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Choosing employment futures

Hobson, J. and Silburn, J. (2003) Choosing employment futures. In: HERDSA 2003 Learning for an Unknown Future, 6 - 9 July 2003, Christchurch, New Zealand

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This paper reports on a three point unit A277: From University To Workplace that has been run for the past three years at Murdoch University. The overall aim of the unit is to improve students’ ability to make key choices in their lives and to enhance their self-efficacy in making the transition into employment. The future is always unknown and this unit assists students to develop skills to move between university life and the unknown future of the workplace and to create bridges between different demands, different experiences and different cultures. The unit examines current workplace policies and practices and includes significant input from industry. The practical component of the unit complements this with experiential tasks which develop skills and confidence to enhance employment prospects, whilst providing strategies for utilizing the knowledge and skills gained at university. This paper, written by the unit coordinators, reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of this unit, the changes introduced over the past two years in response to student feedback and in recognition of the importance of students developing into independent, creative and resourceful learners.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Student Learning Centre
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