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Perceived quality of internships and employability perceptions: the mediating role of career-entry worries

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posted on 02.03.2021, 12:02 by Katharina Ebner, Roman Soucek, Eva Selenko
Purpose: This study illuminates the assumption that internships facilitate labor market entry and answers the question of why internships have a positive effect on students’ selfperceived employability. It is assumed that internships enable more positive employability perceptions by reducing career-entry worries – the worries of not finding a suitable job or not being able to obtain a satisfactory career.
Design/methodology/approach: A two-wave study among graduate students currently in an internship investigated these relationships. Data on career-entry worries, perceived employability and an evaluation of the internship were collected from 80 students (mean age: 24.6 years, 68% female) from various fields of study aiming at both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
Findings: The results showed that positively-evaluated internships contributed to graduates’ self-perceived employability by means of reduced career-entry worries over an eight week period.
Originality: By considering graduates’ career-entry worries – the perceived uncertainty about finding an ‘appropriate’ career in the future – the authors introduce a new concept to the career literature and show that these worries are significant in terms of self-assessed employability.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Education + Training

Publisher

Emerald

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Emerald

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Education + Training and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-02-2020-0037.

Acceptance date

06/01/2021

Publication date

2021-02-12

ISSN

0040-0912

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Eva Selenko. Deposit date: 7 January 2021

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