Unlike typical career services, Employability.life goes beyond the tips and tricks of getting a CV through and landing an interview. Instead of getting its charges over the finish line somehow – securing any job – whether at the right level or not – Employability.life aims to realise the learners’ full career potential by achieving the right job-aspiration fit and being ready for career progression.
Employability.life combines online learning and project work, targeted counselling, and industry mentoring to prepare the learners for the global, digital workplace.
The local employability.life campus coordinators enable the right mix of local and global expertise. It brings together online learning and in-person activities, preparing the learners for the hybrid, cross-functional and cross-cultural workplaces of the digital economy.
Online learning, project work, targeted counselling and industry mentoring
By looking beyond ‘just getting a job’ and focusing on ‘getting the right job’, by encouraging the learners to think of themselves as a start-up and exploring the right job-aspiration fit.
By focusing on not just ‘getting in’ but also on ‘getting ahead’ – by enabling the learners to progressively acquire key skills and aptitudes critical for career progression. At a time when only 5% of the workforce across OECD progress to a higher level of work than the one they started in, this makes the all-important difference.
By accepting the obvious – that the workplaces will change, become more global and more digital. The hard question – what to do when today’s jobs disappear, and new ones emerge – is at the core of Employability.life. It combines the latest thinking in behavioural economics, organisation behaviour, neuroscience, and technology futurism to enable the learners to look ahead, balancing the immediate and the projected needs of the workplace.
By understanding the future of work – the core proposition of Employability.life is built around collaborative work. Moving away from the usual individual-oriented soft skills training, this programme emphasises the cross-functional and cross-cultural nature of 21st-century workplaces. Engaging the learners to think beyond skills, and about values that make a successful professional, Employability.life prepares them to lead and to succeed in the rapidly transforming workplaces.
The Employability.life experience is delivered over 52 weeks,
divided into three levels.
All candidates for Employability.life go through an application and assessment process. Learners are required to do a psychometric (16PF) and functional skills (literacy and numeracy) test and assessed for their Collaborative Work Aptitude (CWA) by means of a structured interview. The combination of the three establishes the learners’ initial Workplace Readiness Score (i-WRS).
Level 1 Employability.life is the preparatory stage, when the learners are required to engage with weekly developmental activities.
This preparation is built around the essentials of digital economy work: Two leadership dimensions – Growth Mindset and Influence – and three intelligences – of Career, Digital, and Cultural. The learners are expected to watch videos, meet with their coaches and complete activities (which include writing posts, planning and executing, creating videos, and group projects).
After 26 weeks (two terms), at the successful completion of which, the learners achieve a certificate of completion from UK’s Institute of Leadership and Management, and gain entry to ILM’s professional membership tier. The learners’ workplace readiness score (WRS) is updated with coach and peer feedback as well as the assessment of the quality and the timeliness of the tasks completed.
Level 2 Employability.life is the collaborative work stage when the learners are grouped together in cross-functional global teams to solve real-life problems. Arranged around six ‘sprints’ of two weeks each, they work under a project manager/coach in an agile project. They produce a working product that gets assessed by industry representatives. At the end of this stage, the learners receive an updated WRS, factoring in their participation, collaboration, and performance indices.
Level 3 Employability.life is the Professional Practice stage, during which the learners choose either to work for a customer on a project or to work on building their own enterprise. Working in teams – this is different from internships (individual and sundry tasks); and while this phase is led and assessed by external project managers or business mentors, this is designed as a learning experience with a coach always at hand. Lasting an additional 13 weeks, Level 3 – allows learners to receive 360-degree feedback, from the customer, the coach, and the peers, and is the final stage of becoming a future-proof professional.
Employability.life is a unique service offered by ATMC Education Group campuses around the world through Ediqt.com and at its partner institutions, to prepare students for career entry and progression in digital economy workplaces.
The programme is coordinated centrally by Employability.life Product Group and its quality and outcomes are overseen by DCW’s Academic Quality and Innovation Board. Each participating campus (or ATMC group as well as partner campuses) will require to appoint a number of full-time Employability.life coaches, who will be trained by the product group and certified in the coaching methodology (C-DEL). The local coaches will run weekly ‘Employability Hour’ sessions in each campus, which are structured sessions for group work and completion of weekly activities.
For Stage 2 & 3 of Employability.life, the coaches will serve as linkages between the E/L product group and Industry Collaboration teams based in every ATMC campus (and for partner campuses, the Ediqt IC team), for creation of industry boards, securing professional practice contracts and creating investor panels for incubated learner enterprises.
To move the conversation forward from opportunistic, one-off and often ill-fitting ‘placement’ to a strategic whole-person approach to career development.
The key indicator – WRS – would embed the academic and the professional abilities of the learners and enable them to launch their ‘start-up of self’.