Inspiring Today’s Students about Tomorrow’s Opportunities

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When I reflect on my employability and career progression to date, I have to credit my friends. Thanks to my friend Damani, I pursued a Master's degree in International Development and Gender Studies – a subject I didn't even know existed before Damani mentioned it to me. And I have to credit my friend Claire, for helping me land my first job, once I had completed my postgraduate studies. It was Claire's tips on how to write a compelling support statement that enabled me to secure an interview for my first "proper job" after university.

Making Every Graduate Employable

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend Policy-UK’s Forum “Making Every Graduate Employable”. The aim of the forum was to assess some of the successful practices currently used in universities to promote graduate employability, as well as discuss the implications of the forthcoming Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and changes to the Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey. Whilst it would be impossible to transform all my learnings from the forum into a single blog post, in attempt to inform as many different stakeholders as possible, I have assembled a brief list of key recommendations aimed at students, graduates, educators, and higher education institutions, which are inspired by the various presentations and panel discussions from the forum.

Making Every Graduate Employable

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend Policy-UK’s Forum “Making Every Graduate Employable”. The aim of the forum was to assess some of the successful practices currently used in universities to promote graduate employability, as well as discuss the implications of the forthcoming Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and changes to the Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey. Whilst it would be impossible to transform all my learnings from the forum into a single blog post, in attempt to inform as many different stakeholders as possible, I have assembled a brief list of key recommendations aimed at students, graduates, educators, and higher education institutions, which are inspired by the various presentations and panel discussions from the forum.

Making Every Graduate Employable

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend Policy-UK’s Forum “Making Every Graduate Employable”. The aim of the forum was to assess some of the successful practices currently used in universities to promote graduate employability, as well as discuss the implications of the forthcoming Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and changes to the Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey. Whilst it would be impossible to transform all my learnings from the forum into a single blog post, in attempt to inform as many different stakeholders as possible, I have assembled a brief list of key recommendations aimed at students, graduates, educators, and higher education institutions, which are inspired by the various presentations and panel discussions from the forum.

A new digital tool to boost students’ employability

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For one educator at the University of Brighton, this new year sees the launch of her new web app – SKILLS ON TAP UK – a free, digital tool which enables students to rate themselves against the skills and mindsets most sought by employers, as well as find graduate jobs, schemes, and internships.

I’ve always wanted one of those big, fat cheques!

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As an educator based within the Careers Service at the University of Brighton, every year, I support hundreds of students to develop their employability skills in preparation for the world beyond graduation. One of my tasks is to get those students thinking about the skills and behaviours they have developed during – and alongside – their studies. Why? Because, increasingly, employers are telling us they place as much value on students’ employability skills as they do on their academic qualifications...