Andrew McAfee, the Co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, gave a very inspiring TED talk on the future of jobs. He described a future in which many of the ‘lower-level administrative tasks’ of our society may well be performed by machines. Other traditionally ‘highly respected’ jobs (doctors, engineers, lawyers, etc.) may well be at risk – unless we can re-invent them in light of the new technologically advanced society.
Active learning, critical thinking and problem-solving are the most attributes most sought after by employers looking to take on STEM graduates, according to a report from the Office of the Chief Scientist.
When Associate Professor Michael Hitchens studied for his mathematics degree, nobody ever talked about what he would do with it after graduation. Thirty years later, he says, we have a responsibility to our students to do more.
How do your students stay in touch with developments in their future professions while they are studying? How do they make those important connections with other academics and professionals working in their chosen field? Embedding social media into your learning design can help with this, and much more.
Macquarie University’s inaugural Banking, Trading and Consulting Fair hosted jointly by The Career and Employment Service and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management will be held next week.
WHEN: Wednesday 4th March, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
WHERE: MGSM Campus, Macquarie University
All FBE staff are welcome and encouraged to come meet the employers who will include:
- Commonwealth Bank
- Macquarie Group
- 180degrees Consulting
- Aliom Trading
The Banking,Trading and Consulting Fair is a professional and invite-only event for students; only those with high GPAs and Merit Scholars will be attending.
Graduate employability continues to be an area of concern in higher education, particularly as students face mounting debt arising from deferred university fees. Exploring ways to improve student employability by embedding the development of skills within students’ learning experience has obvious benefits. A model to support the redesign of assessments, embedding the development of skills and competencies could help.
Many universities in Australia and overseas are promoting work-integrated and other experiential learning activities as the most effective way of boosting students’ employability skills. But does going on a placement, undertaking an internship or completing a project for an industry partner actually make a difference to student learning or their chances of securing a job after they graduate?
This report details the benefits of cooperative education to students and partner organisations, including success stories such as Dominic Toselli, a mechanical engineering student who’s project saved energy giant Shell Canada $1 million a year during a co-op placement in Calgary.