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Enhancing Employability: Key Insights from Western’s Career Experts 

On 10 April 2024, Launch Pad, represented by Carla Dias Wadewitz (Senior Manager, Innovation Strategy & Services), and Western’s Careers Team, represented by Iman Abou-Mahmoud (Careers Education Consultant), hosted an eye-opening workshop aimed at equipping Western students with the tools they need to secure on-campus jobs and other employment. This workshop featured invaluable advice from a panel of current and former student employees. 

Working on campus panel facilitated by Amy Wright, featuring: (Left - Right): Carla Dias Wadewitz, My Nguyen, Mary Bul, Jed Mesa & Raynesh Charan

Ready to transform your job search? Here’s a step-by-step guide of what the workshop covered: 

Step 1 : Developing In-Demand Skills

As Artificial Intelligence becomes more prevalent in the workplace, certain technical skills are becoming less employable. To stay ahead, students need to cultivate skills that differentiate them from machines. Employers highly value human-specific skills such as creative thinking, innovation, and effective collaboration. That’s why, Launch Pad hosts events like their biannual ‘Venture Makers Innovation Challenge,’ which offers students the chance to develop these critical skills. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to enhance their employability.

Carla Dias Wadewitz, Launch Pad's Senior Manager for Innovation Strategy, informing students about current employability trends

TIPS FOR STUDENTS: Make sure to register for the next Venture Makers Innovation Challenge! 

"To stay ahead students needs to cultivate skills that differentiate them from machines"

Step 2 : Researching the Role and the Organisation

Step 3 : Marketing Oneself as 'The Ideal Candidate' in a Resume