Conclusions and proposals for improving employability and university education in the field of Psychology published
Following the webinar, "Employability and university education in the field of Psychology", held on 17 October, AQU Catalunya has published the resulting conclusions and proposals for improvement.
The webinar was broadcast online, via YouTube, on 17 October, and has already been viewed by almost 200 people. It offered a space for reflection on the employability of graduates of degree programmes in Psychology, and the round table panel identified a series of diagnoses and made proposals for improvement based on the information presented.
Below is a summary of the diagnoses and improvement proposals:
Faced with the need to improve satisfaction with external work placements as an activity that allows students to apply the knowledge acquired during their studies, a proposal was put forward to increase the number of placement hours; work during the work placement tutoring process on the mismatch between the actual experience and student expectations; make the learning content's applicability and relevance in the professional world visible in all subjects; and increase supervision and assessment training for those people responsible for overseeing the work placement at the centres.
Faced with the need to improve communication and interpersonal skills, intervention with people, and detection and assessment of people's needs, a proposal was made to design the degree programme in such a way as to ensure the gradual acquisition of the skills most in demand; hold seminars to work on certain soft skills; use methodologies that simulate the workplace environment in the classroom; and start work placement programmes as soon as possible.
Faced with the need to improve unemployment rates, wages and contractual stability, the proposal in this case was to better visualise all the possible professional fields of work in psychology (aside from the clinical); encourage entrepreneurship and training in soft skills, new technologies and data science; and generate spaces where alumni with different professional backgrounds can share their experiences, where networks are generated and curiosity is encouraged.