Competing perspectives on graduate employability: possession, position or process?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/264432
Title:
Competing perspectives on graduate employability: possession, position or process?
Authors:
Holmes, Leonard
Abstract:
Employability has become, and is likely to continue to be, a major issue for a variety of stakeholders in higher education. The article examines three competing perspectives on employability, termed here as the ‘possessive’, ‘positioning’ and ‘processual’ approaches. The first of these, based on notions of skills and attributes, dominates the policy and practice discourse but, it is argued, is deeply flawed in theoretical terms. The second perspective, based on social positioning theory, is shown to be more in accord with the evidence of employment outcomes, but tends, arguably, to lead to a ‘counsel of despair’. The processual perspective is then presented, particularly focusing on the concept of graduate identity. The article argues that this is theoretically robust, is supported by empirical evidence, and provides a sound basis for curriculum and other forms of intervention to enhance graduate employability.
Citation:
Competing perspectives on graduate employability: possession, position or process? 2011:1 Studies in Higher Education
Journal:
Studies in Higher Education
Issue Date:
8-Jan-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/264432
DOI:
10.1080/03075079.2011.587140
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03075079.2011.587140
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0307-5079; 1470-174X
Appears in Collections:
Roehampton Business School Collection

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dc.contributor.authorHolmes, Leonarden_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-08T09:06:56Z-
dc.date.available2013-01-08T09:06:56Z-
dc.date.issued2013-01-08-
dc.identifier.citationCompeting perspectives on graduate employability: possession, position or process? 2011:1 Studies in Higher Educationen_GB
dc.identifier.issn0307-5079-
dc.identifier.issn1470-174X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/03075079.2011.587140-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/264432-
dc.description.abstractEmployability has become, and is likely to continue to be, a major issue for a variety of stakeholders in higher education. The article examines three competing perspectives on employability, termed here as the ‘possessive’, ‘positioning’ and ‘processual’ approaches. The first of these, based on notions of skills and attributes, dominates the policy and practice discourse but, it is argued, is deeply flawed in theoretical terms. The second perspective, based on social positioning theory, is shown to be more in accord with the evidence of employment outcomes, but tends, arguably, to lead to a ‘counsel of despair’. The processual perspective is then presented, particularly focusing on the concept of graduate identity. The article argues that this is theoretically robust, is supported by empirical evidence, and provides a sound basis for curriculum and other forms of intervention to enhance graduate employability.en_GB
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dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03075079.2011.587140en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Studies in Higher Educationen_GB
dc.subjectgraduate employabilityen_GB
dc.subjectidentityen_GB
dc.subjectuniversity-industry transitionen_GB
dc.subjectskillsen_GB
dc.titleCompeting perspectives on graduate employability: possession, position or process?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalStudies in Higher Educationen_GB
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