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Employability Framework


Employability is not just the responsibility of students or graduates and nor is it something that the University can offer without active engagement and participation of the students.


A combination of the lessons learned in the classroom, resources and services offered by Careers and Employment Services and connecting with industry is the winning formula for graduate employability.

Preparing for tomorrow’s world of work - Key principles underlying the Framework

The aim of the Framework is much more than just preparing students for and gaining a graduate job. This framework prepares graduates to respond to the tremendous forces radically and rapidly altering the global world of work (PWC, 2015), which is predicted to lose up to 60 percent of the jobs for which students are currently studying over the next ten years (The Foundation for Young Australians, 2015).

Digital disruption, global labour markets with higher standards from everywhere and radical shifts to organisational structures will mean all of us will need greater resilience, self-responsibility and even entrepreneurial skills to navigate longer careers that are more like marathons than sprints).

The Framework leads a University wide approach to explicitly and intentionally equip students and graduates, regardless of background, to confidently self-manage the complex interlinking and dynamics factors impacting upon their lifelong careers through a process that contributes to, rather than detracts from, academic rigour (Cole and Tibby, 2013). Specifically, the Framework provides a joined up strategy that enables the University to:

  1. Scaffold career development across the student lifecycle – partnering students as they approach Griffith as future students, through their programs and onwards as loyal alumni of Griffith University will create a virtuous cycle that provides stronger outcomes and greater connection and loyalty to the Griffith brand.
  2. Prepare students for the long game of their careers in the new world of work – graduates will need to proactively self-manage their careers for around 50 years into the future in increasingly digitally disrupted dynamic environments. Graduates will be future proofed by learning to work collaboratively, creatively, enterprisingly, globally and digitally throughout their programs.
  3. Connect scholarly learning with industry connections and student engagement to enhance program relevance and graduate success in a rapidly evolving digital landscape as recommended by CEDA (p.231, 2015). Deeper relationships with industry will enable students to see the relevance of their academic work and thereby build career awareness, confident professional identity, deep networks and evidence of career capabilities.
  4. Integrate into a coherent and cogent platform linking students’ career success to University strategies such as: student retention; graduate attributes; industry engaged learning; and global mobility
  5. Make every program a masterclass – invigorating and field relevant, problem based learning and assessment which is as real to life as possible


Collaboration and partnership between Griffith’s academic and professional staff is paramount to the long term career success of our students. Griffith's Employability Framework provides a blueprint to position Griffith as a university of influence in graduate success and employability. The central tenet of the framework is to place graduate success and employability at the heart of everything we do. The framework provides the foundation for the University to:

  1. Make every degree a masterclass – invigorating and field relevant, problem based learning and assessment which is as real to life as possible.
  2. Scaffold career development across the student lifecycle – partnering students as they transition into, through and onwards from their degrees at Griffith University.
  3. Prepare students for the long game – graduates will need to self-manage their careers for around 50 years into the future.
  4. Link scholarly learning with industry connections and student engagement.
  5. Actively address future and current students and families’ expectations of graduate success ‘head on’ rather than merely hoping for the best.
  6. Build capacity across the University – this is a critical task for the whole University, that extends beyond only deeply committed academics and the careers service. Employability must be embedded in all academic programs.


Application of the Framework

The Framework has wide application as a capacity building platform. Main potential uses include:

  1. Program enhancement processes – the Framework will inform program reviews and provides a practical structure for quality audits. Program mapping and student self-assessment tools will be developed to support these processes and provide impact data
  2. New program and course design – the Framework clearly indicates development and design objectives for each program stage to guide Program Directors and Program teams
  3. Resource and strategy development – the Framework can guide an audit of resources and strategies to support students’ career development and identify gaps for development
  4. Collaborative platform – the shared frame of reference provided by the Framework will assist with partnerships across programs/disciplines and new resources and practices can be developed shared across Groups
  5. Brand enhancement and repositioning of the University – with successful implementation, it is hoped the Framework will underpin strategies that strengthen Griffith’s profile as industry engaged and facilitating Graduate career success

Griffith’s Employability Framework was developed by Sharon Hensby and Margo Baas, Careers and Employment Service, Griffith University.

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Preferred Citation

Careers and Employment Services, & Learning Futures (2018). Employability Framework. Retrieved from https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/exlnt/entry/3325/view