International students’ reflections on employability development opportunities during a one-year Masters-level program in the UK

Omolabake Fakunle, Anne Pirrie

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Abstract

This article explores reflection and reflective thinking, drawing upon qualitative research on international students’ perceptions of developing their employability while studying in the UK. It addresses a gap in the literature by making a connection between internationalization and employability, concepts that are mainly framed as separate discursive realms. The literature on internationalization is focused around international student recruitment and the benefits to the host institution; the employability discourse is oriented towards national policies on the development of human capital through home students in the domestic market. The reflective thinking demonstrated by the international students illustratesthechallenges they faced inseekingopportunities to enhance their employability within and outside the university; and to (re)assess learning opportunities that are integrated with work experience. The findings suggest thatthere is scope for embedding employment development opportunities (EDOs)at a systemic level in order to enhance the experience of international students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-100
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of International Students
Volume10
Issue numberS2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • internationalization
  • employability
  • international students
  • work-integrated learning
  • employment development opportunities

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