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The perceived value of work placements and part-time work and its diminution with time.

Gbadamosi, G., Evans, C., Jones, K., Hickman, M. and Rudley, H., 2019. The perceived value of work placements and part-time work and its diminution with time. Journal of Education and Work, 32 (2), 196-214.

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DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2019.1616282


This paper explores the perceptions of degree students at two UK universities regarding their work placement and part-time working activities, to assess if the two activities converge. The research comprises three stages: interviews for preliminary exploration of students’ perceptions towards work placement and part-time work; interviews to examine how placement opportunities link with career aspirations; a survey of students who had completed a placement, and those currently on placement. Students acknowledged part-time working helped their placement activity, providing transferable skills beneficial to both study and career aspirations. A significant finding was with respect to time: the closer to the placement activity the data was collected, the stronger the impact of appreciating the value of placement. The paper therefore highlights the value of timing in the assessment of work placement. It also offers value for universities’ by providing insight into students’ perceptions regarding embedded external work activities that can enhance graduate employability and career prospects.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Employability; Placements; Part-time work; Careers
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:32308
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:20 May 2019 10:14
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:16


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