The role of the undergraduate work placement in developing employment competences: results from a 5 year survey of employers

Matthew Hall, Helen Higson, Nicola Bullivant

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Abstract

School examine the role of the work placement in developing ‘soft’ competences among management undergraduates. They draw upon a five-year survey in which students and their employers are asked about the personal development and performance of the students during their placement year.
The authors’ findings provide confirmation of the value of the placement year, particularly as an opportunity for building self confidence, and for developing the inter-personal competences necessary to integrate effectively in a collaborative environment. In contrast, competences necessary for the effective performance of individual roles, and in particular competences relating to leading, persuading and influencing others, are less highly rated.
Whilst not wholly conclusive, these findings provide some important pointers to the need for further research into the complementary roles played by university-based and work-based learning in developing the competences needed to enhance graduate employability.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGraduate Market Trends
Volume2010
Issue numberOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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