Employable people have learnt to read what's coming next in their community and in their working lives, and prepare themselves to be better positioned to find and create meaningful work to make life better for others as well as themselves. Adult learners generally work and learn at the same time. They might
- create their own companies, startups, businesses and volunteer experiences
- freelance in short term and part-time contacts, sometimes several simultaneously
- connect and collaborate to create employment in new and emerging fields and roles
- engage in a combination of all of the above, before they enrol in higher education, during their course, and beyond graduation.
Noteworthy reports, webinars, articles and similar
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- Crisp, G and Oliver, B. (2019). Re-imagining graduate achievement and employability in J. Higgs et al. (Eds.), Education for Employability: Learning for Future Possibilities (Volume 1). Brill Sense, 2019. 73-82.
- Bridgstock, R., & Jackson, D. (2019). Strategic institutional approaches to graduate employability: navigating meanings, measurements and what really matters. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 41(5), 468-484. doi:10.1080/1360080X.2019.1646378
- Deloitte. (2019). Where to next? Beyond the skills gap - Higher education for a changing world. In. Melbourne: Deloitte.
- Oliver, B & Jorre de St Jorre, T. (2018) Graduate attributes for 2020 and beyond: recommendations for Australian higher education providers, Higher Education Research & Development, 37:4, 821-836.
- Jorre de St Jorre,T. & Oliver,B. (2018) Want students to engage? Contextualise graduate learning outcomes and assess for employability, Higher Education Research & Development, 37:1, 44-57.
- Holmes, L. (2017). Graduate Employability: Future directions and debate. In Graduate employability in context (pp. 359-369): Springer.
- Okay-Somerville, B., & Scholarios, D. (2017). Position, possession or process? Understanding objective and subjective employability during university-to-work transitions. Studies in higher education, 42(7), 1275-1291. doi:10.1080/03075079.2015.1091813
- Oliver, B. (2015). Redefining graduate employability and work-integrated learning: Proposals for effective higher education in disrupted economies. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, 6(1). doi:10.21153/jtlge2015vol6no1art573
- Holmes, L. (2013). Competing perspectives on graduate employability: possession, position or process? Studies in Higher Education, 38(4), 538-554. doi:10.1080/03075079.2011.587140
- Oliver, B. (2013). Graduate attributes as a focus for institution-wide curriculum renewal: innovations and challenges, Higher Education Research and Development 32(3), 450-463