Employability, employability capital, and career development: a literature review

Tran Le Huu Nghia, Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh, Thanh Pham, Karen Medica

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Graduate employability is on the top of agendas of higher education. However, empirical research on exploring how international students and international graduates are navigating their employability using graduate capitals in this volatile labour market is scant. Therefore, using a guided reflection on her own career development, the author of this book chapter features how she has intentionally developed employability capital and navigated different opportunities to build her career in the home and host countries, Malaysia and Australia, respectively, instead of following commonly career pathways perceived by her family and peers. She concluded that employability is not a destination but a lifelong process without any prescribed formula to follow. Therefore, it is the responsibility of each individual, within the support of other stakeholders such as family, schools, and the government, to define the career goals, utilize strategies to achieve the goals, navigate new opportunities, and thrive in their career.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping and Utilizing Employability Capitals
Subtitle of host publicationGraduates’ Strategies across Labour Markets
EditorsTran Le Huu Nghia, Thanh Pham, Michael Tomlinson, Karen Medica, Christopher D. Thompson
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781003004660
ISBN (Print)9780367436285
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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