William E. Donald

William E. Donald
Ronin Institute

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Introduction
I am an Associate Professor of Sustainable Careers and Human Resource Management at the Ronin Institute (USA) and at the University of Southampton (UK). I am the Managing Editor of the GiLE Journal of Skills Development, and an Editorial Board Member for (i) Career Development International, (ii) Journal of Management & Organization, and (iii) Career Matters. I am also the Editor of "Establishing and Maintaining Sustainable Career Ecosystems for University Students and Graduates". Coming 2023.
Additional affiliations
September 2020 - present
University of Southampton
Position
  • Fellow
Description
  • Guest of Professor Yehuda Baruch at Southampton Business School
June 2020 - present
Ronin Institute
Position
  • Researcher
November 2017 - present
Independent Researcher
Position
  • Researcher
Education
October 2018 - December 2018
Breathworks & The Mindfulness Centre (Sweden)
Field of study
  • Mindfulness for Health
November 2017 - May 2018
Simply Changing, ABC Awards and Certa
Field of study
  • Performance Coaching with NLP
March 2014 - November 2017
University of Southampton
Field of study
  • Human Resource Management

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Publications (48)
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This chapter aims to understand how graduates believe the future of work will evolve concerning demands and resources from early career talent and organizations and what steps can be taken to enhance the career readiness of individuals undertaking the university-to-work transition. Twenty-eight university graduates participated in semi-structured i...
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This chapter aims to develop a Positive Psychology Sustainable Career (PPSC) framework to foster career self-efficacy by providing an overview of how one's career may play out across their career span. The psychology and vocational behavior literature have tended to develop in parallel via various theories, including conservation of resources, Job...
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Higher education institutions continue to face challenges in fostering social mobility and preparing their students for the world of work. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated these challenges via disruption to education and reduced opportunities for work-integrated learning. Framing this as our point of departure, we propose that peer learning can pl...
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This paper provides insights into the opportunities and risks that the technological transformation of Human Resource Development (HRD) presents in the context of early career talent in the accounting, banking, and finance sector. Three research questions are explored. (1) What opportunities exist for organizations investing in technology as a tale...
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The purpose of this paper is to explore whether embedding authentic assessment into the university curriculum can enhance the employability of business school students. Three research questions are addressed: (1) What is the rationale for authentic assessment in the curriculum?, (2) What are the opportunities for authentic assessment to enhance the...
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The purpose of this article is to explore how different actors can operate within a project management ecosystem to sustain a pool of project management personnel with the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the standards required to support successful project delivery into the future. A new conceptual model is presented offering a set of six propo...
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Opinion Piece published in the Times Higher Education, 9th August 2022. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/campus/rejecting-hybrid-conferences-new-norm-reeks-ableism
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This paper aims to offer an accessible, flexible, and homogenised approach to career counselling and career development via the conceptualisation of a new metaphor in response to evolving careers and labour markets. The research question asks: How can Weather as a Career Metaphor (WCM) offer an accessible tool for career counsellors to use with the...
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Purpose Drawing on human capital and sustainable career theory, this paper aims to explore university students' views regarding their self-perceived employability following participation in a mandatory module titled “The Global Marketing Professional”. Design/methodology/approach Overall, 80 students studying a full-time postgraduate master's degr...
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The abrupt shift to online learning brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the need for the adoption and application of new media, virtual training, and online skill development for the modern workforce. However, organizations are grappling with unanticipated complexities, and many have recognized the gaps between online and in-person compete...
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This study compares students’ and recent graduates’ perceptions of their subjective wellbeing and offers support mechanisms and resources to enhance wellbeing in higher education. Survey data were collected in September 2021 from 414 UK-based higher education students and recent graduates on their self-perceived subjective wellbeing in March 2020 (...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore an employability enhancement initiative, the Additional Skills Acquisition Programme (ASAP) project in the state of Kerala, India, as a case for the inclusive development of employability in college and university students. Design/methodology/approach ASAP is applied as a case study to examine the em...
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This chapter aims to enable organizations to optimize their use of job boards and the graduate recruitment process based on feedback from university students and recent graduates of their lived experiences. A theoretical framework of signaling theory is applied. A sample of 321 university students and recent graduates in Australia completed an onli...
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The purpose of our paper is to apply the state progress checklist from direct outcomes theory to a new domain of the university-to-work transition to mediate a dyadic win-win relationship between university careers advisors and graduate recruiters. The state progress checklist incorporates three endeavour elements-(i) potential, (ii) agendas, and (...
