Constructing a Career Mindset in First Year Students: The Building Blocks for Curriculum Design

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Kelly, Kate Rhiannon and Lock, Edward (2019) Constructing a Career Mindset in First Year Students: The Building Blocks for Curriculum Design. In: Fifth International Conference on Higher Education Advances, 26 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019, Universitat Politècnica València, València, Spain.


Higher Education Institutions are under increasing pressure to produce competent and qualified graduates for the ever-changing labour market. However, this is no easy feat. This paper shows how a transformational change in Victoria University’s teaching model created an opportunity for teachers to redesign first-year, employability-related curricula. The approach to this challenge focuses on the development of a career mindset in first year university students. Through the examination of two courses, one from the Bachelor of Arts and one from the Bachelor of Psychological Studies, this paper demonstrates a number of active learning and engagement strategies that can be incorporated into the classroom to empower first year students to develop a career mindset that can help them to develop and integrate employability related skills throughout their degrees and beyond

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Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
DOI 10.4995/head19.2019.9240
ISBN 9788490486610
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Current > Division/Research > First Year College
Keywords higher education, student engagement, transformational change, Victoria University, teaching model, university students, employability
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