We recommend the following employability resources and articles.
The Higher Education Academy UK has developed a pedagogy for employability guide which includes an overview of employability and examples of how you might embed employability into your own practices.
Active learning pedagogies such as problem based and project based learning are great to incorporate authentic, real-world activities into your teaching. The University of Queensland provides a useful overview of active learning pedagogies and examples that you might implement in your own teaching.
Making the Invisible Visible: Illuminating Undergraduate Learning Outcomes Beyond Content and Skill
This project investigates professional attributes that are not readily observed in academic transcripts. The project will identify ways to make these attributes more apparent to students, lecturers and employers.
Graduate student attributes
This project investigates how students develop attributes defined in the University of Auckland’s graduate profile.
Graduate outcomes: Are they driving learning? And who knows about them?
This project identified key considerations for implementing graduate profile attributes at the institutional, programme and individual course level. It includes toolkits to implement attributes at all three levels. https://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/graduate-outcomes
The FlipCurric programme provides authentic learning and teaching exemplars that are focused on preparing graduates for real-world professional experiences.
Read the following employability articles. You may access open-source articles directly or find them in your local academic databases.
- Dacre Pool, L. & Sewell, P. (2007). The key to employability: developing a practical model for graduate employability. Education & Training. 49 (4), 277-289.
- Fallows, S., & Steven, C. (2000). Building employability skills into the higher education curriculum: A university-wide initiative. Education+ training, 42(2), 75-83.
- Harvey, L. (2005). Embedding and integrating employability. New Directions for Institutional Research, 2005(128), 13-28.
- Mason, G., Williams, G., & Cranmer, S. (2009). Employability skills initiatives in higher education: what effects do they have on graduate labour market outcomes?. Education Economics, 17(1), 1-30.
- Fugate, M., Kinicki, A. J., & Ashforth, B. E. (2004). Employability: A psycho-social construct, its dimensions, and applications. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 65(1), 14-38.
- Knight, P. and Yorke, M. (2004) Learning, Curriculum and Employability in Higher Education. London: Routledge Falmer.
- Rae, D. (2007). Connecting enterprise and graduate employability: challenges to the higher education culture and curriculum?. Education+ Training, 49(8/9), 605-619.
- Tomlinson, M. (2008). ‘The degree is not enough’: students’ perceptions of the role of higher education credentials for graduate work and employability. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 29(1), 49-61.