More than your degree title

Thompson, David, Higdon, Rachel and Barrow, Charlotte Louise j (2023) More than your degree title. In: Understanding Education Studies. Routledge, pp. 191-199. ISBN 9781003296935

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This chapter is salient for current or potential students undertaking a degree in education, looking forward to their own employability after university. Education falls within the social sciences, which is a multi-discipline area and offers graduates diverse careers. There are many paths to take in potential employment, with teaching only one element. By broadening learners’ awareness of workforce shifts, graduate mind-sets and individual qualities, the chapter explores and emphasises creative approaches to career-building in the social sciences. It invites education students to see their holistic value in terms of their transferable skills, assets and experiences, all of which make them highly employable. It covers attributes that undergraduates may not know employers ask for in every work setting, such as flexibility, creativity and complex problem solving. The authors support learners to understand their own unique worth and to be confident in identifying individual assets and experiences to present assertively and positively to employers. This approach aims to help students flourish and find their own fulfilling careers.

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