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1 Student/Graduate Skills – the role of work placement Patrice Twomey University of Limerick Erasmus Meeting, Rome 2009

2 University of Limerick Established in 1972 Placement - cornerstone All disciplines Formal Accredited Assessed Integrated All sectors 1800 placements 20% international

3 Skills – been there, done that? More important than ever Finding employment vs. ensuring future employment Employed vs. Employable Equip graduates for uncertainty and change Example

4 Skills - what are employers looking for? Mix of academic achievement and appropriate skills set  Soft skills  Hard skills  Knowledge-based skills

5 What are the top skills sought by employers? Communication Interpersonal Teamwork Flexibility/Adaptability Problem-solving Initiative/independent working Cultural sensitivity IT literacy Motivation/Enthusiasm

6 Soft Skills Shortfall

7 Hard Skills Shortfall

8 Knowledge-based Skills Shortfall

9 How to Develop/Improve on Soft Skills Gradireland Survey

10 UL Objectives To answer the question “how do you know?” To quantify learning during placement To move skills development from implicit to explicit To provide academic recognition for placement learning outcomes

11 The UL Approach Securing placements vs. encouraging reflective learning Systematic Simple On-line Compulsory Involving employers Pre and post 8 categories Placement Report Reflective Tracking mechanism Analysis by discipline, gender, location, skill

12 Skills and Placements – Moving them up the Agenda Training requirements of professional bodies ECTS – skills-based learning outcomes Accreditation by academic boards e.g. EQUIS and EPAS Quality reviews

13 Keeping Ahead of the Curve New skills – Virtual teamwork Dealing with uncertainty European Citizenship – achievable as an objective?


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