Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:46

Swinburne using online tool to help students get a job

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A new online tool will be available to help students from Victoria’s Swinburne University of Technology get jobs when they graduate.

In what is claimed as an Australian first, Swinburne is partnering with Portfolium, a cloud-based online platform that allows university students and recent graduates to showcase their academic work, experiences and reflections in an ePortfolio that will directly demonstrate their skills and capabilities to prospective employers, supplementing traditional resumés.

“Swinburne fosters students to be adaptive learners who are equipped for the careers of the future. In a time when the world of work is changing, with an increasing focus on the value of enterprise and professional skills such as teamwork and communications, it is essential that graduates can demonstrate their broader skills and capabilities to prospective employers,” said Swinburne deputy vice-chancellor (Academic), Professor Duncan Bentley.

In addition to course work, most Swinburne courses have industry engagement and placement opportunities that give students real-life work experience.

“Swinburne aims to make sure our graduates leave Swinburne with skills, knowledge and the mindset to confidently enter the job market. Combined with their course-related learning outcomes and industry experiences, access to digital platforms like Portfolium ensures they have the best opportunity to succeed in their career goals,” said Professor Bentley.

“The speed of technology and industry change is impacting how people learn and how they get jobs. Swinburne cares about students’ learning, their ability to get a job on graduation and having the capabilities and focus to fulfil their life purpose.”

The Portfolium system enables students to be industry-connected, to have a place to record their lifelong learning experiences, and to have the ability to connect with employers globally.

"We are thrilled to be supporting Swinburne students to connect what they've learned in and out of the class to career opportunities, while helping the institution measure and track learning outcomes,"said Portfolium vice-president of Partnerships Troy Markowitz.

"As our first Australian educational partner, we look forward to helping Swinburne students gain a competitive edge in the job market by showcasing their skills and competencies in lifelong and portable learning ePortfolios."

Swinburne will pilot Portfolium ePortfolios with students in 2019.  Other universities, in the US, offering Portfolium as part of their student experience include Yale, Cal State, Purdue and Virginia Tech.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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