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Supporting student transitions to placement: developing a new self-identity.

Smith, Sally; Smith, Colin F


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Prof Sally Smith
Head of Graduate Apprenticeships and Skills Development and Professor


Employer expectations of graduates, as evidenced by the job descriptions of graduate vacancies, often include relevant work experience; however meeting student demand for placements remains a challenge for universities. In practice there is generally substantially more student demand than employer supply. Through e-Placement Scotland we are increasing the number of available placements in the IT sector to ensure that computing students maximise their chances of securing a computing placement and ultimately a graduate job. In this paper we explore whether professional identity is constructed through student engagement with the project. The paper outlines how e-Placement Scotland has implemented a programme of outreach designed to stimulate the emergence of professional identity amongst computing students, in the hope that we can capture the benefits of placement to all students (placed and unplaced) and facilitate transitions to the workplace.

Conference Name Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education
Start Date Jun 9, 2015
End Date Jun 11, 2015
Publication Date Jun 9, 2015
Deposit Date Aug 28, 2015
Publicly Available Date May 15, 2017
Publisher Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Scotland
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title QAA Enhancement Theme
Keywords Placements; higher education; students; work placements; graduates; employment;
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Contract Date May 15, 2017