Embedding Graduate Skills - High-achieving Students:Workshop Model

  •  Bronwen Harrison    


This paper investigates a unique program developed at Macquarie University entitled the “Aspiring Professionals Program”. The program’s aim is to attract high-achieving students and to assist these students with the transition between university and their first job. In particular, this paper addresses the skills that graduates are frequently lacking, as reported by both recruiting organizations and in the literature. The particular needs of high-achieving students are considered, as well as the residential workshop method within which the program operates. The curriculum content and delivery are described and the results from the initial year are documented. In conclusion, plans to update and improve the program are considered.

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