Future Ready: Draft Employability Strategy and Framework open for feedback


The world of work has undergone significant transformation in recent years with technological progress in areas like artificial intelligence, new organisational business models, disruption and an ever-evolving workforce.

In order to address this transformation, a key outcome of the ‘Students First’ priority area of the University’s Operating Plan 2020-2024, was to establish an Employability Strategy. Developed by the Employability work stream, under the Students First Program Board, the draft Employability Strategy 2021-2025 is now available to download and view via the Bulletin Board.

An Employability Framework has also been conceptualised to support implementation of the Employability Strategy. This Framework is intended to guide curriculum design and align extra-curricular activities and services to enhance students’ employability outcomes and equip them with skills for the future world of work, and career success.

Consultation across the University and subsequent refinement of both the strategy and framework is planned throughout November. All interested staff are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft strategy and framework by Monday 22 November 2021 via the Bulletin Board.

“The University’s focus on employability and the alignment of this focus through an Employability Strategy, I believe, will have positive outcomes for students and contribute to the University enhancing its performance in relevant university rankings,” says Professor Dominique Parrish, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching).

Faculty of Arts General Manager and Chair of the Employability work stream, Neil Durrant, believes the framework provides an exciting opportunity for Macquarie, as it develops a distinctive approach to employability that is both pedagogically sound and unique within the higher education marketplace.

“While many universities around the world work with the various components of the framework, very few universities seem to have implemented all of these elements in a comprehensive, integrated and distinctive way,” says Neil.

“There is real opportunity here – for Macquarie graduates to accelerate their careers and make a contribution both as employees and future leaders – and also for Macquarie to cement its position as a leading university in teaching and learning.”

View the draft Employability Strategy 2021-2025 on the Policy Bulletin Board  (scroll to the heading ‘Draft Documents for Comment’). 

Questions related to the Employability Strategy and Framework can be directed to Professor Dominique Parrish: dominique.parrish@mq.edu.au





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