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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...

Whose responsibility is it to develop student employability?

No doubt we would argue that developing employability is everyone’s responsibility! To me, employability is metacognition: understanding why we think what we think. Last month, Dawn was lucky enough to give a lecture at the University of the Arts in Helsinki. If you’re interested in how we might approach employability and careers in the Arts without crushing students’ dreams, please take a look and add your thoughts and strategies on our LinkedIn forum. http://www.uniarts.fi/en/newsroom/whose-responsibility-students-employability-critiquing-role-arts-and-music-academies Show less

How employable do your students think they are?

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.

Career stories are a powerful tool

Career stories are a powerful tool. This one is in a resource set and is one of several in the site. If you have stories to share, please let us know! Resource Set | Building a Career with Creativity and Resilience

ISPS Conference poster

In Iceland, Dawn presented on the fellowship. She also presented a conference poster from her performance-based research. You can view the conference poster here

Developing Employability in Melbourne

In August, Dawn travelled to visit project partners and colleagues in Melbourne. Whilst there, she gave a presentation to the Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communications Technology on the future of work and the implications for employability development in ICT. The Deans were very receptive and plan to conduct some multi-disciplinary research using the student self-assessment tool. Dawn also met with RMIT colleagues including Fellow Iouri Belski. RMIT is a Fellowship partner and plans to introduce the self-assessment tool into first year Engineering with a view to using it from 2018 alongside their exciting Future Edge initiative. At the University of Melbourne, partners from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music met to discuss embedding employability development alongsid...

HERDSA

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 student self-assessment tool is launched

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...

Students assess their self and career literacy

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.

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