Personal values, social capital and higher education student career decidedness: a new ‘protean’ informed model

Fearon, C., Nachmias, S., McLaughlin, H. and Jackson, S. (2016) Personal values, social capital and higher education student career decidedness: a new ‘protean’ informed model. Studies in Higher Education. ISSN 0307-5079.

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Abstract

This study investigates the role of personal values as motivational antecedents for understanding HE student career decidedness among university business school (UBS) students. We propose a new ‘protean’ informed HE student career decidedness model for theorizing how both personal values and social capital mediators (student social capital; personal, social and enterprise skills; access to resources) help in the student-centric and self-directed processes of career decision-making. A mixed methods study combines a (stage 1) survey of 308 UBS students from five (UK) university business schools, with results from (stage 2) four student focus groups, and (stage 3) two staff-student interactive seminars. From an employability perspective, arguably, the ultimate responsibility for becoming a ‘protean graduate’ rests with each UBS student, whilst the obligation of HE staff is to effectively facilitate and nurture all possible personal growth and skills development opportunities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > The Business School
Depositing User: Dr Colm Fearon
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 16:22
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2017 12:12
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14339

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