Career development learning in higher education: how authentic work experiences and opportunities for career exploration canincrease self-efficacy and inform career identity

Benton, Paula (2015) Career development learning in higher education: how authentic work experiences and opportunities for career exploration canincrease self-efficacy and inform career identity. Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 34. pp. 40-47. ISSN 2046-1348

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Abstract

A recent study suggests that enhancing career development is a key motivator for students entering university (Kandiko & Mawer, 2013). This article discusses the place of career development learning within the ‘employability’ agenda. It draws upon on social learning and constructivist theories of career development in a qualitative case study exploring undergraduate students’ experiences of placements in relation to their career development learning and employability. Findings suggest significant value in providing authentic learning experiences and opportunities for career exploration (to ‘broaden their horizons’ rather than narrowing down choices) to inform career identities and increase self-efficacy and motivation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L400 Social Policy
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
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Depositing User: Paula Benton
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2015 07:53
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 11:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/23869

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