true-to-life. The learning situation mirrors the way the actual norms, cultural knowledge, roles, responsibilities and language of workplace happen. Such learning experiences are highly valued by employers of graduate students: