Higher Education and the Myths of Graduate Employability

Tholen, G. & Brown, P. (2017). Higher Education and the Myths of Graduate Employability. In: R. Waller, N. Ingram & M.R.M. Ward (Eds.), Higher Education and Social Inequalities: University Admissions, Experiences and Outcomes. Sociological Futures. . Routledge. ISBN 1138212881

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Abstract

Graduate employability remains high on the political agenda. Currently, a strong policy drive to reform Higher Education aims to improve graduate employability and reduce social inequalities. As a result, employability skills are becoming part of the formal curriculum in many universities. This chapter examines whether the increased reliance on universities to deliver graduate employability is consistent with current labour market realities. We argue that the graduate labour market is increasingly congested as well as suffers from persistent inequalities in class, gender and ethnicity. Improving student employability skills within Higher Education will not solve these deep-rooted social problems.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter accepted for publication by Routledge in Higher Education and Social Inequalities: University Admissions, Experiences and Outcomes, available online: https://www.routledge.com/Higher-Education-and-Social-Inequalities-University-Admissions-Experiences/Waller-Ingram-Ward/p/book/9781138212886
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/16620

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