Career Focus | Professional development at Middlesex
Professional development at Middlesex
THE STUDENT BODY AT MIDDLESEX IS DIVERSE AND AS SUCH HAS VERY DIFFERING EMPLOYMENT NEEDS, BUT AS AN INSTITUTION WE ARE COMMITTED TO IMPROVING YOUR EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS WHATEVER THE CAREER CHOICE YOU MAKE. MIDDLESEX SUPPORTS YOU IN PLANNING AND PREPARING FOR YOUR ACADEMIC, PERSONAL AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT.
Areas of particular support include structured and timely careers advice; workplace learning opportunities and placements; mentoring; voluntary and community work as well as personal development planning.
Our Alumni Association provides support to graduates, which includes access to the careers services for two years after graduation.
All our academic
programmes aim to develop students’ employability skills. These are defined as outcomes within the University Transferable and Graduate Skills framework. These outcomes are reflected in the learning, teaching and assessment activities of our programmes as appropriate to the academic level of achievement required by the programme. The learning outcomes relate to
six areas of development, including: • Personal and career development
• Effective learning • Communication • Teamwork • Information technology • Numeracy
Undergraduates skills At undergraduate level, transferable and graduate skills are mapped across and embedded within the subject specific curriculum. Our students demonstrate achievement of these skills by engaging with a wide range of learning activities and by successfully completing module assessments.
Students have the opportunity to continue building their personal portfolios from prior learning through the process of personal development planning.
Postgraduate skills At postgraduate level, programmes are developed to enable students to further develop their employability skills within a specific area of study using the QAA benchmark for Masters Degree Characteristics (QAA 2006). These skills, which can be mapped to the six University areas, include: • Teamworking • Self management • Business and customer awareness
• Problem solving, analysis and critical appraisal
• Communication and literacy
• Application of numeracy and IT
• Presenting arguments • Positive attitude • Enterprise/creativity
students were helped to get work placements in addition to all compulsory practice-based placements in 2010–11
students are employed as student ambassadors annually
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