How can we support students after graduation?

I have just returned from one of the most joyous occasions on an academic calendar:Graduation! It truly is a highlight of the academic life not just for the students but more so for their families and friends who have supported, nurtured, and watched them grow from a nervous first year to a confident independent graduate. But in conversations with many of these bright- eyed graduates, all is not what it seems… Some have clear direction and careers to progress, but many more are uncertain and almost fearful of moving on from the comfort of shared living with ‘mates’ and all-nighters. So, what is the matter with them now that they are at the cusp of gaining their dream jobs and hopeful careers?

When I was recounting the whoops and up roaring thunderous applause of the day my daughter casually commented that some of her friends also were worried about moving onto the world of employment after graduating. They just don’t feel ‘ready’ she said. I vaguely remember similar feeling of uncertainty and worries about moving onto a big wide world many many years ago as a fresh PhD graduate…

Most universities put a variety of programmes and events that support students transitioning into HEI. Indeed, I shared with you our research data on integrating the SEJ to support Foundation level students that showed 100% success rate. The SEJ process is a simple to learn psychoeducational solution focussed 4 step process of self-enquiry that can be taught easily and applied immediately. The SEJ Process has improved students experience in their first stage of HEI student life.

But few HEIs put the similar emphasis and time into preparing their students for the world of employment. Yet, many of us have concerns about our own career progression and whether we would be successful no matter the stages of our lives. In one of Elliot’s blogs, he shared with us that “…Employers are typically looking for a range of skills, not just an academic degree in the candidates that they are wanting to hire. These “soft skills” include skills such as resilience, the ability to self-manage, adaptability, enthusiasm, and the ability to work collaboratively…” 1

The SEJ Process is a lifelong transferrable skill that can be practiced at whatever stage of our lives particularly at crucial moment at times of transition including the time of graduation. On the SEJ Education and Business webpages you can watch a presentation on how the SEJ can support students into the world of employment. If you would like to know more, please take a look at ‘SEJ Transition and Employability’ video on our website:

Dr M Howard-Kishi


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