Engagement with Asia via the new Colombo plan: impact on Australian students’ career directions and employability

Tran, Ly Thi, Stafford, Glen, Vu, Thao Thi Phuong and Rahimi, Mark 2019, Engagement with Asia via the new Colombo plan: impact on Australian students’ career directions and employability. In Bui, H. T. M., Nguyen, H. T. M. and Cole, D. (ed), , Routledge, London, Eng., pp.95-108, doi: 10.4324/9780429058899-9.

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Title Engagement with Asia via the new Colombo plan: impact on Australian students’ career directions and employability
Author(s) Tran, Ly ThiORCID iD for Tran, Ly Thi orcid.org/0000-0001-6543-6559
Stafford, Glen
Vu, Thao Thi Phuong
Rahimi, MarkORCID iD for Rahimi, Mark orcid.org/0000-0002-9278-3537
Editor(s) Bui, H. T. M.
Nguyen, H. T. M.
Cole, D.
Publication date 2019
Chapter number 9
Total chapters 14
Start page 95
End page 108
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication London, Eng.
Keyword(s) New Colombo Plan
study abroad
career direction
Summary The growing popularity of Asia as a destination for study abroad for Australian students has been largely attributed to the introduction of the New Colombo Plan (NCP) in 2014. Despite the NCP being positioned as a ‘Rite of Passage’ between higher education and employment for Australian’s young generations, to date little is known about how it impacts students’ career aspirations and employability. This paper is a response to this critical gap by examining the potential impact and benefit of undertaking study or internships in Asia on students’ career aspirations and employability from the perspectives of NCP students themselves. It is derived from a study that includes 52 interviews with academics, mobility officers and NCP students undertaking short-term mobility and internships in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Nepal and India. The findings show initial evidence of how mobility and interaction with Asia via the NCP experience enables Australian students to enhance, modify and transform their career habitus. The paper concludes with recommendations for developing effective strategies for translating study abroad into enhancing students’ employability and real career outcomes.
ISBN 0367179865
Language eng
DOI 10.4324/9780429058899-9
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 160506 Education Policy
130103 Higher Education
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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