Networking behaviour, graduate employability: A social capital perspective

S. Batistic, Alex Tymon

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Abstract

Purpose
Drawing on the overarching framework of social capital theory this study develops and empirically examines networking behaviour and employability within the higher education context.
Design/methodology/approach
In a sample of 376 full-time business students we measured perceived employability, networking behaviour, access to information and resources and job-search learning goal orientation.
Findings
We found networking is related to increased internal and external perceived employability by boosting access to information and resources. Our results also demonstrate that networking is positively related to access to information and resources for low and high job-search learning goal orientation, the relationship being stronger for those with higher levels.
Research limitations/implications
The results provide an enriched view of individual networking behaviour by offering an indirect model of networking outcomes and to the graduate employability and social capital literatures.
Practical implications
Our findings may provide focus for individuals concerned with enhancing their employability and those involved in supporting career guidance. Originality/value
Obvious beneficiaries are students, for whom employment is a key concern, and universities who face increasing pressure to enhance graduate employability whilst resources to do so are diminishing. To this end we highlight activities that may develop networking behaviours and job-search learning goal orientation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-388
JournalEducation and Training
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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