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The university-to-work transition: responses of universities and organizations to the COVID-19 pandemic

The university-to-work transition: responses of universities and organizations to the COVID-19 pandemic
The university-to-work transition: responses of universities and organizations to the COVID-19 pandemic

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to understand how universities and organizations have responded to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of preparing university students and recent graduates to enter the global labor market, using the accounting, banking and finance sector as a case study. The two research questions are (1) How can university career services and organizations work individually and collaboratively to best develop early career talent following the COVID-19 pandemic? (2) What are the challenges that university career services and organizations face when working individually or collaboratively to develop early career talent following the COVID-19 pandemic? Design/methodology/approach: The data for thematic analysis comes from 36 semi-structured interviews with career advisors (CAs) (n = 19) and graduate recruiters (GRs) (n = 17). Findings: This study offers some of the first findings on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to ensure that organizational behavior and career theory literature reflect the dramatically changing landscape in the university-to-work transition. Originality/value: Theoretically, our contribution comes from applying a framework of the career construction theory (CTT) within the context of a career ecosystem to understand the views of the intermediary, meso-level actors, which, to date, have lacked representation within career literature. Practically, we provide an insightful bridge between universities and organizations, offering opportunities for greater collaboration, and enhanced outcomes for all stakeholders.

Career construction theory, Career ecosystem theory, Graduate careers
0048-3486
Donald, William E.
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Ashleigh, Melanie J.
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Baruch, Yehuda
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Donald, William E.
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Ashleigh, Melanie J.
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Baruch, Yehuda
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Donald, William E., Ashleigh, Melanie J. and Baruch, Yehuda (2021) The university-to-work transition: responses of universities and organizations to the COVID-19 pandemic. Personnel Review, ahead-of-print (ahead-of-print). (doi:10.1108/PR-03-2021-0170).

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to understand how universities and organizations have responded to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of preparing university students and recent graduates to enter the global labor market, using the accounting, banking and finance sector as a case study. The two research questions are (1) How can university career services and organizations work individually and collaboratively to best develop early career talent following the COVID-19 pandemic? (2) What are the challenges that university career services and organizations face when working individually or collaboratively to develop early career talent following the COVID-19 pandemic? Design/methodology/approach: The data for thematic analysis comes from 36 semi-structured interviews with career advisors (CAs) (n = 19) and graduate recruiters (GRs) (n = 17). Findings: This study offers some of the first findings on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to ensure that organizational behavior and career theory literature reflect the dramatically changing landscape in the university-to-work transition. Originality/value: Theoretically, our contribution comes from applying a framework of the career construction theory (CTT) within the context of a career ecosystem to understand the views of the intermediary, meso-level actors, which, to date, have lacked representation within career literature. Practically, we provide an insightful bridge between universities and organizations, offering opportunities for greater collaboration, and enhanced outcomes for all stakeholders.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 August 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 3 September 2021
Keywords: Career construction theory, Career ecosystem theory, Graduate careers

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Local EPrints ID: 453699
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/453699
ISSN: 0048-3486
PURE UUID: a3aa4aa7-ed53-48f1-a8c8-f3bfc7e3cf25
ORCID for Melanie J. Ashleigh: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0583-0922
ORCID for Yehuda Baruch: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0678-6273

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Date deposited: 20 Jan 2022 17:47
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 02:09

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Author: William E. Donald
Author: Yehuda Baruch ORCID iD

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