Experience Matters – A whole of university approach to building employability skills
Experience Matters was a 2 week program underscoring the value of students’ employability skills through leadership, volunteering, networking and work experience opportunities. Partners included student groups, alumni, employers and university services. The signature event was The Great Debate: Top Grades get Top Jobs, featuring comedian Ronny Chieng, academics, employers and the Melbourne University Debating Society. Over 6,000 students attended 33 events.
Benefits to tertiary students, graduate employers and/or tertiary institutions
- Over 6,000 students attended 33 events demonstrating high interest from students.
- Student feedback was very positive with 93% of those completing evaluation strongly agreeing or agreeing that they were better informed on the topic and 93% were motivated to try some of the ideas and strategies presented.
- The program included a Resume Marathon where 25 employers completed 260 resume checks in one session. Positive feedback was received from both employers and students and demonstrated the benefit of engaging with the University.
- Experience Matters was a highly collaborative program with input from university partners such as Student Groups (12 groups) the Library, Student Connect, careers services in faculty and central Careers & Employment service and alumni. The gala event, the Great Debate: Top Grades get Top Jobs was hosted by alumnus Ronny Chieng and involved academics, employers and the Melbourne University Debating Society. The program has resulted in strong interest for an annual program.