University students and their working pathways

Smith, Erica & Patton, Wendy A. (2013) University students and their working pathways. In Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in Education of Adults - Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning (SCUTRA-CLL) joint Biennial Conference , 25-27 June 2013, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. (Unpublished)


This paper examines the working pathways of young full-time university students in Australia. It draws on some of the data from a three year research project funded by the Australian Research Council. The project was called ‘Changing the way that Australian enter the workforce: Part-time working careers of young full-time school and tertiary students’. The project had three industry partners: Service Skills Australia (the Industry Skills Council for the service industries), McDonalds Australia (a fast food company) and The Reject Shop (a discount chain). Much of the research took place inside companies, in schools and with national stakeholders (eg Smith & Patton, 2011; Smith & Patton, 2013), but this paper reports on the research that took place with students in universities. In the project we were keen to explore the notion of part-time working while studying as a medium-term career, especially in the context of the need for career flexibility and adaptability (Poehnell & Amundson, 2002).

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ID Code: 66902
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Authors
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2014 23:08
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2014 22:46

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