Commercial awareness (or business acumen): This is about knowing how a business or industry works and what makes a company tick. Showing that you have an understanding of what the organisation wants to achieve through its products and services, and how it competes in its marketplace. How to show employers your commercial awareness2. Communication: This covers verbal and written communication, and listening. It's about being clear, concise and focused; being able to tailor your message for the audience and listening to the views of others. How to impress graduate recruiters with your communication skills3. Teamwork: You'll need to prove that you're a team player but also have the ability to manage and delegate to others and take on responsibility. It's about building positive working relationships that help everyone to achieve positive goals and business objectives. How to use your teamwork skills to get a graduate job4. Negotiation and persuasion: This is about being able to put forward your way, but also being able to understand where the other person is coming from so that you can both get what you want or need and feel positive about it.5. Problem solving: You need to display an ability to take a logical and analytical approach to solving problems and resolving issues. It's also good to show that you can approach problems from different angles. How to show employers your problem solving skills6. Leadership: You may not be a manager straight away, but graduates need to show potential to motivate teams and other colleagues that may work for them. It's about assigning and delegating tasks well, setting deadlines and leading by good example. How to show your leadership potential in job applications7. Organisation: This is about showing that you can prioritise, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time well. It's also good to be able to show employers how you decide what is important to focus on and get done, and how you go about meeting deadlines.8. Perseverance and motivation: Employers want people to have a bit of get-up-and-go. Working life presents many challenges and you need to show employers that you're the kind of person who will find a way through, even when the going gets tough... and stay cheerful-ish.9. Ability to work under pressure: This is about keeping calm in a crisis and not becoming too overwhelmed or stressed.10. Confidence: In the workplace you need to strike the balance of being confident in yourself but not arrogant, but also have confidence in your colleagues and the company you work for.
In a recent report by the CBI suggest growth will return to the UK economy in the second half of 2012and pick up pace next year. The latest CBI forecast predicts GDP growth to hit 0.6% for 2012 rising to 2% in 2013.The predictions, which follow data showing the UK economy contracted again in the first quarter, are broadly in line with those from the Office for Budget Responsibility which expects UK growth to hit 0.8% in 2012 and 2% next year.We know from student experience surveys that students are concerned that their university experience equips them with skills and attributes for the workplace and maintains a focus on employability.PRES 201144% agreed with the statement "I am encouraged to think about the range of career opportunities that are available to me" (compared to 37% in 2009);47% agreed with the statement "I am encouraged to reflect on my career development needs" (compared to 40% in 2009.)Not all about just employability – In Guardian on 1st May article about studying a degree and it not just a mean to an end. It is about personal development, confidence in ability, engaging and learning from others – broader purposes.
Reviewing the curriculum - Specific project work with individual institutions such as Southampton, Hertfordshire and DerbyEnterprise - Business Simulation Southampton invited students to work with small businesses in the university during Easter break 2012. IT - More flexible approaches to delivery for changing student population comprised of part-time, international, work based and campus based. OER opportunities for sharing resources.
Help wanted, apply within: seeking DLHE graduate employability data and other exciting opportunities (Professor Craig Mahoney)
Help wanted, apply within: seeking DLHEgraduate employability data and otherexciting opportunitiesProfessor Craig Mahoney 9th May 2013
National population 63 millionHE population 2.5 millionInternational Students 430,000TNE on UK programmes 500,000Population under 30 in HE 43%Academic staff in UK HE 180,000Staff qualified to teach 38,000UG = 1.9 million, PG = 600,000Some numbers to get youstarted!2
3Fee Structure Across the UKDomicile ofstudentLocation of institutionEngland Scotland Wales NIEngland Up to £9k Up to £9k Up to £9k Up to £9kScotland Up to £9k No fee Up to £9k Up to £9kWales Up to £3,465* Up to £3,465* Up to £3,465* Up to £3,465*NI Up to £9k Up to £9k Up to £9k Up to £3,465* balance met by Welsh Government through a non-means tested tuition fee grant, of up to £5,535,
• Higher education in UK, most turbulenttimes for decades/centuries• High performance, less money, less time,less flexibility, more regulation• Significant funding cuts, change in studentpopulation, increase in expectations• Students at the heart, their needsheightened, their awareness raised andtheir voices heard• Student numbers & tight number controls• Future impact unclear & possibility offragile business models 4Challenges – the short list!
• Blokes want data. Blokes like;• Stephen Farry• Leighton Andrews• Mike Russell• David Willetts5Who wants data?
• Return on investment• Policy drivers• Responsible government• HEI Performance Indicators• Employer responsiveness and sensitivity to changingcareers• Monitor student demand6What purpose data togovernment?
• HEI awarding the degree• Classification of the degree• Academic discipline studied• Transcript of modules studied• HEAR, transferable skills and graduate attributes• Employment rates by broad subject7What sits behind the data?
PolicymakersInstitutionsEmployersParentsProspective studentsCurrent studentsInternational bodiesThe public?8Who else wants the data?
