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Preparing for the Future ? Employability and the student experience. Working collaboratively to support students’ career development learning and employability within the Society Joint Honours degree programme.  Anna Butcher, Paula Benton, Peter Dove. Society Joint Honours.

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preparing for the future employability and the student experience

Preparing for the Future? Employability and the student experience

Working collaboratively to support students’ career development learning and employability within the Society Joint Honours degree programme. 

Anna Butcher, Paula Benton, Peter Dove

society joint honours
Society Joint Honours
  • Students study 2 of a possible 5 part routes (Childhood Studies, Early Years, Guidance & Counselling, Disability Studies, Health in Contemporary Society)
  • Undergraduate degree programme which explores

how theory is applied to professional contexts

  • Students gain a breadth of knowledge whilst gaining

specialism in two distinct yet complementary subjects

  • Students explore awide range of career options
  • Diverse student group with diverse academic and

career interests.

employability throughout the curriculum
Employability throughout the curriculum
  • Enhancement activities
  • Fieldwork / observations / visits
  • Internships
  • Optional placement modules
  • Student practitioner forum
  • Core module (level 5/year 2, 20 credits)
preparing for the future
Preparing for the Future

Career planning process:

Self Awareness (reflect upon own journey, skills, values, experience)

Career Exploration (concept of employability, career planning resources, career options and entry routes)

Self Efficacy (graduate stories, motivational stories)

Career Management (presenting self through presentations, mock interviews, CVs, networking, career planning, risk taking)

Assessment Learning activity log, Reflective Account, Career Action Plan

collaboration
Collaboration
  • Module team (academic staff and careers adviser)
  • Guidance tutors
  • Alumni
  • Internal and external speakers
  • Admissions tutors
student and staff feedback
Student and staff feedback
  • Timely and efficient use of careers and employment service
  • Builds strong relationships with guidance tutors
  • Visiting speakers, alumni are popular
  • Students like the experiential

learning opportunities

(visits, mock interviews, CVs)

contact details
Contact Details

Paula Benton, Senior Lecturer, Society Joint Honours

Tel: 2156479; email paula.benton@northumbria.ac.uk

Anna Butcher, Careers Adviser, Careers and Employment Service

Tel: 2156431; email anna.butcher@northumbria.ac.uk