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Striving for sustainable graduate careers: Conceptualization via career ecosystems and the new psychological contract

William E. Donald (Department of Management, Southampton Business School, Southampton, UK)
Yehuda Baruch (Department of Management, Southampton Business School, Southampton, UK)
Melanie J. Ashleigh (Department of Management, Southampton Business School, Southampton, UK)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 5 December 2019

Issue publication date: 19 March 2020

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Abstract

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, development of talent and technological change.

Design/methodology/approach

A conceptual design offering a conceptual model through adopting the career ecosystem and new psychological contract as a framework.

Findings

These propositions offer a new conceptual model, which provides a practical contribution by articulating sustainability of graduates’ careers through employability at the graduate level and competitive advantage at the employer level.

Originality/value

The paper offers important contributions to theory by connecting career management and vocational career literature through acknowledging shared constructs of life-long learning and sustainable employability for graduates. These two streams are often developed in parallel, thus this paper helps to bridge the gaps in respective research agendas. This paper therefore has the originality of helping to advance the fields of career theory and sustainable human resource management.

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Citation

Donald, W.E., Baruch, Y. and Ashleigh, M.J. (2020), "Striving for sustainable graduate careers: Conceptualization via career ecosystems and the new psychological contract", Career Development International, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 90-110. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-03-2019-0079

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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