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Book Chapter


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Book chapter in Mendy. J. (ed.) "Teaching Human Resources and Organizational Behavior at the College Level" pp. 133-171, 2018, Hershey PA, IGI Global.

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The chapter researches the theoretical positions and practical applications that enable educators to equip students with the knowledge and skills to self-manage their careers and develop professionally, thus facilitating the successful transition of undergraduates and postgraduates from the academic environment to the workplace. It locates the discussion within a context that recognises the different models that business schools can adopt when providing learning and talent development generally, and career and professional development specifically. The main focus of the chapter relates to three inter-related themes that underpin career management and professional development. First, situating career management and professional development within a contextualising discourse. Second, exploring the contemporary career concepts that influence career management and professional development. Third, considering career management and professional development from three varying perspectives (institutional, individual and organisational). To address these three inter-linked themes, issues and solutions are offered to educators through the integration of theory and practice, which complements and supplements the theoretical discussion with practical toolkits. This involves examining the approaches to teaching career management and professional development and identifying appropriate methodologies for teaching these modules to enable transfer of career competencies from the classroom to the workplace. The chapter closes with concluding remarks about designing career management and professional development modules that are appropriate to the particular models that business schools may pursue.



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