Jonathan Chuah - “3 ways to boost your employability”

Jonathan Chuah

Jonathan Chuah is a Food Science student who has left the bustling metropolis of Singapore to study in New Zealand's student-friendly Dunedin.

Hello everybody! 

If you have been following my blog posts, I apologise for the delay. I've been quite busy lately. Last week, we just had the Re-Orientation Week here at Otago. It was really exciting to see so many activities going on, and new faces of freshmen undergraduates. 

Just recently, I was shortlisted for an assessment session with one of the employers in New Zealand’s north island. It was a 2-day session for 14 candidates that they have shortlisted from the initial interviews. I thought it went pretty well actually, despite the fact that it was really intense. This gave me an idea on a topic for this blog post! 

3 ways to boost your employability 

My topic for this post will be on my advice for you to improve your employability overseas after graduation. I am sure you guys have a general idea on what to expect during a job application and what is required from you in terms of educational requirements, work experience or GPA. But in this post, I will just share with you some ways to enhance your employability overseas after graduation, based on my opinion.

1. Volunteering

It helps that you are an active volunteer overseas, because this proves that you are interested and are making an effort to be part of their community. You will also get to improve your teamwork and communication skills, which are important for any job role you are applying in the future. Look out for any volunteering clubs or organisations near your institution and the opportunities they offer.

2. Student work experience

Even if you have lots of work experience in your home country, it also helps that you gain some work experience in the foreign country you are in. This allows you to have a feel on the workplace environment overseas and also tells employers that you are able to adapt well to overseas work life, which will be good for you! It can be any form of work, be it part time or even casual work as an usher during Orientation Week! It's fun as well!

3. Get a hobby

Go get yourself a new hobby! Something that you enjoy and others may be interested in, such as programming, writing, animation design. It's brain-healthy and also expands your interests. You will never know these hobbies might get you in an advantage over others, if employers see them as essential skills for their organisations. For instance, a student majoring in computer science may have a higher employability if he has hobbies related to art, information design and game development. 

Have fun and take care!

Pictures with credit to Daniel Chew Photography