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Extracurricular activities to enhance the employment outcomes of Mathematics graduates

Extracurricular activities to enhance the employment outcomes of Mathematics graduates

Ramesh, Nadarajah, Mann, Tony and Parrot, Kevin (2014) Extracurricular activities to enhance the employment outcomes of Mathematics graduates. In: HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey. The Higher Education Academy, Edinburgh.

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Abstract

The employability skills of Mathematics graduates have been an area of concern for the mathematics community, employers and stake holders nationwide. Higher education institutions are addressing these skills in many ways, embarking on different strategies, to enhance the employment outcomes of their graduates. Although this topic has received a good deal of attention lately, it is useful to explore different ways to enhance students’ employability skills as they can impact positively on their employment outcomes. This may take the form of specific employability initiatives at department level, appropriate for the programme portfolio, to complement traditional careers advice services provided centrally by the university. This paper describes how the employability skills of Mathematics students can be enhanced by providing relevant extracurricular activities throughout their degree programmes, and discusses the implementation at our institution. Student feedback on the activities has been very positive and the implementation appears to have enhanced our graduates’ employability outcomes.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey
Additional Information: Conference held at University of Edinburgh, Wednesday 30 April - Saturday 01 May 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employability, Professional body, Employer engagement, Mathematics, Graduates skills
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Mathematical Sciences
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Last Modified: 21 Nov 2016 14:33
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14659

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