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Graduate employability: A critical oversight

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posted on 07.03.2017 by Andrew Rothwell, Frances M. Rothwell
This chapter considers what is meant by employability, provides an overview of the main dimensions, and critically examines whether the attention given to graduate employability in particular has delivered its potential policy, educational, business and individual outcomes in the context of a complex economic situation. The term is used widely and loosely, and has been the focus of a rapidly expanding body of literature. Consequently, we begin by offering some definitions of employability then clarify this in four broad categories. Two of these are contextual: employment policy, principally at national level; and the notion of employability as a human resources management strategy. A further two are considered in much more detail first, employability in the higher education (HE) context both in terms of HE policy and the HE curriculum. As the last of the four categories we focus on the individual perspective: self-perceived employability, or how individual graduates can make an evaluation of their own career potential going forward.

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  • Business and Economics

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  • Business

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Graduate Employability in Context: Theory, Research and Debate

Pages

41 - 64 (23)

Citation

ROTHWELL, A.T. and ROTHWELL, F., 2017. Graduate employability: A critical oversight. IN: Tomlinson, M. and Holmes, L. (eds.) Graduate Employability in Context: Theory, Research and Debate, work address, London: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 41-64.

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Palgrave Macmillan UK

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SMUR (Submitted Manuscript Under Review)

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Reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan'

Publication date

2017

ISBN

9781137571670;9781137571687

Language

en

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