Career services in Australian higher education: Aligning the training of practitioners to contemporary practice

Abstract

In this presentation, we report on our recent research project in which we examined current trends in higher education careers and employability practice through the analysis of three sources of data- program descriptions of postgraduate career development qualifications, position descriptions for careers and employability jobs advertised in Australia over the past four years, and focus groups with career development practitioners working in higher education. Our findings highlight how the work of careers and employability practice is changing in Australian universities. We will discuss how the entry level qualifications for our profession (and therefore minimum requirements to be a professional member of NAGCAS) are not catering to the diversity of practitioners working in university Career Services. We will also describe our findings of 5 broad categories of roles within Careers Services, which may assist with efforts to improve the benchmarking of services

Date
Nov 28, 2019 12:00 AM — Feb 16, 2020 7:42 PM
Location
Curtin University, Perth, WA
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Michael Healy
Careers and employability learning expert

I am a careers and employability educator and doctoral student at the University of Southern Queensland. I am passionate about promoting transformational careers and employability learning, particularly using social, narrative, and dialogical methods.