Working class students and the career decision-making process: a qualitative study

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Author: Greenbank, Paul; Hepworth, Sue

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Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU)


The evidence suggests that working class students are disadvantaged in the graduate labour market because they lack the economic, social and cultural capital possessed by their middle class peers. This research investigated how this influences the way they approach career decision-making and whether it contributes to their disadvantage in the graduate labour market. The study examined how working class undergraduates in their final year of study at Edge Hill University make decisions about their careers. In particular, the study focused on the rationale behind the approach they adopted....  [+] Show more

Subjects: Disadvantaged; Labour market; Students; Career development; Research

Keywords: Low income group; Graduates; Career choice; Decision making; Interview; Questionnaire; Qualitative research

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: London, England: HECSU, 2008

Physical description: 103 p.

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Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 107.849

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