Re-conceptualising graduate employability: the importance of pre-professional identity

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Author: Jackson, Denise


Despite efforts to broaden the concept of graduate employability, there remains an overarching focus on developing industry-relevant employability skills. The skills-based approach is, however, too narrow and does not fully capture the complexity of graduate work-readiness. This paper argues for the redefining of graduate employability by embracing pre-professional identity (PPI) formation. PPI relates to an understanding of and connection with the skills, qualities, conduct, culture and ideology of a student's intended profession. The 'communities of practice' model is drawn upon to...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Employment; Communities of practice; Workforce development; Providers of education and training

Keywords: Graduates; Employability; Professional development; Institutional role; University

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2016

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Journal volume: 35

Journal number: 5

Journal date: October 2016

Pages: pp. 925-939

ISSN: 0729-4360, 1469-8366 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 125.393

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