Featured resource: Building positive relationships in life and work

Our featured resource for this week is ‘Building positive relationships in life and work’.  This resource tackles the elements of teamwork and how students can develop their teamwork abilities. People rarely work in isolation; rather, they operate as part of a team or multiple teams. Because of this, the success of any business or project depends to some extent on the teamwork of its people. If students want to develop their career opportunities, knowing how to work effectively in a team is essential. If you are a member of the Developing Employability community, you can access the resource here. If you haven’t signed up yet, click here to access all our resources and to join the conversation. Image: on Unsplash

Developing EmployABILITY selected for the Curtin Accelerate program

Developing EmployABILITY has been selected for this year’s Curtin Accelerate program. Over a ten-week period, our team will work with Accelerate mentors to improve and grow the Student Starter Kit. The Curtin Accelerate program provides industry contacts, one-to-one and group mentoring sessions, and help to bring ideas closer to commercialisation. Our aim is that by commercialising employABILITY for the school and executive market, we can ensure free access for all higher education students for many years to come. Keep an eye on Twitter to stay up-to-date with Accelerate events over the coming months.

Best paper at AAEE conference

Developing EmployABILITY Project leader Dawn Bennett was recently awarded best paper at the 2017 AAEE conference. Dawn’s paper was titled Metacognition as a graduate attribute: Developing engineering employability with self and career literacy and can be viewed here.  

Developing EmployABILITY to design employability resource portal

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.  

Is it worth learning this?

Our new resource tackles how to establish relevance with students. We also celebrate engineering education with a special engineering resource, the 1st of the toolkit for 2018. This resource is designed to help students recognise the relevance of a unit (course) of study to their future lives and work. For this reason, it is a really useful inclusion in non-technicist and foundation units. If you are a member of the Developing Employability community, you can access the resource here. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so for free here to access all of our resources and join in the conversation.   

Featured resource: What does it take to be great?

What does it take to be a great actor, geologist, academic, or chemist? This educator resource incorporates a 10-minute brainstorming exercise, some research on ‘discipline role models’, and a self-assessment/reflection. The brainstorming exercise is a 10-minute activity to use in class with students in groups. We have included an example of a self-assessment exercise for music students. You can adapt this for your discipline! The self-assessment enables students to apply what they have learned to their own planning and professional identities. If you are keen to have a few small activities across a semester, try linking this resource with ‘Finding Your Mission’ and ‘Plotting Your Preferences’. The latter can be used to help build effective teams and as a self-reflection for strengths and ...

New Career Story added to the Student Starter Kit!

This new career story features a musician who has been part of the music industry for a long time working in many different contexts. The account is a great resource for students understanding the importance of exploring different roles within the area they are passionate about. You can view the resource over at our student site here.

New resource set | creating strong networks and micro communities

EmployABILITY just published a new resource! This one is an educator resource set, which helps students to create strong networks and micro-communities. The resource set is based on the career story of WA-based paperclay expert Graham Hay.

Creating work with personal meaning

We are launching a new employABILITY resource featuring Australian contemporary artist Shaun Gladwell. Shaun’s career story is a great resource for students to understand how to be open to change and how to be true to themselves in their work. I plan to combine the new career story with a 10-minute activity called ‘Finding your Mission’ ( ). This is a great inclusion at the start of a compulsory unit as it helps students to understand the potential relevance of that unit to their future lives and careers. I will also align Shaun’s carer story with a terrific quiz that helps students to conceptualise their careers ( ‘Objective...

New cover letter resource is launched!

At last, the cover letter has been rethought. What do you think? Writing a cover letter

How do you motivate students to accomplish their goals?

How do you motivate students to accomplish their goals? New student Career Story resource now available for students. This career story features an internationally renowned novelist, Anna Jacobs, who told us how she created and now manages her career – from knowing what the market wants, to managing her time and doggedly pursuing her goals. Part of the growing suite of employABILITY career stories Access the resource here.  

ACEN webinar

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...

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