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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-47
JournalJournal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling
Volume34
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
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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.

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