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Connecting enterprise and graduate employability


08.10.2019

An Employability and Enterprise Day to help students gain the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive difference as employees, future leaders and entrepreneurs, has been hosted by UWTSD’s Athrofa, The Institute of Education.

The event recognised the importance of assets such as team working, communication skills and personal development and featured talks, workshops, networking, and guest speakers so students could learn from alumni, entrepreneurs, employers and professional institutions in order to hone their employability skills.

Laura Hutchings, Programme Director: BA (Hons) Education Studies, said: “The purpose of the event was to develop students’ enterprise and employability thinking and provided a platform for experts in the field of employability and enterprise to highlight the importance of developing key skills which are highly sought by a range of employers. 

“Students were provided with the opportunity to find out more information about the University’s careers service, volunteering opportunities and the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED).  They also took part in seminars on coping with stress and resilience, mindfulness, the power of imagination and creativity, leadership and management and recognising unconscious bias in the workplace.  Students were also shown how to optimise their online presence using LinkedIn.”

Laura added: “The aim was to provide students with the opportunity to develop transferrable skills and understanding which is relevant to the workplace and enterprise opportunities.  The day was attached to a level six generic module which is currently being taught in the Institute of Education and Humanities.  This module is delivered in collaboration with the careers service and IICED with the intention to embed employability support into the curriculum. 

“As the labour market is becoming increasingly competitive, we wanted to enable our students to critically reflect on continual learning and the importance of their own personal development. By doing this, we hope that this will improve students future career prospects and graduate outcomes.  Feedback from the day was extremely positive.  Before taking part, some students felt that they were unsure of the next steps in their career after graduation, these students believed that the day had encouraged them to think more about future employment opportunities and the skills needed to secure their dream job.  Other students considered that the day had provided them with a ‘practical employment toolkit’ that will facilitate their own developmental needs.  Overall, the day allowed students to reflect on their personal development whilst engaging in a variety of purposeful and interactive sessions.”

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Rebecca Davies

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