Supporting graduate employability from generalist disciplines through employer and private institution collaboration
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Aims: The aims of this project are to collect, collate and disseminate existing best practice strategies and emerging innovations to improve employability of higher education graduates from the disciplines of humanities, visual/performing arts, life sciences and computer science. The project will derive and disseminate recommended practical strategies to improve graduate employability.
Abstract: The project addresses how educators and employers can best support graduate employability. Employability means that higher education institutions and employers have supported knowledge, skills and attributes leading to career success for graduates. The focus is on generalist disciplines including visual/performing arts, life sciences, humanities and computer science. Bond University is the lead institution, partnering with, the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), James Cook University and University of Southern Queensland. The project approach is to: collect successful strategies used by employers and educators to support graduate employability; peer review these to identify innovation; and research and present as full cases. Deliverables and dissemination include: a final report recommending practical strategies to improve graduate employability from relevant disciplines; a supported website documenting case studies of best practice; a sustainable network; keynote presentation at the ACPET 2014 conference; and a symposium of best practice.