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Featured resource: Developing your personal brand

This week’s featured Developing EmployABILITY thinking resource, Developing your personal brand, is from our Career Story series. This story comes from music graduate and orchestral manager Sue, who emphasises the need to find a “niche” and a personal brand on which to build a career. We have also developed an educator guide on how to use career stories with students. If you have other career stories to share, please let us know! Developing your personal brand is most effective if students have first created a personalised employability profile as part of the 10-step Developing EmployABILITY process. There is no charge for any employABILITY resources and all members of the Developing EmployABILITY community have access to them. To become a member please visit the site. To learn more about ...

Featured resource: Design your future

  This week’s featured resource, Design your future, uses drawing to help students expose underlying assumptions and predispositions about their future life and work. Design your future, developed by Dawn Bennett (Curtin University) and Sally Male (University of Western Australia), also helps students to determine the relevance of a unit (course) of study to their future lives and work. For this reason, it is a really useful inclusion in foundational, communication or careers units. Design your future is most effective if students have first created a personalised employability profile as part of the 10-step EmployABILITY Thinking process. All members of the Developing EmployABILITY community have access to the new resource and associated research. To become a member, visit the site. ...

Featured resource: Making the most of feedback

Many of us take feedback at the personal level and not at the task level: if we haven’t done as well as we would like, we take it to mean we are not good enough. This week’s featured resource, Making the most of feedback, includes a set of questions to guide students when they receive and respond to feedback. The resource comes from the series of critical reflection and feedback resources and guides developed by Developing EmployABILITY lead researcher Professor Dawn Bennett and Professor Carol Evans from the University of Southampton. Making the most of feedback is most effective if students have first created a personalised employability profile as part of the 10-step Developing EmployABILITY process. All members of the Developing EmployABILITY community have access to the new resource. ...

Featured resource: How good are your emotional regulation strategies?

Developing EmployABILITY lead researcher Professor Dawn Bennett has worked with Professor Carol Evans to develop a series of student resources and educator guides on critical reflection and feedback. This week’s featured resource, How good are your emotional regulation strategies?, comes from the series.  The student resource encourages students to identify the strategies they most commonly used to manage emotions, and to use Kolb and Fry’s (1975) experiential circle to reflect critically on these strategies. The aim of critically reflective activities is to move from description to thoughtful analysis of a context. Critical reflection enables students to explore a context from different perspectives and to examine reactions, beliefs and values to confirm and/or change their position. It i...

Featured resource: What is digital literacy?

Developing EmployABILITY lead Professor Dawn Bennett has been collaborating with Associate Professor Jo Coldwell-Neilson of Deakin University to integrate digital literacy learning into EmployABILITY thinking. Digital literacy is the ability to identify and use technology confidently, creatively and critically to meet the demands and challenges of life, learning and work in a digital society. This week’s featured resource, What is digital literacy?, provides a student introduction and a digital literacy self-assessment tool. What is digital literacy? is most effective if students have first created a personalised employability profile as part of the 10-step Developing EmployABILITY process. All Developing EmployABILITY members have access to this new resource. To become a member, sign up h...

Hong Kong (HK) EmployABILITY thinking roadshow 2018

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...

Free EmployABILITY thinking workshops across Australia

Thanks to HERDSA, next month we present free employABILITY workshops and drop-in sessions around Australia. For more information and registration details, please visit: https://developingemployability.edu.au/event/herdsa-roadshow/ …  

Featured resource: Assessing reflective writing

Developing EmployABILITY lead Professor Dawn Bennett has been working with Professor Carol Evans to develop a series of student resources and educator guides on critical reflection and feedback. This week’s featured resource, Assessing reflective writing, is from the series.  The educator guide identifies key characteristics of critically reflective writing that can be used in developing explicit assessment criteria. The aim of critically reflective activities is to move from description to thoughtful analysis of a context. Critical reflection enables students to explore a context from different perspectives and to examine reactions, beliefs and values to confirm and/or change their position. It is central to learning and highly sought-after by recruiters and employers. Assessing reflectiv...

Featured resource: Maximise learning with critical reflection

  Developing EmployABILITY project lead Professor Dawn Bennett has been working with Professor Carol Evans on a series of student resources and educator guides focused on critical reflection and feedback. Critical reflection helps students get the most from their learning experiences, from a teamwork assignment to a formal work placement or an activity that didn’t work out. This week’s featured resource, ‘Maximise learning with critical reflection’, is from the reflection and feedback series and includes strategies to help students make sense of their learning and align it with their future goals. ‘Maximise learning with critical reflection‘ will be most effective if students have first created a personalised employability profile as part of the 10-step Develop...

Expert in residence: Engaging alumni for student employability

As part of the Fellowship, we are releasing a series of expert guides on various topics from expert members of our project team. The first expert guide is from Professor Jessica Vanderlelie (La Trobe University), who writes about Engaging alumni for student employability. You can view the expert guide here. Please be part of the conversation and share your experience on the topic. For each expert guide we host a forum on LinkedIn moderated by our expert in residence. You can have your say here! JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Featured resource: What changes in work can tell you about your future

Our featured resource for this week is ‘What changes in work can tell you about your future‘. The nature of work is changing fast. This impacts on students’ career thinking and preparation because they need to be prepared for ongoing change. Use this resource to encourage students to consider the changing nature of work and how this might impact their own careers. In working through the resource, students will consider how work changes over time, what causes changes to work, and how work might change in the future. This resource will be most useful to students and educators if students have first created a personalised employability profile as part of the Developing EmployABILITY process. Find out more about the process here. Members of the Developing EmployABILITY community can acce...

Developing EmployABILITY Community of Practice launched

As the Southern Hemisphere hurtles towards the start of a new academic year, our focus is to support educators and coordinators to embed employABILITY thinking into Semester 1 classes. We are doing this through our new LinkedIn Community of Practice, where you will find weekly steps to implement the Developing EmployABILITY process, teaching resources and guides, and open discussion about how to embed EmployABILITY thinking in higher education. Each week this semester, CoP members will be guided through a new step of the employABILITY process. The steps are simple and they are scaffolded with ready-to-use resources. LinkedIn is also home to our Developing EmployABILITY company profile, so please follow us to stay updated. Image: Dylan Gillis via Unsplash

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