Transferable skills such as communication, problem solving and teamwork are valued by employers. You can begin developing these skills through volunteering and part-time or casual work.
Having volunteer or part-time and casual work experience can help you demonstrate your transferable skills on your resume. It can also provide you with specific examples to use when answering interview questions or addressing selection criteria when you are applying for future opportunities.
As well as contributing to your community, volunteering is a great way to begin developing the skills and experience that employers are looking for. You may even be able to apply your discipline-specific skills and gain practical experience. You can search online for volunteering opportunities that meet your personal criteria. If you have a particular cause or charity you would like to dedicate your time, check out their website or contact them directly.
You can find out more about volunteer opportunities by:
Apart from the financial benefits, working part-time or casually is a valuable opportunity to develop your transferable skills and experience. Even if your experience is not industry related, you can use it as a springboard to opportunities such as work experience, internships, and vacation work.
You can find out more about part-time and casual work by:
If you’re new to the workplace, find out about your rights and responsibilities so you have an understanding of issues such as employment contracts and rates of pay.
You can find out more about your workplace rights and responsibilities by:
- taking the Workplace Rights and Responsibilities Careers Challenge
- reading Workplace Rights [.pdf]
- reading Employment Scams [.pdf]