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How to Enable the Employability of University Graduates

9781803926506 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Saskia Loer Hansen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Engagement, RMIT University, Australia and Kathy Daniels, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Engagement), Aston University, UK
Publication Date: May 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80392 650 6 Extent: c 336 pp
Giving a platform to the debate about graduate employability from the student, university and employer perspectives, this innovative How To Guide explores the challenges associated with ensuring the employability of university graduates. In defining the nature of employability, the book discusses how the concept is a shared responsibility dependent on individual capabilities, the labour market and social capital.

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Students invest significant resources in coming to university and universities play a crucial role in enabling their students to benefit from this investment and to be employable once they have finished their degree. Giving a platform to the debate about graduate employability from the student, university and employer perspectives, this innovative How To Guide explores the challenges associated with ensuring the employability of university graduates. In defining the nature of employability, the book discusses how the concept is a shared responsibility dependent on individual capabilities, the labour market and social capital.

Considering what employers want from graduates, this book looks at how universities can provide strong graduate outcomes and inclusive career opportunities irrespective of student background. The book illustrates ways to embed employability across the curriculum, suggesting innovative approaches to careers guidance and specific employability initiatives, while upholding the benefits of entrepreneurial activities and widening participation opportunities. With insights from around the world, the book concludes by thinking about the institutional response to the challenges faced by the employability agenda, reflecting on how research has developed over the past 20 years.

Interdisciplinary and comparative in scope, this book of international case studies of employability approaches across a wide range of educational institutions will prove an engaging resource for students and scholars of business, education management, and teaching methods. Its exploration of regulatory environments will also prove useful for policymakers working in education.
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‘How to Enable the Employability of University Graduates is a valuable and much-needed addition to the complex conversation around graduate employability. With its emphasis on shared responsibility and a genuine vision for improving graduate outcomes for non-traditional students, this book will appeal to practitioners, policy makers and students alike.'
– Caroline Rueckert, Griffith University, Australia

‘The book provides valuable insights into developing student employability, paying due consideration to unlocking the potential of under-represented student groups. It recognises the need for future students to create work, exploring entrepreneurism’s fit with employability. The book should be an interesting read for researchers and practitioners in higher education, given the importance of graduate employability in the sector.’
– Denise Jackson, Edith Cowan University, Australia
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Contributors include: Efimia Anastasiou, Ida Andersson-Norrie, Emily Beaumont, Dawn Bennett, Brett Berquist, Anna Chudy, Elaine Clarke, Linda Cowan, Kathy Daniels, Valerie Derbyshire, John Day, Shane Dillon, Emily Dixon, Martin Edmondson, Omolabake Fakunle, Sonia Ferns, James Forde, Kate Foster, Caroline Fox, Laurice Fretwell, Patrick Glauner, Paul Gratrick, Charles Hancock, Saskia Loer Hansen, Caroline Harvey, Helen Higson, Kaye Howells, Emily Huns, Melpo Iacovidou, Sue Jennings, Parminder Johal, Thea Jones, Madelaine-Marie Judd, Judie Kay, Carolyn Keenan, Alison Lawson, Dawn Lees, Colombine Madelaine, Rebekah Marangon, Pamela McGee, Fiona McGonigle, Sarah Montano, Emma Moore, Siobhan Neary, Louise Nicol, Gillian O’Brien, Ramon O'Callaghan, Catherine O’Connor, Heather Pasero, Bice Della Piana, Tracy Powell, Ross Renton, Anna Richards, Darren Siggers, Ruth Smith, Lecturer, Susan Smith, Renáta Tomášková, Jacklyn Tubb, Matthew Vince, Fiona Walsh, Iwan Williams, Dino Willox, Victoria Wilson-Crane, Lizzy Woodfield, Yuchen Xiao
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