Employability (EMP)

This key interest area 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 (WIL)
  • engagement with alumni
  • relationship management and networking
  • professional identities
  • language and intercultural competencies
  • innovation, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship
  • digital and online capabilities and developments for service delivery, professional development and employment
  • value creation and transfer
  • career planning, journey making and transitions
  • transition to employment
  • employer expectations
  • graduate opportunities
  • the future of work and emerging careers
  • post-study work rights


Topics in this key interest area may overlap with teaching and learning (T&L) – particularly WIL and authentic assessment; learning abroad (LA) – particularly intercultural competencies and experiential learning; and professional development (PD)  

Target audience

This KIA will be of interest to:

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


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