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The aim of this paper is to explore an employability enhancement initiative, the Additional Skills Acquisition Programme (ASAP) project in the state of Kerala in India as a case for the inclusive development of employability in college and university students. ASAP is applied as a case study to examine the employability enhancement initiative in In...
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The aim of the paper is to understand the role that a Protean Career Attitude and Perceived Employability play in determining Psychological Wellbeing. The theoretical framework encompasses Career Ecosystems and the New Psychological Contract as a means for sustainable Human Resource Management. A total of 421 knowledge workers employed as software...
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Purpose Drawing on a framework of Job Demands-Resources (JD-R), the purpose of this paper is to conceptually develop and empirically validate a moderated mediation model of serious leisure and workplace well-being. Design/methodology/approach The data were collected between December 2020 and March 2021 using an online questionnaire. A total of 225...
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Dr Will Donald draws on his recent research to discuss how careers advisers can prepare their students and recent graduates for entry into contemporary labour markets.
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Drawing on a framework of the new psychological contract, the purpose of this paper is to conceptually develop and empirically validate a model for enhancing creativity through workplace well-being and serious leisure. A total of 203 marketing employees who graduated between 2018 and 2020 from four university business schools in India completed a s...
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Drawing on a framework of Job Demands-Resources (JD-R), the purpose of this paper is to conceptually develop and empirically validate a moderated mediation model of serious leisure and workplace well-being. The data was collected between December 2020 and March 2021 using an online questionnaire. A total of 225 completed questionnaires were receive...
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Purpose: This paper offers a “content analysis of metadata, titles, and abstracts” (CAMTA) method underpinned by a newly evolved metadata, title, abstract, introduction, methodology, results, analysis, and discussion (M-TAIMRAD) Framework. Design/methodology/approach: Draws on innovations of content analysis from the field of health- care to offer...
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A growing body of empirical research in vocational psychology has equivocally manifested the importance of psychological resources in sustainable careers. Drawing on a framework of conservation of resources theory, the purpose of this paper is to examine the role of the HERO (Hope, (Self)-Efficacy, Resilience, and Optimism) elements of psychologica...
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Purpose: This paper aims to enable organisations to optimise their use of job boards and the graduate recruitment process based on feedback from university students and recent graduates of their lived experiences. A theoretical framework of signalling theory is applied. Design/methodology/approach: A sample of 321 university students and recent gra...
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Our purpose is to understand how universities and organizations have responded to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of preparing university students and recent graduates for entry into the global labor market, using the accounting, banking, and finance sector as a case study. The two research questions are: (1) How can university caree...
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Wellbeing and employability are considered important indicators of a sustainable career that must be incorporated into the system at the beginning of a job. Hence it is essential to explore the role of positive personal resources to improve young managers' wellbeing. The unending ambivalence in the academic environment and the job market is detrime...
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Our purpose is to understand how universities and organizations have responded to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (COVID) in terms of preparing university students and recent graduates for entry into the global labor market, using the accounting, banking, and finance sector as a case study. The three research questions are: (1) What characteris...
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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to conceptualise how organisations can use feedback-seeking behaviour via Counter Signals from micro placement participants to improve the signalling process throughout their Early Careers Talent Pipeline (ECTP). Design/methodology/approach: The paper follows a conceptual approach to develop a new 'Early Career...
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Blog post contribution to Career Guidance for Social Justice. Reviewed and published by Professor Tristram Hooley (ISE). Available from: https://careerguidancesocialjustice.wordpress.com/2020/09/04/social-mobility-and-graduate-employment-outcomes-risks-and-opportunities-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/
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Art of Rejection: We need to consider how to re-frame the perceptions of rejections and reneges within the graduate recruitment process.
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This paper articulates the author's viewpoint on COVID-19 and the future of careers by addressing three aims. (1) To understand how the response to COVID-19 might affect the future careers of individuals. (2) To explore how the response to COVID-19 might affect the future of organisations. (3) To ascertain how the response to COVID-19 might affect...
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This paper articulates the author's viewpoint on COVID-19 and the future of careers by addressing three aims. (1) To understand how the response to COVID-19 might affect the future careers of individuals. (2) To explore how the response to COVID-19 might affect the future of organisations. (3) To ascertain how the response to COVID-19 might affect...
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Purpose-The purpose of this paper is to conceptually articulate the differing needs of graduates and graduate employers, which can be competing or complementary in nature. Drawing from theoretical frameworks of career ecosystems and the new psychological contract, a set of propositions are presented using three themes: career management, developmen...
