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

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

The Best Features of Australian Education

A solid education is the equivalent of a super-power. In his “Accelerating Innovation with Leadership” blog post – Bill Gates wrote that one of four objectives political leaders should prioritise is – ‘Give every student and teacher new tools so all students get a world-class education.’ Learning opens humans’ eyes to possibilities and options. Credentials can change people’s entire quality … Read More

Lessons From The 2016 Olympics – About Learning And Employability

I turned on the television during a semi-finals and an Australian competitor was clearly going to make it into the finals. The commentator said, “At this point, it’s all academic.” The word ‘academic’ was being used to mean ‘inconsequential, irrelevant, meaningless and not real-world.’ No one raised an eyebrow at this usage and no one disputed the comment. No wonder … Read More

Postgrads (Masters and Doctoral) don’t need employment supports – Or do they?

When we think of Masters students, we usually think of people who have completed Bachelor degrees and successfully moved into careers in their field. They are returning to university on their own volition, or with their employer’s sponsorship, to deepen their knowledge base and refine their skills. We tend to believe that after completing their Masters, these individuals will be … Read More

Reflections on International Students and Graduate Employability from India

I am currently in Delhi, India. It is monsoon season (July) which means that the gardens are lush and green and the air is what English-speaking locals call sticky hot. I have been invited here by the Australian High Commission in India in a project envisioned and led by Professor James Arvanitakis, Dean – Graduate Research School, Western Sydney University … Read More

Graduate Employment Rates Are Actually Higher Than You Think

One night, a young man crouched down under a street-lamp feeling around as if he had lost something. An old man stopped and asked if he could help. The young man welcomed the assistance, explaining that he had lost a rare old coin. The old man crouched down a small distance from the young man and joined him in looking … Read More