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Does All Work and No Play Make a Dull Graduate? Perceptions of Extra-curricular Activities and Employability.

Milner, Sharon, Cousins, Wendy and McGowan, Iain (2016) Does All Work and No Play Make a Dull Graduate? Perceptions of Extra-curricular Activities and Employability. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 4 (1). pp. 13-18. [Journal article]

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URL: http://jpaap.napier.ac.uk/index.php/JPAAP/article/view/183

DOI: 10.14297/jpaap.v4i1.183


It has been argued that there is a prima facie case as to why extra-curricular activities should be thought to contribute to graduate outcomes, yet few studies have examined student activities beyond the classroom and their role in student experience and graduate outcomes. This study collected data via a questionnaire survey (n=852) and a series of focus groups with students (n=95) to examine undergraduate perceptions of the role that extra-curricular activities play in developing employability skills. It was found that extracurricular activities were significantly correlated with other employability related aspects of student experience and viewed favourably by students in terms of CV building and enhancing employability. Yet students also reported that it was often difficult to participate in activities outside of their academic work and paid employment. It is concluded that the value of extra-curricular activities is widely recognised and universities should support students who wish to engage in them. Furthermore, future programmes aimed at harnessing the capacity of extra-curricular activities to develop student employability need to give due consideration to strategies for enhancing inclusion and diverse participation.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Extra-curricular activities, employability, undergraduate, students
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:33360
Deposited By: Dr Wendy Cousins
Deposited On:19 Feb 2016 15:21
Last Modified:09 Aug 2018 15:14

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