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International education and the employability of UK students

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posted on 31.07.2015, 15:01 authored by Rachel Brooks, Johanna Waters, Helena Pimlott-WilsonHelena Pimlott-Wilson
A common theme within the literature on higher education is the congested nature of the graduate labour market. Researchers have highlighted the lengths to which many students now go, in response to this congestion, to 'distinguish themselves' from other graduates: paying increased attention to university status; engaging in a range of extra-curricular activities; and pursuing postgraduate qualifications. Studies that have focused on the strategies of Asian students, specifically, have pointed to the important place of studying abroad as a further strategy in this pursuit of distinction. Given that there is now some evidence that the number of UK students enrolling on a degree programme overseas is increasing, this article explores the extent to which an overseas education can be seen as part of a broader strategy on the part of British students to seek distinction within the labour market and whether such an education does indeed offer tangible employment benefits. © 2012 British Educational Research Association.

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We would like to thank the British Academy for funding the study upon which this article is based.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

British Educational Research Journal

Volume

38

Issue

2

Pages

281 - 298

Citation

BROOKS, R., WATERS, J. and PIMLOTT-WILSON, H., 2012. International education and the employability of UK students. British Educational Research Journal, 38 (2), pp. 281 - 298.

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Wiley / © British Educational Research Association

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Publication date

2012

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: BROOKS, R., WATERS, J. and PIMLOTT-WILSON, H., 2012. International education and the employability of UK students. British Educational Research Journal, 38 (2), pp. 281 - 298, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411926.2010.544710. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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0141-1926

eISSN

1469-3518

Language

en