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The predominance of work-based training in young graduates' learning

Everett, Glyn; Brooks, Rachel


Rachel Brooks


This article draws upon results from an ESRC-funded research project exploring young graduates' attitudes to, and experiences of, further education or learning postgraduation. Respondents' narratives indicated a strong emphasis upon job-based learning, or training, over and above an oft-stated desire to do further study 'for its own sake'. Whilst the majority of graduates expressed contentment with their work-leisure-education balance, a significant number also marked up a desire for 'leisure-learning' which was not 'yet' possible due to the demands of work and work-based training. This prompts questions about how we, and the graduates, conceptualise the 'use' of having a degree in an era of higher education massification, exploring issues of 'generic' skills and personal growth. It also raises questions about the role and function of wider 'lifelong learning' practices for those in their twenties, as well as the status of the work-leisure-education balance of young professionals, and whether this encourages or discourages efforts to develop a 'learning society'.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2008
Journal Journal of Education and Work
Print ISSN 1363-9080
Electronic ISSN 1469-9435
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 1
Pages 61-73
APA6 Citation Everett, G., & Brooks, R. (2008). The predominance of work-based training in young graduates' learning. Journal of Education and Work, 21(1), 61-73.
Keywords lifelong learning, training, young adults, higher education, leisure
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