Virtual Engagement to Enhance Employability by Shanton Chang

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This webinar delivered by Shanton Chang explored effective tools and strategies to assist international students engage in the virtual world and enhance their employability. The recording of the webinar will soon be uploaded.

  • Date: 20/05/2020 05:00 PM - 20/05/2020 06:00 PM
  • Location: Online Event


Please check out the articles recommended by our speaker:

Virtual Internships: Security Practices that Protect You and Your Host Organisation

Remote Learning in Higher Education during the Pandemic

International Student Employability: Don't let COronaVIrus-19 stop you! 

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Staying at home is an obstacle? We see it as an opportunity to jump start your employability through virtual engagement!

About this Event

"Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries within it the seed of an equal or greater benefits" - Napoleon Hill

We are living in a world full of constant changes, and it depends on YOU, as to whether you want to see it as an advantage or a drawback. VicWISE would like to help you focus on finding and growing the "seed" of benefits within the hardship that we are all facing rather than the adversity itself.

This webinar delivered by Shanton Chang will explore effective tools and strategies to assist international students engage in the virtual world and enhance their employability. He is passionate about sharing these techniques and tips so that students can apply them to improve their employability amidst these challenging times.

About the speaker

Shanton Chang is Associate Professor (International) at the Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne. He has been involved in building the internship program at the university, mentoring students, and engaging with industry partners to enable positive graduate outcomes for students. He continues to keep in touch with industry partners and alumni, to understand the needs and expectations of employers. He has spoken publicly at many forums on International Student employability.

Key Discussion Points

  • Key important competencies that enhance employability include: networking, local knowledge, and industry experience/knowledge. These are normally competencies you can acquire by attending events and volunteering but during the pandemic, this is more difficult.
  • Virtual desktop research is important to understand the expectations of companies and corporations. Using your online search skills to help you find out more about the industry/sector or companies you are interested in is fundamental to success. This was the case even before the pandemic and is absolutely essential now.
  • The current situation also means that your ability to engage with local communities may be more limited. However, there are many ways you can engage with local communities – eg. look at your local council for various virtual events. In addition, this is the time to read up on local cultures and explore websites that are popular locally.
  • Virtual engagement to enhance your networking skills: This includes finding opportunities for virtual volunteering, meetups and having a solid LinkedIn profile.