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Employability in the first degree: The role of work placements on students' perceptions of graduate employability

Mahmood, Lynsey, Slabu, Letitia, Randsley de Moura, Georgina, Hopthrow, Tim (2014) Employability in the first degree: The role of work placements on students' perceptions of graduate employability. Psychology Teaching Review, 20 (2). pp. 126-136. ISSN 0965-948X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Employers often claim that graduates are not ready for the world of work as they lack employability skills (Archer & Davison, 2008). One policy response to this claim has been to encourage students to undertake a work placement to enhance success in the competitive job market (The Dearing Report, 1997). The present research investigated whether psychology students, who were enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme that included a one-year work placement, understood the advantages and disadvantages of work placements and how they perceived its impact on employability. We present questionnaire data from 49 undergraduates at different stages of their degree programme – pre- and post-placement. Generally, students perceived the employability benefits of the work-placement. However, there were differences in how these were articulated by pre- and post-placement students, with post-placement students able to use more concrete terms. This suggests that there is some development throughout the applied degree, but emphasis needs to be placed on training students how to demonstrate the skills they have developed through the work placement to potential employers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Tim Hopthrow
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 10:17 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47035 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Mahmood, Lynsey: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8433-1637
Hopthrow, Tim: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2331-7150
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