Transition of graduates from backpack-to-briefcase: a case study

McIlveen, Peter ORCID: and Pensiero, Dominic ORCID: (2008) Transition of graduates from backpack-to-briefcase: a case study. Education and Training, 50 (6). pp. 489-499. ISSN 0040-0912

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to overview the Backpack-to-Briefcase project which established a set of prototype career development learning strategies for Australian university career services, with the aim of contributing to their services for supporting students and graduates to make a smoother transition into graduate employment and the world-of-work.
Design/methodology/approach – A case study analysis of the development and implementation of three career development learning interventions is described. These interventions include: employability skills workshops for students; career mentoring for students; and services to small and medium sized employers to support their recruitment and induction of new graduates into their worksites.
Findings – The prototype interventions developed in the project extended the work of the university's Career Service. The interventions were judged as having the capacity to be readily implemented by university career services. A key outcome was the success of the graduate-induction initiative which engaged small and medium sized employers traditionally unfamiliar with or unable to enter the graduate recruitment market.
Originality/value – This case study highlights the value of university career services' contributions to undergraduate preparation for the world-of-work, particularly in regional areas. Furthermore, the case study highlights the importance of inter-departmental cooperation within the university environment, and the value of university-industry collaboration toward the goal of improving graduates' transitions into the workforce, particularly in rural and regional areas.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author verison deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher (Emerald).
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2008 09:18
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 02:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; career development; career guidance; graduates; higher education; learning
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5299 Other psychology > 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390308 Technical, further and workplace education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
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