Embedding Employability Survey – Have Your Say!

02 June 2021

In April, Catherine Staunton and her team embarked on the institute’s most ambitious employability research project, and now it’s your turn to share your views. 

Funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, the research set out to uncover and exchange employability best practice institute-wide to:

  • inform a DkIT Graduate Attribute Framework
  • discover Employability Best Practice at DkIT
  • develop a bespoke DkIT Employability Framework
  • enhance employability Best Practice and enhance Future Employability at DkIT


“Graduate Attributes are the core abilities and values a higher education institute agrees all its graduates should develop, and the abilities employers deem necessary for today’s graduates.”  (Yorke & Knight, 2006)

Having spoken to our Employability Champions, we listened to what they had to say, and we’re keen to hear about what the wider DkIT community has to say. We’re ready to hear more from all stakeholder groups (students, graduates, our staff, and employers) about how we should enhance our existing employability services and current teaching practices. This is your turn to help us give our students the best chance possible to thrive in the modern workplace and the pandemic-hit jobs market. 

Embedding Employability Survey

With so many wonderful ideas to choose from, we want all our staff, students, graduates, and employers to help us with a plan for employability at DkIT! We’re particularly looking for your help with a DkIT Graduate Attribute Framework, to identify the factors that help make our graduates more employable, and to share valuable employability experiences.  With your help and in line with the goals of our Strategic Plan 2020–22, our students will be better prepared to enter the workplace, develop attributes that appeal to employers and connect their skills with societal needs.

Survey Links

We hope all of you will find the time to have your say! Remember, your participation is voluntary and confidential, and your data will be anonymised for the purpose of data processing and data analysis. 

We hope all of you will find the time to have your say - survey closes 16th June! Remember, your participation is voluntary and confidential, and your data will be anonymised for the purpose of data processing and data analysis. 

Please click the below links to access the survey.  

Student

Graduate 

Employer 

DkIT Staff

Speaking today, Catherine Staunton, Head of Careers & Employability at DkIT added,

“Our graduates over the past 50 years have contributed immensely to our regional economy and society and made significant impacts on a global stage. We celebrate all who have contributed to DkIT graduate success and want to continue to have this impact. This survey presents a fantastic opportunity for all to help shape employability at DkIT.”     

The DkIT Embedding Employability Steering Committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Dr Moira Maguire, Head of Centre of Learning & Teaching, DkIT;
  • Maria Roddy Freyne, Hospitality Lecturer, DkIT;
  • Pat McCormick, Head of Civil Engineering & Trades, DkIT / Dundalk Chamber;
  • Taidgh Kavanagh, Student Union President;
  • Raymond Murphy, Regional Skills Fora Manager;
  • Anthony Murray, Employability Advisor. 

The DkIT Embedding Employability Research Team is comprised of the following members:

  • Dr Michelle Cowley-Cunningham;
  • Dr Jonathan Hodgers.

Further Enquiries to EmbeddingEmployability@dkit.ie

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