NAVIGATE: Launch Your Global Career

Summary

Working with students as partners, this one day global employability conference was designed to provide a platform for students to explore international career pathways, recognise and develop global employability skills, and engage with global leaders. The day featured keynote speakers, a panel, breakout sessions and information booths all aimed at equipping students with knowledge of, and resources to, support the development of global employability skills. Four students (two domestic and two international) worked in partnership with the Careers and Employment office to design, develop and deliver a conference that not only met the expectations of the student body, but provided an opportunity for their own professional and career development.

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Demonstrated benefit to tertiary students, graduate employers and/or tertiary institutions

Benefit to tertiary students:

  •  Working in partnership, students were able to further apply and develop both technical and employability skills in a supportive environment; enabling them to influence student learning and self-development
  • The conference was available to all students across all faculties. It provided a platform for students to engage, learn from, and network with, a range of professionals and university colleagues from diverse industries and cultural backgrounds
  •  Provided a platform for both domestic and international students to build stronger connections through networking and engaging in experiential learning opportunities

Benefit to graduate employers:

All presenters at the conference were sourced by the student team from industry, providing an opportunity for them to showcase not only their graduate opportunities but influence students growth and development through interactions, experiential learning and by sharing their own global career story. The themes the presenters focused on included:

  • The importance of developing employability skills
  • Career resilience and self-management
  • Cross cultural communication
  • Professional branding
  • Setting and achieving global career goals
  • The future of work and what students need to be doing to thrive in this new world
  • Virtual communication and collaboration.

Benefits to tertiary institutions:

  • A pilot framework for working with students as partners and influencers to deliver career development activities and projects
  • The universal struggle to get students attending workshops and events offered from the career service – is this a new way of engaging with students, industry and the wider university to deliver services?
  • An opportunity for faculties and wider services across the university to promote opportunities available within the institution for students to develop their employability skills.

Potentially or currently benefits the NAGCAS organisation, its members and the career development industry

The NAVIGATE conference demonstrates a best practice model for working with students as partners that can be applied within the NAGCAS community and across other institutions. Students attendees were surveyed both pre and post the event to measure impact and value gained from attending the conference. This data will be made available to NAGCAS members and the framework for students as partners and influences shared as a model of delivery of career development interventions.

A degree of innovation

Partnering with students to manage such a large event from development through to delivery has been a new concept for QUT Careers and Employment. This event and partnership with students, whilst not without its challenges, has been deemed a success and demonstrated the power of social media in the hands of our learners (social media resulted in high engagement with the conference). Low attendance at workshops and other careers activities is a concern across the sector. Next steps will be reviewing the success and challenges of the conference and the data collected from student’s pre and post the event to shape the way we engage with and deliver career services in the future. Given the research that supports the value of working with students as partners and the success we have experienced with this project, is working with students as partners a new way to ensure our delivery of career information is done so in a way that is of interest and value to students?

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