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The Role of Work Experience in the Future Employability of Higher Education Graduates

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Helyer, R and Lee, D. (2014) The Role of Work Experience in the Future Employability of Higher Education Graduates . Higher Education Quarterly, 68 (3). pp. 348-372.

Abstract

This paper examines the context in which work experience has come to the fore as an approach to enhancing employability by interrogating recent research and policy related to this agenda. Employability is presented as an ongoing debate that cannot be viewed as a finite entity but must move and develop with the market, society and the global situation. In addition it closely examines a graduate internship programme in a university in North East England. Comparing and contrasting findings from this scheme, with other examples of experiential learning through work experience, provides some evidence to suggest the value of internships and furthermore supports some formative ideas about how internships might be developed to best serve those taking part in them: interns, employers and universities.
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Authors:
Helyer, R and Lee, D
Publication title:
Higher Education Quarterly
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Reference number:
HEER000492
Summary deposited on:
11 Aug 2014
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