Future-proof your career
Within Nottingham Business School, we firmly link sustainability to employability via core modules at all levels. At undergraduate level, c1200 finalists undertake ‘Leadership and Employability’.
Since 2012/13, students have developed their knowledge of sustainability and responsible leadership within a discipline-focused assessment, while developing their analytical, research, teamwork and communication skills.
All create a Personal Development Plan and select Continuous Professional Development activities to fill identified gaps. This could include NTU’s online ‘Sustainability in Practice’ course, relating to global challenges beyond their own discipline (in 2016/17 over 660 NBS students completed this). The module culminates in a written report, reflecting on their own employability, with consideration of responsible leadership, ethical and sustainability issues they might encounter in their future career.
The above aims to enhance the students’ employability (a strong improvement in the DLHE stats seemingly supports this) and hopefully their effect on society in the future.
Top 3 learnings:
1 Be patient - we have found that results take time to materialize.
2 Be persistent - colleagues and students may find these activities difficult and may resist.
3 Seek synergy - linking employability to sustainability allows for efficiencies.