Our findings

What we discovered.

How to embed employability into the curriculum 

There is recognition that additive development of disciplinary knowledge is an insufficient preparation for students’ futures. Teaching staff, particularly when prompted by the literature on the future of work and the fourth industrial revolution identify multiple transformational shifts in their students that will be needed if they are to thrive in an uncertain future. Our findings, broken into 4 studies, examines how to embed employability into the university curriculum through the 4Es of Employability model developed.

Study 1: Staff perceptions of employability

To understand teachers’ perspectives on the development of employability attributes, interviews were held with 20 staff who came from the Auckland University of Technology, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury and University of Otago. Participants included management, research, teaching, careers and academic development staff. Participants were from Arts, Business, Creative Industries, Mathematics, Medical and Science disciplines. To see the results of this study, click here.

Study 3: Validation of the model and further exploration

Information to come.

Study 2: Model development

Developing employability capabilities of students requires transformational practices that move beyond teaching students to ‘know more’ to ‘be more’. The 4Es of Employability model developed provides small but impactful ways to encourage deep learning of disciplinary knowledge and graduate capabilities. The aim of the model is to develop understanding of transformational teaching practices that others can replicate. For more information about The 4Es of Employability model, click here.

Study 4: Adoptability testing

Information to come.