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Part-time Work and Postgraduate Students: Developing the Skills for Employment?

Author(s): Emma Martin | Scott McCabe

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Postgraduate students | Employability | Part-time work

Increasingly, postgraduate students enrolled at UK universities are turning to part-time paid employment to help fund them through their studies. While a number of recent studies have sought to explore employers’ use of student labour, there is little known about the nature of students’ part-time work experiences in relation to skills attained or developed in the workplace. Reflecting on Yorke and Knight’s (2004) three aspects of employability – process, core and personal skills – this paper seeks to explore the experiences of hospitality and tourism postgraduate students undertaking part-time work in the UK and considers the skills they develop through paid employment in relation to future employability.

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