Piecing together the puzzle of graduate employment : factors that shape the graduate work expectations of human resource management students

Parris, Melissa A. and Saville, Kerrie 2011, Piecing together the puzzle of graduate employment : factors that shape the graduate work expectations of human resource management students, Industry & higher education, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 15-24.

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Title Piecing together the puzzle of graduate employment : factors that shape the graduate work expectations of human resource management students
Author(s) Parris, Melissa A.
Saville, Kerrie
Journal name Industry & higher education
Volume number 25
Issue number 1
Start page 15
End page 24
Total pages 10
Publisher I P Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-02
ISSN 0950-4222
Keyword(s) human resource management
graduate work expectations
graduate outcomes
graduate recruitment
Summary Providing graduates with a set of skills and attributes relevant to their future employment remains a key topic in both higher education policy and research. This paper reports findings from a pilot study of human resource management (HRM) students' perceptions of the graduate work experience. Specifically, it focuses on how these perceptions are shaped, driven by a concern for the uncertainty - and even fear - expressed by the study's participants in relation to their future workplace experiences. The influences of three key factors in shaping participants' expectations are discussed: the graduate recruitment experience, previous work experiences and 'graduate work folklore' from the stories of family and friends. With these influences not always providing students with a realistic picture of their future work experience, we conclude that educators need to improve the opportunities for practical experience and industry knowledge through work placements, stronger links with industry and increased exposure to the practicalities of work within the curriculum.
Language eng
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034588

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