Key interest area

Employability (EMP)

This KIA focuses on employability development, career readiness and graduate outcomes for students. 

Employability is developed through experiential learning processes that continue to enhance and change attitudes, competencies, and mindsets life-long and life-wide. The impact and influence of employability can be realised by working with, for, and through people in a variety of ways, which have always and continue to change. 

Topics under this KIA typically include:

  • experiential learning
  • work integrated learning
  • engagement with alumni
  • relationship management and networking
  • professional identities
  • language and intercultural competencies
  • innovation, entrepreneurship, and intrapreneurship
  • value creation and transfer
  • articulation of value propositions
  • transition to employment
  • employer expectations
  • graduate opportunities

The AIEC 2020 Program Committee is specifically interested in for proposals cover the following topics:

  • experiential learning in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular spaces  
  • work integrated learning (WIL), quality assurance, authentic assessment, and embedding employability in the curriculum 
  • innovation, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship 
  • intercultural competencies and global perspectives 
  • post study work rights and government policies – implications, impacts and innovations 
  • career planning, journey making and transitions 
  • digital and online capabilities and developments for service delivery, professional development and employment 
  • strategic developments in employability – embedding employability 
  • entrepreneurial education, entrepreneurship and the intersection with employability  
  • managing expectations in uncertain futures – students (and parents), government, industry and employers

Target audience:

  • senior staff with overarching responsibility for employability in their organisation 
  • staff delivering services for students in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular spaces 
  • academics looking to develop, enhance, and delivery effective WIL
  • government, industry, and not-for-profit representatives 
  • delegates interested in keeping abreast of global trends and developments in employability


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