An unjust balance: a systematic review of the employability perceptions of UK undergraduates from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds


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Author: McCafferty, Hazel


A systematic review of qualitative primary data (2010-2021) was undertaken to understand how inequality is experienced by undergraduate students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds transitioning to the UK labour market. A ten-step protocol for qualitative synthesis was adapted to guide the study, whilst the [Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses] PRISMA flow diagram was used to report the search. Data was extracted from 14 papers with thematic synthesis used to analyse the results inductively. This review illustrates multiple barriers faced by...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Students; Disadvantaged; Labour market; Employment; Career development

Keywords: Systematic review; Employability; Perception; Socioeconomic background; Internship; Financial aspects; Transition from education and training to employment; Barrier; Recommendations

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2022

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Journal volume: 27

Journal number: 4

Journal date: December 2022

Pages: pp. 570-593

ISSN: 1359-6748, 1747-5112 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 151.859

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