Graduate Employability in Context

Theory, Research and Debate

  • Michael Tomlinson
  • Leonard Holmes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Andrew Rothwell, Frances Rothwell
    Pages 41-63
  3. Ciaran Burke, Tracy Scurry, John Blenkinsopp, Katy Graley
    Pages 87-107
  4. William Donald, Yehuda Baruch, Melanie Ashleigh
    Pages 129-150
  5. Phil McCash
    Pages 151-170
  6. Geoffrey Hinchliffe, Helen Walkington
    Pages 213-235
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 371-377

About this book


This book explores the highly significant and contested area of graduate employability and employment which is paid so much attention by those in the media and policy-makers. This is driven largely by concerns over the wider economic impact and value of graduates as increasing numbers complete their studies in higher education. At a time when graduates are seen as key to economic success, the critical question remains as to how their employability plays out in a changing labour market. This book brings together innovative approaches and research to present an extensive survey of the field. It provides insight on what is a complex and often elusive social and economic problem, ranging from how graduate employability is constructed as an economic and policy agenda to explorations of how graduates manage the transition from higher education to paid employment and finally to suggest future directions for curricula, policy and research. 


Employment Higher Education Graduate skills Career development Social theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Tomlinson
    • 1
  • Leonard Holmes
    • 2
  1. 1.Southampton Education SchoolUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Susanna Wesley Foundation, Southlands CollegeUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-57167-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-57168-7
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