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Enhancing Student Employability

Increasingly, with the introduction of higher fees, students work part time to fund their way through University. There are a range of motivations, predominantly financial, to take on this work. However, our research highlights that too few students focus on the career enhancement that working part time might offer: the potential to develop transferable skills and the chance to experience a particular sector. This research has helped to influence the development of a work-based curriculum which encourages students to ‘earn whilst they learn’. Students across all BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) courses within the Business School can now complete ¼ of their 2nd and 3rd year studies in the workplace.

References to the research

Richardson, M., Gbadamosi, G. and Evans, C. (2009) Funding Full-Time Study through Part-Time Work, Journal of Education and Work, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp 319-334

Richardson, M., Evans, c. and Gbadamosi, G. (2013) Academic plate spinning: The difficulties of balancing full time degree study with a part-time job. Worcester Journal of Learning & Teaching, Issue 8, July, pp. 36-47 (ISSN 2046-8024)

Evans, c., Gbadamosi, G. and Richardson, M. (2014) Flexibility, Compromise and Opportunity: Students’ Perceptions of Balancing Part-Time Work with a Full-Time Business Degree. International Journal of Management Education.

Gbadamosi, G., Evans, c. and Richardson, M. (under review) Employability and students’ part-time work in the UK: does self-efficacy and career aspiration matter? British Educational Research Journal.