Successful transitions out of the university: New approaches to partnerships between learning advisors and career centres
Hobson, J. (2011) Successful transitions out of the university: New approaches to partnerships between learning advisors and career centres. In: 10th Biennial Conference. Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL): Forging New Directions in Academic Language Learning, 24 - 25 November 2011, University of South Australia, Adelaide.
A successful completion of a university degree leads graduates to become both life long and ‘life-wide’ learners in the workplace. Staff who work in the area of academic language and learning support are ideally positioned to assist students in both the process of learning to learn in the academic environment and to apply that learning skill as they transition from the university to seek work in their professional fields. As both the overall numbers of students and the proportion of those who are academically under prepared increases at university ALL staff will need to consider ways to scaffold these students transition both into and out of the institution. This paper discusses one way that this has been achieved at Murdoch University through a collaboration between the Student Learning Centre and the Careers Centre in the successful running of a final year for credit unit From University to Workplace which explicitly teaches students how to be a professional and gives them the opportunity to put that skill into practise. As members of the local and global community, students are introduced to how large and small organizations recruit, select and retain personnel. The unit deals with concepts of self through the transition from a university to a workplace culture and gives students opportunities to assess the relationship between their interests, personality types and work plus assists them to further develop interpersonal and communication skills, concepts and workplace policies and practices, and includes significant input from industry.
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