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'Here you have to be a bit more fluid and willing to do different things': Graduate career development in rural communities

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This article presents the background and findings to a research project focusing on how graduates living in a very rural area understand themselves, their careers and their futures. In this project a cross section of recent graduates living in a very rural area (the Orkney Islands) were interviewed and the data were analysed using a qualitative methodology. The findings show some tensions between 'rural' and 'graduate' identities and show some practical ways that graduates managed this tension. The article concludes with some tentative suggestions about implications for careers advisers when working with clients from rural areas.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2013

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  • The Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, widely and informally referred to as 'the NICEC journal', is designed to be read by individuals who are involved in career development-related work in a wide range of settings including information, advice, counselling, guidance, advocacy, coaching, mentoring, psychotherapy, education, teaching, training, scholarship, research, consultancy, human resources, management or policy. The journal has a national and international readership and is published twice a year (in April and October) in partnership with the Career Development Institute (CDI), the UK-wide professional body for the career development sector.
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