Literature and resources
Aim 2: Excellent employment experiences and capabilities
There was a time when a good degree from a good university would generally have enabled students to gain a good graduate-level job. However, those with the ability to market themselves, to talk about their skills and competences, to discuss areas in which they would like to improve, to highlight multiple forms of learning from their degree and to demonstrate themselves as creative and adaptable will always have had the edge. This is even more important today, where having a degree is a starting point only, and it is the variety of additional experiences that students gain - from volunteering in the local community, working, being involved in representing peers, engaging in University societies or change agents projects, or attending events run by Employability and Graduate Development.
However, alongside extra-curricular activity, students continue to gain so many of the skills and attributes required by employers within their degree study. This may be through work placements and internships, but also continuously through the curriculum, when ways of studying and forms of assessment encourage this. Being given the opportunity to give effective presentations, talk to, or write for, a variety of audiences, work in groups or teams and analyse performance, solve problems creatively, manage time and deadlines, analyse critically, argue a point or defend an opinion, use technology, demonstrate the ability to be self-critical and to be criticised by others, or take on leadership roles and motivate others, all encourage skills and attributes viewed as essential by employers.
Alongside a variety of different approaches to support student employability, this section highlights ways in which employability skills and attributes can be developed through the curriculum and supported through assessment.