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There is an increasing focus on assisting graduates to enhance their employability whilst studying. Informed educators are essential to students developing the skills and attributes needed to achieve ongoing career success.

Here you will find a list of questions and answers relating to the topic of graduate employability from an educator's perspective. 

Most current higher education students aim to develop a career once they finish their studies. To do so successfully - both in the short and long term - they require a set of skills and attributes which can be referred to as ‘employability’. This is true regardless of whether they follow a clear pathway after graduation, one that bears a clear link to their field of study, or whether they move into different areas of work. 

For more information about what higher education students think employability is, and how well they think their institutions are helping them improve their employability, please read

Why Employability Matters

This does not need to be about making extra time in curricula for employability. Most educators who teach with an employability focus do so by integrating employability into their existing classes. This can be achieved through a range of means, including:

  • Career-related discussions with students
  • Sharing insights from your own employment experiences
  • Presenting class content in a way that relates to the workplace
  • Engaging with alumni and industry where possible
  • Utilising the resources available through Developing Graduate Employability 
  • Collaborating with Curtin Careers, Employment & Leadership
  • Incorporating good practice examples around employability.

  • Contact Curtin Careers, Employment & Leadership about the various ways they can assist you
  • Ask the discipline/faculty librarian to help you
  • Ask your head of school or department if there is funding available
  • Talk to colleagues about approaching program leaders to discuss changing the curriculum.

  • Seek student feedback
  • Elicit feedback at student - staff consultative meetings
  • Consider open door teaching
  • Find out if any colleagues have used the same strategy
  • Ask your teaching and learning office to help you initiate evaluation activities
  • Find out about engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning around employability
  • Ask industry representatives for feedback in your next meeting with them
  • Find out if there are any formal indicators of programme demand and positive graduate outcomes
  • Follow up with alumni.

Information and examples of good practice can be found in the Community section of this website. You will also find information and links around engaging in the scholarship of learning and teaching relating to employability in the same section.

If you have any further questions or would like more information about developing graduate employability, please contact Professor Dawn Bennett at

Higher education & employability


Professor Paul Gough, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of College of Design and Social Context, and Deputy PVC L&T Associate Professor Andrea Chester, both from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), talk about Higher Education and its employability outcomes.