28-March-2019 / Thursday / 10:30 - 11:00
LOCATION : P33
Increasingly, the competitiveness of the education sector and the increasing level of competition among graduates for limited graduate positions have brought about a renewd focus on employability preparation. This is evident in a number studies and surveys from Deloitte to the International Student Barometer, and is increasingly featured in university rankings such as QS and THE. Successful Graduate is currently involved with two major projects in Employability and Skills training for students in Malaysia and Australia. In Malaysia, Successful Graduate has partnered with JobStreet to create online training materials that enable students and graduates to bring their soft skills, emotional intelligence, core values, personality traits and unique value in line with their academic performance in order to present well-rounded individuals who are capable of entering the workforce smoothly. In Australia Successful Graduate and Edified Education support StudyNSW to improve the experience of the State's international students and to improve their access to post-study employment. The project has surveyed several hundred international students mostly from the Asia Pacific region, who are studying at institutions across NSW. The project funding has been used to build a bespoke platform for international students to access in order to deliver internet-based training that will improve international students’ employability.
Bridging the Employability Skills Gap for Students: Reviewing the Effectiveness of Scalable Employability Solutions in Malaysia/Australia The employability of our graduates is paramount. The success or failure of how institutions provide 1. adequate resources, 2. scalable solutions, 3.timely intervention strategies, and implement 4. effective employability skills training are becoming areas of increased focus and attention. Prospective students and parents increasingly value their return on investment when choosing a study destination and the institutional reputation for graduate success. This session will provide perspectives on the implementation of employability skills training to students in Malaysia and Australia and provide a forum for discussion on promising practices across the region. This session explores the APAIE sub-theme of Harmonising Regional Higher Education and looks at best practice within two specific APAIE countries (Malaysia and Australia). Efforts to improve the Employability skills of our students in one country can have applicability to other countries and Higher Education systems in the region. Given the interconnectivity of the global economy and the mobility of our graduates, ensuring that all of our graduates have a common set of core soft skills to meet the needs of employers will help ensure the relevance of our institutions in the long-run and generate greater employability and graduate competitiveness.
Mr Gordon Scott
Successful Graduate Pty Ltd,
Gordon is Managing Director of Successful Graduate Pty Ltd with a client base spread across the Asia-Pacific region. He is the founder of Study Brisbane and a recent Board Director of the IEAA. Successful Graduate provides online employability training solutions to students, graduates, education providers and employers.
Mr Mark Pettitt
Mark has over 20 years’ experience in education. He has worked in universities and in the private sector serving universities. He offers unique insights into the global range of edtech and learning services available to education providers. He is passionate about innovation and collaboration between industry and universities.