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International education and the employability of UK students

Brooks, R, Waters, J and Pimlott-Wilson, H (2012) International education and the employability of UK students British Educational Research Journal, 38 (2). pp. 281-298.

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A common theme within the literature on higher education is the congested nature of the graduate labour market. Researchers have highlighted the lengths to which many students now go, in response to this congestion, to ‘distinguish themselves’ from other graduates: paying increased attention to university status; engaging in a range of extra-curricular activities; and pursuing postgraduate qualifications. Studies that have focused on the strategies of Asian students, specifically, have pointed to the important place of studying abroad as a further strategy in this pursuit of distinction. Given that there is now some evidence that the number of UK students enrolling on a degree programme overseas is increasing, this article explores the extent to which an overseas education can be seen as part of a broader strategy on the part of British students to seek distinction within the labour market and whether such an education does indeed offer tangible employment benefits.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Brooks, R
Waters, J
Pimlott-Wilson, H
Date : April 2012
DOI : 10.1080/01411926.2010.544710
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Brooks R, Waters J, Pimlott-Wilson H (2012). International education and the employability of UK students. British Educational Research Journal 38(2):281-298 Available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 22 Feb 2013 10:01
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 15:00

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