Pump up your job prospects
PEOPLE with qualifications in finance, human resources, information technology and marketing have a competitive edge in the job market because their skills are useful across multiple industries.
Lisa Morris, regional director at recruitment agency Hays, says job seekers would be wise to train in areas in high demand by employers.
‘‘ Obtaining skills that can be used across many industries means you broaden the pool of jobs you can consider – you are not restricted to one industry alone,’’ Morris says. ‘‘ This has obvious advantages if demand in one industry slows but increases in another.
‘‘ Candidates with qualifications in accountancy and finance, HR, IT and marketing are well positioned to find themselves in demand by more than one industry. Certain engineering skills are also in demand across various industries, from civil construction to resources and mining.’’
University of South Austra- lia acting career services manager Tony Mcavaney says degrees in arts, international studies, business and management also provide a broad range of career options but anyone can market their individual qualification to suit a job profile.
‘‘ The generic skills that are taught in most courses are attractive to a lot of employers,’’ Mcavaney says.
‘‘ Things like communication and the ability to work independently are all really important. A number of em- ployers will say they don’t even care what sort of degree you have.
‘‘ It sounds crazy but . . . they will say that if you have completed a degree then it shows you are intelligent, not in an elitist sense but that you have enough intelligence to do the job.
‘‘ They also say it means you have the discipline to complete the journey, that you are teachable and you have some stickability and some commitment to follow through.’’
Mcavaney says one exam- ple of this is teaching graduates. He says one in four graduates never sets foot in a school, instead using their skills to work in areas seemingly unrelated to their field, including the tourism industry, where they run children’s programs at holiday resorts.
Kate Kameniar, 26, completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) at UNISA in 2010.
Most graduates from the program go on to become sports trainers, coaches and exercise physiologists.
But Kameniar chose health promotion and works with the Continence Foundation of Australia.
‘‘ Studying ( human movement) does bring a slightly different perspective to the field but that can be a good thing,’’ she says.
‘‘ Before uni I was working as a fitness instructor and, on some level, I guess health promotion does come into that, so for me, this seemed like a natural progression.’’
HEALTHY: Kate Kameniar works out.