Higher education, graduate skills and the skills of graduates: the case of graduates as residential sales estate agents

Gerbrand Tholen, Susan James Reilly, Chris Warhurst, Johanna Commander

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The UK labour market is subject to significant graduatisation. Yet in the context of an over-supply of graduates, little is known about the demand for and deployment of graduate skills in previously non-graduate jobs. Moreover, there is little examination of where these skills are developed, save an assumption in higher education. Using interviews and questionnaire data from a study of British residential sales estate agents, this article explores the demand, deployment and development of graduate skills in an occupation that is becoming graduatised. These data provide no evidence to support the view that the skills demanded and deployed are those solely developed within higher education. Instead what employers require is a wide array of predominantly soft skills developed in many different situs. These findings suggest that, in the case of estate agents, what matters are the ‘skills of graduates’ rather than putative ‘graduate skills’.
LanguageEnglish
Pages508–523
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Volume42
Issue number3
Early online date10 Feb 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2016

Fingerprint

sales
graduate
education
demand
employer
occupation
labor market
supply
examination
questionnaire
interview
evidence

Keywords

  • estate agents
  • graduate labour markets
  • graduatisation
  • higher education
  • skills

Cite this

@article{3a73fd4956214f509ff2d0ff8172e97d,
title = "Higher education, graduate skills and the skills of graduates: the case of graduates as residential sales estate agents",
abstract = "The UK labour market is subject to significant graduatisation. Yet in the context of an over-supply of graduates, little is known about the demand for and deployment of graduate skills in previously non-graduate jobs. Moreover, there is little examination of where these skills are developed, save an assumption in higher education. Using interviews and questionnaire data from a study of British residential sales estate agents, this article explores the demand, deployment and development of graduate skills in an occupation that is becoming graduatised. These data provide no evidence to support the view that the skills demanded and deployed are those solely developed within higher education. Instead what employers require is a wide array of predominantly soft skills developed in many different situs. These findings suggest that, in the case of estate agents, what matters are the ‘skills of graduates’ rather than putative ‘graduate skills’.",
keywords = "estate agents, graduate labour markets, graduatisation, higher education, skills",
author = "Gerbrand Tholen and {James Reilly}, Susan and Chris Warhurst and Johanna Commander",
note = "This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Higher education, graduate skills and the skills of graduates : the case of graduates as residential sales estate agents. / Tholen, Gerbrand; James Reilly, Susan; Warhurst, Chris ; Commander, Johanna. In: British Educational Research Journal, Vol. 42, No. 3, 30.06.2016, p. 508–523., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/berj.3222. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.",
year = "2016",
month = "6",
day = "30",
doi = "10.1002/berj.3222",
language = "English",
volume = "42",
pages = "508–523",
journal = "British Educational Research Journal",
issn = "0141-1926",
number = "3",

}

Higher education, graduate skills and the skills of graduates : the case of graduates as residential sales estate agents. / Tholen, Gerbrand; James Reilly, Susan; Warhurst, Chris ; Commander, Johanna.

In: British Educational Research Journal, Vol. 42, No. 3, 30.06.2016, p. 508–523.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Higher education, graduate skills and the skills of graduates

T2 - British Educational Research Journal

AU - Tholen, Gerbrand

AU - James Reilly, Susan

AU - Warhurst, Chris

AU - Commander, Johanna

N1 - This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Higher education, graduate skills and the skills of graduates : the case of graduates as residential sales estate agents. / Tholen, Gerbrand; James Reilly, Susan; Warhurst, Chris ; Commander, Johanna. In: British Educational Research Journal, Vol. 42, No. 3, 30.06.2016, p. 508–523., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/berj.3222. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

PY - 2016/6/30

Y1 - 2016/6/30

N2 - The UK labour market is subject to significant graduatisation. Yet in the context of an over-supply of graduates, little is known about the demand for and deployment of graduate skills in previously non-graduate jobs. Moreover, there is little examination of where these skills are developed, save an assumption in higher education. Using interviews and questionnaire data from a study of British residential sales estate agents, this article explores the demand, deployment and development of graduate skills in an occupation that is becoming graduatised. These data provide no evidence to support the view that the skills demanded and deployed are those solely developed within higher education. Instead what employers require is a wide array of predominantly soft skills developed in many different situs. These findings suggest that, in the case of estate agents, what matters are the ‘skills of graduates’ rather than putative ‘graduate skills’.

AB - The UK labour market is subject to significant graduatisation. Yet in the context of an over-supply of graduates, little is known about the demand for and deployment of graduate skills in previously non-graduate jobs. Moreover, there is little examination of where these skills are developed, save an assumption in higher education. Using interviews and questionnaire data from a study of British residential sales estate agents, this article explores the demand, deployment and development of graduate skills in an occupation that is becoming graduatised. These data provide no evidence to support the view that the skills demanded and deployed are those solely developed within higher education. Instead what employers require is a wide array of predominantly soft skills developed in many different situs. These findings suggest that, in the case of estate agents, what matters are the ‘skills of graduates’ rather than putative ‘graduate skills’.

KW - estate agents

KW - graduate labour markets

KW - graduatisation

KW - higher education

KW - skills

UR - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/berj.3222/abstract

U2 - 10.1002/berj.3222

DO - 10.1002/berj.3222

M3 - Article

VL - 42

SP - 508

EP - 523

JO - British Educational Research Journal

JF - British Educational Research Journal

SN - 0141-1926

IS - 3

ER -