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Employability

About: Employability is a research topic. Over the lifetime, 10718 publications have been published within this topic receiving 131965 citations.


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TL;DR: In this article, the authors argue that employability represents a form of work specific adaptive adaptability that consists of three dimensions: career identity, personal adaptability, and social and human capital.

1,687 citations

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TL;DR: The concept of employability plays a crucial role in informing labour market policy in the UK, the EU and beyond as mentioned in this paper, and discusses its value as an exploratory concept and a framework for policy analysis.
Abstract: The concept of 'employability' plays a crucial role in informing labour market policy in the UK, the EU and beyond. This paper analyses current and previous applications of the term and discusses its value as an exploratory concept and a framework for policy analysis. It then traces the development of the concept, discusses its role in current labour market and training strategies (with particular reference to the UK) and seeks to identify an approach to defining employability that can better inform labour market policy, by transcending explanations of employment and unemployment that focus solely on either supply-side or demand-side factors. Although the literature offers a range of definitions of 'employability', many policy-makers have recently used the term as shorthand for 'the individual's employability skills and attributes'. It is argued that this 'narrow' usage can lead to a 'hollowing out' of the concept of employability. The paper concludes by presenting a broad framework for analysing employability built around individual factors, personal circumstances and external factors, which acknowledges the importance of both supply- and demand-side factors.

1,072 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, a model of desirable graduate attributes that acknowledge the importance of self-management and career building skills to lifelong career management and enhanced employability is presented, and some important considerations for the implementation of effective university career management programs are then outlined.
Abstract: Recent shifts in education and labour market policy have resulted in universities being placed under increasing pressure to produce employable graduates. However, contention exists regarding exactly what constitutes employability and which graduate attributes are required to foster employability in tertiary students. This paper argues that in the context of a rapidly changing information- and knowledge-intensive economy, employability involves far more than possession of the generic skills listed by graduate employers as attractive. Rather, for optimal economic and social outcomes, graduates must be able to proactively navigate the world of work and self-manage the career building process. A model of desirable graduate attributes that acknowledges the importance of self-management and career building skills to lifelong career management and enhanced employability is presented. Some important considerations for the implementation of effective university career management programs are then outlined.

980 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors introduce a straightforward, practical model of employability that will allow the concept to be explained easily and that can be used as a framework for working with students to develop their employability.
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to introduce a straightforward, practical model of employability that will allow the concept to be explained easily and that can be used as a framework for working with students to develop their employability.Design/methodology/approach – The model was developed from existing research into employability issues and the experience of the authors. The various elements of employability included in the model are discussed and their inclusion justified on the basis of existing research.Findings – The model sets out exactly what is meant by employability, in clear and simple terms, and the model suggests directions for interaction between the various elements.Research limitations/implications – The relationships between and the interaction of the elements within the model remain theoretical. Further research to test the model is planned and will be reported on at a later date.Practical implications – The model can be used to explain the concept of employability to those new...

965 citations

01 Jan 1998
TL;DR: In this article, a literature review is designed to help future policy developments by developing a definition of the term employability, which is used in a wide variety of concepts and often without specific meaning.
Abstract: Employability is a fairly nebulous concept in literature. It is used in a wide variety of concepts and often without specific meaning. This literature review is designed to help future policy developments by developing a definition of the term employability. A model and a framework within which to place the concept of employability are described. The review and discussion raise a number of areas of potential interest for further research.

909 citations


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No. of papers in the topic in previous years
YearPapers
2023813
20221,436
2021727
2020871
2019956
2018784