The self-aware graduate

Ruth O'Riordan, Sophie Morrison

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    This chapter presents a case study of Careers Service–led credit-bearing education at the University of Dundee to illustrate that self-awareness is the key to graduate employability and that this essential foundation can be successfully enhanced through careers education in order to ensure that graduates are prepared for their futures. It is written from the perspective of a University Careers Service which delivers a variety of credit-bearing modules designed to enhance careers and employability opportunities. The chapter argues that a well-developed self-awareness is crucial to enable graduates to reach their full potential. It details the development and the theoretical underpinning of the Bill Law and Tony Watts SODT model. The University of Dundee careers education model is influenced by the theoretical perspective of Bill Law and Tony Watts, known as the 'DOTS' theory. The chapter examines the key assessments of the Career Planning Module in relation to its ability to support the development of self-awareness – the Job Study.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGraduate attributes in higher education
    Subtitle of host publicationAttitudes on attributes from across the disciplines
    EditorsCarey Normand, Lorraine Anderson
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315559186
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Attributes
    • Skills
    • Graduate
    • Self Awareness
    • Careers
    • employability


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