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The Graduate Project: A Model for Embedded Employability in Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Education.

Cosson, F. and Terkanian, K., 2023. The Graduate Project: A Model for Embedded Employability in Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Education. In: Broadley, T., Cai, Y., Firth, M., Hunt, E. and Neugebauer, J., eds. Sage Handbook of Graduate Employability. London: Sage, 206-221.

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This chapter discusses the Graduate Project. a final-year module on the BA (Hons) History programme at Bournemouth University (UK), as an example of employability-oriented education, embedded in an undergraduate degree programme in UK higher education. The Graduate Project sees students work in small teams to design, develop and deliver a project, event, or resource for an outside organisation (‘the client’). Responding to the client’s brief, students manage their project, their workload, and their team, with support and supervision from the university and client, before presenting and transferring the final project output over to the client at the end of the module. As a result of the Graduate Project, students gain a wide range of employability skills and experiences beyond these normally associated with a BA history degree, all of which can be featured on their CVs, discussed at job interviews, and otherwise improve their confidence in their skills and abilities for the world of graduate employment. The chapter also suggests that the Graduate Project has further added value beyond employability education, in supporting university’s efforts in public engagement, co-production, and research impact agendas. The chapter concludes the ways in which the Graduate Project model has potential wider application in employability education, with suggestions for its adaptation and implementation to other arts, humanities and social science undergraduate programmes to embed, expand and enrich undergraduate employability opportunities and experiences to support students’ future careers.

Item Type:Book Section
Number of Pages:576
Additional Information:Chapter 12
Uncontrolled Keywords:Arts, humanities, and social sciences; graduate outcomes;community engagement;student experience;embedded employability;impact
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:36835
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:06 Apr 2022 07:38
Last Modified:25 Jan 2023 12:38


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