Employability Framework

UQ’s approach to student employability development is based on experiential learning. The skills and attributes that employers are looking for can be developed and enhanced through your experiences both at university and in your life off campus. Our student employability approach is based on four stages.

Awareness

 

Experiences

Learning

 

Transfer

 

Awareness

Employability is more than just getting a job.  It is the ongoing development of discipline knowledge and skills, and personal attributes that enable you to perform effectively within a work environment, and allow you to successfully navigate your career journey.

To help you understand employability better, and to develop your own employability, we have developed a free, self-paced online course.

Register for EMPLOY101x 'Unlocking your employability'.

Experiences

Participating in a range of experiences develops valuable skills and attributes which enhance your employability. We promote opportunities and support students to participate in experiences that build professional and personal capabilities that employers value. 

The Employability Award provides students with a structure for engaging in extracurricular activities to develop their employability, and allows them to gain recognition for their involvement.

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Learning

Just having an experience is not enough to develop your employability. You need to reflect on these experiences to understand what skills and attributes you used, and how you can apply them again to best effect in a work context.

We teach students how to self-reflect to translate experience into learning using the SEAL process of self-reflection, and how this experiential learning enchances your employability.

Find out about our SEAL process 

Transfer

Knowing how to communicate your employability effectively in the recruitment process is critical to securing employment, but is it also important that you are able to perform effectively in the workplace.

Using your reflections on your experiences we will help you to understand how to communicate your potential to an employer as well as make a positive contribution through work.

Get career ready

Sign-up for the new look Employability Award

Enhance your degree, make a difference, and hit the ground running with the Employability Award.