Opportunity Awareness

Learning Outcome

Demonstrate knowledge of a range of professional and enterprise opportunities related to the field of study.

Background

Some students enter their studies with a clear direction and strong understanding of career options leading from their program.  This has been developed through thorough investigation and a strong self-awareness.  Other students select programs on interest in the program content rather than the possible career outcomes while many enter with very little understanding of the program, the career pathways or the labour market generally.

Knowing their future career options, can motivate students to plan and make decisions during their studies in readiness for graduation.  Some graduates may choose to work in roles unrelated to their studies but it is preferable that this is through choice rather than as a result of a lack of industry awareness.

It is suggested that this topic be undertaken before or concurrently with the topic on Building Your Skills

Activities and discussion

Below are some suggested activities to help students explore career options and reflect on their learning to inform their future direction:

Option 1: Information Interviewing

Information interviewing is a way of finding out more about an industry by speaking to someone experienced within that industry. At the same time, it helps expand the student’s industry network. The suggested steps for arranging an information interview are as follows:

  • Identify someone who works in an area related to the field of study. 
  • Make contact to arrange the interview
  • Prepare for the interview
  • Conduct the interview
  • Undertake some self-reflection

The Guide to Information Interview Activity has been developed to assist students  

Option 2: LinkedIn Alumni Tool

This activity requires students to have a LinkedIn profile.   This activity can be very useful in expanding student thinking around the range of career options and to reinforce the fact that careers are not always linear in their development.  The suggested steps are:

  • Have students look at the LinkedIn Alumni Tool Tip Sheet
  • Students to use the LinkedIn Alumni tool to locate graduates of the RMIT program the student is currently studying. Students to identify 2 recent graduates (within the last 4 years) and 2 experienced graduates using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool who have publically accessible Linkedin profiles
  • Students to use the Graduate Career Pathway Handout to summarize the career pathways of each of the 4 graduates and research the companies that the graduates currently or previously worked with
  • Students to undertake the Self-Reflection section of the Graduate Career Pathway Handout

Option 3: Industry Panel Session

This can be an effective way to cover this topic where it is possible to get the entire cohort together at one time.  Alternatively, the presentation could be recorded and made available across the cohort for larger groups.  It is useful to get a cross section of experienced industry representatives and recent graduates so that students get a broader industry perspective.  Including a graduate who ended up in a role unrelated to the field of study can also help students understand the transferability of their learning and skills.  

Option 4: Industry Videos

This can be an effective method of covering this topic with large cohorts or where it is difficult to get an entire cohort together at one time. The resources produced can be used from year to year and added to or removed in line with changes in the industry.  When filmed in the workplace it also enables students to see the various workplace environments.  It is useful to get a cross section of experienced industry representatives, recent graduates and recruitment staff relevant to the industry to give students a broader industry perspective.  Including a graduate who ended up in a role unrelated to the field of study can also help students understand the transferability of their learning and skills.  

Further Resources

Information interviewing

Mode

Option 1: Flipped Classroom
Option 2: Flipped Classroom
Option 3: Flipped Classroom or in-class
Option 4: Flipped Classroom or in class

Time

Varied

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