ERIC Number: EJ1160288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Generation Ys' Employment Expectations: UK Undergraduates' Opinions on Enjoyment, Opportunity and Progression
Maxwell, G. A.; Broadbridge, A. M.
Studies in Higher Education, v42 n12 p2267-2283 2017
Generation Y can be taken to be the group of people born between 1977 and 2000. The aim of this paper is to investigate the initial career entry and long-term career employment expectations of UK undergraduate Generation Ys, in order to inform employability skills development in higher education. The empirical research comprises 26 focus groups with 172 undergraduates of this generation in 2 universities in the UK. The focus group participants are found predominantly to have high expectations of their employment in enjoyment, opportunity and progression. Overall, the respondents appear enthusiastic and optimistic, with a positive work ethic and healthy mindset. Fundamentally, recognising and appreciating undergraduate Generation Ys' opinions on their employment expectations enables development of their employability skills while they are in university. The paper sets out implications for higher educational stakeholders including students, graduates and employers on the development of employability skills.
Descriptors: Age Groups, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Expectation, Employment Potential, Foreign Countries, Focus Groups, Work Ethic, Job Skills, Skill Development, Labor Market, Qualitative Research, Business Administration Education, Work Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Career Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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