Dr Dino Willox
BA (Hons) Philosophy - Cardiff University, MA Sexual Politics - Cardiff University, PhD Critical and Cultural Theory - Cardiff University
Andrea Reid
BA English and History, USQ, GradDip Distance Education – Deakin, BEdu, UQ, MEdu, Deakin, PhD candidate, UQ
Anna Richards
BA Mandarin and Japanese - University of Otago

Employability is a critical issue in higher education, with students expecting a return on their investment and employers valuing work-ready graduates. The University of Queensland (UQ) now has a four-stage framework that is being implemented across programs, within courses, and attached to individual learning experiences. By adopting the guiding principles of experiential and transformative learning theory, the framework enables students to translate curricular and extracurricular experiences into employability development. It aligns with UQ’s strengths in teaching and research, adding to UQ’s value proposition.

From a standing start, the framework is now a cornerstone of the Enhancing Employability Initiative, which feeds into Goal 1 of the UQ Student Strategy. The framework’s stages shape implementation activities across the university with the UQx MOOC, EMPLOY101x Unlocking your employability, as a key vehicle. The framework transforms approaches to employability development by shifting the focus from the technical skills of recruitment to personal development and lifelong learning. The framework impacts the whole UQ community and beyond, through the MOOC, staff capacity building and embedded workshops. Current and potential interest in the framework from other Australian educational institutions has secured UQ’s reputational value as a leader in employability.

UQ Employability Framework from The University of Queensland on Vimeo.

On this site