Practical Seminar Developing Your Students' Employability
Meeting Employers’ Demands • Mentoring and Coaching • Innovative Tools & Instruments
Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are under increasing pressure to provide their students with an optimal basis for their professional life
Nowadays, students and graduates face a hard competition for jobs. Therefore, they choose their Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) depending on which environment offers them the best foundation to have good job opportunities after graduation. Universities have recognised this demand, but find it hard to develop a holistic approach that offers optimal solutions to this challenge – especially in light of increased competition among universities and cuts in governmental funding.
Yet, HEIs that struggle to support graduates transfer from student to employee face the danger that they fail to attract students and eventually face a loss of reputation. It is eventually in the hands of the career services to respond to this problem and to implement tools which can solve it. But what are meaningful strategies and how to translate them into actions?
This seminar will offer the participants a broad overview of measures and tools which HEIs can implement in order to boost their students’ employability and their cooperation with all relevant stakeholders. Doing so will help them answering the following questions: What requirements do companies pose for graduates? How to establish reliable relations between companies and universities in order to guarantee that both sides are met?
Since the personal skills of present-days students are not only shaped by their curriculum, the seminar will cover further activities universities and their career should provide their students with in order to guarantee their success later in life. These range from supporting students in finding jobs during their studies, encouraging extra-curricular activities to implementing strong mentoring and coaching programmes. These subjects and many more will be addressed by employability experts from leading HEIs all over Europe.
Heads of Departments, Coordinators, Career Advisors, Career Counselors, Project Leaders in the following departments
- Career Service Centers
- Student Services
- Student Development
- Academic Affairs
- Academic Services
- International Affairs
- Departments in charge of cooperation with companies
- Alumni Relations
- Curriculum Departments
- External Communication
- Mentoring and Coaching
As well as staff responsible for higher education issues from
- National and regional ministries dealing with higher education, sciences and youth employment
- National and regional employment offices
- Agencies promoting national education efforts
- Companies and associations
- What strategic goals should my career service center achieve?
- How can students be optimally supported in making career decisions?
- What are the most profound misconceptions about career management of today’s students and graduates and how can they be overcome?
- How to adopt a customer-oriented approach to career service management that shifts the focus to the actual student’s needs
- What are the best tools and instruments that facilitate job search during and after graduation?
- How to find a reasonable compromise between academic mission and the needs of the job market?
- What are the most important requirements of the job market?
- How to help students in their search for jobs abroad
- How can students be supported in finding jobs during their studies (especially in the context of strict curricula)?
- Which extra-curricular activities have to be facilitated?
- How to develop and implement coaching and mentoring programmes to maintain an optimal output?
- Identify the key differentiators of an effective higher education careers service
- Get a picture of what the labour market needs from universities
- Build reliable networks with relevant stakeholders
- Deliver study programmes which communicate the knowledge that students need in their professional life
- Deliver the most effective and efficient extracurricular tools to develop students’ characteristics which make a difference for professional tasks
- Increase the reputation of your university by increasing the number of successful graduates and securing their long term success
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