Source: University of Otago
Hugh Bradford and Stephen Jones both say MyCareerSpace has already helped them prepare for their future careers.
Knowing where to get started when on the hunt for your dream job is not always a simple task. With a new tool available to students, the Career Development Centre have made the path clearer – and some students have already had success.
MyCareerSpace is a free online tool for students and includes benefits such as a CV builder which also gives instant feedback on employability, online professional development courses and an international job search.
Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Entrepreneurship) student Hugh Bradford has recently used the tool to help him with his internship applications and says the tool clears up a lot of questions about preparing for the job market.
“The job market is saturated right now so you need to be able to stand out from other applicants as much as possible. The first thing I tried was the CV builder which I straight away thought was amazing. You input your details and then you can choose a layout you like. After you’ve built your CV you can upload it to a tool called CV 360 and get instant feedback on how to improve it.”
Hugh says it’s easy for students to assume they don’t need to think about their employability until their last year of study – which isn’t always a wise plan.
“It’s all those little common-sense things which you need to make habitual such as forward-planning. You do these things at University but it’s applied differently at work.”
“The earlier you adopt it the better, don’t leave it until third year. It’s important to have as much preparation as possible. I definitely think the skills courses are worth taking up early. Digital competency is a must these days. For example, not every young person knows Microsoft Office programmes as well as they could, but they can develop these skills through MyCareerSpace.”
Stephen Jones is about to complete his studies in Law and Psychology and has already landed himself a job for 2022. He is now using MyCareerSpace to help him prepare for the role.
“The work preparation section has videos and articles I’ve been using to get myself fit for work. There are quite a few things I’ve appreciated learning about such as being mentally and emotionally ready for the workplace. Study and work are very different environments.”
The fifth year Bachelor of Laws and Science student is taking on a law role and says creating good work-habits is helping him feel ready for the task.
“It’s all those little common-sense things which you need to make habitual such as forward-planning. You do these things at University but it’s applied differently at work. Between 8.30am and 5pm I follow a workday schedule so when I start my job next year it won’t be a shock. I want to make the best impact I can in my new job as it will predict my career.”
“The tool has answered a lot of my questions and even questions I didn’t know I had. I feel more confident with starting my new job. There’s still a bit I’d like to learn so I feel good knowing I have six months to prepare myself and a way to go about doing that.”
MyCareerSpace is now up and running and can be accessed for free using student your student ID.