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Summer vacation activities: an investigation of students’ attitudes, experiences and perceptions

Investigates what undergraduate students at the University of Aberdeen spent their summer vacation doing in 2016. Seeks to understand how summer activities affect students’ personal and professional development. Presents quantitative and qualitative data on students’ experiences in the summer, highlighting the range of different activities undertaken, such as: internships, placements, study abroad, academic research, employment, volunteering, family responsibilities, travelling, and time off. Concludes that this type of research is essential in developing employability policy at the university and makes four recommendations, including: the development of a course based on summer activities; valuing the student voice to a greater degree; offering networking sessions for students; and establishing a regular summer activities survey.


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Perkins, Joy
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University of Aberdeen

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