Empowering students by enhancing their employability skills

Fraser J. Scott, Pauline Connell, Linda A. Thomson, Debra Willison

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Recognising the importance of graduates being equipped with appropriate employability skills alongside their subject-specific skills, we have had transferable skills training embedded throughout our degree programmes for 30 years. More recently, a specific employability skills module for final-year honours students has been created. This module consists of a programme of activities supporting employability skills, which was delivered to final-year undergraduate students from 2012 to 2015. A key feature in the development and delivery of these activities was the involvement of external experts. Detailed questionnaires have captured student perceptions and thematic analysis has revealed key themes. The module has been perceived to be highly useful, resulting in significant increases in students’ confidence across key areas of employability skills. Furthermore, students may hold skewed perceptions of the relevance of generic employability skills to their chosen career path. This fact should be considered when delivering employability skills programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)692-707
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Further and Higher Education
Issue number5
Early online date22 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2019


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