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Career Development Learning and Employability in Higher Education: Contexts, Concepts and Challenges. Tony Watts. Employability. Responds to students’ motivations Responds to policy concerns Can reinforce rather than undermine wider academic values. Definitions. Immediate employment

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career development learning and employability in higher education contexts concepts and challenges

Career Development Learning and Employability in Higher Education: Contexts, Concepts and Challenges

Tony Watts

employability
Employability
  • Responds to students’ motivations
  • Responds to policy concerns
  • Can reinforce rather than undermine wider academic values
definitions
Definitions
  • Immediate employment
  • Immediate employability
  • Sustainable employability: requires attention to career development learning
terminology
Terminology
  • Career(s) education (e.g. DOTS)
  • Career management skills (e.g. Hawkins)
  • Career development learning
strategies
Strategies
  • Specific modules

- Generic

- Customised

- Bespoke

  • More general cross-curricular integration
  • Outside the curriculum
strategic directions for he careers services
Strategic Directions for HE Careers Services
  • Integrated guidance model
  • Integrated placement model
  • Curriculum model
  • Learning organisation model
  • Extended-support model
  • Lifelong guidance model
  • Alumni model
possible implications
Possible Implications
  • Restructuring careers service as an academic rather than student service?
  • Separate teaching unit for career development learning?
delivery models
Delivery Models
  • Specialist
  • Consultancy
  • Parallel delivery
  • Integrated
staff requirements
Staff Requirements
  • Pedagogic knowledge and skills
  • Strong grounding in career development theory
  • Academic empathy
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