Strategic Aim 2: Employability

I. To measure and improve the employability attributes of all students through course, extra-curricular and out-of-term-time activities

II. To provide the opportunity for every student to gain a graduate-level employment experience

Physics: Applied Physics

In this module, students have the opportunity to work in teams to solve real problems proposed by local industrial companies. As part of this, each group produces a report as well as risk assessment forms, which serve as great practice in writing for the workplace. The teams also present their work to their respective clients. Not only does this module provide ample opportunity for students to develop and practise a range of transferable skills, it also fosters stronger links between the University and local employers.

PHY3150 – Dr Charles Williams

Politics: Civic Engagement

In this final year Politics module, students are required to play the role of a consultant for a real organisation of their choice. The assignment is to write a strategy report, detailing a series of evidence-based recommendations on a topic of their choice, relevant to the organisation they have selected. This report mirrors those used in policy or practice settings within industry, allowing students to apply their academic learning to real world situations. Students are expected to contact the organisation, communicating professionally and effectively with representatives whilst building a network of contacts. A guest speaker from the local county council enables students to engage with the application of their knowledge to industry, and realise how the skills and understanding gained throughout their degrees can take them forward into employment.

POL3205 – Dr Alice Moseley

Geography: Green Consultants

Undertaken over a whole academic year, this module prepares students to tackle a 5-day project on campus and an internship with an external organisation. Students gain valuable experience working in a real business setting with a focus on sustainability, and develop skills and strategies to interact and consult with professionals. Working in small consulting teams, students have the chance to influence their company and deliver real change and business outputs. This module is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their CVs and gain important transferable skills.

GEO2449 – Dr Michael Leyshon

Business School: Work Placement Modules

At Penryn, the BSc Business students undertake a compulsory placement during each of their three years of study. These form three modules, all aimed at developing each student’s employability attribute alongside gaining them valuable work experience and counting towards their degree certification.

The modules provide lectures and workshops on the interview and assessment centre processes, networking sessions and guides to the application forms amongst a variety of useful resources. Students are required to create a project report for the client they have been working for, alongside individual presentations to the class and reflective learning papers. Students work for a real client, addressing a real issue, and present it professionally and effectively to their client at the end of the placement.

Integrating the development of the employability attribute through focused lectures and workshops in order to gain invaluable work experience is integral to an Exeter Graduate’s education, and the incorporation of this into compulsory modules makes any Business School graduate competitive in the job market.

BEP1020: Business Practice and Analysis – Mr Stephen Hickman
BEP2030: Business Practice (Placement/Work Experience Project) – Mr Stephen Hickman
BEP3020: Practice-Based Consultancy Management – Dr Ufi Alpsahin Cullen

Medical Imaging: Hospital Placement

Students become an integral member of the multi-professional healthcare team, gaining experience of dealing with a full range of patients using a variety of modalities. They have responsibility for organising their working day and liaising with staff in other departments, and gain experience of managing an inter-professional team. Students have the opportunity to contribute positively to the placement department, and put into practice the School Code of Practice for Clinical Placements by actively participating in clinical tutorials, and develop and reflect on a personal and professional portfolio through an array of practical and written assessments. The placement also requires undertaking out-of-hours work by working two nights and five late shifts, giving students experience of being flexible and adaptable. Performing radiographs on different patient types, including paediatric, elderly, infirm and trauma patients, develops students' skills in communicating with a range of people, paying particular attention to patient care.

PAM3014 – Mr Robert Meertens

Drama: Theatre Practice I – Applied Drama 

This module uses experiential learning through Applied socially engaged practice which takes place outside of traditional theatre spaces. Under the supervision of tutors and professionals, students undertake placements and group projects in the community, working with a wide range of people from different and sometimes disadvantaged backgrounds. Students apply their drama tools and skills in challenging contexts, learning about effective drama facilitation in different situations, collaboration within a team and developing a critical socially engaged practice. This module prepares students well for careers in education, healthcare and social work.

DRA3012 – Dr Erin Walcon

Sport and Health Sciences: Employability and Career 

This module specifically equips students with vital skills required to enter the job market. A wide range of topics are covered in lectures, including job application and interview techniques, CV and cover letter writing, and presentation skills. The module also requires a minimum of 40 hours of self-organised work experience, which students are encouraged to find through LinkedIn or the Careers Service. This is a valuable opportunity for students to increase their employability potential and put into practice skills learned throughout the year.

ESS2900 – Dr Martin Jones

Natural Sciences: Group Project

Working within a team is a crucial part of employment, and this module allows students to gain experience of this in a more applied context as they come to understand the challenges faced by every project manager. Projects are generally undertaken in collaboration with external project sponsors including the Met Office, Natural England, Exeter Mathematics School and Hydrographic Office allowing long term links to be made to potential future employers or collaborators. As well as the context and scientific content of the projects, it is the management skills developed through working with these organisations which are just as important with respect to employability. Each group is required to run formal meetings and must submit a portfolio of all agendas, minutes and action plans alongside their final report. This gives a real insight into workplace operations and project management, and allows students to develop practical skills that will benefit them in future employment. In addition, the novel video assessment used for this module develops higher-level communications skills and provides a tangible synopsis of their project work, which students can use to demonstrate their project to future employers.

NSC3003 – Dr Sharon Strawbridge

Engineering: Professional Studies and Skills Development 2

Comprising of both independent and group projects, this module aims to help students develop a range of transferable and practical design skills essential to all engineers. Students devise their own project plan for independent study in consultation with a nominated advisor. The module also includes mechanical, electronic and civil Engineering Design Activities (EDAs) conducted in a group setting, involving the application of engineering principles to the solution of practical problems. These EDAs provide useful experience of project team work, real engineering design, and practical construction skills. A key component of this module is dedicated to Careers and Employability, which focuses on finding work experience opportunities, developing commercial awareness, and building networks. It also involves an assignment based on LinkedIn, with feedback provided on the students’ profiles.

ECM2112 – Dr Hao Qin

Business & Management: Strategic Management 

This module combines innovative assessments supporting employability with group work on case studies and learning from industry experts. Not only is the material covered useful to a future career, but it is taught in ways which develop valuable transferrable skills – compulsory group workshops and meetings with tutors simulate methods used in commercial project teams, such as triage approaches to company research, progress reporting, and presenting proposals to the board. Instead of an essay, students produce individual white papers, which are commonly used in industry to create thought leadership on a specific topic.

BEM3033 – Mr Alex Janes

Drama: Creative Industries Management

In this module, students build practical skills such as project management, elevator pitches, focus group creation and audience development. Students develop confidence in a variety of areas such as finance and fundraising, administration and human resources, negotiation and presentation, brand development and digital marketing conditions. They learn the skills necessary to create their own performance brand, creative industries project and business plan that could be launched upon graduation. Students are encouraged to take part in dynamic live workshops, web-based discussions, a 'speed dating' exercise, and peer-review and critique plans. Utilising a range of practical, research and communication skills, they develop their understanding of funding applications, compiling and understanding budgets and developing marketing strategies in order to produce a business plan.

DRA3050 – Dr Sarah Goldingay