A critical analysis of work experience and its ability to prepare undergraduate sports students for a career in the sports industry
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this dissertation is to develop a unified theoretical understanding of the ability work placements have upon undergraduate students, assisting them for future employment in the sport industry. A qualitative approach was used throughout, using specific samples in the discovery of required data. Desired samples were drawn from the sports industry, consisting of three undergraduate students who have participated in works placements and three employers who assist students within the work placements. The study highlights its main themes through the literature review indicating its value regarding the employer’s perspective, also potential barriers students face while participating in their chosen placement highlighting the unpaid status of work placements, a mixture of opinionated views are discussed throughout. The literature review highlights the inclusion of work placements into higher educational systems, indicating the benefits they have on students; enhancing key skills and widening their network outside of higher education through potential employers. Work placements would appear to be becoming ever more important in the university and college system, Hergert (2009). Field research for the study was conducted in Cardiff, south wales. Interviews had been arranged to gather a mixture of views from both student and employer. Based on qualitative analysis, results indicate work placements have a unique ability in preparing students for future employment, used in such a way that no individual can attain elsewhere, however implications highlighted are narrowed down; the relationship between placement and university has a large emphasis on participation for students, with the correct promotional and marketing strategies, the demand for working placement around south wales will increase. Future research is required to increase participation and awareness for working placements in sport, as there is a certainty that work placements prepare students for employability. The inclusion of financial incentives regarding travel costs and rewards will require further research; this will ii indicate weather financial assets for students will be fiesable in the long term for work placements. The researcher has been able to identify an area of weakness within the study, indicating student candidates have been interviewed early in their career, unable to attain experience in the sport industry, highlighting future research to be targeted upon post students who have mature experience.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT MANAGEMENT
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