Setting the Scene

It is important that you develop a whole of discipline understanding of the term employability and what it means for your cohort of students. This should include an understanding of  the range of professions your graduates are likely to enter, the capacity in entrepreneurial activity  and the skills and knowledge required to assist these pathways.

A shared discipline definition of employability will assist to clarify the learning outcomes of programs. Development of a whole of discipline understanding should be informed by RMIT Graduate Attributes, and the Program and Policy Design procedure.   

Start by undertaking research into your own discipline area.  It is very easy to assume that you know the major employers for your students however sometimes  current data can alert you to new directions  or overlooked employment pathways of your graduates.  The Graduate Destination data that is provided for the Program Review Process  provides an overview of the employment types of your students.

There are multiple sources of information listing the prioritized employability skills and knowledge required in professional fields.  Industry Associations are obvious locations to look however government employability sites also provide excellent information.

Locating background resources

Australian Professional Organisations, Associations and Societies   lists contact details for professional associations and societies in Australia.

Graduate Careers Australia  provides graduate data including   information from across Australia on graduate outcomes and characteristics for an extensive listing of education fields. Results from the Graduate destination survey are also available through the Graduate Careers Website.

myfuture   Australia’s national online career information and exploration service that assists career planning, career pathways and work transitions. myfuture provides information and support for career development for individuals, and for those who support or influence career choices.

Department of Education and Training : Job Guide  provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations and education and training pathways to support people to make informed career decisions.

Qilt: Quality Indicators for Teaching and Learning  provides prospective students with relevant and transparent information about Australian higher education institutions from the perspective of recent students and graduates.

 

Reflection questions when redeveloping program Curriculum

It is important that all staff are central in developing a culture of employability and career management for students. The transition from student to professional should be a focus of all programs at the University.

Consider the following questions prior to developing curriculum:

Is employability of your students  part of the everyday conversation in your discipline area?

Do you talk to students about their future careers as part of your everyday dialogue?

Do all staff involved in the delivery of your program understand the learning outcomes of CDL and WIL.

Is employability and career management  introduced to students at the beginning of their program. Are concepts appropriately scaffolded across the program.

Are learning activities linked to real world application by teaching staff?

Are learning activities linked to real world application by staff?

Are Professional bodies involved in the development or delivery of your programs?

Are students aware of the ways in which they are  gaining employability skills and knowledge and the types of skills and knowledge required?

Is there a consistent approach to employability across the whole of program from all staff?

 

Suggested  Readings and links

Employability A Good Practice guide.

Pedagogy for Employability

Australian Collaborative Network Limited

Principles of CDL

Embedding employability in Higher Education, UK Higher Education Academy, 2016

The CareerEDGE model