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Calling all STEM educators – we need your help!

Developing EmployABILITY are currently leading a project to understand and better support STEM students’ thinking about their studies and their future work and we need your help! Engagement involves students completing an online tool with which they create a personalised employABILITY profile containing over 50 developmental resources. If whole cohorts are engaged, we will provide a cohort report to unpack with students. Ethical consents are in place and the team hopes to engage at least 10,000 STEM students in 2019. You might like to look at the student website, over 80 resources on the educator site, and a sample of the profile report created by students when they complete the tool. The initiative on which the study is based is known as EmployABILITY thinking. This is a metacognitive app...

Featured Resource: Elevator Pitch

The ability to build and sustain networks can make the difference between a good career and a great career. However, many people avoid networking or feel shy when meeting new people because they do not know what to say about themselves. The elevator pitch is a short statement that summarises what we do and how we might meet the needs of other people. This tool guides students through the process of developing an initial pitch. 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.

Call for interview/survey participants: NCSEHE 2019 Research Fellowship

NCSEHE 2019 Research Fellow Professor Sarah O’Shea is seeking contributions from practitioners and researchers working in the areas of careers, equity and outreach, or those who are interested in graduate employability. Participants can choose to complete a survey or interview as an element of the Fellowship project: ‘Mind the Gap!’ Exploring the post-graduation outcomes and employment mobility of individuals who are first in their family to complete a university degree. Please see the invitation from Sarah Below. This is an invitation to participate in research to address a gap in understanding of how equity students, particularly those who are the first in their family to attend university (FiF), experience entering employment after graduation, in increasingly competitive and shrinking e...

Featured resource: Building positive relationships in life and work

This week’s featured resource, ‘Building positive relationships in life and work’, 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. 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.  

Featured resource: What’s your mission?

How you would like to be remembered? This week’s featured resource, What’s your mission?, challenges students to think about what is important to them. 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.

Featured resource: What’s that image?

Do your students know why you are asking them to learn what’s in the curriculum? This week’s featured resource, What’s that image?, is a 10-minute activity that helps students establish the relevance of their learning to their future lives and careers. This resource was contributed by Lisa Tee (Curtin University). 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.

Featured resource: Turning on the career light

Use this week’s featured resource, Turning on the career light, to run a workshop with students or faculty. The workshop challenges participants to find the literal and metaphorical meanings in everyday objects and to relate these meanings to their experiences and future work. The workshop is very easy to run and everyday objects are literally just that, so very little preparation is needed. 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.

Featured resource: What’s your persona?

In this week’s featured resource, What’s your persona?, students learn to articulate their work and personal personae, which they can “try on” for an oral presentation, industry visit or placement. 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.

Featured resource: What are your employability strengths?

What are your employability strengths? asks students to reflect on their strengths and areas for development, including which strengths are most valued in their intended profession. The metacognitive aspects of this resource lie in students’ self-reflection and their research on the profession. All members of the Developing EmployABILITY community have access to the resources. If you haven’t signed up yet, become a member here. EmployABILITY resources are shared via a Creative Commons license. To learn more about the Developing EmployABILITY process, join the conversation at our Community of Practice on LinkedIn.

Featured resource: What’s your career vision?

Students need to conceptualise “career” as a multi-faceted concept rather than a single, full-time job. This week’s featured resource, ‘What’s your career vision?‘ asks students to consider their career in terms of time, money, vision and identity. The resource works well as a brainstorming activity, independent learning task or blog topic. All members of the Developing EmployABILITY community have access to the resources. If you haven’t signed up yet, become a member here. EmployABILITY resources are shared via a Creative Commons license. To learn more about the Developing EmployABILITY process, join the conversation at our Community of Practice on LinkedIn.

Featured resource: Career story – Using opportunities to grow

This week’s career story, ‘Using opportunities to grow’, 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 helping students to explore different roles within the areas they are passionate about. The resource includes sample questions on how and why to learn from biographies and career stories. ‘Using opportunities to grow‘ is most effective if students have first created a personalised employABILITY profile as part of the 6-step Developing EmployABILITY process. EmployABILITY thinking resources are free to all members of the Developing EmployABILITY community. To become a member on our educator website, register here. To learn more about EmployABILITY thinking, join the conversation at ...

Featured resource: The art of the interview

This week’s featured resource looks at ‘The art of the interview’. This practical resource prompts learners to reflect on their personal experiences and prepare for interview questions which seek to identify critical thinkers, lifelong learners and reflexive practitioners. All members of the Developing EmployABILITY community have access to this resource.If you haven’t signed up yet, become a member here. There is no charge for any employABILITY resources. To learn more about the Developing EmployABILITY process, join the conversation at our Community of Practice on LinkedIn.

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