Employability

Community colleges are the front line for workforce innovation

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 13/10/2021 - 09:01
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Across the United States, community college enrolments have been significantly depressed by the pandemic’s impact on prospective students. In fact, community college enrolment in spring 2021 fell 9.5 percent year on year. That’s a loss of about 476,000 students, contributing to the largest total enrolment decline in higher education in more than a decade.

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As bachelor’s-granting institutions grow ever more focused on employability, there’s much they can learn from community colleges, say Vicki Karolewics and Bharani Rajakumar
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As bachelor’s-granting institutions grow ever more focused on employability, there’s much they can learn from community colleges, say Vicki Karolewics and Bharani Rajakumar

Now is the time to design a system in which all learning counts

Submitted by dene.mullen on Tue, 12/10/2021 - 09:01
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Tara’s family never had much money, but her mother instilled in her a love of learning from a young age. Tara’s mum had grown up with dyslexia and little support. She wanted better for her bookworm daughter and stressed the importance of going to college. As a young adult, Tara worked full time in order to take affordable college courses online. But she struggled to balance work and family demands with the demands of college.

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Our conventional, top-down approach fails to recognise that working adults often already possess many critical work skills, say Lisa McIntyre-Hite and Mackenzie Jackson
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Our conventional, top-down approach fails to recognise that working adults often already possess many critical work skills, say Lisa McIntyre-Hite and Mackenzie Jackson

How to use digital simulations to prepare students for future careers

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 07/10/2021 - 09:00
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A common challenge new graduates face when starting their career is discovering that their degree doesn’t easily translate into practice. It can leave them feeling overwhelmed and ill equipped to handle certain professional situations, especially crises.

Technology has become a vital tool for universities, enabling them to keep things turning for students in the past 18 months when they haven’t been physically present at workshops and lectures. Now is the time to step this up another gear and use this technology to ensure students are prepared for the demands of the workplace.

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Stephanie West advises on how institutions should use digital simulation technology to train students in practical, real-world skills, based on her experience in healthcare courses
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Stephanie West advises on how institutions should use digital simulation technology to train students in practical, real-world skills, based on her experience in healthcare courses

How higher education can do better at developing skills for the workplace

Submitted by dene.mullen on Mon, 04/10/2021 - 09:01
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Employers often lament new graduates lacking the basic skills that can contribute to the workplace. Indeed, many of us of in the older generation would agree that most of what we learned at university, if we remember it at all, has served us little in our professional lives. For HE to bridge the skills gap and ensure that university graduates add economic and societal value, it must address three questions: what skills are students being taught? How are students really learning them (if at all)? And how effective are they in the workplace?

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Universities must do more to nurture enduring skills that can be transferred across different contexts such as critical thinking, problem-solving and communication, says Ben Nelson
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Universities must do more to nurture enduring skills that can be transferred across different contexts such as critical thinking, problem-solving and communication, says Ben Nelson

How AI and chatbots can deliver personalised career planning

Submitted by dene.mullen on Mon, 04/10/2021 - 09:00
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A major challenge facing university careers services has always been how to deliver a service to all students without an army of staff allowing for one-to-one student engagement. Many have gone down the route of embedding employability in the curriculum (or extracting it) to make it structurally unavoidable and, while this approach supports the understanding and development of skills, it doesn’t guarantee that students will engage in personal career planning.

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The development of careers chatbots could be considered a threat to guidance practitioners, but the reverse is true, says Caroline Tolond
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The development of careers chatbots could be considered a threat to guidance practitioners, but the reverse is true, says Caroline Tolond

Creating opportunities to enhance student employability online

Submitted by Eliza.Compton on Fri, 24/09/2021 - 09:05
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Students are more focused than ever on personal and professional development, given the recent dramatic reduction in traditional opportunities such as work experience or volunteering.

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Working online presents opportunities for students to develop their employability in the digital space. Ruth Donnelly lists how remote programmes can prepare them for the changing workplace
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Working online presents opportunities for students to develop their employability in the digital space. Ruth Donnelly lists how remote programmes can prepare them for the changing workplace

HE needs to follow tech companies’ lead and go ‘agile’

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 22/09/2021 - 09:01
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This summer marked a decade since the US entrepreneur and software engineer Marc Andreessen famously predicted that “software is eating the world”.

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Universities need shorter cycles of learning and credentialing, such as eight-week academic terms and quick, stackable certificates, says Tom Monahan
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Universities need shorter cycles of learning and credentialing, such as eight-week academic terms and quick, stackable certificates, says Tom Monahan

How to ensure your mentorship programme isn’t one of the (many) bad ones

Submitted by dene.mullen on Fri, 17/09/2021 - 09:01
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Many early career researchers hear mentoring spoken of in hushed, reverential tones. It is, they’re told, something that changes people’s lives (professionally, at least).

Unfortunately, in many cases, it’s never something they experience firsthand.

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Structured mentorship programmes offer a non-judgemental setting in which to ask those pesky questions whose answers shape careers, says Lia Paola Zambetti
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Structured mentorship programmes offer a non-judgemental setting in which to ask those pesky questions whose answers shape careers, says Lia Paola Zambetti

Displaced workers deserve more than short-termism from universities

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 15/09/2021 - 09:01
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When I was a graduate student in the late 1990s, the North American labour market was undergoing a profound (albeit gradual, in modern terms) shift. A still nascent but booming internet economy, expanding international trade agreements and the offshoring of industrial jobs led to mass factory and plant closures. 

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Institutions must stop and think before helping reshape the career trajectories of millions of workers, says Gangaram Singh
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Institutions must stop and think before helping reshape the career trajectories of millions of workers, says Gangaram Singh

Developing research skills post-pandemic: creating space for reflection and conversation

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 26/08/2021 - 10:00
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We are all navigating the post-pandemic higher education landscape as novices, figuring out what new skills are needed. For researchers, this centres around how to successfully engage with a world emerging from Covid-19 and develop their research capabilities. So how might institutions create an environment where skills development can be based on authentic reflections, conversations and practice?

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Three research advisers share advice on how institutions should support researchers to develop their professional skills and confidence post-pandemic
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Three research advisers share advice on how institutions should support researchers to develop their professional skills and confidence post-pandemic