Our graduates are well prepared for the world of work whether they chose to work in the public, private or third sector.
POLSIS is committed to working closely with employers and students to ensure that our students have the opportunity to develop the skills that are in demand and that are essential to the professional development of graduates.
Our curriculum as well as our learning and teaching enable students to graduate with the following skill sets that employers and alumni tell us are essential.
The strengths that we focus on in the Department are derived from those identified by Universities UK, and there are seven of particular relevance to POLSIS students.
The 'lucky seven' aspects of employability
- Self-management - Readiness to accept responsibility, flexibility, resilience, self-starting, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback, reflective learning.
- Teamworking - Respecting others, co-operating, negotiating/persuading, contributing to discussions, and awareness of interdependence with others.
- Problem solving - Analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.
- Communication and literacy - Application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy – including listening and questioning.
- Information literacy - Basic IT skills, including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, file management and use of internet search engines.
- Initiative and originality - Frequently mentioned by both employers and universities is entrepreneurship/enterprise: broadly, an ability to demonstrate an innovative approach, creativity, collaboration and risk taking.
- Underpinning all these attributes, the key foundation, must be a positive attitude: a 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute, openness to new ideas and a drive to make these happen.
Our approach to employability is both flexible and developmental.
- We review our skills provision annually to ensure that we are able to respond to changing demands in the employment sector.
- We encourage our student to be aware of the need to develop their employability skills.
- We facilitate student-employer engagement opportunities to improve student employee and career learning, and better market the attributes of our graduates to future students and future employers.
- We have a range of curriculum enhancement activities with which students can get involved to enhance their graduate attributes, including the POLSIS Annual Student Conference.
POLSIS Graduates are innovative, independent individuals who are reflexive in their approach, professional in their attitude and positive in their engagement with others.