Sabrina Barrios Fernandez
In a competitive job market, recent graduates with no work experience often find themselves in a position where they need experience to get a job and a job to get experience. The industry demands work experience even for entry-level roles, stressing the importance of bridging the gap between education and the world of work now more than ever.
Students often do not feel prepared and confident to enter the world of work. The aim of this project is to help international students who are struggling to find their first jobs due to not having work experience or changing careers in the Design Innovation sector.
My proposal was designed using the Innovation School of The Glasgow School of Art as a case-study. The proposal aims to leverage industry collaboration with universities to improve job prospects. To achieve it, an embedded career planning module is proposed alongside the curriculum. The modules are intended to be taught through a series of workshops led by industry experts. The modules are tailored to the industry’s current requirements and students needs.
The main objectives are to encourage interaction between professionals and students in order to foster connections; improve the employability attributes of graduates; assist students in developing their confidence by testing their skills; and provide knowledge of job application processes.
A placement is added with the aim of enabling students the opportunity to apply the theories, principles, and concepts they have learned in their Masters programme, in a real-world setting. The proposal concludes with an annual review to modify the curriculum and career planning intervention plan in light of student feedback, industry trends, and labour market demands.