University of Cádiz (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2015 Proceedings
Publication year: 2015
Pages: 7738-7744
ISBN: 978-84-608-2657-6
ISSN: 2340-1095
Conference name: 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2015
Location: Seville, Spain
Traditionally, university studies have focused on the acquisition of skills, knowledge and specific competences of the academic degree without paying much attention to another set of skills or generic skills that can help students in their future employability.

With the introduction of the new map of Degrees, an effort to provide the degrees of some additional competences to their own field of study has been made. Thus, in the degree memories one can speak of "Capacity for organization and planning" as a transversal competence. In some specific grades such as Oenology, general skills such as "Developing habits of active job search and enterprising ability" and "Ability to participate in the creation and operation of an enterprise" are contemplated. However, in most cases, activities or procedures to achieve these skills are not specifically detailed, or such activities are not properly developed.

So we find that university education has a lack of training in these skills, especially in the fields of active job search and entrepreneurship. It is necessary to give students personal and professional tools to help them be masters of their own future which could contribute to a change in the productive and social model.

To work in this regard, during the course 14/15, with students of last grade in Biotechnology and Enology Degrees, a performance to work on the development of communication and personal skills to manage their professional future was carried out. To train students in these skills and abilities were conducted different workshops aimed at achieving the objectives proposed in the project:
- Identify your "strengths" and "weaknesses" to define your objective and professional profile.
o Workshop 1. Personal Reflections: what I want and I can do?
- Define a job search plan
o Workshop 2. Know the job market: where I find employment?
o Workshop 3. How to look for work? My curriculum and cover letter
- Addressing a selection process
o Workshop 4. I have been preselected. Now what?
- Consider self-employment as a professional outing
o Workshop 5. I want to be self-employed

The workshops were attended by a multidisciplinary group of teachers from different areas of knowledge and services of the University of Cadiz and professionals of private sector, with experience in the advice and training for professional improvement.

The activities included a total of 16 students which showed, at all times, a good predisposition for the development of the workshops. These workshops were provided the information and tools necessary to understand and confront the labor market. A satisfaction survey was used to make a general assessment of the project as well as parameters such as the structure, organization, suitability of workshops and trainers and usefulness of the project for the employment of students. The project was valued very positively in all items evaluated.
Skills, active job, employability, self-employment.