23 March, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this presentation Professor Jennifer Rowley of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music explores the elements that help students become more employable graduates.

The webinar (via Zoom) is for members and associates of the HERDSA NSW Branch. If you are not already a member, you can register to become a HERDSA member here.

About the presentation:

Research is emerging on identified functional (how-to) cognitive aspects of employability. Higher education graduates from all disciplines encounter multifaceted and precarious working lives that feature multiple transitions, complex employment arrangements and oftena do-it-yourself career management plan to achieve meaningful paid work.

The Australian Government introduced The Job-ready Graduates package that ‘invests in higher education in areas of national priority’. It is a priority, therefore, for tertiary providers to renew curriculum with value-added Work Integrated Learning (WIL) such as contemporary professional practice internship programs.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music has a program to encourage undergraduate BMus students to develop ‘career readiness’ as Australia’s graduate destinations data report these creative workers as having the poorest graduate employment outcomes of all 40 broad higher education disciplines (Graduate Careers Council of Australia, 2020).

An elective as part of their program, our internships are in collaboration with the 17 NSW Regional Cons plus various Arts industry partners and involve a scaffolded process using the Literacies for Life as a conceptual framework to help students understand their career and study confidence. As a student profile tool with accompanying resources, it aims for students to explore their cognitive dispositions and capacity of professionalism and ‘use them to enhance confidence and make informed life and career decisions in line with values and goals’.

By exploring the specific employability skills that build potential capacity to engage students as future professionals in all related fields we can begin to determine how students successfully transition from an accomplished student to a beginning and employable graduate.

Refer to the HERDSA events calendar (and look under 23 March) for further information.

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Posted by Kylie Coaldrake

Learning and Teaching Development Coordinator Office of PVC (Learning and Teaching)