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.

We have also launched our JCU Employability Edge program which is a series of self-paced modules designed to assist JCU students with career exploration, enhance their employability, and support their transition into professional employment.   These modules also contain personalised learning activities that require students to investigate, apply, analyse, evaluate and create employability artefacts/plans that support their individual graduate aspirations.  For more information, please see the program details and contact Tara Harrold (Career Development Learning Officer).

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.

Assessment Tasks

All assessments include learning outcomes, task description, learning activities, required resources, rubric and implementation guide for staff in a Word document to allow for easy customisation.

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)

Tutorial Activities

All tutorials include learning outcomes, employability skills developed, intended audience, time required, resources and detailed activity description.

Retro fit your existing tutorials (PDF, 102 KB)

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)

Transferable Skills accompanying slides (PPTX, 743 KB)

Employer and Alumni Perspectives

Reinforce learning, inspire and motivate your students using industry insight and experience. Watch our Engaging Employers: optimising industry connections video and below resources for ideas on how to quickly add current industry insights to your subject.

  • My Career Snapshot: Content guide for guest speakers - tips on what students want to know.
  • Lecture slide examples: No space in your subject for a guest speaker? Use these slide examples to quickly deliver slices of information to underscore your teaching.
  • Job of the Week: Tips and examples on how to develop industry awareness through job vacancies
  • Alumni profiles: Elements to include in slides to give an insider’s view of work for a new graduate

Resources for LearnJCU Sites

What is Professional Identity

Your professional identity: Questions to explore to find your niche

Course-specific resumes

Career Snapshots

JCU Job Ready

Career Resources Guide for Higher Degree by Research Candidates

Online Modules and Tools

Employability Edge

Big Interview


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