The graduate attributes we've overlooked : enhancing graduate employability through career management skills

Bridgstock, Ruth S. (2009) The graduate attributes we've overlooked : enhancing graduate employability through career management skills. Higher Education Research and Development, 28(1), pp. 31-44.

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Recent shifts in education and labour market policy have resulted in universities being placed under increasing pressure to produce employable graduates. However, contention exists regarding exactly what constitutes employability and which graduate attributes are required to foster employability in tertiary students. This paper argues that in the context of a rapidly changing information- and knowledge-intensive economy, employability involves far more than possession of the generic skills listed by graduate employers as attractive. Rather, for optimal economic and social outcomes, graduates must be able to proactively navigate the world of work and self-manage the career building process. A model of desirable graduate attributes that acknowledges the importance of self-management and career building skills to lifelong career management and enhanced employability is presented. Some important considerations for the implementation of effective university career management programs are then outlined.

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ID Code: 31100
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: career management, employability, higher education, graduate attributes, university graduates, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/07294360802444347
ISSN: 0729-4360
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Deposited On: 02 Mar 2010 23:14
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:05

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