Asian Journal of Counselling



Using Career Education and Career Services to Enhance Employability: A Case of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2012.第19卷第1及2期(Vol. 19 Nos. 1 & 2).pp. 75–96
 

Using Career Education and Career Services to Enhance Employability: A Case of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

以生涯教育及生涯服務提升就業競爭力:香港理工大學實例分享

Dorinda FUNG & Philip S. L. WONG(馮陳敏慈、王星亮)

Abstract

The provision of career education to facilitate students’ possession of the requisite skills and knowledge relevant to the workplace plays a pivotal role in enhancing students’ employability. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with a mandate to provide application-oriented education, has a mission and tradition of keeping abreast of the market and community needs to ensure that its students receive top-notch career education and services so that they can secure employment, which they are aspired to, upon graduation and contribute effectively thereafter. This article will look at some major milestones that signify this tradition over the years, from the recognition for professional licensing, to the offering of first batch of degree programs with substantial work-based experience; to the availability of general education short courses for broadening knowledge base; to the launching of summer internships and mandatory outcome-based work-integrated education for providing more experiential learning opportunities; to the introduction of individual developmental profiles and electronic portfolios for developing generic competencies and showcasing achievements; and finally, to the provision of a multitude of career services for facilitating the matching of talents to the job market. Despite all such endeavors, further critical enhancements still need to be made.

Keywords: career education; career services; enhancing employability

摘要

提供生涯教育,以協助學生掌握就業所必備的技巧和知識,對提升其就業競爭力有關鍵作用。香港理工大學是一所應用型大學,一直本着傳統與使命,緊貼並回應市場和社區需要,提供優質生涯教育及服務,協助學生發揮所長,貢獻社會。本文旨在回顧及分享這些年來,標誌着這傳統的一些重要里程碑,包括:從學生的專業資格取得業界認可,到首度推出提供大量實習機會的學位課程;進而推出短期通識課程,擴闊學生視野;再全面推行暑期實習並將成果為本的「校企協作教育」列為本科生課程必修項目,讓更多學生能從體驗式學習中獲益;及至提供個人發展概況報告及電子學習檔案平台,協助學生發展通才技能、展示發展成果;最後,是提供全方位生涯服務,做好人才與就業市場的配對工作。繼往開來,雖然過往點滴累積的成果巳不算少,然而未來要面對的挑戰將會更多。

關鍵詞:生涯教育;生涯服務;提升就業競爭力