Evaluating student expectations: social networks in career development

Benson, Vladlena, Filippaios, Fragkiskos and Morgan, Stephanie (2009) Evaluating student expectations: social networks in career development. In: Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Conference 2009: Challenging Higher Education: knowledge, policy and practice, 8-10 Dec 2009, Newport, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Online social networks have become increasingly popular among Higher Education (HE) students. This brings new challenges to the way universities adapt social networks to meet student expectations and how they enhance career development and relationships with employers. This study reports the findings of a survey of 272 UK and international business school students on career development and entrepreneurship as a part of a wider study of online social networking in HE. The results of the study reveal key differences between undergraduate, postgraduate and international student population. The paper argues for a pressing need to raise the awareness of British undergraduate students on the enhancement of their career prospects through best practice in building and exploiting social capital on online social networks. The conclusions of the study help better understand motivations and barriers to an effective application of social networks in Higher Education.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Education
Education > Higher education
Education > Teaching and learning
Education > Teaching and learning > Technology-enhanced learning
Computing
Business and finance
Depositing User: Vladlena Benson
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2010 16:13
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 15:49
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3892

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