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Handbook

The Student Handbook on Employability is published as part of a pan-European project called Student Advancement of Graduates’ Employability, or SAGE for short. The project aims at increasing knowledge about the effects of higher education reforms in Europe on the employability of graduates. SAGE also aims at enhancing the capacity of student representatives to take part in discussions and influence policies on employability at the European, national and local level.

The handbook serves as a helping tool for student organisations and other stakeholders within the higher education community that want to enhance the employability of students and graduates. A selection of different discussions, study cases and practises has been compiled in order to share the experience of students and other stakeholders in Europe. This will help anyone involved in discussions on employability to advocate for actions towards enhancing long-term employability that is based on a concept fitting the different purposes of higher education.

Case studies
Study visits were organised to the countries of the project’s partnering unions (Denmark, Finland, Hungary and Spain). Therefore, a chapter with case studies of the four countries has been included in this handbook. This gives an insight into four unique cases and situations in Europe and demonstrates different approaches taken to tackle the topic of employability. The standpoints and actions of different stakeholders involved are described to reflect the diverse opinions on employability and what the right methods to tackling the issue might be. The practises and initiatives in the handbook have been chosen in order to give concrete ideas on what is being done across Europe.

Practical examples and exercises
This website provides hands-on activites that student unions can use to help students on national or institutional level. This section can provide ideas on how student unions can promote activities with regards to the employability of graduates.