Helping Our Undergraduates to Become Global Players in the Job Market

572 views

Published on

Keynote presentation given at the International Week Conference, ‘The Roles of Erasmus Mobility for improving Multicultural Dialog’ Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey, June 2010.
The presentation examines what a university is for and who makes up a university. It asks whether all the players have a common goal and concludes that in some respects they do not. The audience it is argued however do have a common goal to enrich the experiences of students (otherwise they wouldn’t be there at this Erasmus mobility event!). Certain disciplines benefit from practical experience (in the commercial, scientific & industrial world) whereas others do not. It is argued that all undergraduates should benefit from a work placement and presents data on the extent to which this happens in Europe and the benefits of such experience. It describes some of the things which can be done and the skills which employers look for in fresh graduates (and those they find lacking). Finally students talk about their experiences of work placements.

Published in: Education
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
572
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
4
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
4
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Helping Our Undergraduates to Become Global Players in the Job Market

  1. 1. Helping Our Undergraduates to Become Global Players in the Job Market<br />Dr Ray Wallace School of Science & Technology, Nottingham Trent University, UK<br />17 August, 2010<br />1<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />
  2. 2. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />What is a university for?<br />
  3. 3. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />The traditional functions of universities are teaching and research<br />
  4. 4. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />Who are the central players in a University?<br />
  5. 5. The Pieces<br />Academics<br />5<br />17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />Students<br />Administrators<br />
  6. 6. The Pieces – and on the sidelines<br />6<br />17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />Academics<br />Parents<br />Government<br />Students<br />Administrators<br />Industry &<br />Commerce<br />
  7. 7. The Pieces – and on the sidelines<br />7<br />17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />Academics<br />Parents<br />Government<br />Students<br />Administrators<br />Industry &<br />Commerce<br />
  8. 8. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />Do they have the same priorities?<br />
  9. 9. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />NO!<br />
  10. 10. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />Students see the university as a place where they can gain a good education leading to a good job<br />
  11. 11. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />Parents see the university much in the same light as the students<br />
  12. 12. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />Government sees the university as the seedbed where young people will be educated to a high standard and where the nation’s wealth & advancement <br />through research <br />will stem<br />
  13. 13. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />Administrators (hopefully!) see the university as a place where they can support the work of<br />their academic<br />colleagues<br />
  14. 14. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />Academic staff see the university as a place where they teach and can<br />conduct scholarly activity/research<br />
  15. 15. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />....and sometimes herein lies a tension because professional advancement is often achieved <br />through research <br />rather than teaching<br />
  16. 16. RESEARCH<br />TEACHING<br />Balance<br />16<br />17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />Tensions<br />
  17. 17. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />....with a result that academic staff lose direction and focus on their research rather than <br />their students<br />
  18. 18. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />....but you ladies & gentlemen are here, I guess, because you believe in internationalisation and have the desire to enrich the lives of your <br />students & therefore <br />I can take you one <br />step further<br />
  19. 19. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />....what I’m about to say will seem obvious on reflection but for many it is something they have<br />never really thought<br />about<br />
  20. 20. Medicine - pieces fitting together<br />Integrated Degree<br />20<br />17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />Clinical experience<br />Study<br />Graduate doctor<br />Clinical experience<br />Study<br />
  21. 21. Dentistry - pieces fitting together<br />Integrated Degree<br />21<br />17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />Clinical experience<br />Study<br />Graduate dentist<br />Clinical experience<br />Study<br />
  22. 22. History<br />22<br />17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />Study<br />Study<br />Graduate historian<br />Study<br />Study<br />
  23. 23. Economics<br />23<br />17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />Study<br />Study<br />Graduate economist<br />Study<br />Study<br />
  24. 24. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />....knowledge of the world of work (hopefully) but no experience of it!<br />
  25. 25. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />....does this make sense?<br />
  26. 26. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />....so why should we do one thing for the doctors & dentists and another for the historians & economists?<br />
  27. 27. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />....the answer of course is we shouldn’t<br />
  28. 28. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />....and this is where the idea of a ‘Placement’comes in<br />
  29. 29. So what is a placement?<br />17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />29<br />
  30. 30. European Data: Participation in Work Placements <br />30<br />17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />Graduates who participated in work <br />placements/internships (percent).<br />Brenda Little, 'Squaring the Circle?', <br />ASET Conference Proceedings 2007. <br />
  31. 31. Other data from the UKCourtesy of ASET<br />31<br />17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br /><ul><li> Every year 120,000 students go out on placement
  32. 32. Academic Performance
  33. 33. Employability</li></li></ul><li>17 August 2010<br />32<br />Some of the things we do at NTU…………..<br />Maintain a comprehensive database of students and job vacancies<br />Interview individually all placement students registered with us<br />Produced advertising and information leaflets<br />Produce an annual student satisfaction survey<br />Invite organisations into NTU to give presentations<br />Assist students to produce good cvs & letters of application<br />Check that staff have visited students and that employers are content<br />Maintain strong links with CAS, the Business School & C and I<br />See that NTU’s policy on Health & Safety is implemented<br />
  34. 34. 17 August 2010<br />33<br />Some of the things we do at NTU…………..<br />Provide a repository of knowledge in the field of employment, student loans etc<br />Support academic staff in their mentoring roles<br />Keep a watching brief on national developments - ASET<br />Endeavour to inculcate the ethos of professionalism in students, particularly by example<br />Run a big student recruiting drive in year 1<br />Broadcast our activities outside of NTU<br />Develop assessment methods and strategies<br />Turn any setbacks into opportunities<br />Capitalise on employer visits<br />
  35. 35. 17 August 2010<br />34<br />Skills and Attributes ChecklistTHE TOP 10<br />DIFFICULT TO FIND SKILLS<br />Commercial awareness<br />Leadership<br />Risk taking/enterprise<br />Project management<br />Managing own learning<br />Second language<br />Problem solving<br />Customer focus<br />Report writing<br />Cultural sensitivity<br />IMPORTANT SKILLS<br />Motivation & enthusiasm<br />Team working<br />Oral<br />Communication<br />Flexibility<br />Customer focus<br />Problem solving<br />Managing own learning<br />Commercial awareness<br />Planning & organisation<br />
  36. 36. Finally I leave it to the students themselves to say what they think<br />17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />35<br />
  37. 37. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />36<br />Acknowledgement: PowerPoint Template Philip de Kock<br />Any Questions?<br />
  38. 38. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />
  39. 39. 17 August, 2010<br />Suleyman Demirel University<br />24<br />

×