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Enhancing the Employability of Humanities Postgraduates: a Students as Academic Partners Project Report

Andrews, Maggie and Crutchley, Jody and Jones, Laura and King, Elspeth and Miller, Rosemarie (2015) Enhancing the Employability of Humanities Postgraduates: a Students as Academic Partners Project Report. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (10). ISSN 2024-8032

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Abstract

In an increasingly competitive employment market, postgraduates need to demonstrate more than the ‘skills, knowledge, attitudes and experiences that are closely associated with the research process’ (Golovushkina & Milligan, 2013: 199). Yet results indicate that Worcester postgraduate students remain unaware of the full range of opportunities that exist alongside postgraduate study, and how this affects their subsequent employability. This research, undertaken with humanities post-graduate students at University of Worcester, aims to contribute to discussions about how to enhance the employability of humanities postgraduates through extra-curricular activities. The project was implemented as a Students -As-Partners-in-Learning-Project, using action research; the issue was identified, base-line data collected and this resulted in the creation of a postgraduate blog incorporating suggestions of possible opportunitie s and links to relevant websites for further information. Informed by this research, the student partners then took active roles in the organization of the Women’s History Network National Conference, ‘Home Fronts: Gender, War and Conflict’, hosted at the University of Worcester in September 2014, to broaden their existing skills base and then to connect this involvement to their professional development through a group CV review. The participants’ own experiences of wider engagement can therefore illuminat e new ways for understanding employability in relation to humanities postgraduate students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: postgraduates, employment market, extra-curricular activities, employability, humanities, postgraduate students, employability, career planning, action research, learning, teaching, Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
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Depositing User: Karol Kosinski
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2016 09:08
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2017 11:29
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5057

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