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Commentary and questions


Case studies 1 and 2

These case studies raise a number of issues around student needs, labour market analysis and resources. In the first, I hope you picked up on the use of specialist terms such as upstream consultancy, university navigator and strategic brokerage. In the second, the importance of knowledge transfer and bids is identified. There is also a perception that students are operating in different labour markets from traditional graduates.

Reflection questions

  • What do you think about the employer liaison decisions and views expressed in both case studies?
  • Is there anything you would do differently?
  • Do you agree/disagree with the views expressed?
  • What is your institutional picture in terms of destination results, labour market position, and student needs?
  • Are any of the issues raised in the case studies mirrored in your own institution?

 

Case study 3

This case study illustrates the way that some services have attempted to meet the needs of international jobseekers. The importance of working in partnership, even for large traditional universities, is highlighted. Sponsorship is also identified as a way of resourcing these events. It also illustrates that domestic students seek international work too. This is an area that the AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group has sought to address. It has suggested that we should no longer see internationalisation purely in terms of overseas students requiring extra help, but that we should also see it in terms of UK/Irish students seeking employment in international labour markets. This can be addressed through strategic commitment, employer liaison, global labour market information, curriculum work, extra-curricular work, PDP and intercultural skills development.

Career worker B refers to a highly competitive international recruiter. Whilst not all services will be faced with this type of recruiter, many services will be familiar with demanding and/or challenging approaches from employers. Some international employers may have different expectations of services provided by UK or Irish career centres.

Reflection questions

  • How could your service improve its work with international employers?
  • How would you deal with an employer who wanted you to engage in pre-selection?

If you would like to follow this area up, there are useful links covering internationalisation and wider labour market issues in the e-resources and the reading list.