• Not just a survey of unemployment or jobs thatgraduates do.covers the courses they study, how much they get paid(if at all)where they are working and even how they found theirjobuseful for careers, for university administration and forpolicyNot Just a Survey
• DLHE is one of the world’s best examinations of theemployment of graduatesextremely comprehensive (80% coverage for earlyDLHE)covers graduates at all qualification levelsonly the Australians really have a comparable nationalsurveythe early survey has been going for 50 years, so a richtime seriesit’s followed up with a sample after 3.5 yearsWorlds Best?
• HECSU use it to;help careers advisors understand what graduatesactually do when they graduateproduce publications on career options for universityapplicantsexamine local jobs marketsinvestigate postgraduate study and the outcomes ofthat studylook into demand for specific subjects and occupationstrack how graduates look for jobs and how thatchanges over timeHow DLHE data is used
1. Commercial awareness (orbusiness acumen)2. Communication3. Teamwork4. Negotiation and persuasion5. Problem solving6. Leadership7. Organisation8. Perseverance and motivation9. Ability to work underpressure10. ConfidenceGraduate Employment Skills
CBI forecast predicts GDP growth to hit 0.6%for 2012 rising to 2% in 2013 (May 2012)HEA’s Postgraduate Research ExperienceSurvey (PRES) 2011:50% agreed "I am encouraged to reflect on myprofessional development needs" (compared to43% in 2009)http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/employability/pedagogy_for_employability_update_201215Employability
16Changing worldResponding to a changing world. Preparing students for a ‘globalised’ workplaceand for the tough jobs market.PRES also found that no more than half of PGR students surveyed in 2011 agreedthey had had their career and professional development needs met:Professional Development and Career questions, % agree (Q7)43.90%50.10% 47.20%0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%7a) I am encouraged tothink about the range ofcareer opportunities thatare available to me.7b) I am encouraged toreflect on my professionaldevelopment needs7c) I am encouraged toreflect on my careerdevelopment needs%agree
• Disparity between students’ perceptions of employability andthose of employers• Employers and students’ value work experience but barriersexist in provision and access• Students lack awareness of SMEs in terms of requirements andopportunities• Employers are confused by the range of employability awardsand how to assess their value• Many students are not engaged with employability or withenterprise education• Assessing the impact of employability support is a challengeand needs to be addressed17Perspectives – employer vstudent
Press Release Strictly embargoed until 00.01hrsMonday 14th January 2013New research shows the graduate job marketstalled in 2012 but vacancies at Britain’s leadingemployers are set to increase again in 201318High FliersHigh Fliers Research LimitedKing’s Gate, 1 Bravingtons Walk, London N19AETelephone 020 7428 9000 Fax 020 7428 9111 Emailsurveys@highfliers.co.uk
Institutional data: a potentiallyrich source of untappedinformation useful for planningand decision-making that isunderexploited by institutions.Yorke et al, 2005Universities need to extractfrom the data around themintelligence needed to makesound decisions if they are tosucceed in these challengingtimes.Bekhradnia, 2005; 200719Gold in them there hills?
Reports that say that something hasnt happened arealways interesting to me, because as we know,there are known knowns;there are things we know we know.We also know there are known unknowns; that is tosay we know there are some things we do not know.But there are also unknown unknowns - the oneswe dont know we dont know.Donald H. Rumsfeld, 200220Tackling the knowns andunknowns
DLHEKIS:employabilitydataCurriculumdevelopmentMarketingCoursedevelopment/marketintelligenceStudentexperience:triangulationwith other datasources (eg.NSS)Prompts andlevers forfurtherinvestigation21One DLHE, many uses
22% employed by subject area 2010/11Subject area Employed UnemployedMedicine & dentistry 90.8% 1.4%Subjects allied to medicine 86.1% 4.4%Biological sciences 67.5% 8.1%Veterinary science 86.8% 6.4%Agriculture & related subjects 67.1% 6.7%Physical sciences 62.0% 9.2%Mathematical sciences 61.6% 9.0%Computer science 68.2% 12.7%Engineering & technology 73.1% 8.8%Architecture, building & planning 77.5% 7.9%Social studies 73.8% 8.2%Law 61.5% 7.1%Business & administrative studies 76.6% 8.4%Mass communications & documentation 75.9% 11.0%Languages 64.7% 8.7%Historical & philosophical studies 63.2% 8.5%Creative arts & design 70.5% 10.8%Education 88.4% 3.8%Combined 70.8% 5.9%Full-time first degree leavers by subject in Statistical First Release 178
Curriculum RelevanceMust develop a curricula robustlyinformed by a broader world view –not too British-centric or Euro-centric• Individual institutional mission• Enterprise & IT supported• Broader knowledge• Graduate and transferable skills24On-going Development
25Graduate Employment?The music-graduate human scarecrow:Youve got to take every opportunity‘Guardian, Monday 8 October 2012