Art and Design: Behance employability skills

Behance in an on-line portfolio and job site for artists and designers.

As well as uploading their work students can search the site for inspiration, follow their favourite artists and designers, show their appreciation by liking a post and leave and receive comments about theirs and others work. The job tabs allows users to search for vacancies by company, specialism or geographical region. This is my favourite feature as students can read the personal specifications in order to increase their awareness of the skills and qualifications that they need to gain to be able to secure a post in their desired field or company.

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Embedding employability in the FE curriculum with about.me

Last week I was speaking to an FE colleague about the different ways that TEL can be used to embed employability skills into textile courses. As part of the discussion we were talking about blogs which got me thinking about the about.me widget in WordPress and the way that it can be used to display links to your on-line accounts without the need for any coding. As I use the widget on this blog I demonstrated my account which contains a graphic portrait of myself, a short biography about my professional interests and links to my Twitter, LinkedIn and technology blog. Although I hadn’t thought about using about.me to embed employability in the curriculum my colleague was really inspired and could see huge potential in using the tool with her students especially as she is going to use WordPress as part of her classes so that students are able to build up an on-line portfolio. Could you use about.me with your own students? Now that I’ve been inspired by my colleague I can see the tool fitting in perfectly with media and art and design classesAs well as using the links to sign post employers to their work students can upload their own background image to their page which could be a photograph they have taken, a graphic picture or an illustration.

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Am I in? Using Twitter to increase student employability

This month Dragons Den star Hilary Devey is trying to help young people find work through the VideofyMe app and Twitter. The idea is that job hunters will use the app to create a short video CV which will then be tweeted using the hashtag #employme. Employers will use the hashtag to search Twitter for potential candidates.

I doubt this scheme will take off, it was launched twelve days ago and I haven’t been able to find a single #employme video on Twitter however I do think that video CV’s can be successfully used to support young people with finding work. By uploading the video to YouTube a link could then be added to the students covering letter and text based CV. Students studying practical subjects such as hairdressing, cookery or motor vehicle mechanics could use this method to showcase both their skills and personality. Video CV’s are also a fantastic resource for creative students who could include this in both job and university applications. Instead of filming their CV they could create a short animation or photography slideshow. The first video CV has been created using a simple animation technique and has proved to be extremely popular on YouTube  with 25000+ hits. Despite this a few of the scenes are rather dark and the video could be easily improved. An a class activity you could show the video to your students then in groups get them to brainstorm how the CV could be improved.

The second video is one of my favourite CVs from todays search.