University students' perceptions of their 'ability selves' and employability: a pilot study
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CitationRäty, Hannu. Komulainen, Katri. Halvérson, Carita. Nieminen, Anna. Korhonen, Maija. (2018). University students' perceptions of their 'ability selves' and employability: a pilot study. Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, Published online: 22 Mar 2018, 10.1080/20020317.2018.1453221.
This study sets out to investigate the university students’ perceptions of their current and expected ‘ability selves’ and the contribution of such perceptions to students’ views of their own employability. The participants consisted of a group of male and female students (N = 104) who were asked to describe their present and anticipated abilities and to respond to a set of statements describing self-perceived employability. The students highlighted social aptness, extroversion and enterprise skills in particular as features related to ability selves in current discussions of working life. These interpretations were subsequently related to the optimism they had about their own employability. ‘Ability selves’ seem to play a role in the multifaceted process of subjective confidence formation regarding one’s employment prospects after graduation.