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Evaluating the impact of placements on employability

Brooks, Ruth (2012) Evaluating the impact of placements on employability. In: Employability, Enterprise and Citizenship in Higher Education Conference 2012, 27 March 2012, Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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      Abstract

      The graduate employment market is competitive; graduate jobs are available, but with an
      increasing student population nearly 1 in 5 recent graduates remain unemployed. Sandwich
      placements provide students with an integrated, structured period of work experience that
      produces recognised benefits in terms of academic achievement and employability. This
      paper evaluates the impact of sandwich placements on employability amongst undergraduate
      management students from 2009 onwards; analysing destinations data for levels of
      employment before qualitatively evaluating student experiences in gaining graduate
      employment. Differences in employment patterns between placement and non placement
      students are identified; placement students exhibit more focused career strategies, confidence
      in applying for graduate schemes and an ability to articulate their skills and experience in
      relation to the requirements of an employer. Completing a sandwich placement continues to
      be a beneficial experience for undergraduate students, contributing towards their
      employability and a successful first step on the career ladder.

      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
      Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
      Schools: The Business School
      The Business School > Business Education Research Group
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      Depositing User: Ruth Brooks
      Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2012 16:07
      Last Modified: 25 Mar 2014 12:42
      URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/13202

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