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Perspectives on: Employability Is it Time to Move the Employability Debate on?

Cashian, P., Clarke, J. and Richardson, Mark (2015) Perspectives on: Employability Is it Time to Move the Employability Debate on? Chartered Association of Business Schools: Publications. pp. 1-9.

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The employability of our graduates has been a concern across the sector, and a subject of much debate, for a number of years. The increasing focus in more recent years can be seen as a management response to the growth in importance of the ‘Destination of Leavers of Higher Education’ (DLHE) process and its impact on league table rankings. However there is also a genuine concern amongst colleagues to do the best for their students and help them make a successful transition into the graduate labour market. The Chartered Association of Business Schools recently published a report “21st Century Leaders: building practice into the curriculum to boost employability” which shows that, if anything, employability issues are growing in prominence within businesses and business schools. The report also reveals that significant resources are being dedicated by business schools into supporting a range of initiatives, projects and research into boosting graduate employability.
The main purpose of this thought piece is to provoke a debate, and hopefully a sharing of practice, about employability amongst the Chartered ABS membership. The thought piece is not meant as a comprehensive review of the literature but highlights the main themes which have underpinned the employability debate over the last 15 to 20 years and suggests that a degree of consensus now exists within each of the themes. The central argument though is that the continuing work, and debate around these themes, has become sterile and repetitive. The thought piece therefore considers how work around employability can be moved on to a more productive stage. A number of areas are also suggested as being in urgent need of consideration by researchers, practitioners and institutional policy makers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: business schools, employability, graduate schools
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 20 May 2016 09:52
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:11

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