From certificate chasing to genuine engagement : the contribution of curriculum design to students' career intent in a subfield

Gardiner, Claire M. (2015) From certificate chasing to genuine engagement : the contribution of curriculum design to students' career intent in a subfield. Australian Journal of Career Development, 24(1), pp. 53-63.

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Many students enter business degrees without a defined career goal beyond working in the business world and adopt a scattergun approach to employability by accumulating certifications accessed through individual subjects. Yet, space and time limitations commonly prevent extended exposure to rewarding and interesting career subfields within main specialisations. This case study draws on student feedback collected over three years exploring students’ career interest following an elective human resource development subject in the final stage of a human resources major. Project-based curriculum provided students with scaffolded learning while undertaking key multiphase human resource development tasks. Subsequently, students reported human resource development career interest and intent, attributed to more realistic appreciation of human resource development’s activities, scope, and values. The paper makes an important contribution illustrating how curriculum design can transform instrumentalism into logically, emotionally, and intuitively based career engagement. Further, human resource development is a study and career area little mentioned in higher education or careers literature.

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ID Code: 82354
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Career Engagement, Business Student Career Decision Making, Undergraduate career engagement, Curriculum and Career, Project-based Learning, HERN
DOI: 10.1177/1038416214564886
ISSN: 1038-4162
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2015 05:32
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2015 00:12

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