Employability and Conversion Factors
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In this chapter, we consider final year students’ perspectives, but also those of staff, on employability, looking at their readiness for work based on students’ formal and informal university experiences and the factors that may affect their graduate outcomes. From this we identify intersecting conversion factors affecting graduate employability: personal and social university. In this chapter, we focus on personal background conversion factors and university conversion factors which shape converting resources into capabilities – although extra-university conversion factors do arise in what students say and both the personal and the university are structurally influenced. We start by presenting understandings of graduate employability, highlighting some of the key graduate attributes considered important.
KeywordsSocial Capital Black Student Employment Equity Graduate Employability Black Economic Empowerment
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