EMPLOY101x – Unlocking your employability is a 7-module Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that is a key vehicle for disseminating the UQ approach to student employability and addressing a fundamental challenge identified in the UQ Student Strategy around preparing graduates for unpredictable futures.
The course contains a series of instructional videos presented by the course instructors, and supporting videos with valuable insights from our local and international student, alumni, employer and academic contributors. Each module also contain interactive activities and discussion forums for learners to share their experiences and comment on the key concepts in the course.
All UQ students have access to this self-paced course however students gain the most benefit by engaging with the key concepts outlined in the course when they are delivered in a scaffolded way across their academic studies, linked to relevant courses or academic activities.
To assist with the integration of these key concepts within UQ courses and programs, six, one-page resources have been developed to help staff to introduce the UQ employability approach and to make effective use of the MOOC videos, activities and materials in lectures, tutorials, or as additional resources on Blackboard.
Each of the six resources provides:
- learning outcomes
- key messages
- links to instructional videos
- suggested activities and discussion questions
The summaries of the resources below will assist with identifying which theme may be appropriate for your needs.
For more information to support these themes you can access our comprehensive employability teaching guidelines. The teaching guidelines contain instructional content (delivery of key concepts), additional supporting resources (contributors discussing the key concepts and further information), as well as activity suggestions, links to the videos on YouTube and key messages.
The employability approach diagram gives an example of how the themes can be delivered across a program.
Theme 1: What is employability and how do I build it?
Employability is not just about getting a job; it’s about developing yourself into someone who can make a contribution to an organisation.
This theme aims to help students understand what employability is, why it is important, and how it can be developed through experiences. It also encourages students to engage in a range of experiences outside of their studies in order to maximise their development.
Theme 2: How do I reflect on my experiences to develop my employability?
Experience alone is not sufficient for learning; students need to reflect on their experiences in order to determine how they have contributed to their employability development. This theme teaches students how to recognise a learning opportunity and apply the SEAL process of self-reflection to identify the skills and attributes they have developed.
How students conceptualise their learning, and how they communicate it to a potential employer - can help to differentiate them from other candidates.
Theme 3: How do I meaningfully communicate my employability?
Graduates need to be able to do more than just say they are good at something; they need to be confident in their ability to perform in the workplace and be able to communicate through examples that they have the potential to perform effectively in particular professional environments.
This theme explains the graduate recruitment process and how students can use the SEAL process of self-reflection to identify the examples that they can give in interview situations, and then how to apply the STAR method to structure their responses to behavioural interview questions.
Theme 4: What is professionalism and how do I prepare for practice?
Placements and internships provide students with exposure to professional work environments, an opportunity to learn more about appropriate workplace behaviours, and to 'practise' in their profession.
This theme prepares students for practical placements, explains the importance of professionalism, and discusses how to make the most of these opportunities. It also teaches how to use these new experiences, and the challenges that come with them, to develop employability.
Theme 5: How can I successfully transition into work?
This theme prepares students for the transition from university into their first professional role and discusses the need for graduates to be flexible and adaptable and willing to work in an environment which is diverse, fast-paced and constantly changing.
The direction that students’ careers take may not be what they expect. This theme also encourages graduates to think about their employability as not 'fixed to one job', but rather in terms of what contribution they can make to an organisation, based on their knowledge and skills, irrespective of where their career journeys take them.
Theme 6: How can I continue to develop my employability throughout my career?
Employability development is lifelong. This theme explains how graduates should be continually reflecting on their experiences at work and considering what they have learned from them to improve their performance in the future. This theme also explores the benefits of working and living in a different country and how to use the experience as a learning opportunity to enhance employability.