Employability in the curriculum
The integration of employability and enterprise skills at the core of the student experience will enhance employment prospects for all students.
The program and course design policy outlines a set of requirements and principles that will ensure our students graduate ready for life and work. These principles reflect our graduate attributes which assist students to transition from study to work.
Integrate employability and enterprise skills into the curriculum
Providing students with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities and integrating Career Development Learning (CDL) into the curriculum helps to build explicit links between the program and graduate employability.
Work Integrated Learning
Work Integrated Learning activities that are aligned to course and program outcomes give students the opportunity to put theory into practice, develop industry knowledge, learn professional skills, and acquire a work experience portfolio.
It is important to review the current WIL activities offered across the program of study before integrating additional activities to ensure they are appropriately scaffolded, enabling students to progress from simple to more complex and possibly more autonomous experiences.
Career Development Learning
Career Development Learning encourages students to develop their self-awareness and opportunity awareness, enabling them to better manage their career options and outcomes to improve their employability.
The ‘3 E’s’ framework – explore, experience, engage – scaffolds career development learning skills development for students as they transition through the three levels of a program; first year, mid-program, final year.
Resources for teaching
- RMIT WIL and Employability Newsletter – A newsletter distributed by the Careers and Employability team to keep staff informed about events, initiatives, resources and research to support and enhance WIL and employability at RMIT.
- Teaching resources for Career Development Learning – Examples of learning outcomes that can be used as a guide to audit, design and implement scaffolded career development learning at each stage of a program.
- Employability scaffold model overview [PDF, 454 KB, 2 pages] – A scaffolded model has been designed to enhance employability and enterprise skills, through synthesising digital learning, WIL and internationalisation with the studio model of learning and teaching. This can be adapted for different disciplines.
- Learning design patterns – Global Learning by Design patterns that can be used to assist teaching staff in embedding employability into the curriculum.
- Learning Lab resources for staff – In addition to the resources for students, the Learning Lab also has a collection of resources to support staff to develop teaching strategies that integrate language and academic skills with discipline content.
Promote employability and enterprise resources to your students
There are many resources and opportunities available to students to help them prepare for their future career, including guidance and advice, events, and online information.
Resources can be shared with your students by embedding links in your Blackboard course shell to supplement course material, scheduling time for career development guest lectures and discussion, or directing students to specific resources to support their individual development needs.