Using part-time working to support graduate employment: Needs and perceptions of employers

Evans, Carl, Maxfield, Tim and Gbadamosi, Gbolahan (2015) Using part-time working to support graduate employment: Needs and perceptions of employers. Industry and Higher Education, 29 (4). pp. 305-314. ISSN 09504222

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This work explores the value attached to work experience of graduates and particularly the value of part-time working whilst studying for a degree, from an employers’ perspective. A documentary analysis of graduate recruiters was conducted to assess the extent to which work experience was specified for graduate employment programmes and then further interviews carried out with a sample of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to explore how part-time working of graduates is perceived by employers. Work is deemed to be important to employers, not only as a differentiator, but as a measure of how graduates will perform in-post. However, employers generally signalled the value of work experience, indicating graduates do not make best use of it in job applications. The findings will inform and challenge universities and educators of the contribution and importance of students’ part-time working in respect of supporting graduate employment prospects and also contribute to the employability agenda within the HE curriculum.

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Keywords: Employability, graduate careers, employers, part-time working
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