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The key to employability: developing a practical model of graduate employability

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Thursday, 10 Dec 2020, 15:42

As part of Module 3 of the PGCE I am taking with the University of Brighton my group (three of us) have been given the topic of 'Employability' to present to our fellow students in the New Year. We shared out contributions at the last meeting. As the one with plenty of postgraduate experience I was more than happy to take on the research and reading of academic papers on the subject.

My approach is a first somewhate random, to caste the net wide, but then to draw it in closer as I get the lay of the land: who are the academic 'voices' on employability and what are the current big themes.

Is AI taking jobs a theme? I've got Daniel Susskind for that.

What about the impact of Covid-19

And the impact of Brexit?

All big ones, but not researched, to current so unlikley to have spawned papers,

Employability: The missing voice: How student and graduate views could be used to develop future higher education policy and inform curricula

Rachel Delta Higdon

What is employability?

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Simon_Mcgrath/publication/266456393_What_is_Employability/links/5597fba808ae5d8f3933e7d7/What-is-Employability.pdf 

There are these:

Dyki, M.Singorahardjo, M. and Cotronei-Baird, V.S. (2020), "Preparing graduates with the employability skills for the unknown future: reflection on assessment practice during COVID-19", Accounting Research Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ARJ-09-2020-0285

This paper establishes how a student video assessment contributes to students’ acquisition, development and enhancement of employability skills, such as communication and teamwork skills, that are central for preparing students for continually evolving future and thus the “new normal” brought forward by COVID-19.

The key to employability: developing a practical model of graduate employability in Education + Training Magazine. 

Maria De Rodanas Valero, Tom Reid, Ghislaine Dell, David Stacey, Jo Hatt, Yvonne Moore, Sally Clift. (2020) Embedding employability and transferable skills in the curriculum: a practical, multidisciplinary approachHigher Education Pedagogies 5:1, pages 247-266.

Inge Römgens, Rémi Scoupe & Simon Beausaert (2020) Unraveling the concept of employability, bringing together research on employability in higher education and the workplace, Studies in Higher Education, 45:12, 2588-2603, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2019.1623770

Ornellas, A.Falkner, K. and Edman Stålbrandt, E. (2019), "Enhancing graduates’ employability skills through authentic learning approaches", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 107-120. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-04-2018-0049

Bernstrøm, V.H.Drange, I. and Mamelund, S.-E. (2019), "Employability as an alternative to job security", Personnel Review, Vol. 48 No. 1, pp. 234-248. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-09-2017-0279

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What 10 Digital Skills do Employers most want ?

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Assessment and Feedback

 

Learning as a journey or skill acquisition to be the best that you can be, either like interrailing between London and Rome via Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, and Madrid, or running a swimming club for disability swimmers.


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A disability a person may have can be physical or mental, or a combination of both and will present itself along a spectrum.

Accessibility set up

On/ off

Chair, position of screen and keyboard

Touch screen - voice activated

What is being assessed? Know what they can do, believe what they could do.

Find content

Differentiate between true and false, safe and dangerous

Profile and passwords

Employability

What 10 Digital Skills do Employers most want ?


  1. The ability to understand and utilize social media effectively. 

  2. Search engine marketing

  3. Analytics

  4. Content marketing

  5. Email 

  6. Mobile

  7. Strategy & Planning

  8. Social Selling

  9. Pay per click

  10. Video 

From NESTA

  • Animation

  • Multimedia production

  • Design in engineering

  • Building and maintaining IT systems and networks

  • Research and quantitative data analysis

Suggestions

  • Respond to and send email

  • Complete an online form (application)

  • Create a profile and then a CV

  • Safeguarding yourself and others

  • Take part in an online discussion

  • Do an interactive quiz

  • Find your way to x

  • Purchase a ticket

  • Decide if something is true or false

Activity 1

Simple computer related tasks

Book something

Answer a question

Communicate

Organise: a trip to the beach, to see a film... 

Activity 2

What was your grade?

Grade yourself

Grade others

Activity 3

Feedback to students based on their needs.

Complete a workbook

Yes/no answers

Add an image

Tell me your learning story

Outcome

Explain what is meant by accessibility (who it applies to and who benefits)

Explain what feedback is.

Explain how the above differ in the digital domain

List some strategies for implementing digital assessment and feedback methods for a variety of students with accessibility needs.

Create a working example of both digital assessment and digital feedback in practice



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E-portfolios (the Government perspective)

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Friday, 8 Oct 2010, 11:35

The drivers and issues regarding e-portfolios from a Government perspective is all about creative the life-long tax-paying, contributing 'Citizen.'

 

Bubbl.us Government drivers for e-portfolios

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