Employability in a Global Context

This global project commenced in 2016, with University of Wollongong funds, to explore global trends in the intersecting domains of employability, career development learning, and work integrated learning.

Nine universities across Australia, Canada and the U.K. engaged in Phase 1, which initiated semi structured interviews for fact finding and theory making, using a general inductive analysis of the interview transcripts.
The underpinning research question: How is employability defined, driven and communicated by universities internationally?
The interviews engaged a senior careers practitioner and a senior learning & teaching academic from each participating university. Each uni interviewed another from another country, and were also interviewed by a different uni from another country. The interviews proved to be a source of rich conversations – analysis identifying conflicting definitions of employability, internal and external factors impacting effective employability practices, and characteristics of good practice.
Funding provided by Graduate Careers Australia have enabled Phase 2 to be activated in 2017 – which will see another 9 universities from 3 further countries join the study.
Project Outcomes will include a Report, containing a Literature Review, Commentary and Findings, Recommendations for Australian practice, and examples of exemplary practices.

Employability in a Global Context
Alan McAlpine
Manager – Careers & Employment, QUT; Immediate Past President, NAGCAS (National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services).

Alan McAlpine is responsible for career development at QUT and works within the Student Success Group. He is the immediate past President of the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (NAGCAS) and sits on the board of Graduate Careers Australia. Alan has over 15 years experience in the career development field, and has worked in private, public and not for profit sectors. He arrived at QUT via University of Auckland where he set up the first postgraduate career service to support higher degree research students. In his time at QUT his area has received 3 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) citation awards. He is passionate about careers and has spent the last 5 years pursuing the goal of bringing career development as a core and necessary part of the education experience of QUT students.

Employability in a Global Context
Dawn Bennett
Dawn Bennett is John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative with Curtin University in Australia.

Her research focuses on the development of employability within higher education, including identity and the nature of graduate work. Dawn is a National Senior Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom. She serves on several editorial boards and convenes the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows’ national network. Dawn is Vice-Chair Australia for the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows and a director with the International Society for Music Education. Publications appear at Academia.edu.

Employability in a Global Context
Kenton Bell
Kenton Bell is a postgraduate student at the University of Wollongong.

Kenton Bell is undertaking two Masters; the first is in Humanities and Social Inquiry, conducting research into engaging men to prevent violence against women. The second degree is in Higher Education Studies, researching the use of Open Educational Resources in the teaching and learning of sociology. His professional objectives are teaching sociology specializing in Men and Masculinities; Teaching and Learning; and Law and Society while researching solutions-oriented approaches to preventing violence and decreasing barriers to learning sociology. Additionally, he is the editor of the Open Education Sociology Dictionary, available at http://SociologyDictionary.org.

Employability in a Global Context
Martin Smith
Martin has worked at the interface between education and work for 26 years. He leads the University of Wollongong’s approach to developing a career-ready culture and embedding employability initiatives within the education strategy, recognised in a national Higher Education Award for Employability in 2015.

The contribution of Career Development Learning to Work Integrated Learning has been a research focus, particularly during his role leading a national Scoping Project on the topic. He has held leadership roles in the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and Graduate Careers Australia.

Martin is President, of the Career Industry Council of Australia.

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