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


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, Australian postgraduate student experiences and anticipated employability: a national study from the students' perspective, The Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, 12, (2) pp. 148-168. ISSN 1838-3815 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.21153/jtlge2021vol12no2art1030


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

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:graduate employability, employability, student experience, student wellbeing, higher education, graduate outcomes
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Crawford, J (Dr Joseph Crawford)
UTAS Author:Kelder, J-A (Dr Jo-Anne Kelder)
ID Code:144785
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2021-06-09
Last Modified:2021-10-27
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