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Extracurricular activities to enhance the employment outcomes of Mathematics graduates

A presentation from the STEM Annual Conference 2014.

The employability skills of Mathematics graduates have been an area of concern for the Mathematics community employers and stakeholders nationwide. Higher education institutions are addressing these skills in many ways embarking on different strategies to enhance the employment outcomes of their graduates. Although this topic has received a good deal of attention lately it is useful to explore different ways to enhance students’ employability skills as they can impact positively on their employment outcomes. This may take the form of specific employability initiatives at department level appropriate for the programme portfolio to complement traditional careers advice services provided centrally by the university. This paper describes how the employability skills of Mathematics students can be enhanced by providing relevant extracurricular activities throughout their degree programmes and discusses the implementation at our institution. Student feedback on the activities has been very positive and the implementation appears to have enhanced our graduates’ employability outcomes.

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