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The relative importance of work experience, extra-curricular and university-based activities on student employability

The relative importance of work experience, extra-curricular and university-based activities on student employability
The relative importance of work experience, extra-curricular and university-based activities on student employability

Declining graduate labour markets, perceived devaluing of degree qualifications, and intense focus on graduate employment metrics have increased pressure on universities to enhance their students’ employability. Formal curricula developments have been accompanied by co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings intended to enhance students’ career readiness and emerging graduate profiles. Using survey data from undergraduate and postgraduate students in an Australian and UK university (N = 352), multivariate techniques examined participation in employability-related activities and students’ perceptions of their importance for their employability. Data revealed differential participation based on student profile characteristics and the type of activity undertaken. Overall, these were valued for boosting a range of employability-related facets, including networks, learning about future career and profile attractiveness to employers. The more aligned these activities were to intended career outcomes, the more importance they were ascribed. The implications of these findings for enhancing employability-related offerings in universities are discussed.

co-curricular, Employability, extra-curricular, work experience, work-integrated learning
0729-4360
Jackson, Denise
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Tomlinson, Michael
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Jackson, Denise
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Tomlinson, Michael
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Jackson, Denise and Tomlinson, Michael (2021) The relative importance of work experience, extra-curricular and university-based activities on student employability. Higher Education Research and Development. (doi:10.1080/07294360.2021.1901663).

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Declining graduate labour markets, perceived devaluing of degree qualifications, and intense focus on graduate employment metrics have increased pressure on universities to enhance their students’ employability. Formal curricula developments have been accompanied by co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings intended to enhance students’ career readiness and emerging graduate profiles. Using survey data from undergraduate and postgraduate students in an Australian and UK university (N = 352), multivariate techniques examined participation in employability-related activities and students’ perceptions of their importance for their employability. Data revealed differential participation based on student profile characteristics and the type of activity undertaken. Overall, these were valued for boosting a range of employability-related facets, including networks, learning about future career and profile attractiveness to employers. The more aligned these activities were to intended career outcomes, the more importance they were ascribed. The implications of these findings for enhancing employability-related offerings in universities are discussed.

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 February 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 March 2021
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2021 HERDSA. Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
Keywords: co-curricular, Employability, extra-curricular, work experience, work-integrated learning

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Local EPrints ID: 448681
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/448681
ISSN: 0729-4360
PURE UUID: 65bdc685-7fc3-4874-9416-11b408b75c1a
ORCID for Michael Tomlinson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1057-5188

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Date deposited: 29 Apr 2021 16:32
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 02:05

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