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Graduate Employability (GE) Paradigm Shift: Towards Greater Socio-emotional and Eco-technological Relationalities of Graduates’ Futures

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Publication date2019
Host publicationEducation and Technological Unemployment
EditorsMichael Peters, Petar Jandric, Andrew Means
PublisherSpringer
Pages193-212
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9789811362248
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Whereas a substantial scope of global literature contributes to the debates surrounding social, ecological and technological challenges of labour in contemporary world, the dominant graduate employability (GE) paradigm still remains at the level of enhancing individual graduates’ skills, competences and identity development. In this chapter I propose an extension of this dominant, individualist GE paradigm into a three layered one as a transitional paradigm before Higher Education can move on to adopt any other. Such an expanded paradigm can support graduates in being responsible citizens, prepared to grapple with uncertain, changeable, and complex issues of our times surrounding technological advancement, ecological crises and social inequalities. Universities need to go beyond market driven individualism in GE policies, if they aspire to support more viable, socially just, relational and sustainable graduates’ futures. Further work is needed to develop the inter-related three layers of the proposed paradigm into practice.