Bringing together psychological influences, social and environmental aspects for improved graduate preparation (March 23, 2023)

Key details

  • Thursday, March 23, 2023
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. (AEDT)
  • Free
  • Online (Zoom)
  • Prof. Jennifer Rowley and Dr. Anke Hoeppner-Ryan

Event description

Research is emerging on identified functional (how-to) cognitive aspects of employability. Higher education graduates from all disciplines encounter multifaceted and precarious working lives that feature multiple transitions, complex employment arrangements and often a do-it-yourself career management plan to achieve meaningful paid work.

The Australian Government introduced The Job-ready Graduates package that ‘invests in higher education in areas of national priority’ ( It is a priority, therefore, for tertiary providers to renew curriculum with value-added Work Integrated Learning (WIL), such as contemporary professional practice internship programs.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has a program to encourage undergraduate BMus students to develop ‘career readiness’, as Australia’s graduate destinations data report these creative workers as having the poorest graduate employment outcomes of all 40 broad higher education disciplines (Graduate Careers Council of Australia, 2020).

An elective as part of their program, our internships are in collaboration with the 17 NSW Regional Cons plus various Arts industry partners and involve a scaffolded process using the Literacies for Life as a conceptual framework to help students understand their career and study confidence. As a student profile tool with accompanying resources, it aims for students to explore their cognitive dispositions and capacity of professionalism and ‘use them to enhance confidence and make informed life and career decisions in line with values and goals’ (

By exploring the specific employability skills that build potential capacity to engage students as future professionals in all related fields, we can begin to determine how a student successfully transitions from an accomplished student to a beginning and employable graduate.

Recording information

Please note: the event will be recorded and made available later as a video on the HERDSA NSW Branch website. Attendees are asked to bear this in mind, especially if/when engaging with the presenters or other attendees during the event.


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Professor Jennifer Rowley ↗ (PhD) is Program Leader, Music Education, and Deputy Associate Dean (Education) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (at the University of Sydney), where a key role is co-ordinating the professional experience program for pre-service music teachers and Work-Integrated Learning experiences/internships for musicians into the Arts Industry. With an interest in identity development for teachers and musicians as they transition from expert student to novice professional through the utilisation of authentic learning experiences, her research on the impact of the ePortfolio for fostering enhanced career preparation within a framework of developing a sense of possible future self is well-known.