Why and How to Embed Employability in Courses (Subjects) and Assessment?

When surveyed, what is the number one reason students give for going to university? You probably guessed it – “to get a better job.” Better than what they would get, if they did not go to university, or better than the job that they currently have (without the sought-after university degree). What is the number one thing that universities can … Read More

Students need to get-with industry technology, if you want to be hired after graduation

In the early 1990’s three technological transitions happened so rapidly that soon-after, they were no longer considered technologies. They were so commonplace, so quickly, that they felt like they had always existed, and were as invisible to business consciousness as walls and light fixtures. I will tell three short stories to explain each. I was studying for my Master’s degree … Read More

What Do Universities Mean by Co-curricular Student Experience?

Jane and Joe attended two different universities, and graduated with the same degree in the same discipline and with roughly equivalent grades. It is four-months past their graduations and Jane is employed in her chosen industry and getting rave probationary reviews. Joe applied for the same position and was not hired. In fact, Joe is still looking for work. Here … Read More

University Student Retention, Attrition, Success & Employability in Perspective

Data from the Australian government reveals worrying trends regarding how many students who start a degree go on to complete. Throughout this blog, evidence will be provided that indicates career-related reasons for leaving university: Between universities, there are many different statistics used to calculate these important university matters and this can result in comparing apples with oranges. The Australian government … Read More

The Employability Network through STARS (TEN-STARS)

This post was originally published on the Unistars website and has been republished here with permission. For students, going to university is about having a fantastic student experience. Students want to make new friends, have a lot of fun, develop themselves, be inspired by ideas and by people and learn. School-leavers anticipate independence and developing identities beyond the family unit. … Read More

What Are Today’s Best Job Search Strategies?

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter WhatsApp Messenger Have these and other forms of social media changed the way in which people successfully search for (and find) jobs? Should you be changing your strategies? At the 2016 Conference of the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, Bruce Guthrie, Graduate Careers Australia (GCA), https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-guthrie-400b2241 presented data revealing that while some job strategies have … Read More

What does it mean to be a Global Citizen? (And why does it matter to my future career)

There is a lot of buzz about the term – Global Citizenship – particularly within universities. Global Citizenship means that your identity, perspective and reach extends beyond the country and culture where you grew-up and/or where you are completing your university degree. Global Citizenship expands your geographical reach in that you are open to, and have developed the capability of, … Read More