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1. Reference of source: Student recruitment video [Video]. (2015). Perth, Australia: ECU.

2. Reference of source: ECU, 2015. Tutorial 5: Edith Cowan University Careers and Leadership Services [Lecture notes]. Retrieved from Blackboard website:

3. Career development checkpoints

3.1. 1st year student

3.1.1. Access the ECU Career Hub

3.1.2. Attend career workshops

3.1.3. Join student clubs

3.1.4. Gain work experience

3.1.5. Build self-awareness skills

3.1.6. Sign up for the ECU volunteer program

3.2. 2nd year student

3.2.1. Research preferred job industry

3.2.2. Research work opportunities

3.2.3. Develop networking skills

3.2.4. Develop communication skills

3.2.5. Build professional network

3.2.6. Sign up to ECU peer mentor program

3.3. 3rd year student

3.3.1. Attend career fairs

3.3.2. Attend employer presentations

3.3.3. Obtain graduate program information from ECU

3.3.4. Update CV

3.3.5. Work on interview skills

3.3.6. Get involved in leadership programs

4. How to manage your career

4.1. Self awareness

4.1.1. Through your interests, strengths and values

4.2. Exploration

4.2.1. By researching potential occupations and job industries

4.3. Decide

4.3.1. Evaluate the job research and your own career goals

4.4. Do

4.4.1. Create an action plan to reach your career goal

5. What to consider when choosing a career

5.1. Your skills

5.1.1. Teamwork

5.1.2. Problem-solving

5.1.3. Computing

5.1.4. Organising

5.1.5. Communication

5.2. Your interests

5.2.1. Creative

5.2.2. Social

5.2.3. Outdoor

5.2.4. Scientific

5.3. Your location

5.4. Your qualifications

5.5. Your contatcs

5.6. Your personality

5.6.1. Determined

5.6.2. Cautious

5.6.3. Outgoing

5.6.4. Calm

5.7. Values and motivation

5.7.1. Work-life balance

5.7.2. Helping others

5.7.3. Money

5.7.4. Security

6. What does the ECU Career and Leadership Services provide?

6.1. Provide students with support in their career journey

6.2. Career advice

6.3. Provide information on volunteering opportunities

6.4. Mentoring programs

6.5. Leadership programs

7. Sties to use to research potential careers







8. Networking

8.1. What is networking?

8.1.1. Connecting with other people

8.1.2. Creating professional contacts

8.1.3. Working with contacts on their needs and wants

8.1.4. Sharing information

8.1.5. Creating opportunities for yourself and others

8.2. Examples of online networking

8.2.1. Professional associations (check for student opportunities to join.)

8.2.2. Facebook and other social media sites

8.2.3. Discussion boards

8.2.4. Blogs

8.2.5. Own website

8.2.6. Linkedin

9. Internships

9.1. What is an internship?

9.1.1. Defined by the National Experiential Education as "a carefully monitored work or volunteer experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning through the experience".

9.2. Benefits

9.2.1. Develop workplace skills

9.2.2. Professional networking

9.2.3. Gain a competitive edge in the job market

10. Volunteering

10.1. Benefits

10.1.1. Sense of pride and accomplishment

10.1.2. Giving back to the community

10.1.3. Create new contacts and friends

10.1.4. Pursue a passion

10.1.5. Gain experience to add to your CV

10.2. Volunteering at ECU

10.2.1. Register interest through ECU Career Hub and attend ECU Volunteer Induction Workshop

11. Peer Mentoring Program

11.1. 1st year student

11.1.1. Join the program to be given a peer mentor

11.2. 2nd or 3rd year student

11.2.1. Join the program to become a mentor

12. CareerHub

12.1. What is it?

12.1.1. "Careerhub is an internal Career Development Management system which Universities around Australia use."

12.2. Benefits

12.2.1. Provide self-research career and employment information

12.2.2. Resume and cover letter templates and information

12.2.3. 1:1 career appointments

12.2.4. Job vacancy advertisements

12.2.5. Traineeship and internship advertisements

12.2.6. Potential employer information and contacts listing

12.2.7. Career events

12.2.8. Access to employment articles

12.2.9. Access to self development articles

12.3. Contact CareerHub

12.3.1. Website:

12.3.2. Email: [email protected]

12.3.3. Phone: (08) 6304 5899

13. How to apply for a course at ECU

13.1. Access SIMO system through the ECU website

13.2. Apply for course on SIMO. You may need to attend an interview or attach a portfolio

13.3. Cannot be offered a placement until you are done with UniPrep course exams

13.4. Note: 50% average score overall from UniPrep gives you a notional ATAR of 70; achieve an average of 80% or more and you may be eligible for an ATAR of 80