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dc.contributor.authorFreudenberg, B
dc.contributor.authorBrimble, M
dc.contributor.authorCameron, C
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:38:34Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:38:34Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.date.modified2010-06-02T09:46:31Z
dc.identifier.issn1447-9494
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/29964
dc.description.abstractThe skills required by a student to excel both academically and in their chosen professional careers have been identified by many institutions, and can be referred to as 'generic capabilities'. These generic capabilities can extend from interpersonal skills, problem solving, oral communication and career skills. In recent years concerns have been raised about a gap emerging between graduate attributes developed in university degrees and what industry requires (Yap, 1997; Albrecht and Sack, 2000; Kavanagh and Drennen, 2008). This is often referred to as a lack of 'employment readiness' of students and the need to engage industry with students and the curriculum. Such a concern was highlighted in the 2007 report titled 'Graduate Employability Skills' prepared for the Business, Industry and Higher Education Collaboration Council. One of the generic skills of concern is career skills, which relates to knowledge of the relevant profession, the ability to interact with the profession and seek a career. To address this concern a Professional Development Program (the PDP) was developed. The PDP is integrated into a Business Degree and is designed to systematically develop students' learning, employment and generic skills and supplements their theoretical studies. It is argued that this integration of the PDP permeating throughout the Degree enhances students' generic capabilities, including their career skills. This paper details the procedures that have been developed, and provides preliminary evidence that the PDP has, from the perspective of students, made a substantial contribution to the building of a 'professional'. In particular, we argue that integrating professional skills and awareness systematically into an undergraduate degree in partnership with industry has developed students' generic capabilities, improved their employment readiness and provided students with a greater understanding of their future profession.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCommon Ground Publishing
dc.publisher.placeAustralia
dc.publisher.urihttp://thelearner.com/Journal/
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom253
dc.relation.ispartofpageto266
dc.relation.ispartofissue10
dc.relation.ispartofjournalThe International Journal of Learning
dc.relation.ispartofvolume16
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchVocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
dc.subject.fieldofresearchInformation and Computing Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEducation
dc.subject.fieldofresearchStudies in Human Society
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode130213
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode08
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode13
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode16
dc.titleThe building of a professional: Creating greater career identity within a degree
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.rights.copyright© The Author(s) 2009. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this journal please refer to the journal's website or contact the authors.
gro.date.issued2009
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gro.griffith.authorFreudenberg, Brett D.
gro.griffith.authorCameron, Craig J.
gro.griffith.authorBrimble, Mark A.


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