IMPROVING EMPLOYABILITY OF DESIGN STUDENTS
Increasingly, efforts in university teaching focus on improving the students employability in order to facilitate their transition from the academic area to the professional world.
In the field of design it is essential that the future designer could present graphically attractive designs and creations because in many job offers he is asked to give not only his curriculum but also a portfolio with his works. In addition, having a good portfolio is a key point for those who choose self-employment or entrepreneurship.
The paper focuses on the experience developed in one of the subjects taught in the Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design Engineering and Product Development, showing the teaching methodology, activities programming and evaluation system.
In this subject students learn how to write and design a curriculum, a cover letter and a portfolio in which to collect their design works. In addition, other presentation techniques of industrial products such as the advertising or poster design are also practiced. All this prepares them better for the job searching and makes them reflect on what their shortcomings are and which strategies they must use to solve them.
The final aim of the paper is to provide work guidelines to other teachers that can be followed in other similar degrees or even extrapolated to other fields of knowledge.