Pump up your job prospects

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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.

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