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This study focuses on the undergraduate self-perception of employability. We aimed to explore the impact of human capital, which incorporates social capital, cultural capital, psychological capital, scholastic capital, market-value capital, and skills. We also examined the role of careers advice and career ownership (protean career). Additionally,...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to understand how students perceive their future careers and how university has prepared them to enter the global labor market; student perceptions regarding benefits vs associated costs of pursuing higher education (HE) on employability and earnings; and the anticipated barriers and how to overcome these in pur...
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This paper acknowledges the manifestation of new work arrangements in response to evolving career systems, drawing on a theoretical framework of sustainable careers theory (Van der Heijden & De Vos, 2015) and career ecosystems theory (Baruch, 2015). Employability becomes significantly relevant to graduates as they evolve from HE into the labor mark...
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Students’ perceptions of graduate employability are not well known. This research contributes a new model of graduate employability, which constructs an emergent identity, underpinned by a human capital and contemporary career theory framework. An extensive literature review generated the conceptual model, validated by a pragmatic, sequential expla...
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This study focuses on the undergraduate self-perception of employability. We aimed to explore the impact of human capital, which incorporates social capital, cultural capital, psychological capital, scholastic capital, market-value capital, and skills. We also examined the role of careers advice and career ownership (protean career orientation). Ad...
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The neo-liberalisation of UK Higher Education (HE) seeks to establish an intellectual capital base (Giroux 2014). Discourse focuses heavily on the economic role of graduates and increased participation in HE (Tomlinson 2012). The political, economic and national ambitions and considerations as perceived from a macro-level Government mentality viewp...
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A complex interplay exists between actors of higher education and graduate employability in developed countries. Collaboration between these actors takes on significant importance, driven by a globalized, technologically advanced and highly competitive knowledge-based economy. We propose a new graduate employability framework, constructed of employ...
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A complex interplay exists between macro, meso and micro level actors of higher education and graduate employability across the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Collaboration between actors takes on significant importance, driven by a globalised, technologically advanced and highly competitive knowledge based economy. T...
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A complex interplay exists between macro, meso and micro level actors of UK higher education and graduate employability (Holmes, 2015). Collaboration between actors takes on significant importance, driven by a globalised, technologically advanced and highly competitive knowledge based economy (Tomlinson, 2013). This paper specifically addresses the...
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The neo-liberalisation of UK Higher Education (HE) seeks to establish an intellectual capital base. It positions students as customers and knowledge as a commodity, with focus on providing graduates with employability skills to operate in a highly competitive, globalised, knowledge economy. This research examines the impact of HE on self-perceived...

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Dear Colleagues,
I have signed a contract with IGI Global to be sole Editor of a Edited Collection Book titled "Establishing and Maintaining Sustainable Career Ecosystems for University Students and Graduates" for publication in Autumn 2023.
I am looking for 1-2 chapter contributions from colleagues based at universities in South America.
These can be sole author or up to 3 authors per chapter.
Call for Chapters:
Please comment below or drop me an email at w.e.donald@soton.ac.uk or w.e.donald@gmail.com
Thank you in advance,
Will

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Together with William E. Donald, University of Southampton, UK & Ronin Institute, USA and Nimmi P. Mohandas, SCMS Cochin Business School, India I worked on a book chapter for Establishing and Maintaining Sustainable Career Ecosystems for University Students and Graduates to be published in 2023. Our book chapter is entitled as "Preparing University Graduates for Sustainable Careers: Qualitative Insights From the UK". We submitted our paper and it has been accepted for publication.
