Developing employability within a university engineering curriculum

Jonathan Cole, Tamsin Turner

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This article provides case studies for incorporating employability in a higher education setting. A professional studies module for a small class (30 students) of third-year aerospace engineers gave insight into industrial challenges while promoting career development. It was delivered mainly by industrial speakers and involved practical tasks and workshops. A more sustainable employability curriculum now supports students in all four years of the School’s three degree programmes, offering a structured development of skills and sector understanding. A notable increase in students obtaining sandwich year placements has been observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
JournalJournal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


  • employability
  • careers
  • engineering
  • industrial speakers
  • placement year
  • reflection


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