Developing Industry-Ready Graduates: Encouraging Student Learning That Matches Industry Expectations Of Graduate Skills, Knowledge And Experience
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
This working paper will outline the strategies used by the Tourism Program at Edith Cowan University to align industry expectations with the academic requirements of a graduate degree. It will outline the preparatory stage; encouraging staff engagement with industry, consultative mechanisms to acquire industry input and using feedback from graduates to identify any gaps between the classroom and their workplace experiences. It will then outline specific classroom activities including workplace simulations, student activities with real world clients, authentic assessment and strategies to ensure that students engage with industry during their studies and recognise how their learning is preparing them for the workplace. In conclusion, the role of industry in education and training will be discussed, with a particular view to outlining how the tourism industry can participate in creating the graduates that they desire by, among other things, supporting work experience and investing in studentbased projects.