Unknowing and unprepared? Undergraduate expected labour market outcomes and career management strategies.

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Author(s)Scurry T, Blenkinsopp J
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Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameSociety for Research in Higher Education
Conference LocationCeltic Manor, Newport, Wales, UK
Year of Conference2011
Legacy Date7-9 December 2011
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There is growing emphasis on a skills agenda within Higher Education (HE), linked to notions of graduate employability. Yet there is a question over the readiness of undergraduates to engage in career planning and decision making. Career self-management is an important yet neglected aspect of the employability debate. Whilst much focus has been on skills development, greater understanding is needed of the career self management undertaken by undergraduates. Drawing on qualitative data, gathered from twouniversities, this research examines how undergraduates understand graduate employment outcomes, and explores the extent to which this group are engaging in appropriate career management strategies and behaviours. We argue that there is limited receptivity and engagement in both reflective and behavioural components of career management. Contributing to debates on education to employment transitions and ‘outduction’, we highlight the need to emphasise the importance of these behaviours and consider the implications for a range of stakeholders