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Call for chapters now open https://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/6094 This Edited Collection seeks to collate the fragmented fields of Vocational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, focusing on university students and early career talent. The theoretical framework draws together Career Ecosystems Theory (CET), the New Psychological Contract (NPC), and Sustainable Career Theory (SCT). Career Ecosystems consist of interconnected and interdependent actors who rely on interactions with each other for the system’s overall effectiveness, whereby dynamic environments experience a constant flow of human capital (Baruch, 2015). In the context of university students and early career talent, the actors may include students, graduates, career counsellors, lecturers, universities, graduate recruiters, hiring managers, managers of early career talent, and organisations – among others (Donald et al., 2018). CET is often combined with the New Psychological Contract (NPC) (Rousseau, 1995) to capture the unwritten and unspoken agreements via temporary relationships between an individual and an employer that play out within contemporary labour markets (Baruch & Rousseau, 2019; Donald et al., 2020). Sustainable Careers are defined as ‘sequences of career experiences reflected through a variety of patterns of continuity over time, thereby crossing several social spaces, characterized by individual agency, herewith providing meaning to the individual’ (Van der Heijden & De Vos, 2015, p. 7). Their definition captures three dimensions person, context and time, whereby education is an antecedent to career sustainability (De Vos et al., 2020). This Edited Collection will begin by discussing the 'Role of Universities', 'Career Ecosystems', and 'Sustainable Careers'. The focus will then shift to universities and their students since citation mapping shows little integration between graduate employability and career development research (Healy et al., 2022). Students can prepare for sustainable careers by taking ownership of their careers, developing human capital, enhancing their subjective wellbeing, seeking career counselling, and fostering a lifelong and lifewide learning perspective (Cole & Donald, 2022; Donald & Jackson, 2022; Donald et al., 2019; 2020; Jakubik, 2020). Lifewide learning can capture the relative value of curricular, co-curricular, extra-curricular learning, and paid work (Jackson & Bridgstock, 2021) plus participation in serious leisure activities (Nimmi & Donald, 2022). Students can also be supported by robust career metaphors to understand complexity in accessible ways (Creed & McIlveen, 2018; Creed & Nacey, 2021) and to be able to signal their employability to prospective employers (Anderson & Tomlinson, 2021). However, career counsellors often lack the necessary resources to support their student body, highlighting the need to foster win-win partnerships with employers or other institutions (Buckholtz & Donald, 2022). Therefore, the Edited Collection will address 'Contemporary Careers and Graduate Employability', 'Flipped Learning and Self-Efficacy', 'Embedding Employability into the University Curriculum', 'A Future Strategic and Integrated Approach to Learning', and 'Technological Innovation'. It then explores 'Personal Branding in the Context of Careers', 'Career Counselling', 'Preparing PhD Students for the World of Work', and 'Signalling Standout Employability'. The Edited Collection will then shift focus to organisations and early-career talent. A chance event is unforeseen and unexpected in nature (Bright et al., 2005). The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as a global chance event on individuals can be represented as a career shock (Akkermans et al., 2020). There is emerging interest in examining the role of career shocks in relation to the sustainable start of young professionals (Blokker et al., 2019), and career shocks can be either positive (e.g. unexpected promotion) or negative (e.g. sudden loss of a job) (Akkermans et al., 2021). Global chance events and career shocks also evidence the temporary nature of relationships within contemporary labour markets as captured by the NPC (Baruch & Rousseau, 2019; Donald et al., 2020; Rousseau, 1995). Moreover, the Great Resignation and the War for Talent place significant emphasis on attracting, developing, and retaining early career talent (Institute of Student Employers, 2022). Individuals are increasingly looking for job crafting, flexible working opportunities, meaning, and purpose, as the COVID-19 pandemic gave them time to reflect on what they truly want from life (Afshari, 2021). The pandemic also took a toll on the perceived subjective well-being of students and recent graduates, which has seen early-career talent place significant emphasis on enhancing their well-being (Donald & Jackson, 2022). Organisations should be supportive and provide such opportunities, given that participation in serious leisure activities has been shown to help employees manage stress, acquire and replenish personal resources, and increase workplace wellbeing (Nimmi & Donald, 2022). Organisations also need to increase efforts to foster Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion within the workplace setting (The Careers 2032 Project, 2022) and to embrace change in preparation for the future of work (Cooke et al., 2021). Therefore, the Edited Collection will address 'Chance Events and Career Shocks', 'The New Psychological Contract', 'Attracting and Retaining Early Career Talent', 'Job Crafting and Managing Early Career Talent', 'Fostering Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in a Workplace Setting', and the 'Future of Work'. References Afshari, L., & Nasab, A. H. (2021). Enhancing Organizational Learning Capability Through Managing Talent: Mediation Effect Of Intellectual Capital. Human Resource Development International, 24, 48-64. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2020.1727239 Akkermans, J., Richardson, J., & Kraimer, M. (2020). The Covid-19 crisis as a career shock: Implications for careers and vocational behavior. