Science students’ conceptions of factors that will differentiate them in the graduate employment market

Jorre De St Jorre, Trina, Elliott, Joanne, Johnson, Elizabeth and Bisset, Stewart 2019, Science students’ conceptions of factors that will differentiate them in the graduate employment market, Journal of teaching and learning for graduate employability, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 27-41, doi: 10.21153/jtlge2019vol10no1art795.

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Title Science students’ conceptions of factors that will differentiate them in the graduate employment market
Author(s) Jorre De St Jorre, TrinaORCID iD for Jorre De St Jorre, Trina
Elliott, JoanneORCID iD for Elliott, Joanne
Johnson, ElizabethORCID iD for Johnson, Elizabeth
Bisset, Stewart
Journal name Journal of teaching and learning for graduate employability
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 27
End page 41
Total pages 15
Publisher Deakin University
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2019
ISSN 1838-3815
Summary To gain employment and a fulfilling career, students need to understand the skills and knowledge that are important and how to articulate and evidence their employability. Here we report on research investigating science students’ priorities related to immediate employment vs. long-term employability and the factors that students perceive as important to these. We interviewed 138 science students from four Australian universities and found that they were most focused on immediate employment. Students were keen to participate in opportunities to ‘value add’ to their degree, especially those that might help them to gain relevant work experience and professional networks. However, students’ understanding of the relative importance of experiences and skills that would enhance their employability was variable, as was their understanding of the career pathways that they might pursue. Our analysis highlights the importance of explicitly designing curriculum to help students understand the career opportunities available; the skills and abilities needed for diverse careers; and the experiences through which they might develop and evidence these. Furthermore, to engage students, we need to help them to address their greatest and most immediate concerns about gaining employment at graduation, while also setting them up for successful and fulfilling careers.
Language eng
DOI 10.21153/jtlge2019vol10no1art795
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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