Monday, 20 May 2019
Presenter: Professor Trevor Cullen
Title: Employable graduates. What’s the evidence?
Biography: CREATEC ‘s Director, Professor Cullen, is Associate Dean for Design, Media and Communications in the School of Arts and Humanities. He is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and the recipient of the Australian Government Award for Excellence in University Teaching.
Abstract: The debate about whether universities should concern themselves with student employability and careers is over. Today’s question is – how can universities have the most impact on graduate success with employability. The context is that in Australia, nearly 180,000 students graduate with a bachelor’s degree every year, and they are moving to a world characterized by rapid and complex change, globalization and lower graduate employment rates. Australian government reports on the future of work from 2016 to 2019 support this view and stress that graduates will experience multiple occupations over the life of their careers.
However, when we look at tertiary curriculum design around graduate employment, it is often limited to the demonstration of knowledge and skills with less emphasis on well-developed personal and professional identities, solid reflective practices and life-long learning skills. This imbalance needs to be addressed if we are to prepare graduates for a lifetime of learning and work, and not just their first professional job.
Date: Wednesday, 29 May 2019
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.251
Light lunch will be provided
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