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1 Positioning Placement on the STEM student journey Dr Colin Smith Director of HE Engagement Sally Smith Head of Computing Project Lead for e-Placement Scotland Rosemary Allford HE Employability Event

2 Why is work experience so valued by employers?

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4 Dilemmas for the universities

5 Four Positions Inexperience “we haven’t done this before” Silo Approach “some students get to do it” Antipathy “we don’t do this here” Integration “placement is available across all our programmes”

6 Placement Landscape: the Event 2. Networking: Employers, Students and Academics 1. Community of Practice: Defining the Placement Landscape for Computing 3. Facilitated Discussion: ‘on the sofa’ with Employers, Students and Academics

7 Overview of Outcomes

8 Exemplar 1: the ‘sandwich’ Edinburgh Napier University

9 Exemplar 2: the ‘summer’ University of Dundee

10 Exemplar 3: the ‘advanced’ University of Aberdeen

11 Exemplar 4: the ‘part-time’ professional practice, Edinburgh Napier 20 credit module 180 hours with an employer (or school or third sector organisation) Based on establishing a Learning Agreement

12 Edinburgh Napier’s Graduate Employability Project Scottish Funding Council £1m over 3 years Different approaches in each faculty/ school University-wide employer liaison, careers service and ‘confident futures’

13 Deploying the GEP in the School of Computing Third Year Group Project Work Based Learning (sandwich placement) Professional Practice (part-time placement) Masters Dissertation Honours Project Overseas Study

14 Employability Interventions!

15 Preparing Students for Placement: PLACEMEN T ACADEMY

16 Moving Students away from ‘Programming Project’ and towards ‘Professional Practice’

17 Making the Most of a 3 rd Year Group Project

18 Helping Students Recognise (and Document) their Learning

19 Employability Mapping of Programmes Exploitation Evangelism Promotion Interest Awareness Programme Leaders: Ladder of Engagement

20 AUGSEPOCTNOVDECJANFEBMARAPRMAYJUNJUL AUGSEPOCTNOVDECJANFEBMARAPRMAYJUNJUL Week 1 Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3 Yr 4 INF ISS 1 hour – Situational Judgement Tests + Labour Market + Career planning for Yr 4 INF ISS 1 hour – Situational Judgement Tests + Labour Market + Career planning for Yr 4 INF ISS 1 hour – Situational Judgement Tests + Labour Market + Career planning for Yr 4 INF ISS 1 hour – Situational Judgement Tests + Labour Market + Career planning for Yr 4 Computing Graduate Fair Careers Information & Networking Event Placement preparation (optional) Careers Workshops: CVs, Interviews, Assessment Centres + CV Clinics Placement preparation (optional) Careers Workshops: CVs, Interviews, Assessment Centres + CV Clinics IMD HCI Interacting with Others Knowing Yourself and Others IMD HCI Interacting with Others Knowing Yourself and Others SOC09109 – Group Project Understanding employment competencies Presenting skills to employers SOC09109 – Group Project Understanding employment competencies Presenting skills to employers Placement preparation (optional) CF Workshops: Knowing Your Strengths, Resilience Placement preparation (optional) CF Workshops: Knowing Your Strengths, Resilience SOC09109 Group Skills Managing Conflict? Creating Convincing Proposals SOC09109 Group Skills Managing Conflict? Creating Convincing Proposals CSN08112 Careers + Placements Office introduction CSN08112 Careers + Placements Office introduction SOC hr workshop about describing honours projects SOC hr workshop about describing honours projects Optional Networking Workshop


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