Best of: Skill-building advice

by May 23, 2022

Look, we know that UTS students are the most skilled, talented, and coolest out there, but how do you go about proving that to a prospective employer?

Skill-building is an essential part of getting you ready for the world of work, and ensuring you’re committed to a lifelong learning mentality.

While there are specific soft and hard skills you should be developing in your industry, we wanted to bring you some of the best general skill-building advice on the Careers Blog.


Tell us you have skills, without telling us you have skills

You should read for: Creative ways to talk about yourself and your abilities in both written and spoken mediums.

Whether you’re down with the ‘tell us without telling us’ TikTok trend or not, it’s – rather strangely – a pretty great piece of advice when it comes to landing a job.


Regardless if it’s through your CV or in an interview, employers are looking to see whether you have the skills they’re after. And hey, you can’t just be like, “Yeah for sure, I have literally all the software engineering skills – hire me!” (Or, well, you could but that’s hardly going to be effective). So what do you want to do instead? You want to tell them you have the skills, without just telling them you have the skills.


Here’s how you do just that.

Read more here!


How to intern better: my 18 months as a Careers Intern

You should read for: Tips from a fellow student on how to stand out as an intern.

My first project with the Careers team was to develop resources for students considering the highly competitive consulting industry.


Just about all of the strategists and consultants I interviewed said something along the lines of, you need to find your ‘x factor’.


You need to know what sets you apart and makes you uniquely valuable to an organisation. One even told me that he had spent an entire job interview talking about a trip he took to India to help out in the tech space and didn’t even gloss over his internship with Google.

Read more here!


Tipping the scales your way for work-life balance

You should read for: Work-life balance is crucial, but a skill that often gets overlooked. Read this blog to find out easy and effective ways to build up some balance in your life and career.

People talk a lot about balance. You’re meant to try to even out the scales, whether that be in regards to food, relationships, study, or the ever elusive work-life balance.


Flexible work arrangements bring with them a tonne of benefits, but there’s no denying they also blur the boundaries between your ‘work self’ and your ‘home self’. And with almost 50% of Australians now spending some of their work week at home, there’s never been a better time to discuss WFH and how it affects a work-life balance.


If you haven’t already today, take a minute to stretch and reset. Then, make a cup of tea, come back to this blog, and read on for our tips on how to uphold a proper work-life balance when working from home.

Read more here!


Social media hacks to start and progress your career

You should read for: We all use social media, but not many of us think of the ways we can leverage this use for our careers. Read this blog to find our top tips for building your social media skills to land a job.

Social media is an unavoidable part of life these days, including in the professional sphere. Us Aussies are some of the most active social media users worldwide, with 60% of us active Facebook users. Instagram and LinkedIn are next up, taking out number three and five in the top five most-used platforms.


Not only that, but according to the Social Recruiting Survey, two out of three employers actively use social media to recruit new hires. If you haven’t jumped on the SM train, it’s time to get on board.


Many of us have grown up using the internet, but as digital natives we may not be completely up to date with how our accounts make us look from an employer’s point of view. So, how do you go about using social media to both find and land a job, all while putting your best foot forward?


Here are some of the ways you can use social media to start and progress your career.

Read more here!


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Lily Cameron

Lily Cameron

Communications Assistant

Lily Cameron is a writer and editor based in Sydney. She is a UTS Communications (Creative Writing) graduate, and current Communications Assistant at UTS Careers. She is passionate about telling stories, both hers and others’, and the way digital and social media is changing the literary landscape. Her writing has appeared in Voiceworks, The Brag, and elsewhere.