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

Fearon, C., Nachmias, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-7071-0997, McLaughlin, H. and Jackson, S., 2018. Personal values, social capital, and higher education student career decidedness: a new 'protean'-informed model. Studies in Higher Education, 43 (2), pp. 269-291. ISSN 0307-5079

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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: Journal article
Publication Title: Studies in Higher Education
Creators: Fearon, C., Nachmias, S., McLaughlin, H. and Jackson, S.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2018
Volume: 43
Number: 2
ISSN: 0307-5079
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 19 May 2016 08:11
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 14:54

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