Resources for Employability
Below you will find resources which will help you to engage with the "employability" agenda in Higher Education by:
- interpreting the concept of "employability" with reference to degrees in languages
- identifying the skills and attributes of a languages graduate
- suggesting ways to develop the employability and entrepreneurship skills of students
- advising on how to develop supportive relationships with agencies, both internal and external
to the university
- providing qualitative and quantitative data to make the strategic case for the "employability"
of languages graduates
- listing and glossing a guide to seminal reports on employability and entrepreneurship by key
stakeholders and annotating a list of relevant readings
This annotated bibliography provides a short list of readings which will be helpful to both new and experienced academics in developing the employability and entrepreneurship skills of their students. Most of the readings are available online.
This document identifies and summarises recent reports with relevance to student employability. These include government commissioned reports and reports from key stakeholders in higher education including university mission groups and employers organisations.
A table of skills and attributes of a languages graduate, useful to departments to promote languages degrees and to students for job applications.
Designed for personal tutors to use with their undergraduate tutees, this is a companion piece to the UCML ‘Shaping the Future’ document, ‘Understanding employability: a guide for personal tutors.’
This document provides information and advice for personal tutors in university Modern Languages departments preparing for employability/careers-based discussions with their final year undergraduate tutees.
An example description of a role of an Employability Officer or Careers Liaison Officer within a languages department.
An example of how university language departments and the careers service can work in partnership to develop the employability of their students.
Part 1: Expanding Horizons – Connecting with Professional Organisations and External Partners (Toolkit)
Established relationships with external partners and stakeholders are vital for higher education language departments. This toolkit contains information, guidance and case studies to help universities raise the profile of languages to prospective and current students, leadership teams and policy-makers by developing mutually beneficial relationships with external partners. It contains ideas for a systematic approach and practical steps to strengthen relations with a range of external partners. Key sections focus on engaging professional and teaching organisations; employers and businesses; local, national and international stakeholders; and communication partners.
Part 2: Expanding Horizons – Connecting with Professional Organisations and External Partners (Resouce pack)
Established relationships with external partners and stakeholders are vital for higher education language departments. This Resource Pack is part of a toolkit containing information, guidance and case studies to help universities raise the profile of languages to prospective and current students, leadership teams and policy-makers by developing mutually beneficial relationships with external partners.
Part 3: Expanding Horizons – Connecting with Professional Organisations and External Partners (PowerPoint)
A PowerPoint version of the written documents.
The following report presents the results of research into the labour market for graduates with languages and intercultural skills.
A PowerPoint version of the report.
These documents provide, firstly, an indication of the broad range of collaboration typically found in HEIs, followed by two more detailed case studies of languages for the aviation industry and medicine, respectively.
The outreach model as described here extends the Student Ambassador role from simple advocacy for a subject area, to one that enhances the profile of the student and thereby their university.
This document reminds us of key points in Student Ambassador training as taken from the model of the extended Student Ambassador role developed at Newcastle University through the Routes into Languages North East project.
Beat the Rat Race was originally conceived as part of Student Ambassador appraisal and exit training. It is an employability event focused on networking, professional reflection, and skills development. This document will provide a toolkit for the organisation of such an event in any HEI.
This research report (which was published by CfBT after the end of the Shaping the Future project, but is of direct relevance to us) raises awareness of the economic cost to the UK of its comparative weakness in language learning. Poor language competency is undermining the UK’s competitiveness in international trade resulting in a loss of an estimated £7.3 billion per annum. Levels of language study among young people are rapidly falling and yet there is a high employer demand for modern foreign language competency. This report calls for employer support in demonstrating the workplace relevance of languages and highlights the influence that employers can have on young people’s perceptions and decisions.
James Foreman-Peck; published by Cardiff Business School.
Republished/updated 2012; originally published 2007.
This survey of major employers included levels of dissatisfaction in both school leaver and graduate skills: top of the dissatisfaction list for both is language skills. Lots of other useful information
Report by the Council for Industry and Higher Education explores some of the hot topics emerging from UK recruiters, whilst building upon the findings from previous research on the internationalisation of higher education. It focuses on what employers and universities understand to be global competency, how such competencies can be nurtured through collaborative or individual endeavours.
2012 report from British Chambers of Commerce. Key quote: "The extent of the language deficit in the UK is truly serious: up to 96% of respondents had no foreign language ability for the markets they served, and the largest language deficits are for the fastest-developing markets. For example, only 0.4% of business owners surveyed reported that they were able to speak Russian or Chinese well enough to conduct business deals in their buyers’ language. Addressing the gaps in commercial exporting skills – including language skills - must be a priority to support the growth of Britain’s export sector."
CBI Education and Skills Survey 2012: Learning to Grow: what employers need from Education and Skills
The latest CBI survey (June 2012) is worth looking at for the levels of need for language skills and dissatisfaction with these.