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Preparing sport graduates for employment: satisfying employers expectations

Dinning, TM (2017) Preparing sport graduates for employment: satisfying employers expectations. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 7 (4). pp. 354-368. ISSN 2042-3896

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore from an employer’s perspective the skills, attributes, and capabilities required of a sports graduate, whilst also discovering how a student is expected to demonstrate these skills in the context of a sports organisation. Design/methodology/approach This study adopted a qualitative interpretive case study approach through the use of face to face interviews with six employers from sports organisations involved in the delivery of sport. Interviews lasted between 30-42 minutes and were recorded. This was followed by a thematic review to allow for common themes to be selected and represented. The results were then reviewed and evaluated by a further 15 industry professionals and sports educators. Findings The results suggest employers seek skills that are characteristically enterprise/ entrepreneurship skills, together with an articulation of a ‘sports graduate’ mind-set. This mind-set is described by the employers as being something which is demonstrated through a combination of behaviours and attributes. The paper concluded that in the classroom the use of case studies and challenges where students have to respond to and solve problems by the very nature of the activity is optimal. Originality/Value The originality of this paper lies in both the context of study and the integration of enterprise and entrepreneurship skills that are needed for the changing world of work in sport. The value of the papers is in both the employer’s description of the graduate mind-set and also examples of how the skills can be applied in the context of sport.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Track Dinning, (2017) "Preparing sports graduates for employment: satisfying employers expectations", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 7 Issue: 4, pp.354-368, https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-02-2017-0017
Uncontrolled Keywords: enterprise skills; employibility skills; employer perceptions
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport Studies, Leisure & Nutrition (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Emerald Publishing
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 12:15
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 10:57
DOI or ID number: 10.1108/HESWBL-02-2017-0017
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7623
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