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Lawyer in London: inspiring students through extra-curricular work-related learning activities

Teri-Lisa Griffiths & Jill Dickinson
@TerilisaCareers / @Jill_Dickinson1

Parallel session 2, Short paper 2.6

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Short abstract
This paper focuses upon work-related, extra-curricular learning activities which have been designed and delivered in conjunction with a global employer, and analyses students’ engagement both with the activities themselves and their wider learning. In doing so, it evaluates collaborative methods between teaching staff, the Careers Service, and employers and their impact on students.

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Detailed outline
In recognition of current thinking that ‘targeting graduate employability skills… [is] not confined to career departments’, this paper utilises the example of the extra-curricular, Lawyer in London event to help illustrate effective, inter-professional collaboration between the careers service, teaching staff and an international law firm.
The event’s purpose was many-fold including: encouraging students to both reach their career potential and further invest within their course and developing both their confidence and also their familiarity with the working environment. The paper will also acknowledge the wider context of organisations recognising the need for greater diversity, particularly in the legal sector.
The initiative itself was inspired by the University’s developing relationship with Freshfields, as part of the Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme.
With an overarching focus on the tripartite relationship between the university, employer and student, the paper outlines the practicalities of creating such pilot, extra-curricular schemes including: accessing funding, stakeholder-identification and emgagement and selecting/preparing students for the process.
Whilst the paper briefly outlines the event itself and the activities included, its main focus analyses and evaluates how the event met the team’s wider aims of encouraging student motivation, developing student employability and developing effective working methods between different stakeholders.
An important component comprised the feedback gained to help provide an insight into the viability, design and implementation of future events, and further development of the University’s relationships with external partners.
In outlining their conclusions, the authors suggest how others could utilise the idea of an inter-professional collaboration for the benefit of their own programmes and suggest how extra-curricular events may have a wider impact on students’ learning and career motivation.

249 – Leadership development in paths to employability: a qualitative cohort study of students engagement with the Common Purpose program – Thomas Meares, Rima Ibrahime

Graduate employability has recently become a vital issue in UK higher education (HE) in the last three decades. Tomlinson (2012) examines the shift in the needs and skills of the graduate in the modern job market. He discusses the issue that students need to be employable as well as academically educated in order to compete against their peers. Tomlinson  discussed the need for students to undertake extra-curricular activity in order to be considered for appropriate level professions (Tomlinson 2012:412). This paper sets out to examine ‘Common Purpose’ a social enterprise that delivers 4 day courses dedicated to improving leadership and employability skills in undergraduate students.

Common Purpose is an international organisation that has been running leadership development courses (www.commonpurpose.org.uk). SHU and Common Purpose have delivered leadership programmes for undergraduates and postgraduates since 2010. Approximately 250 SHU students attend the programme each year.

Drawing on findings from interviews with 20 undergraduate students across the faculties of Development and Society, Sheffield Business School and Health and Wellbeing, the paper will take a student perspective on what skills, materials and perspectives were taken into consideration by students when choosing to take part in the programme. The aim of the paper is to ask why students have engaged with the Common Purpose programme over other employability and leadership schemes offered at Sheffield Hallam Univeristy. The paper hopes to spark discussion as to what makes a credible employability development programme within a HE institution. The impact of the paper is to contribute to the understanding of student attitudes towards employability programmes, from this paper further research can be developed as to understand what is important to Sheffield Hallam students when developing their own skill sets for employability and in particular, leadership.

Tomlinson, Michael (2012) Graduate employability: a review of conceptual and empirical themes. Higher Education Policy, 25, (4), 407-431.

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