Employability Boot Camp 2018

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The Employability Boot Camp is an enhancement program initiated by the University of Newcastle Sydney together with employers. The program will equip you with business relevant skills that will prepare you for employment once you have completed your program. The Employability Boot Camp is also relevant for Postgraduate students and Ph.D. candidates, recently completed students and members of the public who are seeking career development.

The twenty (20) graduates who participate in the boot camp will undergo eight (8) half-day modules, conducted on Saturday mornings by the Dean’s team together with alumni and industry practitioners.

Participants who complete the employability boot camp, will be granted access to one or more of the following:

  • a mentoring program with UON alumni and business practitioners.
  • iLEAD Plus Program, corporate walk tours, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and internship opportunities.
  • scholarships.
  • business team competitions eg. Enactus.
  • interviewing skills delivered by hiring employers with the aim of securing work experience and potential employment if available.
  • mentoring.

Learning Objectives

The Employability Boot Camp is designed to allow you to:

  1. Develop self-awareness to manage and cope with work pressure.
  2. Develop own professional goals in relation to future career aspirations.
  3. Develop intercultural competence and emotional stability.
  4. Know how to work successfully in teams.
  5. Develop professional business skills including presentation skills.
  6. Know how to manage tasks and time to deliver tangible outcomes.
  7. Know how to make new and sustain connections.

Information session

University of Newcastle Postgraduate students interested in taking part in the Employability Boot Camp will need to register for the compulsory Boot Camp kick-off session scheduled for Wednesday 28 February 2018. Members of the public who are interested in taking part in the Employability Boot Camp are not required to attend this information session and are able to enrol for the Boot Camp below.

Register NowBoot Camp kick-off session is Wed 28 Feb 2018.

Program Topics

Your Leadership Brand

Saturday 7 April 2018 (10am – 2pm)

  • Develop your visibility: demeanour, professional grooming, resume, business card.
  • Identify potential personal sponsors: e.g. mentor.
  • Create your brand statement.

The Power of Networking

Saturday 12 May 2018 (10am – 2pm)

  • Build your confidence skills.
  • Develop and activate your network of connections and relationships.
  • Learn how to introduce yourself and work the ‘room’.
  • Learn how to reinforce business relationships.

Developing Your Career Portfolio

Saturday 2 June 2018 (10am – 2pm)

  • Understand the job market and keep abreast of the trends.
  • Polish your resume including choosing your referees wisely.
  • Develop a career portfolio: collecting the evidence.
  • Target potential employment opportunities.
  • Understand and respond to selection criteria.

Professional Communications

Saturday 21 July 2018 (10am – 2pm)

  • Set and communicate expectations eg. culture and agenda differences.
  • Identify and develop your personal communication style.
  • Understand the role of culture, stereotypes and bias.
  • Use active listening techniques and effective questioning skills.
  • Give and receive appropriate feedback

Inside the Workplace

Saturday 1 September 2018 (10am – 2pm)

  • Understand workplace dynamics.
  • Navigate the hierarchy.
  • How to work in small groups and project teams.
  • Understand Supervisor expectations.

Engaging in Challenging Conversations

Saturday 8 September 2018 (10am – 2pm)

  • Learn how to confront thorny issues.
  • Deal with productive vs unproductive conflict.
  • Learn how to resolve issues.
  • Learn how to state your position and perspective clearly.

How to Land your Dream Job

Saturday 20 October 2018 (10am – 2pm)

  • Prepare for the job interview, including skills assessments delivered by employers.
  • How to make an impact at the interview.

Capstone: You as a Leader and Influencer

Saturday 10 November 2018 (10am – 2pm)

  • A capstone bringing together everything learned over the year.
  • Getting to the Why (Simon Sinek).
  • Understanding the power of public speaking to influence.
  • How to develop and pitch an idea persuasively.
  • Celebrate 12 months of development and goals for next 3, 6 and 12 months..

Intended Audience

The Employability Boot Camp is open to:

  • University of Newcastle Postgraduate students.
  • Postgraduate studentsfrom other universities.
  • Members of the general public and recently completed postgraduates.

Learning Outcomes

Candidates who are selected and complete the Employability Boot Camp, will be able to:

  1. Be confident and realistic about their capability and career aspirations.
  2. Plan for continuing career development.
  3. Make new connections and contact relevant stakeholders.
  4. Integrate skills into new tasks.
  5. Work as part of a team to deliver tasks and projects.
  6. Communicate professionally in diverse situations.
  7. Confidently apply and interview for employment opportunities.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the workplace and its dynamics.

Course Features

Available course dates

Please note: University of Newcastle Postgraduate students and PhD candidates are eligible to participate free of charge as an extension of their coursework by attending the Boot Camp kick-off session on Wednesday 28 February 2018. Register now. Members of the public, or students that do not attend the Boot Camp kick-off session, are required to pay the enrolment fee.
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