Connectedness learning in the life sciences: LinkedIn as an assessment task for employability and career exploration

Brown, Jason L. and Healy, Michael and Lexis, Louise and Julien, Brianna L. (2019) Connectedness learning in the life sciences: LinkedIn as an assessment task for employability and career exploration. In: Higher education and the future of graduate employability: a connectedness learning approach. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, London, England, pp. 100-119. ISBN 978-1-78897-260-4

Abstract

'You’ve been doing employability the wrong way' would be the click-bait headline if this chapter were to be published in an online news website. The prevailing approach to promoting graduate employability taken by higher education around the world is focused on the development of human capital, that is, work-related skills and knowledge (Clarke, 2017). However, graduate employability frameworks and strategies often overlook significant dispositional and contextual factors that contribute towards a person’s employability. To more adequately promote the development of graduate employability, universities need to do more to connect students to their extensive networks of alumni and industry and provide careers and employability learning that helps students learn to explore and express their emerging professional identities (Bridgstock, 2017).

In this chapter we will explore the approach taken within one Australian university to enhance the employability of life science students through embedding into the curriculum a careers and employability learning module that uses social media, specifically LinkedIn, as a pedagogical tool to develop students’ career identity and connect them with professional networks.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 July 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 July 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 00:26
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2020 02:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: career identity, employability, LinkedIn, networking, capabilities, life sciences
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4337/9781788972611.00015
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36709

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