Universities are expected to produce employable graduates. In
Education for Employability, experts explore critical questions in the employability agenda: Who sets the standards and expectations of employability? How do students monitor their own employability? How can universities design whole curricula and university environments that promote employability? What teaching and learning strategies facilitate the development of employability?
Responsibility for developing and sustaining employability lies with a broad coalition of the individual students, the university, alumni, the professions and industry and is accomplished through the intended curriculum as well as co-curricular, extra-curricular and supra-curricular activities, events and learning opportunities.
Joy Higgs, AM, PhD, Emeritus Professor at Charles Sturt University, Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales and Director of the Education, Practice and Employability Network, Australia.
Part 1: Exploring Employability
Employability Interests and Horizons: Public and Personal Realisations Joy Higgs and James Cloutman 2
Practice, Work and Employability: Evolutions and Revolutions Joy Higgs
Part 2: Setting the Employability Agenda
Meeting Society’s Expectations of Graduates: Education for the Public Good Dawn Bennett 4
Employability and Higher Education: Keeping Calm in the Face of Disruptive Innovation Sally Kift 5
Facing Global Challenges: One University Seizing Employability Opportunities Will Letts 6
Re-imagining Graduate Achievement and Employability Geoffrey Crisp and Beverley Oliver 7
Creating Productive Spaces for Developing Employability Peter Goodyear 8
Graduate Employability 2.0: Learning for Life and Work in a Socially Networked World Ruth Bridgstock 9
Preparing Work Ready PlusGraduates for an Uncertain Future Geoff Scott 10
The Language of Employability Doug Cole and Raphael Hallett 11
Employability and Leadership in Contemporary Workplaces: Managerial Calculus Nita L. Cherry 12
Employability and First Nations’ Peoples: Aspirations, Agency and Commitments Sandy O’Sullivan
Part 3: Education Strategies
Holistic Curriculum Design for Employability Sally Kift 14
Employability Pursuits beyond the Formal Curriculum: Extra and Co-curricular Activities Judi Green, Angela Carbone and Gerry Rayner 15
Work Integrated Learning: Professional Identity Development and Social Responsibility Barbara Walsh 16
Practice-based Education: Education for Practice Employability Joy Higgs
Part 4: Reflections
The Future is Ours: Students and Graduates Leading the Future Sophie Johnston 18
Employability Pursuit: An Appreciation Joy Higgs 19
What Does This All Mean for Higher Education? Geoffrey Crisp, Will Letts and Joy Higgs
Notes on Contributors
All interested in employability, work, universities, graduate attributes, employer expectations, and trends in work.