Developing students’ employability skills: Whose job is it anyway?

Kirsty Smith, Kerry Silverson, Narelle Patton, Liz Bracken, Jacqueline Clements, Clara Koch

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Employers have identified dissatisfaction with graduates’ ability to seamlessly transition from university to work, with recent market research (Office for Strategic Planning, 2020b) identifying 14 essential skills employers believe are not explicitly taught within university degrees. The research also found that employers want graduates to be able to articulate and demonstrate their employability skills when applying for roles in industry (Office for Strategic Planning, 2020a).
To facilitate the development of career-ready graduates, universities are challenged to rejuvenate contemporary curricula to encompass development of qualities such as ethical courage, adaptability, confidence, integrity and empathy (Patton, 2017). But who has the time to teach all that in an already full curriculum? Whose role is it to ensure our graduates develop these employability skills? How can these qualities be developed and assessed?
This interactive discussion presentation will outline how collaboration across Faculties, Divisions and with students has resulted in the development of a new resource to assist international students to understand Australian workplace culture and prepare for success in workplace learning.
The presentation will outline how a series of separate conversations and opportunities coalesced in the development of new resources to meet an identified student need – and the responsibility is shared across many units at Charles Sturt, including academics, workplace learning, international student liaison officers, the Careers and Skills Hub and the Office of Global Engagement and Partnerships. The discussion will also outline the need for an overarching employability strategy and formal Steering Committee at Charles Sturt.
Participants in this session will come away with:
• Ideas for collaborating and incorporating employability skills into curriculum
• Awareness of existing/new resources to support students’ in developing employability skills
• A sense of shared responsibility for Charles Sturt’s Student Employability Strategy and supporting students to develop the required employability skills
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2020
Event2020 Charles Sturt EdX Learning and Teaching Conference: Maximising Student Success in a Post-COVID World - Virtual, Bathurst, Australia
Duration: 18 Nov 202020 Nov 2020 (Wayback Machine link CSU EdX)


Conference2020 Charles Sturt EdX Learning and Teaching Conference
Abbreviated titleMaintaining wellbeing through uncertainty: building resilience
OtherWe have an exciting variety of sessions for you this year. The program for each day is available below in 2 formats:

i) Interactive Web Version – This link will open up the full program in a new browser tab, with all session details hyperlinked and all zoom meeting links available via the same interface.

ii) 3 separate printable, downloadable (.pdf) files for days 1, 2 and 3.
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