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Australian postgraduate student experiences and anticipated employability: a national study from the students’ perspective

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Cook, EJ, Crane, L, Kinash, S, Bannatyne, A, Crawford, J ORCID: 0000-0002-2191-6216, Hamlin, G, Judd, M-M, Kelder, J-A ORCID: 0000-0002-8618-0537, Partridge, H and Richardson, S 2021 , 'Australian postgraduate student experiences and anticipated employability: a national study from the students’ perspective' , The Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, vol. 12, no. 2 , pp. 148-168 , doi: 10.21153/jtlge2021vol12no2art1030.

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Abstract

Postgraduate students are navigating a rapidly evolving landscape for their future careers. In thiscontext, higher education providers are responsible for supporting and monitoring postgraduate(masters and doctoral) students’ development for both education and employability contexts.This empirical research provides a rich analysis of feedback breakfasts, focus groups andinterviews with 319 postgraduate student participants from 26 universities. Emergent themeshighlight widespread lack of confidence in university-mediated student experiences, particularlyin the context of employability, and pessimism regarding career outcomes. Students expressed aview that higher education providers need to direct further attention and relevant supportstoward postgraduate education. Future career despondency was particularly prevalent amongstudents with academic aspirations. The findings are discussed using the theoretical framework ofeudemonia and flourishing as an approach to revitalising and improving both the process andoutcomes of postgraduate education. The paper concludes with practical recommendations foruniversities to improve the postgraduate student experience in the context of employability.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cook, EJ and Crane, L and Kinash, S and Bannatyne, A and Crawford, J and Hamlin, G and Judd, M-M and Kelder, J-A and Partridge, H and Richardson, S
Keywords: graduate employability, employability, student experience, student wellbeing, higher education, graduate outcomes
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability
Publisher: Deakin University
ISSN: 1838-3815
DOI / ID Number: 10.21153/jtlge2021vol12no2art1030
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Copyright 2021 The Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/)

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