Personal tutoring in developing employability

Personal Tutors can have a key role in supporting and encouraging students to engage with their employability. More than any other student-staff relationship, this is one in which staff have the opportunity to get to know students over a sustained period of time, personalising support to individuals. Of direct relevance to student employability, the Personal Tutor remit (see the Personal Tutoring Policy) is one that encompasses:

‘Encouraging students to engage in Personal Development Planning, especially those co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that can be recorded in section 6 of their Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), and to give timely consideration to their future career progression and employability where appropriate.’

Personal Tutors therefore need to be using questions, exercises, and tools that encourage students in career reflection. Some programme teams have developed their own resources for doing this. Further guidance and resources on this is available on the Reflection and articulation of employability skills and PDP Personal Tutoring, and PDP webpages and tutors can refer students to Careers & Employability.

Students can be assisted to take action and ownership of their employability by encouraging them to make use of the support and opportunities the university has to offer. Personal Tutors are not expected to be careers advisors but a lot can be achieved by taking an interest and being enthusiastic about a tutee’s aspirations, combined with a knowledge of the wide ranging opportunities and support the university offers such as Plymouth Extra, The Plymouth Award, Plymouth Connect, HEAR, UPSU activities, Employability Events, Employability Development activities, and enterprise activities such as Social Enterprise.

Personal tutors and employability

Personal tutors are a really key point of contact for students and a very important part in not only their academic life but their pastoral journey and experience at University.

Emily Packer – Careers Advisor – Faculty of Business

Resources 

CES and TLS can support personal tutors  to develop student employability

Careers and Employability guide for personal tutors (publication date 2017) 

Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA) – Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising resources 

Griffiths, K. (2005). Personal coaching: A model for effective learning. Journal of Learning Design, 1(2), 55-65. Not specifically about employability, but this paper provides an interesting take on the relationship that exists between a tutor and tutee, with a focus on goal-directed, self-regulated and self–reflective learning.

Pebblepad – a university web-based ePortfolio and Personal Learning system to support Personal and Professional Development, which can be used independently or as part of assessed activities within the curriculum.

Examples of university advice to Personal Tutors on supporting employability

University of Essex 

University of Edinburgh 

University of Stirling