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    Taking the lead reflections on enhancing employability skills development Taking the lead reflections on enhancing employability skills development Presentation Transcript

    • Taking the LEAD: Reflections on enhancing employability skills development? Jen Harvey, Sinead McNulty, Rachel O’Connor, Dublin Institute of Technology www.dit.ie/LEAD
    • Presentation outline• Background to the LEAD Module• Development of Graduate attributes• Overview of the LEAD Module + 2011 Pilot• Pilot study evaluation• Modifications made LEAD 2011/12• LEAD: the Future
    • Development of Graduate Attributes: NationallyHunt Report (2010) – the inclusion of generic skills ‘The undergraduate curriculum needs to place more emphasis on generic skills, especially those required for the workplace and for active citizenship’DCU response – Generation 21 Plan ‘Its our responsibility to ensure we’ve done all we can to make sure that they are developing the attributes that we know employers want today’ (MacCraith 2011)
    • Development of Graduate Attributes: DIT • Communication Skills • Teamwork/Working with others • Problem Solving • Initiative/Enterprise • Planning and Organising • Learning • Self Management • Technology (Australian DOEST (2006), ESECT (2005)).
    • Background to LEAD Module• ‘…all (DIT) programmes will provide students with a range of opportunities to develop, practice and be assessed on an agreed range of key employability skills. These to be made explicit as learning outcomes within the appropriate programme documentation’ Academic Council 2007• EAM Module validated March2008• Approval for LEAD pilot January 2011• First students enrolled on LEAD Module March 2011• First LEAD graduation September 2011
    • LEAD 2011 module pilot: 21 students3 one day workshops + 2 mentor meetings + ind.study• Induction/Introduction workshop - March (personal action plan, blog set up etc) • Mentor/small group session• Work in Progress workshop - April (reflective writing, gathering evidence, portfolios) • Mentor/small group session• Almost there workshop - MayPortfolio submission – June
    • LEAD 2011 module portfolio assessmentPortfolio Outline (approx 2000 words):1.LEAD: Personal leadership and personal development plan (approx 300 words)2.ENGAGE: log of engagement in activities (approx 300 words per skill + evidence)3.ACHIEVE: reflections upon personal achievements (approx 800 words)4.DEVELOP: summary of your personal development journey (approx 300 words)
    • LEAD 2011 module: a diversity of LEADers
    • A diversity of evidence“A well thought out and structured letterand the personal touch of including ourLogo was a key deciding factor. Well doneGavin”Amy Fortune – AIB Bolton St. BranchManager and Student representative“Absolutely loved the detail that wastaken when producing this letter, justhaving our logo included in a mock updesign helped us get a feel for it andappreciate the personal touch that wastaken. We look forward to working withyou guys”Barney McGill – Manager – D2 nightcluband Harcourt Hotel
    • LEAD 2011 module Pilot19 students completed the moduleStaff and students evaluation: conducted in JuneAimed to get feedback on module design, content,delivery and support.Also interested in blogging experience, Tutoring/student mentoring, portfolio assessmentFuture suggested modifications for next run etc
    • LEAD Evaluation Feedback: General• Over half indicated main reason for taking the module was formal recognition of extracurricular activities• All felt that the module was relevant to their needs and adequate support was provided• 12/16 felt that there should continue to be a limit on students numbers• Module should run over a longer period of time
    • LEAD Evaluation Feedback: Content/structureTutor/mentor sessions:• were ‘motivational’ ‘good opportunity to check progress’Blogging was helpful for some• ‘in capturing events that may have forgotten details on otherwise’ ‘a great opportunity to think back and reflect on the whole year and useful for capturing events’ ‘it really helped me to vent and evaluate things’• but not for others….‘I didn’t feel comfortable sharing thoughts online’ feeling ‘it was hard to motivate myself to sit down and do it’
    • LEAD Evaluation Feedback: Most/Least useful?• Did taking the module change the way you do things? ‘it made me reflect more on events that happened hence changing the way I would do things’ ‘makes you think about the work you’ve done and what went well and what didn’t + improvements’• The most enjoyable aspect of the module (mentioned by 9) was the interaction with others involved in the module ‘seeing how other people run societies/clubs and learning from their experience’, ‘developing my skills with a great bunch of people’
    • LEAD Evaluation Feedback: Would you recommend the module?• it’s a good way to develop your leadership skills + employability skills’• ‘yes you learn how to represent yourself which is an important skill’• ‘it’s a great to be acknowledged and to make contacts with the other society leaders’• ‘its going to be helpful when going to interview’• ‘definitely, it’s a great learning method’• Thanks for the opportunity, I hope I don’t let you down!
    • Modifications made for LEAD 2011/12• Student recruitment and numbers• Module structure : session no./length/format• Catering for different reflection abilities• More continuous assessment• More of a focus on leadership• The future: LEAD, SEAD……
    • Conclusions from the pilotFactors contributing to the overall success• Staff with a range of skills, knowledge and expertise + shared interest in making it work• Institutional support – people who believed in us!• The student LEADers who took the module• The LEAD module framework design
    • ‘Meaningful volunteering experience enables students to develop and demonstrate a range ofcore skills highly valued by employers: from problem solving to leadership to communication skills.Undertaking DITs LEAD module also demonstrates motivation and commitment to active citizenship and will certainly enhance your CV. I highly recommend it. Turlough O Sullivan - former Director General of IBEC