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Wednesday, June 22 • 16:45 - 18:00
POSTER.36 - A new service and a new working space in the faculty : a Swiss-army-knife specially designed for students!

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Historically, higher education in France has always been very discipline-centered with an emphasis on scientific knowledge and hardly any focus on professional skills like computer skills, foreign languages, personal development, or career counselling. Since 2007, France’s “Law Relative to Universities” (LRU) has assigned a new mission to French universities which now have to assist students in developing their employability potential. Almost ten years after the law was first implemented, French universities are still experimenting and looking for an efficient model. In order to fill this need and in the context of the lack of a centralized career service, the faculty of sciences of the University of Poitiers, a middle-sized multi-disciplinary university, decided to set up a new department called “Languages and Career Services”. The purpose of this new department is to develop students’ transversal skills so as to boost their employability potential. The LCS is primarily a teaching department as it trains students in modern languages and organizes student-oriented programs to develop transversal and communication skills that can boost their employability. More originally, it also hosts a co-working space based on the concept of a “fablab” where students can train their practical skills in various software, in 3D scanning and printing, or take part to various workshops (CVs and cover letters, bibliographical research, report writing, mind-mapping tools, drama, English conversation…). These workshops are managed by professionals, university staff, or by students with specific skills and experience. The aim of our poster presentation is to exchange about our respective practices with colleagues who have been implied in similar departments for a longer period and to discuss the pros and cons of this approach to the topical subject of students’ employability potential.

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Isabelle Lucet

University of Poitiers, France
Isabelle Lucet qualified as an English teacher and specialized in teaching English to science university students twenty years ago. She first graduated in English studies and later in Education sciences and has always been interested in innovative teaching methods. She currently heads... Read More →

James Robert

James Robert spent more than ten years teaching secondary school pupils. He has developed skills in career management and now teaches at university level and has specialized in the promotion of students’ employability. He co-heads the Languages and career services of the faculty... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 16:45 - 18:00 EDT
Atrium, Physics & Astronomy Building Western University

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