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Forms of capital and agency as mediations in negotiating employability of international graduates migrants

Forms of capital and agency as mediations in negotiating employability of international graduates migrants
Forms of capital and agency as mediations in negotiating employability of international graduates migrants
This study deployed a qualitative approach to explore an alternative perspective regarding graduate migrants’ employability. Twenty graduate migrants in Australia participated in in-depth interviews. Findings revealed graduate migrants faced various challenges in the target labour market, and to successfully secure employment it was important for them to exercise agency and develop key forms of capital – i.e., excellent technical knowledge, relationships with ‘significant others’, strong career identity and psychological resilience, and interlink these capitals so that they could make of their strengths and coat weaknesses. Results from the study imply that managing, teaching, and professional staff members should collaborate closely to develop well-rounded programmes designed to equip international students sufficiently with multidimensional resources.
Capitals, employability, agency, migrant workers
1476-7724
394-405
Pham, Thanh
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Tomlinson, Michael
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Thompson, Christopher
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Pham, Thanh
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Tomlinson, Michael
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Pham, Thanh, Tomlinson, Michael and Thompson, Christopher (2019) Forms of capital and agency as mediations in negotiating employability of international graduates migrants. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 17 (3), 394-405. (doi:10.1080/14767724.2019.1583091).

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This study deployed a qualitative approach to explore an alternative perspective regarding graduate migrants’ employability. Twenty graduate migrants in Australia participated in in-depth interviews. Findings revealed graduate migrants faced various challenges in the target labour market, and to successfully secure employment it was important for them to exercise agency and develop key forms of capital – i.e., excellent technical knowledge, relationships with ‘significant others’, strong career identity and psychological resilience, and interlink these capitals so that they could make of their strengths and coat weaknesses. Results from the study imply that managing, teaching, and professional staff members should collaborate closely to develop well-rounded programmes designed to equip international students sufficiently with multidimensional resources.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 February 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 March 2019
Published date: 24 August 2019
Keywords: Capitals, employability, agency, migrant workers

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Local EPrints ID: 429037
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/429037
ISSN: 1476-7724
PURE UUID: 11efe0e0-1e1f-471a-8fc6-eb8b233e7f63
ORCID for Michael Tomlinson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1057-5188

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Date deposited: 19 Mar 2019 17:30
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 06:07

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Author: Thanh Pham
Author: Christopher Thompson

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