Improving Student Employability
Higher tuition costs and high unemployment have combined to make students, potential students, employers and society at large question the value of further and higher education. Although academics should never accept the idea that education is only worthwhile if it is of commercial value, we do need to meet these expectations head on.
Who should read this ebook?
All lecturers and FE/HE staff concerned with improving the rate of graduates moving into paid work commensurate with their education.
This ebook will cover:
- What is “employability”?
- What does current research say about how employability can be improved?
- Key activities to improve student employability
- Key basic skills
- Transferable skills: writing, research, initiative, leadership
- Job-specific skills—the right skills, the right way
- Identifying and addressing skill gaps
- Building confidence and leadership ability
- Help and advice with finding work
- Work experience, placements and internships
- Can employability be taught?
- Building employability into the student PDP process
- Employability modules—are they worth it?
- The other side of employability: Direct work with employers
- Activity: Programme/course employability audit
- Employability: Two university programme case studies
- Overcoming barriers to employability
- Maintaining the employability connection
- Alumni programmes
- Continuing Professional Development and bespoke training