Geography graduate employability: strategies across labour markets
Graduate employability is an important consideration today and Human Geographers are taking this seriously seeking to build employability, especially in challenging times when labour markets are feeling the ‘pinch’ from COVID19.
Typically we find our human geography graduates establishing their professional careers across many disciplinary areas, sectors (including government, non-government and private) cultures and in different parts of the world.
The 2020 Routledge publication Developing and Utilizing Employability Capitals: Graduates’ Strategies across Labour Markets highlights the challenges of today’s globalised labour market.
Dr Karen Medica, editor of the book stresses that through the narrated student stories, we learn there is no ‘template’ approach to building graduate employability but university educators can look for opportunities to facilitate student exposure to professional life including opportunities to build agency through work-integrated learning, including industry placements, service learning in the not-for-profit space, and simulations that mirror ‘real world’ experiences in a classroom environment.
The book is an invaluable resource for researchers and academics, university leaders, policymakers and students who are concerned about graduate employability.