1. Education & Student Strategy
  1. Career Development & Employability
  • Career Development and Employability

    Where we want to be by 2020

    We support our students in developing their careers, realising their individual aspirations and enhancing their employability through a range of curricular and co-curricular activities. Our graduates are highly employable and innovative professionals who have benefited from opportunities to develop the skills they need to become the leaders and entrepreneurs of the future.

    Through step-change activity we will continue to build an exciting, challenging and diverse range of career development, employment and entrepreneurship focused activities characterised by:

    • Support for students throughout the student journey
    • Close links with business and the professions
    • Academic and practical expertise derived from sector experts
    • Programmes informed by sector leading practice, research, innovation and enterprise which serve to enhance our students prospects and career development
    • Highly professional experts and flexible services equipped to nurture and support our students in developing the key skills and attributes they need to succeed in their prospective careers and individual aspirations including their ability to identify and follow ‘non-traditional’ careers paths.

    Step-change activity

    Step-change activity will focus on the following areas to support the consistent realisation of our intended destination across our services and provision:

    1. Encouraging students to engage early with the career development and employability agenda to ensure their career prospects are maximised
    2. Sector leading support for student employability, career development (e.g. leadership development, international opportunities, preparation of our students as practice innovators and change agents)
    3. Support for the development of key skills and reflection on personal progress and development (e.g. problem solving, leadership and creativity)
    4. Experiential learning (e.g. in-class case studies and simulations)
    5. Opportunities for real-world experience (e.g. core work placements embedded into curricula, support for internships)
    6. Access to, and the development of skills needed to interact with, professional, employer and alumni networks, both within and across-disciplines
    7. Opportunities to engage with current innovations and enterprise activities
    8. Support for the identification of careers paths and employment opportunities which go beyond traditional models associated with specific disciplines.

    We will also continue to foster:

    1. The way in which our programmes are influenced by our connections to professional, statutory and regulatory bodies, commissioners, business and the professions
    2. Our practical, professional and flexible approach.