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Title: Graduate employability in the sport and recreation industry : an analysis of the transition from higher education to the workplace
Author: Minten, Susan Rosemary
ISNI:       0000 0001 3410 712X
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2008
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Over the last 15 years there has been a rapid expansion in sport related degrees with concerns raised about the appropriateness of sport graduates to the sport industry. In contrast, a number ofreports have identified the need for a higher skilled sports workforce. Consequently, the aim ofthis study is to investigate the employability of sport related graduates in the sport ind~try, through an analysis ofthe 'factors affecting the transition of the graduate from undergrilduate studies to employment in the sport industry. This study comprises of two phases. Phase One used surveys to examine the patterns of employment and experiences of sport graduates (n=294), and the attributes and career expectations of sport students (n= 585). Focus groups of sport students (9 groups) and HE staff (4 groups) were undertaken to gain further insight into the motivations and expectations of students and the nature of sport courses. The surveys found that 37% of sport graduates were employed in sport and these tended to be low level jobs that did not tend to utilise graduate attributes. Sports graduates were also successful in finding jobs in bther industries. The results also showed that the initial sport graduate career was dynamic with a number ofjob changes. Phase Two of the study used four case studies of graduates and found that their transition into sports employment was influenced by the interaction between the nature of the graduate, the nature ofthe job and the nature ofthe employer. A major outcome ofthe study is the development of an Interaction Model and Theory of Graduate Employability in the Sports Industry which, in contrast to other theories, suggests that graduate employability is located external to the graduate, as a synthesis' of the inter-relationship between the nature of the graduate, job and employer.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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