Graduation may seem a long way off if you are in your early years at university. Yet the recruiting process for many internship and graduate positions starts earlier than you may think. It will help enormously if you are prepared and have a good understanding of the skills you require for certain jobs. You can […]

If you have flexibility as a personal attribute and the organisation fosters a flexible working environment, then this makes for a winning combination. Employers want to recruit adaptable staff. Being able to demonstrate that you are adaptive and flexible is attractive to employers. They will feel more comfortable that you can cope with the changing […]

Creative Thinking is one of the Victoria University graduate attributes. Your course work embeds this attribute into what and how you study and University life offers you opportunities to develop this skill academically and through extracurricular activities. Students should consider making the most of their time to enhance this important attribute. It’s not just a natural ability that you have or don’t have. Creative thinking isn’t just for the ‘ideas person’ or the ‘artistic one’. By having a wide range of different experiences you can improve and sharpen your creative thinking. Sometimes you will make mistakes and sometimes the new ideas are not the best. Through this you learn to listen to criticism and learn by it.

Creative thinking involves students in learning to generate and apply new ideas in specific contexts, seeing existing situations in a new way, identifying alternative explanations, and seeing or making new links that generate a positive outcome. Creative thinking in practical situations can mean finding alternative ways to approach problems. Organisations are constantly changing, the economy around them is changing, the people are changing, the competition is changing, and the world is changing. Employers need people who won’t get locked into ways of doing things, people who can adjust.

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