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Employability Community of Practice

Employability is the combination of knowledge, skills, behaviours and personal qualities that enables a graduate to be successful in their chosen career. Employability can be embedded in the student experience within the curriculum and can be developed through co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities.

Role of the Community of Practice

We are a community of academic and professional staff supporting student learning for employability.  We consider different approaches to employability development such as career development learning (CDL) and experiential learning including work integrated learning (WIL). Through the CoP we want to:

  • Enable the sharing of innovative practices and pedagogies
  • Collaborate on projects that encourage and support academics to embed employability in their courses and programs
  • Engage University staff and students in research and dissemination
  • Develop shared expertise in learning and teaching
  • Contribute to the professional development of staff


  • Monthly meetings with agenda
  • Structured discussion of topics of interest
  • Informal discussion and networking\
  • Lunch provided
  • 1st Friday of the month, 12.00pm -1.30 pm, the Cog (Level 7, Kenneth Wills Building)

Topics for Discussion

  • Experiential learning including work-integrated learning
  • Applied learning
  • Career development learning
  • Industry and community engagement
  • Internships and placements
  • Volunteering
  • Employability skills and capabilities
  • Building student and graduate professional networks

Plans for 2019

Our broad aim is to support excellent teaching and learning practices that facilitate students to develop the knowledge, skills, contacts, confidence and networks they need to be ready for their future. In 2019 we will be:

  • Increasing academic staff participation in the CoP
  • Providing professional development opportunities for staff on WIL
  • Encouraging more students to co-create with us
  • Contributing to the development of a project across faculties that would enable students to work together on an industry-driven project that is multi-disciplinary (grand challenge)

2018 Highlights

In 2018 the CoP focused on work-based learning sharing best practice amongst attendees and at the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) conference. We also produced a number of resources including:

  • a high-level framework for designing or reviewing work-based learning courses
  • an internships handbook for students that can be adapted by any faculty/discipline and online video modules to prepare students for internships
  • a high level Risk Management outline of do’s and don’ts

To Join

Academic and professional staff, as well as students, from all faculties are welcome. Please contact Amanda Able or Sharon Scott.

Members of Career Readiness CoP

Amanda Able, Andrew Klima, Anne Hewitt, Anna Leonard, Benito Cao, Ewan Wallace, Fiona Mariner, Jen Clark, Jessie Byrne, Kayoko Enomoto, Lexie Scott-Glenn, Linda Westphalen, Melanie Spandrio, Melissa Connor, Michelle Phillipov, Paula Angerstein, Sally-Anne Bessell, Sharon Scott, and Wayne Errington

Division of Academic and Student Engagement

The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005

Street Address

Level 7, Wills Building
North Terrace Campus


T +61 8 8313 5901
F +61 8 8313 8333