19th Apr 2017
Christina Chun, 1Scope CEO
I think my life is a good example of how decisions in life can take you to places you wouldn’t have ever imagined. I applied for an exchange program and one location was in Leeds and another was in Sydney. I really wanted Leeds and had my heart set on it, but ended up taking Sydney because that option was there. And now it’s my home and I’m loving it.
I didn’t know that I wanted to be in Sydney at the time but what I knew was that I wanted to do something. I wanted to explore and to put myself out there. If you have your heart set on a particular program or employer, there’s a good chance it won’t happen right away. So don’t let that be your downfall and the end of the road for you. You’re looking at 40-40 years for a career, so it’s about exploring and taking different paths that makes life more interesting and making the most of the opportunities that you receive.
When hiring, we don’t necessarily just want to see individuals at the top of the game. We also want to see people who are progressing. We’re looking at the journey and the development in a person’s character – that is what is of particular interest to us.
From an employers’ perspective, if you are investing in a graduate, it takes 9-14 months of direct investment before you really see value. You want to invest in someone that you see will respect this time and that it’ll be a mutual trade off.
Critical. They can often be the key determinants of long term success.
People focus on the technical skills, but in most fields this can be taught and often there is iterative training to develop these hard skills on the job. In comparison, soft skills are more intangible and nuanced and can take years to develop. How do you train someone to be a team player, diligent, a great communicator or disciplined overnight? Unfortunately, these skills are often neglected and an otherwise talented performer can be handicapped in these fields before they even commence working.
Yes, work experience might be hard to get, but remember it’s only one opportunity. Undertake more programs, do online courses to show that you’re building skills in areas of demand, and enhance your overall toolkit. Ultimately, what we’re looking for is that you have invested time and effort into completing something. We recognise that it’s hard to get experience but you have to show that you’re curious and made an effort.
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