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ERIC Number: EJ1022596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
A Critical Account of Employability Construction through the Eyes of Chinese Postgraduate Students in the UK
Li, Zhen
Journal of Education and Work, v26 n5 p473-493 2013
This paper presents a multiple ("n"?=?23), longitudinal case study of the construction of personal employability by Chinese students at a UK university. It draws on the work of Brown and Hesketh to frame notions of employability in order to understand how these students engage with the international and Chinese labour markets from their own perspectives. The findings suggest that although overseas education is still seen by these students as contributing to their employability in general, there is a decline in the labour market value of the "hard currencies" that overseas qualification carries whilst the "soft currencies" gained from the overseas experiences are of more significant merit. The study also reveals that some concepts developed by Brown and Hesketh, such as "purists" vs. "players" and "personal capital", need to be interpreted and contextualised differently when applied in an international context and outlines how this might be achieved in relation to Chinese students by introducing a Chinese concept--"SuZhi"(??). It is found that the discourse of "SuZhi" has stronger explanatory power for the phenomenon being studied given its broader social applicability rather than being as directly and narrowly instrumental to employability as is the notion of personal capital.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United Kingdom