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This is one in a series of case studies to enhance graduate employability. The theme of this case study is:
• The role and contribution of higher education career development centres
Careers Services are typically student-focused services based in universities operating in a range of models from a centralised model to a hub and spoke1 model. They range in size, funding, staffing, resourcing, reporting lines, associated portfolios and institutional support. Careers Services offer a broad range of services and programs to support diverse stakeholder groups – students and alumni, industry and employers, faculties, academics and university management.
Careers Services have moved from the periphery of student support into the mainstream of services to assist universities and graduates to ensure return on investment for education. Trends from the United Kingdom demonstrate a shift in the higher education sector to include employability as a key element of strategic plans and initiatives including employability awards to improve employment outcomes, student satisfaction and enrolments. Research to date indicates that universities that have adopted these measures are improving on employability indicators and rankings.
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