Staff Toolkit

Staff Toolkit

The Staff Toolkit provides teaching and learning resources associated with the Career Action Plan for Curriculum, such as class activities, assessment tasks, workshops, online modules, as well as exemplars.

If you would like help working out which resources best suit your course or subject requirements, please contact us.

Learning Activities

JCU recommends that academic teaching staff embed high quality and relevant career development, employability and entrepreneurship activities in coursework curricula to develop and assure graduate employability outcomes.  The Career Action Plan for Curriculum is structured according to JCU’s stages of career development, employability and entrepreneurship learning across the degree:

  • First year – sense of purpose and vocational identity
  • Middle years – professional engagement and skill development
  • Final year – professional transitions

The Career Action Plan for Curriculum (CAP-C) is an online planning tool providing recommended learning strategies and activities. It is a self-help tool for staff to embed learning activities and assessment tasks by year level, and can be used for whole-of-course year, or subject- level planning. Alternatively, it can be used to audit existing activities and assessment to identify those already present and where there are opportunities. The interactive format allows staff to choose strategies and activities that best suit their course and receive a copy of their selections by email.

Exemplars of Embedded Careers Programs at JCU

Browse our collection of embedded careers programs in use at JCU

Subject level

Course level

In 2017, a Career Development, Employability and Entrepreneurship Academic Action Plan (CDEEAAP) for Science (PDF, 1168 KB) was created as an aspirational plan to support academic teaching staff to embed and scaffold learning opportunities across the course. This provides an example of a whole-of-course plan for embedding career development, employability and entrepreneurship throughout curriculum.

If you identify exemplar practices to include, please contact Careers and Employability.

Generic Assessment Tasks

Linkedin Profile Assessment

Job Application Assessment – First Year Students (DOCX, 347 KB)

Job Application Assessment – Second and Third Year Students (DOCX, 281 KB)

Job Interview Assessment – Third Year Students (DOCX, 1469 KB)

Generic Tutorial Activities

Careers Fair tutorial (PDF, 124 KB)

Emerging Trends tutorial (PDF, 107 KB)

Emerging Trends tutorial accompanying slides (PPTX, 399 KB)

Find your why tutorial (PDF, 126 KB)

Transferable Skills tutorial - First Year (PDF, 86 KB)

Resources for LearnJCU Sites

Course-specific resumes

Career Snapshots

JCU Job Ready

Career Resources Guide for Higher Degree by Research Candidates

Online Modules and Tools

Career Development Program

Big Interview

Developing an Enterprising Mindset


For staff
For students

Workshops to fit your lecture times and tailored to your cohort.

Got another idea? Get in touch and we can develop something for you.

  • Steps to Graduate Success for First-Year Students
  • Graduate Applications and Interview
  • Marketing Myself
  • Networking and LinkedIn
  • Job Search Strategies

Further Information and Literature

Online communities

Graduate Employability – tools, resources and research to help university students and graduates start successful careers, and for academics to support them


Artess, J., Hooley, T., & Mellors-Bourne, R. (2017). Employability: A Review of the Literature 2012-2016. York: Higher Education Academy.

Blackmore, P., Bulaitis, Z. H., Jackman, A. H. & Tan, E. (2016). Employability in Higher Education: A review of practice and strategies around the world. London: Pearson.

Career Industry Council of Australia. (2018). Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners.

Department of Education and Training. (2015). Australian Blueprint for Career Development.

Keele, S. M. , Swann, R. , & Davie-Smythe, A. (2020). Identifying best practice in career education and development in Australian secondary schools. Australian Journal of Career Development 2020, Vol. 29(1) 54–66.

Kinash, S., Crane, L., Knight, C., Dowling, D., & Mitchell, K. (2014). Global graduate employability research: A report to the Business20 Human Capital Taskforce (DRAFT).

Kinash, S., Crane, L., & Judd, M. M. (2016). Nurturing graduate employability in higher education. Good practice report prepared for the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.

National Association of Colleges and Employers. (2014). Career Readiness Competencies.

Norton, A., & Cakitaki, B. (2016). Mapping Australian higher education 2016. Grattan Institute.

Stone, R. P., Leuty, M. E., Rayburn, R., & Wu, B. H. (2019). Person–environment fit at work: Relationships with workplace behaviours. Australian Journal of Career Development, 28(3), 234–244.

Watts, A.G. (2006). Career development learning and employability. Learning and Employability Series Two. York: The Higher Education Academy.

Yorke, M. (2006). Employability in higher education: what it is – what it is not.Learning and Employability Series. York: The Higher Education Academy