How employers and universities can work together to develop career-ready talent

Workshop Leader:

Professor Shelley Kinash
Director, Advancement of Learning & Teaching
University of Southern Queensland

Professor Shelley Kinash is Director, Advancement of Learning and Teaching at University of Southern Queensland. Shelley’s major academic scholarship achievements have been: championing employability throughout the everyday curriculum; migrating student evaluation of teaching to online systems; and supporting whole-of-university approaches to blended/technology-enhanced learning.

Previously, she was the Director of Learning and Teaching at Bond University, an academic at the University of Calgary in Canada and a visiting academic to the Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland. She has over 200 publications including 3 books. She has led three Australian Education & Training strategic priority research projects on graduate employability, postgraduate student experiences, and student evaluation of teaching.

About the workshop:

The labour market today is evolving at a more rapid pace than ever before, driven by disruptive technology and new business models. It is predicted that around 40% of Australian jobs that exist now may disappear within two decades as entire industries and work practices are redefined. With the current market evolving so rapidly, many of today’s graduates are finding it increasingly difficult to secure a first job. On the other side of the spectrum, survey results also indicate that employers are concerned with the quality of graduate applicants. Employers say that graduates do not arrive with the hard and soft skills they need.

By attending this workshop, delegates will gain an in-depth understanding of how employers and universities can work together to develop career-ready, globally competitive talent and be equipped with specific handles and tools to leverage work-integrated learning.

This workshop will provide you with the “how-to” knowledge on:

  • Incorporating career competencies into course design from HR discussions of position requirements, career ladders, performance standards, and employee effectiveness and training
  • Understanding what would work on your campus to draw employers and supervisors into a career competencies-based discussion for employment and internships
  • Fostering deeper collaboration among the functions to commit their expertise, clout and resources to the common purpose of making the marriage of learning and career development succeed
  • Converting industry partnerships into successful employment outcomes
  • Engaging more effectively with education providers and students to embed employability into learning models

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