developing employABILITY

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: 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...

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...

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

Developing EmployABILITY in the UK

Developing EmployABILITY project leader Professor Dawn Bennet has recently returned from the United Kingdom, after undertaking residencies at the University of Leeds and the University of Southampton. In December and early January, University of Leeds hosted Dawn at the School of Music to build on earlier work on the University’s music curriculum. Leeds academic Dr Karen Burland, Head of the School of Music, has focused her School’s attention on the development of professional identity. This led to the development and trial of a measure for musician identity, to be rolled out together with the Developing EmployABILITY profile tool from September 2018. Dawn then spent a week at University of Southampton with leading assessment and feedback expert, Professor Carol Evans. During this ti...

Featured resource: Careers panel

This week’s featured resource is ‘Careers panel: How did you get here?’. The Careers Panel resource encourages students to facilitate their own careers panel with guests from their discipline. It includes sample questions, and challenges students to add at least three of their own. Ask students to think about what they really want to know! 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. There is no charge for any employABILITY resources. Members of the Developing EmployABILITY community can access ‘Careers panel: How did you get here?’ here. If you haven’t signed up yet, do so for free here to learn more about the Developing ...

Featured resource: Career action plan

This week’s featured resource is ‘Career action plan’. Most people have more than one career, and for this reason, personal values are important drivers of career decision making. This resource includes individual and group reflections on values, ‘ideal’ careers and planning ahead. If you’re a member of the Developing Employability community, you can access ‘Career action plan’ here. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so for free here to access all of our resources and join the conversation.   

Featured resource: Plotting your preferences

This week’s featured resource is ‘Plotting your preferences’ .  This resource helps students to pinpoint strengths, identify possible future directions, and learn more about themselves.  A great activity for Semester 1. If you’re a member of the Developing Employability community, you can access ‘Plotting your preferences’ here. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so for free here to access all of our resources and join the conversation. 

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.

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