Graduate employability as a professional proto-jurisdiction in higher education

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Healy, Michael, Brown, Jason L. and Ho, Candy. 2022. "Graduate employability as a professional proto-jurisdiction in higher education." Higher Education. 83 (5), pp. 1125-1142. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-021-00733-4
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Graduate employability as a professional proto-jurisdiction in higher education

ERA Journal ID20349
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHealy, Michael (Author), Brown, Jason L. (Author) and Ho, Candy (Author)
Journal TitleHigher Education
Journal Citation83 (5), pp. 1125-1142
Number of Pages18
Year2022
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISSN0018-1560
1573-174X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-021-00733-4
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10734-021-00733-4
Abstract

Much research into how universities seek to support their students’ graduate employability has focused on academic strategies such as graduate attributes and work-integrated learning, or the employability benefits of part-time work, volunteering, and extracurricular activities. However, the work of the professional staff who support these strategies is seldom addressed. In this article, we report findings from our documentary analysis of 376 Australian university job advertisements for professional roles directly responsible for graduate employability programs and services. We characterise employability as a proto-jurisdiction: an ecology of distinct forms of professional expertise and responsibility with ambiguous, elastic, and porous boundaries. We argue that despite the importance of graduate employability to institutions’ strategic and students’ individual goals, it is as yet an inchoate field of professional practice, consisting of a diverse range of work tasks, functions, and projects. We discuss implications in relation to quality, coherence, and the strategic resourcing of employability support in higher education.

Keywordsgraduate employability; career development; higher education professionals; higher education student affairs
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390499. Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
390404. Educational counselling
390303. Higher education
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Education
La Trobe University
University of the Fraser Valley, Canada
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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