PROFX - Employability Skills

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PROFX - Employability Skills

  1. 1. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE –School of Creative TechnologiesWhat are employability skills?Considerations when writing your draftprogramme of learningSources of OpportunitiesPaul Barnes and Guy Townsin
  2. 2. Learning outcomes the importance of employability and what we mean by employabilityskills how to use these ideas when producing a programme of learning
  3. 3. Employabilitywhat is it?why does it matter?
  4. 4. Employability – an essential set of skills in the modern world global economy – transport patterns, internet, business mindset emphasis upon customer service/customer experience encouragement of competition by governments increasingly sophisticated recruitment systems used by employers
  5. 5. Employability – a brief definition According to Yorke and Knight 2004 ‘employability’ is defined as,‘…a set of achievements – skill, understanding and personal attributes – that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.’
  6. 6. Employability – a brief definition According to Yorke and Knight 2004 ‘employability’ is defined as,‘…a set of achievements – skill, understanding and personal attributes – that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.’ Not just about getting a job – it is about having the right skills and qualities that employers need Context of the Profx unit
  7. 7. Employability skills- what do we mean? Problem solving Excellent Commercial ability communication skills awareness Sense of Willingness to work to professionalism and deadlines commitment toTechnical skills customer service (this one will vary) Being Goal orientated Ability to work in organised and determined project teams Able to manage your own workload
  8. 8. What do recruiters look for – examples of specific technical skills? DocumentaryCAD skills Video encoding production Scripting, Lighting Javascript C++ Radio production texturing Softimage Final Cut Pattern cuttingZine Dream Pro and screenproduction Weaver printing Photoshop
  9. 9. The theory in action – some examples BBC Learning and Planning Assistant, BBC Concert OrchestraOffice administration experience preferably within an arts organisationIT skills, especially MS Office.Ability to organise and prioritise workload and manage time and taskseffectivelyExcellent communication skills, written and verbal are essential.
  10. 10. The theory in action – some examples Local college – Media TechnicianAbility to work within set timescalesGood verbal and written communication skillsAbility to work well within teams but also to work independently
  11. 11. The theory in action – some examples Dyson – 3 D ArtistUnderstands and has experience of using:•Autodesk Maya software and the mental ray renderer.•Adobe PhotoshopHas a portfolio demonstrating photo realistic renderingpreferably showing products.Understands the use of typical studio lighting set-upsKnowledge of surfacing, lighting, compositing andretouchingExcellent attention to detail
  12. 12. Activity – in small groups, please consider the following job advertisement
  13. 13. BBC Runner jobIdentify skills from the Key Selection CriteriaProvide evidence of how you can demonstrate where you acquired these skills e.g. through your degreeSkills gap? Which skills have you found difficult to evidence?Which skills do you plan to develop through your work experience?
  14. 14. Key considerations What are your current skills – examples? What skills and experience do you need? (skills gap) Evidence? How are you going to achieve this? Building in processes of reflection and evaluation Remember – SMARTSpecific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time bound
  15. 15. Thank you – any questions??

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