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Bennett Higher education employability keynote Criterion May 2016

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Bennett Higher education employability keynote Criterion May 2016

  1. 1. Increasing our capacity to innovate: Producing graduates for an evolving workforce Professor Dawn Bennett, Curtin University
  2. 2. Increasing our capacity to innovate: Producing graduates for an evolving workforce Professor Dawn Bennett, Curtin University
  3. 3. Increasing our capacity to innovate: Producing graduates for an evolving workforce Professor Dawn Bennett, Curtin University
  4. 4. Increasing our capacity to innovate: Producing graduates for an evolving workforce Professor Dawn Bennett, Curtin University
  5. 5. Increasing our capacity to innovate: Producing graduates for an evolving workforce Professor Dawn Bennett, Curtin University
  6. 6. Students
  7. 7. Why students go to university • To be employable • To learn and develop skills and knowledge • To open new horizons • To meet people • To have a good time • To do what is expected after school (UK, 2009) http://www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/ncihe/report2.htm
  8. 8. How students choose their programs 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 High enough ATAR for entry Like the subject High income Interesting career Sciences Health IT Creative arts ? Bennett, D., Richardson, S., & MacKinnon, P. (2016). Enacting strategies for graduate employability: How universities can best support students to develop generic skills. Sydney: Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.
  9. 9. How do students choose their programs? 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 High enough ATAR for entry Like the subject High income Interesting career Sciences Health IT Creative arts Bennett, D., Richardson, S., & MacKinnon, P. (2016). Enacting strategies for graduate employability: How universities can best support students to develop generic skills. Sydney: Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.
  10. 10. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 To be working To have a relationship/family To be doing/have completed further education To be travelling or working internationally % What do students want 5 years after graduation? ?
  11. 11. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 To be working To have a relationship/family To be doing/have completed further education To be travelling or working internationally % What do students want 5 years after graduation?
  12. 12. How will they achieve this? 0.3% 2.0% 2.4% 4.3% 10.7% 17.4% 27.0% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Utilise universityresources Engage in personalreflection Participate in professional development Make contactwith professionals Undertake workexperience Practice skills Advance knowledge throughstudy Mentionedbystudents(percent,roundedtoone decimalpoint) ? ?
  13. 13. How will they achieve this? 0.3% 2.0% 2.4% 4.3% 10.7% 17.4% 27.0% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Utilise universityresources Engage in personalreflection Participate in professional development Make contactwith professionals Undertake workexperience Practice skills Advance knowledge throughstudy Mentionedbystudents(percent,roundedtoone decimalpoint)
  14. 14. Graduates Agile Adaptive Creative thinkers Skilled to match the future workforce Proficient in their field of study Have a broad range of soft skills
  15. 15. Paid work in the final year of study
  16. 16. Employability in action
  17. 17. Importance of Degree Richardson, S., Bennett, D., & Roberts, L. (2016). Investigating the relationship between equity and graduate outcomes in Australia. Perth: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.
  18. 18. What is employability not? • Employment • A destination • Achieved at graduation • A certificate • A job
  19. 19. What is employability? “The ability to find, create and sustain work and learning across lengthening working lives and multiple work settings.” Bennett, D. (In press, July 2016). Developing employability in higher education music. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. Accepted November 2015.
  20. 20. Universities and employability
  21. 21. Possessional approach Knight, E., Kuchel, L., Bennett, D., Burke da Silva, K., Divan, A., Horn, J., & van Reyk, D. (Under review). How do top research universities portray employability strategies? A review of their websites. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, April 2016.
  22. 22. Processual approach
  23. 23. Positioning career • Graduate disposition: The ability to negotiate multiple cultures and contexts • Contribution to the cultural life of a community • The need to understand self – to develop professional identity
  24. 24. Develop skills and knowledge Develop self Develop career awareness Interact with others Navigate the world of work
  25. 25. • Language and understanding; • Industry-education partnerships, sustained without government support; • Prepare students for DIY careers, SMEs; • Embed and resource employability as a key institutional strategy; • Develop a culture of flexible internships and placements; and • Develop post-graduation support and professional learning. How do we embed employability?
  26. 26. Professor Dawn Bennett, Curtin University d.bennett@curtin.edu.au www.academia.edu.au Shared resources: www.graduateemployability.curtin.edu.au @dawnbennetttwit

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