There is increasing research interest into the nature of competences required to secure a graduate job. This paper examines the role of the undergraduate work placement in developing such employment competences. In order to do this we draw upon a framework of generic competences developed in a previous project by one of the authors, together with data on how these competences are valued by graduates and employers. We also draw upon a survey of employers and students who have participated in an Aston Business School work placement. The work placement year is an integral feature of Aston’s undergraduate business programme and gives up to 600 students a year the experience of working with well known companies. For the past five years we have conducted a survey of these companies to assess their experience of employing our undergraduates on work placements and to examine the skills and competencies developed by students in the learning process. In this paper we compare data from both pieces of research to examine how competences developed during the undergraduate work placement contribute to the enhancement of graduate employment.
|Title of host publication||DECOWE International Conference|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||DECOWE International Conference - Ljubljana, Slovenia|
Duration: 24 Sept 2009 → 26 Sept 2009
|Conference||DECOWE International Conference|
|Period||24/09/09 → 26/09/09|