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Realizing the Latent Potential in the Part-time Student Workforce

Evans, C. and Richardson, Mark (2016) Realizing the Latent Potential in the Part-time Student Workforce. Industry & Higher Education, 30 (4). pp. 253-256. ISSN 0950-4222 Online: 2043-6858

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to challenge employers to make the best use of the latent potential of their part-time student workforce and to retain this talent postgraduation. The authors report research which shows that increasing numbers of university students are working part-time alongside their degree studies, while at the same time businesses are becoming more explicit about their requirements for graduate entrants, specifying a range of traits, behaviours and soft skills. The authors argue that this developing scenario affords an opportunity for university students working part-time to develop skills and business-related knowledge that are desirable to their respective employers in the longer term. However, the desire to nurture and retain those individuals on graduation appears to be lacking. This article concludes by challenging both employers and students to embrace a longer term perspective for their mutual benefit.

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The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Industry and Higher Education, 30(4), August 2016 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved.

Uncontrolled Keywords: part-time student workforce, talent postgraduate, work alongside study, explicit businesses requirements, skills development, business-related knowledge.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Fiona Sutton
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 08:10
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2017 11:59
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5139

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