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What makes you special?

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Macleay Graduate Adam Kidd works as a Media Coordinator at the NSW Rugby League. This is his advice for new graduates:

If I was to hire someone for your dream job, why would I choose you over the person next to you?

I’m asking these questions because I’ve seen you before. And I’m hiring.

Yes… After 16 years of education from primary school to uni, you’ve finally arrived. You’re an educated, multi-skilled, clever intellectual who is ready to offer their talents to the highest bidder.

Well I have only one thing to say – “Welcome back to the beginning”.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census, there are currently close to 1 million people studying at Universities and Colleges around the nation. Compare that to the 140,000 people that were studying in 1985, when the parents of many of today’s students were completing tertiary education, and it means a diploma or degree is no longer a guarantee of securing your dream job or a job at all.

The work force – or ‘real world’ – is an incredibly competitive place.

Yes you’ve done extremely well to complete your studies, but it’s going to take more than that to impress your potential employers.

To help you rise above and escape from being a ‘could have been’, the following is a list of traits and skills that can help you pay the bills and secure your dream job in the process.

  1. A positive attitude

    Are you a happy person?
    If so, then let the sunshine out. It’s O.K to feel nervous or uncomfortable at a job interview or new place of employment, but if you’re constantly taking a ‘glass half-empty’ approach to any challenges that arise; then you may need to do some work on how you present yourself to others in a work environment.
    A simple attitude adjustment can make a big difference to your life and positive people are more likely to be successful than negative ones. Remember, no one wants to work with Oscar the Grouch.
    When was the last time you checked your attitude?

  2. Open Minded

    Do you know everything you need to know to start your dream job? The answer is, no.
    Being open-minded means you are willing to listen to other ideas and opinions and consider the possibility that you are wrong or may need change your own perspective. Employers want to know that you have a willingness to learn new things and consider alternative approaches to your work.
    That doesn’t sound too bad does it?
    Your answer has just determined how open minded you really are.

  3. Multi-skilled

    Are you highly skilled in one area? Have you thought about what might happen if that skill becomes obsolete?
    Like the triple-threat of an Actor/Singer and Dancer, multi-skilled workers are highly sought after in the ‘real world’. A multi-skilled worker is more adept at handling change and can be utilised in areas outside their expertise. Businesses with multi-skilled workers can operate with a reduced number of employees if necessary. In these competitive times, you want to be the one they can’t afford to let go!

  4. Industry Savvy

    You talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?
    Cringe worthy clichés aside, if you’ve graduated from your studies; your employer will expect you to be up to date with the latest technology, methods and practices of their workplace.
    While no one expects you to know everything on your first day, you should be ready to hit the ground running. Your employer doesn’t want to be holding your hand, they want to see you applying your skills and bringing your own unique approach to the task at hand.
    If you’re dream job was offered today, do you have the knowledge to ace your interview?

  5. Hard Working

    Do you deserve your dream job?
    Before you answer this, think about the person next to you that we mentioned at the beginning of the article.
    Have you worked harder than them? Have you exhausted all of your options? Have you made the most of all your opportunities?
    If you’ve just graduated, it’s unlikely that you have experience in your chosen field. What you may have however is a history of completed internships or volunteer work that proves your desire to succeed.
    Every graduate has had to study to complete their degree or diploma, but how many have gone the extra mile to assure success?

  6. Make sure you’ve done all you can when the opportunity arises.

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