The recently developed discipline focused industry websites provide authentic, relevant and current analysis on professions related to your discipline . Partnering with students to create and curate content, the sites provide a range of resources to assist students increase knowledge of their career requirements and options and an up to date understanding of the current issues and challenges faced by related industries.
The sites focus specifically on your discipline, you can integrated content directly into course learning and teaching activity and help keep the course content contemporary and dynamic. The use of students bloggers brings the student voice to the site and provides a unique opportunity for students to co create course resources.
The students creating content are encouraged to include data, viewpoints and resources on:
- industry trends and pathways into allied professions
- the skills required by industry professions
- employment opportunities
- key issues in the industry landscape
Currently there are 15 completed sites that capture daily twitter activity and at least one new blog added every two weeks.
College of Science, Engineering and Health
- Flight Aviation & Aerospace Engineering: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/aviation-career-hub/
School of Vocational Engineering and Health Sciences
- Engineering VE: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/et/
- Health Science VE: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/health-career-hub/
School of Science
- Computer Science and Information Technology : https://sites.rmit.edu.au/csit-careers/
- Environmental Science: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/aces/
- Food Science and Technology (in progress): https://sites.rmit.edu.au/fst-career-hub/
- Geospatial Science: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/geospatial-career-hub/
- Physics (in progress): https://sites.rmit.edu.au/physics-career-hub/
School of Health and Biomedical Sciences
- Biomedical Sciences: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/biomed-careers-hub/
- Exercise & Sport Science: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/exercise-science-career-hub/
- Laboratory Medicine: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/lab-med-career-hub/
- Psychology: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/psych-careers-hub/
School of Engineering
- Civil Engineering: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/cie/
- Electrical and Electronics (waiting for insights) https://sites.rmit.edu.au/ee-career-hub/
- Mechanical Automotive Engineering: https://sites.rmit.edu.au/ma-career-hub/
Ideas for using the websites in your learning and teaching
It is crucial students can effectively identify and analyse the requirements and subtext of advertisements. The live-feed of advertisements pinpoints employment opportunities in your discipline.
Using real live advertisements brings authenticity to the student experience and helps them become familiar with advertisement requirements and formats.
- Look at the job advertisement page and describe the culture of the company. Students should examine the language used, imagery included, to identify company traits and culture. They should research the organisation and reflect on their own values to establish if the organisation would suit their desired work culture.
- In small groups. Select one advertised position. Describe what you what you would wear to an interview for this position. Justify your choices to your team mates.
- Select one job advertisement. Create the profile of a candidate who would not suit this position (E.g. Likes to sleep in, hates to work in isolation etc).
Having a network can be an advantage in gaining employment. While we often tell students it is important to network we rarely tell them what it actually means or how to do it.
Attending professional association events and information can assist students to find ind opportunities to start to builda network. Activities built around the association events can prepare students to make the most of opportunities.
- Prepare an elevator pitch that you could use at a networking event with an industry professional.
- Create a video of their elevator pitch, submit it to team members for feedback. Refine the pitch based on feedback.
- Research any funding opportunities available through your professional association. In small groups identify the main criteria that are used for awarding funding.
- Review any recent award winners featured. Attempt to create a timeline of their professional achievements.
Blogs and tweets on the sites capture current issues and challenges in associated industries. Covering real life examples, students can gain a feel for the types of issues they will be grappling with and potential future challenges faced by industry.
Written and curated by students, the content is updated on a weekly basis, ensuring that information is current and relevant to the student experience.
- Students produce blog post on a current issue. Best posts published on site. Students experience writing for a public audience.
- Teams are asked to imagine themselves consulting for an organisation. They select a blog post and develop a presentation to be delivered to their work team outlining why the issue is important and how it might impact the industry.
- Host a discussion examining the issues and future directions raised in the blog posts. Students identify skills needed to ensure they are positioned to meet the future requirements. How might they develop these skills?
Job stats give students an understanding of the range of professions available, where the employment possibilities are, and what job skills employers are looking for. Stats can open students' eyes to new possibilities and help them connect academic study with industry roles.
Students can use the statistics list to increase their employability by planning their study and co-curricular activity to match the skills and knowledge required by employers.
- Students undertake a skills audit to identify current skills and skills they need to develop (Career Management credential). Students compare their skills against those identified in the data and plan which skills they will strengthen.
- Students complete a Career Plan outlining activities they can undertake, in program or co-curricular activity to build the required qualifications and skills.
- Groups identify professions listed in their discipline and discuss differences between each professional area. What would drive them to consider work in one area over another? How could their own personal values and desires impact their selection.