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An investigation into students’ engagement with employability support

An investigation into students’ engagement with employability support

Reilly, Dawn ORCID: 0000-0003-2317-4700 and Brickman, Karen ORCID: 0000-0002-0818-7485 (2023) An investigation into students’ engagement with employability support. In: 2023 SRHE International Research Conference: Higher Education Research, Practice, and Policy: Connections & Complexities, 6th -8th December 2023, Aston University, Birmingham. (Unpublished)

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Incorporating graduate outcomes into external league tables has made employability an indicator of teaching quality. There is also the view that maximising the employability of our students is the morally right thing to do (Kofler, 2021). Consequently, universities implement various initiatives to enhance students’ employability. However, it has been observed that some students are reluctant to utilise the employability support services provided by their institutions (Bradley et al, 2021). To explore this issue, our project examines the engagement of students with employability support, drawing on Simon's theory of bounded rationality (1964). We have used an online survey to collect data from second-year students in the School of Accounting, Finance, and Economics at a modern UK university. Additionally, we have conducted student focus groups to gain further insights. Our poster will present an initial analysis of the survey responses alongside the findings obtained from the focus groups.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: bounded rationality; employability; placement; rational choice; widening participation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2024 10:43

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