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  • G'day my name's Ivan Neville, I head the labour market research and analysis

  • branch in the Australian Government. My area talks with thousands of employers

  • around the country every year, so we've got a pretty good understanding of what

  • they're looking for when they fill their vacancies. What I want to do today is

  • talk to you about our jobs market and the sorts of things employers are

  • looking for when they fill those vacancies. In simple terms employers want

  • the whole package, they're looking for people with the relevant qualifications

  • and training to enable them to do the job. They want people to have the right

  • skills and technical expertise for that job and perhaps most importantly they

  • want personal qualities and attributes that make the individual a good fit for

  • the job or business. When I talk about personal qualities and attributes I'm

  • talking about things like being able to communicate well, having the ability to

  • work as part of a team and being highly organised. Our jobs market is changing

  • and changing pretty rapidly and we know that most new jobs will be at the higher

  • end of the skilled spectrum and therefore they will require people to

  • have post-school qualifications. We also know that more and more people have

  • those post-school qualifications, so if you want to be competitive for a job,

  • you'll need to get those qualifications as well. Well these days year 12 or

  • equivalent is really the minimum standard, so the first step is to

  • actually finish year 12, but you need more than that

  • to be competitive in today's jobs market. If you haven't finished year 12 or

  • equivalent you seriously need to consider some form of post-school

  • training. What's fortunate though is there are many options and university is not

  • the only pathway to success, we know that many people who undertake and finish a

  • trade qualification do just as well in our jobs market as somebody who

  • undertakes a university degree. Most importantly whatever option you choose

  • whether it's doing a trade qualification or whether it's going to university you

  • need to finish your course or studies and get that qualification, there's no

  • point in starting that qualification or those studies and then dropping out

  • along the way. The reality is you probably need to

  • study throughout your career, our jobs market is changing so much and you need

  • to be able to keep up to date with those changes in the jobs market, and that

  • means continuing your studies. My final piece of advice is to actually get some

  • advice about what you want to do and what course opportunities there are for

  • you to achieve what you want to do. Work experience is very important and it's the

  • sort of thing that employers are looking for.

  • For a start, it demonstrates to employers that you are work ready, that you're

  • ready to start in that job and you've got the skills and the qualities that

  • they're looking for. It also shows to an employer that

  • you are willing to work, you have those personal qualities, you're

  • motivated, you're hard-working. Having any sort of job will give you some

  • confidence and often young people in particular lack confidence they may have

  • missed out on some jobs along the way, but you have some work experience you

  • become more confident, it gives you insight into different jobs, there may be

  • some jobs that you think this job is suitable for me. There may be other jobs

  • where you think well this is not for me, but that's all good experience and you

  • can learn from that experience. And finally having some work experience will

  • give you contacts in the workplace and most importantly, you will gain a

  • reference, you'll gain a referee and somebody who can comment on your

  • ability to do another job. There are many jobs where experience is an advantage,

  • but not necessarily essential. We also know that in some industries there are

  • employers who are willing to give the right person a go and industries such as

  • hospitality and retail are very good examples.

  • It's also worth remembering though that even though you might be looking for a

  • full-time job, you may not necessarily get a full-time job immediately. You

  • might have to start by taking on a part-time job or indeed several

  • part-time jobs. You might look at having a contract position, doing some

  • shift work or a casual job. And don't rule out the experience that you can

  • gain from volunteering or working in a local sports club. Whatever you're doing,

  • whatever work experience you have and whether it's volunteering or in a pay

  • job, you're actually building your skills, your building your experience and you're

  • gaining confidence along the way. And most importantly you're getting those

  • references which will help you in your future career. If you're having trouble

  • finding a job or getting some experience you may need to expand your job search,

  • the way you look for work, and you may need to think more broadly. Ask family

  • and friends, tap into your networks, if you're going to a barbecue strike up a

  • conversation with somebody about you're looking for a job. Don't rule out social

  • media we know that employers these days are using social media more and more to

  • fill their vacancies. What you need to remember though is that many vacancies

  • these days are not advertised at all, so it pays to ask around.

  • Thanks very much for watching I hope you found this information useful, good luck

  • in your job search. The jobs market is fairly competitive but if you're

  • resilient and stick at it I'm sure you'll end up in a very satisfying job.

G'day my name's Ivan Neville, I head the labour market research and analysis

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