Good Teaching Practice - Exemplar 1

Career Development, Employability and Entrepreneurship in Practice

JCU Bachelor of Science Course Learning Outcome #10

Students will reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

JCU Staff Member

 

Dr Kate Hutson
Senior Lecturer, Marine and Aquaculture Sciences

First YearMiddle YearsFinal Year
Job of the Week
AQ2001/AQ2006
Aquaculture is first introduced in second year, however this activity is stuiable for first or second years.
Graduate Profiles
AQ2001/AQ2006
Career Workshop
Branded 'Sustainable Career' to align with the subject name, AQ3015/AQ5015 'Sustainable Aquaculture'
 Work Integrated Learning
Placement opportunities initiated by the student and facilitated by Dr Hutson. Initiated in second and third years.
Benchmarks with Industry
Kate sends her subject and lesson outlines to industry contacts to ensure learning and teaching is relevant to current work contexts.
Encouragement for Volunteering
Throughout the course, Kate encourages her students to seek volunteer experience.

Job of the Week

Frequency

One job each week across the subject (13 weeks)

Timing

5 minutes at the start of each lecture

Preparation

  • Source a current advertised job just prior to each week’s lecture, placing emphasis on current advertised positions.
  • Be selective in the choice of jobs presented to ensure a variety of employment opportunities are presented across the subject (e.g. scholarship opportunities, overseas jobs, and government, business and industry positions).
  • Source opportunities from Seek or industry-specific recruitment website.

Implementation

  • Show ‘Job of the Week’ slide as students enter the lecture room.
  • Introduce the 'Job of the Week' and briefly discuss the selection criteria and/or position description linked to subject or lesson learning outcomes.
  • Discuss other aspects of the position, such as rate of pay.

Resources

Graduate Profiles

Frequency

One graduate profile each week across the subject (13 weeks)

Timing

5 minutes at the start of each lecture

Preparation

  • Build a database of past students’ employment, where possible. For example, use connections that you have established with students; ask students who will attend placement opportunities if they would be willing to be a ‘student profile’ upon graduation.
  • Keep in touch with alumni where possible.
  • Follow up on request. Ask an alumnus to email a profile of their current or previous job, i.e. Where are they now? What does their work entail? Ask about their career journey they feel may interest current students.
  • Ask alumnus to supply a picture of themselves at work, if possible.

Implementation

  • Show ‘Graduate Profile’ slide as students enter the lecture room.
  • Give students time to read the graduate’s profile while you share the graduate's journey from university to employment.
  • Facilitate a LearnJCU Discussion Board about the profiled job. Make links between the job’s requirements and the subject and/or lesson learning outcomes.

Resources

Career Workshop

Frequency

Once per subject

Timing

1 hour

Preparation

  • Book venue: Kate prefers off-campus venues, such as The Riverview Tavern in Townsville, which has a function room)
  • Organise speakers: Select a range to cover, e.g. a recent graduate’s experience upon entry to the workforce, or Higher Degree researcher, work in government, work in industry, work in business or other venture. Aim for 5 speakers.
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentation: Think of questions to ask the panel, such as:
    • Where do I look for job/research opportunities?
    • Do I need to pursue more training/education?
    • What scholarships are available? How much will I get paid? (researcher)
    • What qualities would an employer/supervisor be looking for?
    • What would a typical day involve?
    • How much will I get paid?
    • How do I go about starting up my own business?

Implementation

  • Introduce the event (outline proceedings) and guest speakers
  • Begin by providing general job application advice and strategies for job search and career success, for example:
    • The benefits of volunteering
    • Where to look for jobs related to the field
    • How to initiate conversations with potential employers
    • Strategies to 'stand out from the crowd'
    • The importance of effective responses to selection criteria
    • The need for a separate cover letter
  • Provide students with a copy of a ‘good’ student résumé
  • Guest speaks answer the questions you have prepared in the PowerPoint presentation.

Resources

Work Integrated Learning

Dosage

As per student requests, ad hoc basis

Timing

Announcement made in the first few weeks of semester

Preparation

As per student requests, ad hoc basis

Implementation

  • Announce that placement opportunities can be arranged, however students will need to approach you to seek assistance to connect them with an appropriate industry/employer.
  • If student approaches you, ask them what kind of work experience they seek.
  • Approach industry/employer connections to arrange placement experience.
  • Prepare student for experience and provide information to the industry/employer contact as required to help them facilitate the placement. This usually involves directing the student to JCU Student Insurance Information.
  • Introduce student to industry/employer (usually via email).
  • Maintain connections with the student. Seek a profile from the student once they have graduated to implement the Student Profile initiative (establish a database of student work experiences).