This will see an automated registration process and educator reports, and a second chart added to both student and educator reports. In the meantime, please register as before and let me know if you need any help. Dawn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The new Growth mindset resource is from our Enhancing Resilience series. Developed by Margo Brewer and Dawn Bennett, the resource helps students to recognise that they can change their mindset and that developing a growth mindset can have positive benefits across the student lifecycle. EmployABILITY resources are shared via a Creative Commons license. If you haven’t signed up yet, become a member here. To learn more about the Developing EmployABILITY process, join the conversation at our Community of Practice on LinkedIn.
This week’s featured resource is a career story from female engineering academic, Sally Male, who challenges students to be true to themselves and their values, rather than trying to fit in with the norms. EmployABILITY resources are shared via a Creative Commons license. If you haven’t signed up yet, become a member here. To learn more about the Developing EmployABILITY process, join the conversation at our Community of Practice on LinkedIn. https://developingemployability.edu.au/tools/career-story-stay-true-to-yourself/
This resource helps students to identify trends and challenges that could influence their future work and provides strategies to avoid ‘tunnel vision’. The strategy is known as ‘opportunity awareness’. The resource was co-developed by Andrew Johnson (Monash University) and Dawn Bennett (Curtin University, and includes an introductory video for educators. EmployABILITY resources are shared via a Creative Commons license. If you haven’t signed up yet, become a member here. To learn more about the Developing EmployABILITY process, join the conversation at our Community of Practice on LinkedIn.
The Hong Kong (HK) EmployABILITY thinking roadshow 2018 from 6 to 9 March was described by HERDSA HK executives as “a huge success”. Dawn presented workshops on Enhancing EmployABILITY and a session on critical reflection at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Approximately 200 colleagues from the eight universities and higher education institutes attended. According to HERDSA’s Hong Kong president, Dr Anna Kwan: Colleagues reported that the Roadshow had inspired them to think more about linking their work to equipping students’ employability. They appreciated the explicit examples of different disciplines and actual examples of how “small...
We have been selected by Australian Technology Network to design an employability resource portal. This is one of six projects focused on work “integrated learning and graduate employability” that the ATN is funding. More information here.
ACEN Webinar 14 November 2017 11:00am-12:00pm (AEST) or 12 noon for AEDT Employability development involves the cognitive and social development of learners as individuals, professionals and social citizens. This webinar focuses on how to embed this development within existing curriculum, sharing research-enabled tools and resources that help scaffold employability learning including that gained within WIL experiences. Presenters: Dawn Bennett, Distinguished Professor of Higher Education with Curtin University. Her research focuses on the development of employability and graduate work. Dawn is a National Senior Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow operationalising a metacognitive model for employability with faculty and students in Australia, the UK, Europe and the US. Dawn will be joi...
This month, my focus has been students’ own beliefs about their strengths, capacities and employability. I have been using the online tool to prompt their thinking about this, and the results are fascinating. I am starting to see trends in the thinking of both first and final year students, but I need your help! Would you be prepared to engage your students? It takes them 15-20 minutes to create individualised employability profiles, which are research enabled and can be done as reading for a class. Colin Jevons recently saw the results with his international business students. Please let me know if you can help.
Dawn Bennett from Curtin University and Lorna Froud from the University of Reading co-chaired the expert stream in employability at the national HERDSA in Sydney. Colleagues worked together for an hour or two every day, reporting to a plenary session on Friday, June 30th. The group targeted four key areas: 1. The language of employability; 2. Rewriting the metrics on graduate outcomes; 3. Distilling the key elements of good practice; and 4. Radical thinking for effective change. You can access a summary presentation here. Over the coming months, the group members plan to create a white paper in which they bring together the key themes.
The major piece of work for this Fellowship is the development of a measure and self-assessment tool for employability, based on the Literacies for Life model. Trialled with engineering students at Curtin and UWA, the new EmployABILITY student starter kit was launched on July 31st, just in time for semester 2 in the Southern Hemisphere. How does it work? Students create a personalised employability profile designed to help them understand and explore six literacies that combine to enhance employability. These literacies empower students to make informed life and career decisions that align with personal and societal values and goals. Every student receives a personalised profile. They use the profile and its resources to guide their personal and professional development, returning to the t...
The self and career literacy measure is now ready for students to use online. Each participant receives an individual summary report and a feedback guide with which to create their personalised profile chart; academics receive aggregated data. If your whole cohort completes the tool, I will come and workshop the findings! Please be in touch for more information.
April included a workshop titled From theory to practice: Equipping and enabling Australia’s educators to embed employability across higher education for South Australian colleagues. The workshop and a day of meetings was hosted by Flinders University in Adelaide and attracted academic and professional colleagues from UniSA, Flinders and Adelaide University. Also in April, I travelled to Salzburg to attend a European arts education conference and engage with European partners.