BERG 2008 - STUDENT EMPLOYABILITY Delivering Employability: Experiences within LMBS Dr Ruth Marciniak Monday 10th November 2008 T1-20, Tower Building, Holloway Road, North Campus AGENDA Retail Management Course Experience •Employability context •Employability content •Employability assessment Employability context: Perceptions of working within the retail sector •Open long hours •Emphasis on cost control •Poor salary •Limited advancement high turnover •Unskilled work •Part-time work •Diverse employee Ref: Curtis & Lucas (2001); backgrounds Broadbridge (2003) Broadbridge et al (2007) study: Experiences, Expectations and Perceptions of Retail Employment Current students = Generation Y •Dislikes slowness •Entrepreneurial •Open minded •Sociable •Technically literate •Collaborative •Civic minded •Curious •Energetic Broadbridge et al (2007): Implications for the retail sector •Students need to be provided with positive experiences in their part time retail employment •Retailers need to empower graduate entrants earlier in their careers •Inform students of the multi-directional career opportunity paths in retailing Employability content •Speakers from careers Advice/Student Services Self Opportunity •Past graduates as guest awareness awareness speakers •Problem solving activities e.g situational judgement tests • Awareness of various retail Decision recruitment processes e.g. use learning of assessment centres •Opportunities for psychometric testing Transition learning Situational judgement tests: An example In the space of a fortnight since taking over as Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp seems to have transformed the Premiership club’s fortunes. In your own experience within a employment context, has a change of management ever produced similar results with regard to your own work? Main sources of material for employability content •Student services •The Saturday Guardian: Graduate in Work Supplement Employability Assessment •Group presentation (20% weighting) •Individual coursework (20% weighting) Previous Assessment Examine the roles, skills required, career progression opportunities & salaries for specific graduate jobs within the retail sector: •Buyer •Merchandiser •Allocator •Visual merchandiser •Store manager •Retail anthropologist Current Assessment •Produce a database of Graduate recruitment schemes in retail. •Offer constructive guidance on how graduates can best prepare themselves for various graduate jobs within the retail industry e.g.. skills/knowledge base. •Undertake a survey of undergraduate perceptions of working within the retail sector. •Produce a database of various reward and recognition systems offered by the UK retailers. Compare and evaluate these schemes. What have I learnt? •Students engage with employability •Each cohort is different therefore there is a need to be flexible •Delivery of employability modules should be unique to meet the needs of the relevant industry sectors.
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