The first of a series of three articles examining the role of higher education in preparing graduates for "self-managing" their careers, with particular reference to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as potential employers. Examines key trends in the graduate labour market, including the increasing numbers entering higher education (HE) and the possible consequences for graduate careers. Explores actual and potential responses by HE institutions and related implications for the curriculum of undergraduate programmes. Provides a brief review of career theory. This leads to presentation of a conceptual model to inform the notion of "self-managed careers", and examines associated knowledge and skills required for application of the model in practice. Prepares the ground for reporting the results of empirical research in the second article in the series.
Career Development International – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 1999
Keywords: Career planning; Graduates; Higher education; Small to medium‐sized enterprises