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Employability

Employability is a "set of achievements – skills, understandings and personal attributes – that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy".[1] However, employability should not be confused with merely a profession orientation in a narrow sense (readiness for a particular profession). Its aim cannot be just to respond to short-term labour market concerns. Rather, the link between employability and academic ↑learning outcomes should be realised by fostering analytical thinking, competent reasoning, the ability to structure information and arguments, and the ability to interact in a social context. In addition, it is logical to involve employers (public and private), trade unions and professional associations closely in curricular development. This will help to ensure that students can gain specific ↑competences which are important for particular professions.[2]
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Related terms:
↑Diploma Supplement; ↑ECTS – European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System; ↑Qualifications framework; ↑Social partners

[1] The official Bologna Seminar on Employability in the context of the Bologna Process, Bled/Slovenia 21st-23rd of October 2004, p. 1; URL: http://www.bologna-bergen2005.no/EN/Bol_sem/Seminars/041022-23Bled/041023Conclusions.pdf (13.5.2006).

[2] Cf. "Pushing forward Bologna and Prague", EUA Convention of European Higher Education Institutions, Graz, 29-31 May 2003; URL: http://www.mecesup.cl/mecesup1/bolonia/GrazWG5-D16.ppt (13.5.2006).

 
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