UWE Bristol Researchers contribute to the SAGE Handbook of Graduate Employability

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The SAGE Handbook of Graduate Employability has launched this month, with 64 contributing authors from 18 countries and 30 chapters this new publication paves the way for improving how we handle Graduate Employability.

Not only have UWE Bristol academics come together to write two of these chapters but the Co-editor of the Handbook is none other than John Neugebauer, a Visiting Fellow of Bristol Business School.

A founding co-editor with Dr Miriam Firth, Manchester University. SAGE invited him to prepare the Handbook based on his previous publications and expertise. Other editors of this publication, Dr Yuzhuo Cai Tampere University, Finland; Professor Emma Hunt, Falmouth University, and Professor Tania Broadley, Canberra University; came from across academia and were chosen for their knowledge within this field.

The handbook brings together the latest research on graduate employability into one authoritative volume. Dedicated parts guide readers through topics, key issues and debates relating to delivering, facilitating, and evaluating graduate employability. Showcasing positions and voices from communities, industries, political spheres, and cultural landscapes; this book has been created to support the research of students, researchers and practitioners across a broad sphere of social science areas.

The first UWE Bristol submitted chapter ‘Learning through Uncertainty: Team Learning and the Development of an Entrepreneurial Mindset’ comes from Hugo GaggiottiSelen Kars, and Carol Jarvis of Bristol Business School. The chapter draws on research conducted with staff and students at Bristol City Robins Foundation and looks at their BA Sports Business and Entrepreneurship programme.  The programmes approach explores team coaching and team learning through doing, encouraging students to develop as active participants responsible for shaping their own learning and project opportunities. The Bristol Leadership and Change Centres’s Blog gives more information on this chapter.

The second chapter of the Handbook that has had UWE Bristol input is ‘graduate transitions to the workplace’ by Jenny Chen Senior Lecturer: Human Resource Management.

Many graduates leave their first post graduate job after less than one year. In this chapter Jenny Chen looks to improve our understanding on new graduates’ role transitions by asking key questions that explore why graduates may succeed or fail. She does this by asking what are key rescores that can help facilitate and prepare them to adapt successfully into functioning, professional employees more effectively and, what could we be doing at each step of their journey to make their transition as smooth as possible.

You can find out more about the Sage handbook of employability and the chapters we have written in it here.

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