Embedding employability in the curriculum
Employability is a key element of the University's Learning and Teaching Strategy. There are numerous definitions, approaches and a wide literature on the pedagogy of employability. Drawing on this literature, the Careers Service has created some core principles of employability good practice and some resources to support academic departments to recognise and develop employability within your programmes.
|Definitions of employability||
Trends in employment and employability
Preparing for careers of the future
|Elements of Employability Good Practice for the Curriculum||
1. Sheffield Graduate Attributes (SGA)
Programmes should identify where students are given opportunities to develop graduate skills and attributes, articulate these to students and make explicit links with relevant SGAs (and professional body requirements where appropriate).
2. Skills reflection and development - mySkills tool
Programmes should actively encourage students to reflect upon the academic and extra-curricular experiences they have undertaken, identify and record the skills and attributes demonstrated and set goals for future development. The mySkills tool, available to every student at every level, is a useful conduit for this. mySkills is an online portfolio and personal development tool for students, exclusive to University of Sheffield. You can see how mySkills works in this brief video and the Careers Service can give you access to a test account on request. Contact your Careers & Employability Consultant for more information.
3. Opportunities for work-based placements or authentic work-related learning
Students should have the opportunity, if wished, of completing a work-based placement – whether via an integrated Year in Industry programme or switching to a Degree with Employment Experience. Where this is not possible, programmes should ideally provide authentic work-related learning opportunities within the curriculum. The Careers Service can provide advice and support for departments. Contact your Careers & Employability Consultant for more information.
4. Employability support and signposting
Further resources to support colleagues with the above areas will be added to the section below soon.
|Resources to support employability in your programme||
With the above principles in mind, we have created the following resources to help you address employability within the design and development of programmes.
Embedding mySkills in your programme
Signpost sheets for personal tutors and PGR supervisors
Employability themed group tutorial programme
Workshops for tutors with advice on having careers conversations
Approaches to engaging employers and alumni in your programme
Writing references for students
If you are a member of University staff and have trouble accessing any of the resources, please email the Careers Service.
|Support from the Careers Service||
The Careers Service can provide tailored support on embedding employability in your programmes. We are also keen to receive feedback on the above documents and hear your ideas for future development.