1. Register with the EmployABILITY Development initiative Registration is very quick and can be done here;
2. Join the Community of Practice if you would like to liaise with other educators, who will be on hand to help. The community can be found here;
3. Upload the online self-assessment tool to the learning management system (LMS: e.g. Blackboard or Canvas) of your module/unit or program/course. Use the step-by-step instructions here;
4. Incorporate the tool as either an assessment item, required reading or class activity. If it is a required task, ask students to upload the front page of their profile reports as proof of completion. Find out more about the tool and the Student Starter Kit here;
5. Identify employability touchpoints within your module/unit. These are places where employability thinking can be made explicit. Here are some examples:
- For a teamwork activity or assignment, add this group resource;
- For a placement or industry visit, add this careers panel resource;
- For a reflection, add this critical reflection resource;
- For a mock job application, add this cover letter resource.
6. Engage students in creating a personalised employability profile using the online self-assessment tool, which takes 15-20 minutes. Students receive their profile report straight away. Most employABILITY resources are included as embedded links, which students can access at any time. The tool is part of the Student Starter Kit, which students will find here;
- You can view a sample report here.
- You can create your own personalised profile by following this link. Where it asks for a student number, please write ‘test’.
7. Use the resources at each touchpoint to enhance employABILITY thinking. Simply upload the relevant resource to LMS and also point students towards that resource in their profile reports. Remember to engage the career services professionals at your institution as their expertise will be invaluable to both you and the students;
8. Pass on the process to a lecturer who will teach at least some of the students in the following semester. Encourage the lecturer to adopt the employABILITY process with their class, and ensure that the process is now embedded within your unit or module.
9. Encourage students to reflect on, review and re-create their profiles each semester. They can look back over previous profile reports at any time to see how their thinking has changed.
10. Engage with the data to identify areas of need and interest and to underpin educational research, if this is of interest.