Discrepant stakeholder perspectives on graduate employability strategies

Kinash, Shelley and Crane, Linda and Judd, Madelaine-Marie and Knight, Cecily (2016) Discrepant stakeholder perspectives on graduate employability strategies. Higher Education Research and Development, 35 (5). pp. 951-967. ISSN 0729-4360


A literature review identified 12 strategies that have been empirically linked to improvements in graduate employability. A survey methodology was used to investigate self-reported use and/or perspectives on these strategies among four stakeholder groups. The following questions were asked: to students – What strategies are you using to improve your graduate employability; to graduates – What strategies did you use to improve your employability?; to higher education career development professionals and educators – Which of the following employability strategies do you provide for students?; and to employers – Which of the following strategies undertaken by students does your organisation value when recruiting graduates? Across the four stakeholder groups, 705 responses were received and analysed. The key findings were discrepancies between the strategies reported in the literature and those indicated in the surveys, as well as discrepancies between stakeholder groups in regard to which strategies were indicated.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 02:57
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2021 05:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: discrepancies, employers, graduate employability, graduates, higher education, stakeholders, strategies, students
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1139555
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32976

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