Chris Lyne and Rachel Bower
Developing employability skills has always been at the core of the language degree programme at Sheffield Hallam University, with a combined 18 month study and work placement abroad being a key component of this philosophy. This extended period abroad is unique amongst H.E. institutions and has played a key role in continuing to attract students to the languages programme at a time when numbers nationally have been in decline.
This paper will describe how employability is embedded into the curriculum of the languages degree programme at SHU. It will focus specifically on the central role of foreign study and work placements in developing a range of employability, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship skills and how the curriculum is designed to prepare and support students during the period abroad. It will also examine the specific skills and attributes which students acquire through studying, living and working abroad. These include not only high level language skills and the ability to operate across cultures, but also a range of personal attributes such as the ability to deal with uncertainty, independence, resilience, flexibility, self-reliance and personal efficacy.
As these skills are highly prized by employers, the paper will look at the opportunities to extend the offer of study and work placements to students in other subject areas in order to further internationalise the curriculum at SHU and prepare students to compete in the global workplace.
Presentation: Developing the Global Graduate
A6 – (FU39 and FU33) 11.00