The Launch of the GES (Graduate Employability Skills) App

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: The Launch of the GES (Graduate Employability Skills) App
Stream: Design, Implementation & Assessment of Innovative Technologies in Education
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation
Graham Scott, University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom
Liz Boyle, University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom
Sobah Abbas Petersen, NTNU, Norway
Ewa Topolewska-Siedzik, UKSW, Poland
Athanassios Jimoyiannis, University of the Peloponnese, Greece
Gillian Bruce, University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom


The GES (Graduate Employability Skills) App is a downloadable app produced as the result of an ERASMUS+ funded project between four partner countries. It allows students to create a record of the GESs they acquire over their university journey, together with records and evidence of these skills. It also allows them to set skills related goals based on aspirational ‘dream’ graduate jobs, reflect on their experiences, and helps them prepare for applications and interviews. It does this via a series of activities and games that users are guided through by a personalised employability ‘coach’. The structure of the app is theoretically based following a complete review of the current frameworks of graduate skills in European higher learning contexts and fills a gap in the market that no other digital resource currently occupies. It is designed to be used by students individually or deployed at an institutional or program level. A three-stage evaluation was conducted with students at all university levels in all four partner countries. Each round of evaluation provided the project team with qualitative and quantitative feedback which informed the iterative evolution of the prototypes. The final evaluation demonstrated the app’s superiority over offline resources. This workshop will introduce the GES App to European educators and give them the opportunity to interact with it, ask questions, and discuss how it can be most effectively implemented in Higher Education settings.

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