2012 Education for employment: career learning within the curriculum

Patricia Quinn

Sheffield Hallam University has a longstanding and deserved national reputation for the excellence of its work on the development of its students’ employability. Following on from work undertaken through a successful 5 year Centre for Excellence in Employability a coherent University wide strategy has now been adopted which is to be implemented from September 2012 through a series of enabling frameworks. The Career Management Skills Framework is central to these as it is applicable to every student in the University irrespective of their course or level of study. It comprises a set of core competencies related to an individual’s career planning needs to be delivered through a range of indicative activities integrated in modules across all levels of each course of study. It is designed to enable students to make the most of the graduate skills and attributes they will have developed through their course and co-curricula activities and experiences in a way that should ensure they are able to compete effectively for employment, further study and other life opportunities or develop their own business plans.  It provides students with a toolkit with which they can develop individualised plans through discussions with Faculty academic and support staff and members of the Careers and Employment Service as appropriate.

Much excellent practice already exists in many courses but there are still inconsistencies in the experience of many students. How can we meet the challenges presented by a full roll out of integrated career management activities in remaining courses, to be delivered largely by non specialist staff in a manner that is inclusive of all students, in an already overcrowded curriculum? How do we ensure that robust connections are made with other related curriculum activities such as work based / related learning, individual tutorials with staff, and additional awards.

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