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Too embedded? Making students aware of their employability through the curriculum

Too embedded? Making students aware of their employability through the curriculum

See it in action:

  • O'Brien Showcase 2013

    O'Brien Showcase 2013

    Showcase video of Jennifer O Brien July 2013.

Most disciplines have recently overhauled their curricula in effort to increase the number of students reaching positive destinations after graduation. For some, this has involved efforts to improve awareness about the transferrable skills that students will gain through modules. For others, this has been the 'value added' of work experience, placements or internships. Yet, despite all of our efforts, some students regularly state that they are unsure about their future after graduation, and have no skills beyond a degree in Geography, History and so forth.

This presentation shares a really simple exercise that was trialled to make students more aware of the skills that they are learning through the curriculum. The students realised just how skilled they were, considered how to market those skills to potential employers, how to fill CV gaps, and so on. The exercise was hugely empowering, but did nothing more than encourage the students to engage with current employability initiatives. In turn, this questioned whether employability efforts are almost so embedded throughout the curriculum, that students just don't see them.