Embedding reflection on graduate attributes in the psychology curriculum


Psychology graduates face a volatile job market: promotion of their skills is increasingly important, yet they often lack awareness of and engagement with their Graduate Attributes (GAs); the employability skills developed throughout university in order to prepare them for the world of work.  To address this, we designed, implemented and evaluated a GA reflective activity in a UK university.  Undergraduate psychology students completed a measure of their self-efficacy in GAs (GASE) before and after taking part in a GA reflective activity.   Students were asked to provide qualitative feedback on the value of the activity.  GASE was higher after the activity but this effect was relatively small.  A thematic analysis indicated that the activity was valued, but students wanted clearer guidance on the development and application of GAs.   In summary, the GA activity had a marginal impact on GA self-efficacy and appeared to raise awareness of GAs and career goals.  This reflective activity can be embedded in the curriculum as a stand-alone workshop or as part of personal development planning.  Further work is needed to support students in identifying opportunities for skill development. 

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