Building and using social capital on WIL for employability negotiation

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Social capital has been evidenced as an important factor contributing to graduate employability but very little has been known about how graduates build and utilise social capital for employability. This study deployed a qualitative approach to interview 38 graduates in Australia. The findings revealed that connections with mentors, supervisors and colleagues on WIL were significantly important to employment opportunities of the graduates. To develop positive relationships with industry stakeholders on WIL, graduates needed to use a range of different capitals. Unfortunately, very few graduates were aware of these techniques. Higher education institutions should prepare students with better techniques and knowledge about develop social connections with industry people before they take WIL.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 ACEN Virtual Summit
EditorsJ. Smith, K. Robinson, M. Campbell
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian Collaborative Education Network
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventAustralian Collaborative Education Network National Conference 2020: Beyond 2020: Creating the Future with WIL - Virtual/Online, Australia
Duration: 27 Oct 202028 Oct 2020


ConferenceAustralian Collaborative Education Network National Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleACEN 2020

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