From employability attributes to professional identity: students transitioning to the workplace

Smith, S., Sobolewska, E., Smith, I. (2014). From employability attributes to professional identity: students transitioning to the workplace. In: (Ed.) FIE Proceedings, , () ( ed.). (pp. ). : . .


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Abstract

In order to realize the employment ambitions of
graduates we can work with students to facilitate the
construction of their identity as members of a global engineering
profession. Of particular interest is whether (and, if so, how)
students reconstruct their identity through the delivery of
modules specifically designed to increase students’ employability
attributes and widen their horizons. In preparing students for life
beyond university, a new module has been developed,
Professional Identity through Portfolio Development, designed
for final year creative computing students to support the
transition from university to employment. Findings suggest that
while only 61% of students strongly identified themselves with
their chosen profession before undertaking the module, this
increased to 73% of participants at the end of the module. The
module, in its examination of identity and next steps, appears to
have also impacted on the strength of student identity with 65%
expressing a strong student identity before the course, increasing
to 88% after the course. This paper explores the findings of the
research and considers the possibility of generalisability.
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Authors

Ian Smith
Senior Teaching Fellow
ia.smith@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2794
Emilia Sobolewska
Lecturer
e.sobolewska@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2330
Sally Smith
Dean of School
s.smith@napier.ac.uk
+44 131 455 2742

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