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The Mismanagement of TalentEmployability and Jobs in the Knowledge Economy$
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Phillip Brown, Anthony Hesketh, and Sarah Williams

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269532.001.0001

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Players and Purists

Players and Purists

(p.115) 6 Players and Purists
The Mismanagement of Talent

Phillip Brown

Anthony Hesketh

Sara Williams

Oxford University Press

People invest in university education in the hope that, once they graduate, they will be able to find high-paying managerial and professional jobs. Also, these graduates have to view their careers as a portfolio of jobs rather than having a permanent job. This chapter concentrates first on the expectations of graduates and their perspectives on the job market and identifies the factors, such as higher education, race, and ethnicity, which could possibly contribute to success in work. Secondly, the chapter explores the employability strategies that university graduates use to land jobs by conducting interviews with a sample set of graduates. The study distinguishes and compares the approaches of the two ‘ideal types’ — the ‘Players’ and the ‘Purists’ — and shows how the latter approaches the labour market aggressively while the latter uses a more conservative approach.

Keywords:   university education, university graduates, Players, Purists, job market, employability strategies

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