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Australian postgraduate student experiences and anticipated employability: A national study from the students' perspective

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posted on 2024-06-05, 07:58 authored by EJ Cook, L Crane, S Kinash, A Bannatyne, J Crawford, G Hamlin, MM Judd, JA Kelder, Helen PartridgeHelen Partridge, S Richardson
Postgraduate students are navigating a rapidly evolving landscape for their future careers. In this context, higher education providers are responsible for supporting and monitoring postgraduate (masters and doctoral) students’ development for both education and employability contexts. This empirical research provides a rich analysis of feedback breakfasts, focus groups and interviews with 319 postgraduate student participants from 26 universities. Emergent themes highlight widespread lack of confidence in university-mediated student experiences, particularly in the context of employability, and pessimism regarding career outcomes. Students expressed a view that higher education providers need to direct further attention and relevant supports toward postgraduate education. Future career despondency was particularly prevalent among students with academic aspirations. The findings are discussed using the theoretical framework of eudemonia and flourishing as an approach to revitalising and improving both the process and outcomes of postgraduate education. The paper concludes with practical recommendations for universities to improve the postgraduate student experience in the context of employability.

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Journal

Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability

Volume

12

Pagination

148-168

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

Open access

  • Yes

eISSN

1838-3815

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

Deakin University

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