Research hacks are learnings from the best available research that you can apply to your career in Tasmania.
This page asks “what did the research find?” and “how can I use it?”
At MRC Tas we are committed to finding ‘what works’ by integrating research into our programs and practice. (Click the + in the table below to see the research reference for the Research Hack).
If you would like to contribute to research hacks page, or collaborate to generate research relevant to the Migrant Network Tasmania, please phone 6221 0999 or email email@example.com
|Research Findings||Research Hack||Reference|
|Interviews||Twenty seven graduate interviews were analysed. |
Successful interviewees covered six out of seven important employability skills.
Reserve list interviewees covered only four of the employability skills.
Unsuccessful interviewees covered only three of the seven skills.
|Practice articulating the employability skills required by Australian employers. These are listed on 'Your Transferrable Skills' page of this site.|
Demonstrate your skills with stories. Use the most salient words and phrases related to employability skills in your interview stories.
Explore the key employability skills using a thesaurus. Then brainstorm examples of you demonstrating those skills. Being confident with the relevant vocabulary will help you articulate these qualities effectively.
|Krishnan I A, Ramalingam S, Kaliappen N, Uthamaputhran S, Suppiah P C, De Mello G, Paramasivam P, 2021, Graduate employability skills: Words and phrases used in job interviews, Australian Journal of Career Development, 30 (1): 24-32. doi:10.1177/1038416220980425|
|Graduates||Eight migrant postgraduate students were analysed as they transitioned to working life. |
Not having a permanent work visa was a barrier to finding work.
Poor induction and inadequate communication skills were barriers in the workplace.
Jobs were found by recommendation via networking, internships and career workshops.
Mentoring helped with the transition to the workplace.
|To secure work by networking, pay attention to how you participate in networking, internships and career workshops:|
All mentors want to know that you're a good investment of their time and treasured skills. It's your job to show them this.
Mentoring is a relationship, there is no need to wait for a program.
|Ng W-H, Menzies J, Zutshi A, 2019, Facilitators and inhibitors of international postgraduate students’ university-to-work transition. Australian Journal of Career Development, 28(3):186-196. doi:10.1177/1038416219845392|
|Networking||59 migrants were interviewed over a two year period to explore why equal educational attainment did not translate to equal occupational outcomes. |
Research found that migrants didn't have as many strong network ties with people who know hiring managers, or as many weak network ties to broaden their access to job opportunities.
Research found that taking a lower paid job can build networks and soft skills valued by your next employer. However it can also be a trap that impacts your ability to search for your next job, or leads to employers making assumptions about your ability.
You need to be known by many people who like you and trust you.
A study of 54 mentoring participants in health education (not exclusively migrants) examined what makes mentoring successful.
Successful mentoring relationships were marked by reciprocity, mutual respect, clear expectations, personal connection, and shared values.
Failed mentoring relationships had poor communication, lack of commitment, personality differences, perceived (or real) competition, conflicts of interest, and an inexperienced mentor.
Look for formal mentoring programs, but don't wait for one. The best mentoring relationships were voluntarily entered into.
|Straus S E, Johnson M O, Marquez C, & Feldman M D, 2013, Characteristics of successful and failed mentoring relationships: a qualitative study across two academic health centers. Academic medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 88(1), 82–89. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0b013e31827647a0|
21 accounting and ICT businesses in a regional Australian town were interviewed.
The accounting industry was seeking:
This research hack gives specific obstacles faced by specific industries.
Interview your local industry networks to gain knowledge that helps you level the playing field.
Almeida S & Fernando M, 2017 Making the cut: occupation-specific factors influencing employers in their recruitment and selection of immigrant professionals in the information technology and accounting occupations in regional Australia, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28:6, 880-912, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1143861
|Career Development||The Career Adaptability Scale was tested on 251 people in Turkey to determine it is a valid and reliable measure of a person's general career adaptability. |
The scale has 24 questions that measure the degree to which someone is concerned about their future career, has curiosity, confidence and a sense of control over their career decisions and development.
Career Adaptability Scale
Different people use different strengths to build their careers. No one is good at everything, each of us emphasizes some strengths more than others.
|Eryılmaz, A. & Kara, A. (2017), Development of the Career Adaptability Scale for Psychological Counsellors. The Online Journal of Counseling and Education, 6 (1), 18 - 29.|
"What works" is using research, tapping into expertise, and deciding the approach that fits you and your circumstances.
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