Exploring the factor structure of the CareerEDGE employability development profile

Lorraine Dacre Pool, Pamela Qualter, Peter J. Sewell

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Abstract

Purpose
– There has been little empirical research conducted in relation to graduate employability and diagnostic tools available in this area are very limited. The purpose of this paper is to introduce and explore the factor structure of a new measure of employability development, the CareerEDGE Employability Development Profile (EDP).

Design/methodology/approach
– The EDP was completed by 807 undergraduate students, providing data for exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses.

Findings
– The analyses suggest that the EDP is multidimensional and maps clearly onto the CareerEDGE model of graduate employability.

Research limitations/implications
– These findings are discussed and interpreted as offering support for the use of the EDP with students as a developmental tool and as a measurement tool for use in the design, implementation and evaluation of employability interventions or other research purposes.

Originality/value
– The provision of a practical employability development tool that is suitable for use with students of any Higher Education institution. The findings also add to the limited literature on graduate employability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-313
Number of pages11
JournalEducation + Training
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014

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