At Royal Holloway we seek to inspire our students by involving them in world class research and to enhance their knowledge through excellent teaching. Over the last few years we have also worked hard to improve how we equip our students to succeed in a competitive global workplace.
Over the last year, the Employability Working Group, made up of stakeholders from the student body, Academic Departments and Professional Services, under the leadership of Professor Katie Normington, has been looking at what we can do to further improve our approach. Their work has resulted in the creation of a new Careers Aspiration Strategy framework, designed to improve the integration of the wide range of employability activities already on offer across the College and so improve the student experience.
Currently, our support takes a number of forms, from employability focussed course content and opportunities to engage with alumni, to volunteering, placements and internships and co-curricular activities. It also includes the Careers & Employability Service’s centralised provision of coaching and education for career planning and graduate success.
The new framework, called 'Your career starts here: Evaluate. Explore. Enact.' will enable students to access all of this support, online and through the personal tutor network, in a way that’s clearer and easier to navigate. Our aspiration is that the framework will help our students understand the different steps they need to take, from first year, to strengthen their employability post-graduation.
The framework will also help us to measure our students’ participation in the opportunities that we provide and outcomes, which is an essential part of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Colleagues who would like to learn more about the framework are welcome to attend a briefing session which will be held tomorrow in the Davison Building.
Professor Paul Layzell