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How can universities help postgraduates improve their employability?  Eluned Jones, Director of Student Employability, University of Birmingham How can universities help postgraduates improve their employability? Eluned Jones, Director of Student Employability, University of Birmingham Presentation Transcript

  • How can universities help postgraduate students improve their employability? Eluned Jones Director of Student Employability President-Elect Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services
  • Size and diversity  11,800 postgraduate students  35% of university cohort  60:40 PGT to PGR  50% are international Profile of PGT students These profiles can be further segmented by: - full-time - part-time - UK - Non-UK Pre-experience PGT non-vocational Pre-experience PGT vocational Pre-experience PGT Planning to go on to PhD Post-experience PGT For career progression/ Continuing Professional Development Post-experience PGT Career Change aspirations Other
  • The Birmingham Postgraduate Experience PG Employability provision provided by a consortium of:  Careers Network  University Graduate School  5 x College Graduate Schools (academic community) Also  The Guild of Students  International Student Advisory Service  Alumni Office  International Office
  • Dedicated Careers Network provision  UG to PG transition support Including research bursary and Café Masters/ PhD  ADEPT conference Student led event Bringing employers on to campus who wish to recruit our PG graduates  Leading Academics Leadership development for PhDs, including career decision making and preparation for job market  Talent Pool Consultancy and enterprise skills training for PhDs, including ‘real life’ projects with SMEs  Career Action Planning online tool (on Canvas VLE) Getting key messages out to PGTs at key times of year, including pre-arrival  Specialist International Student support Including student team / ambassadors  What do Birmingham Postgraduates do? Destination information and case studies available to prospective students.
  • University Graduate School  Development Needs Analysis postgraduate researchers discuss with their supervisor what skills they want to develop over the next year, including subject-specific skills, but also skills like critical thinking, communication or enterprise. This conversation is then recorded on the DNA form, providing a structure for researcher development.  Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Methods and Skills advanced research methods and transferable skills modules covering topics from consultancy skills, to narrative research, to public engagement; all covered as short taught courses, online courses and placements. These extra modules are also credit bearing, cumulating in a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) qualification.  Skills development programme a range of subjects, including speed reading, presentation skills, writing skills and time management
  • Summary  No ‘one-size fits all’ approach  Student engagement with their own career management is critical  Peer to peer development /delivery wherever possible  University services must work collaboratively  Employers partners play a significant role  Quality work experience becoming key  More sophisticated offer for International PGs in light of PSW