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 119, a.103434. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2020.103434 Akkermans, J., Rodrigues, R., Mol, S. T., Seibert, S., & Khapova, S. (2021). The role of career shocks in contemporary career development: key challenges and ways forward. Career Development International, 26(4), 453-466. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-07-2021-0172 Anderson, V., & Tomlinson, M. (2021). Signaling standout graduate employability: The employer perspective. Human Resource Management Journal, 31(3), 675-693. https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12334 Baruch, Y. (2015). Organizational and labor market as career eco-system. In A. De Vos & B. I. J. M. Van der Heijden (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Sustainable Careers, pp. 164-180, Edward Elgar Publishing. Baruch, Y., & Rousseau, D. M. (2019). Integrating psychological contracts and their stakeholders in career studies and management. The Academy of Management Annals, 13(1), 84-111. https://doi.org/10.5465/annals.2016.0103 Blokker, R., Akkermans, J., Tims, M., Jansen, P., & Khapova, S. (2019). Building a sustainable start: The role of career competencies, career success, and career shocks in young professionals’ employability. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 112, 172-184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2019.02.013 Bright, J. E. H., Pryor, R. G. L., & Harpham, L. (2005). The role of chance events on career decision making. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 66(3), 561-576. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2004.05.001 Buckholtz, T., & Donald, W. E. (2022). Direct outcomes and win-win relationships between university careers advisors and graduate recruiters. GiLE Journal of Skills Development, 2(1), 9-25. https://doi.org/10.52398/gjsd/2022.v2.i1.pp9-25 Cole, D., & Donald, W. E. (2022). Shifting the narrative: Towards a more holistic approach to learning. GiLE Journal of Skills Development, 2(1), 3-4. https://doi.org/10.52398/gjsd/2022.v2.i1.pp3-4 Cooke, F. J., Dickmann, M., & Parry, E. (2021). IJHRM after 30 years: taking stock in times of COVID-19 and looking towards the future of HR research. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 32, 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2020.1833070 Creed, A., & McIlveen, P. (2018). Metaphor identification as a research method for the study of career. International Journal of Educational and Vocational Guidance, 18(1), 27-44. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10775-017-9345-2 Creed, A., & Nacey, S. (2021). Qualitative and quantitative examination of metaphorical language use in career-life preparedness. In W. Murphy and J. Tosti-Kharas (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Careers, pp. 283-298, Edward Elgar Publishing. De Vos, A., Van der Heijden, B., & Akkermans, J. (2020). Sustainable careers: Towards a conceptual model, Journal of Vocational Behavior, 117, a.103196. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2018.06.011 Donald, W. E., Ashleigh, M. J., & Baruch, Y. (2018). Students’ perceptions of education and employability: Facilitating career transition from higher education into the labour market. Career Development International, 23(5), 513-540. https://doi.org/10.1108/cdi-09-2017-0171 Donald, W. E., Baruch, Y., & Ashleigh, M. J. (2020). Striving for sustainable graduate careers: Conceptualization via career ecosystems and the new psychological contract. Career Development International, 25(2), 90-110. https://doi.org/10.1108/cdi-03-2019-0079 Donald, W. E., Baruch, Y., & Ashleigh, M. J. (2019). The undergraduate self-perception of employability: Human capital, careers advice and career ownership. Studies in Higher Education, 44(4), 599-614. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2017.1387107 Donald, W. E., & Jackson, D. (2022). Subjective Wellbeing among University Students and Recent Graduates: Evidence from the United Kingdom. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(11), a,6911. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19116911 Healy, M., Hammer, S., & McIlveen, P. (2022). Mapping graduate employability and career development in higher education research: A citation network analysis. Studies in Higher Education, 47(4), 799-811. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2020.1804851 Institute of Student Employers. (2022). ISE Vacancy Survey 2022. Available at: https://ise.org.uk/page/graduate-job-vacancies-20-higher-than-pre-pandemic. Last Accessed: 15 July 2022. Jackson, D, & Bridgstock, R. (2021). What actually works to enhance graduate employability? The relative value of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular learning and paid work. Higher Education, 81, 723-739. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-020-00570-x Jakubik, M. (2020). Enhancing human capital beyond university boundaries. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, 10(2), 434-446.https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-06-2019-0074 Nimmi, P. M., & Donald, W. E. (2022). Modelling the interaction between serious leisure, self-perceived employability, stress, and workplace well-being: empirical insights from graduates in India. Personnel Review, (ahead-of-print). https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-04-2021-0305 Rousseau, D. M. (1995). Psychological Contracts in Organizations: Understanding Written and Unwritten Agreements, New York, NY: Sage. The Careers 2032 Project. (2022). An industry research project co-produced by AGCAS, ISE, Wonkhe and Handshake, looking at the careers sector of 2032 and the role technology could play in facilitating human connections. Available at: https://joinhandshake.co.uk/careers2032 Last Accessed: 15 July 2022. Van der Heijden, B. I. J. M., & De Vos, A. (2015). Sustainable careers: Introductory chapter. In A. De Vos and B. I. J. M. Van der Heijden (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Sustainable Careers, pp. 1-19, Edward Elgar Publishing.
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A variety of research projects looking at various aspects of wellbeing.