“Essentially, Catalyst is bridging the gap between employer need and student and graduate aspiration,” says Graduate and Internship Project Manager Remy Foucher. “We’ve got a great view of different recruitment markets and of student expectations around things like salary, and we’re able to share that insight and knit the two together.”
Catalyst is one of a number of initiatives that are enhancing job opportunities for those with qualifications from Plymouth University. It gives final-year students and recent graduates access to employer opportunities and vacancies, tapping into training and resources in skills such as interview techniques and CV writing.
“Historically, we have conducted pockets of very intensive careers work,” says Shirley Walker, the University’s Head of Careers & Employability.
“We’re now moving to a position of greater clarity, where we’re differentiating skills development from the reflective learning and evaluation work. The work we’re doing with employers is being reflected back into our service, so that we can tailor what we do accordingly.”
As an overall strategy, this work supports the University’s institutional focus on employability and will, in time, help to boost Plymouth’s position in terms of the prospects of leavers.
“Through these programmes we can help our students to develop their skills and their understanding of how and why employers rate those skills,” adds Professor Richard Stephenson, Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience. “By doing so, our graduates will stand out in the marketplace, which will be reflected in the league tables.”