Graduate dress code: How undergraduates are planning to use hair, clothes and make-up to smooth their transition to the workplace

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/575924
Title:
Graduate dress code: How undergraduates are planning to use hair, clothes and make-up to smooth their transition to the workplace
Authors:
Cutts, Beth; Hooley, Tristram ( 0000-0002-1453-4535 ) ; Yates, Julia
Abstract:
This article explores the relationship between students’ identities, their ideas about professional appearance and their anticipated transition to the world of work. It is based on a series of semi-structured interviews with 13 students from a vocationally-focused university in England. It was found that participants viewed clothing and appearance as an important aspect of their transition to the workplace. They believed that, if carefully handled, their appearance could help them to fit in and satisfy the expectations of employers, although some participants anticipated that this process of fitting in might compromise their identity and values. The article addresses students’ anticipated means of handling the tension between adapting to a new environment and ‘being themselves’. It is argued that the way this process is handled is intertwined with wider facets of identity – most notably those associated with gender.
Affiliation:
University of Derby; University of Derby; University of East London
Citation:
Cutts, B., Hooley, T. and Yates, J. (2015). Graduate dress code: How undergraduates are planning to use hair, clothes and make-up to smooth their transition to the workplace. Industry and Higher Education, 29 (4):271-282.
Journal:
Industry and Higher Education
Issue Date:
1-Aug-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/575924
DOI:
10.5367/ihe.2015.0261
Additional Links:
http://openurl.ingenta.com/content/xref?genre=article&issn=0950-4222&volume=29&issue=4&spage=271
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
9504222
Sponsors:
The article is based on research funded by the University of Derby. © 2015 IP Publishing Ltd. ((http://www.ippublishing.com). Reproduced by permission.
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCutts, Bethen
dc.contributor.authorHooley, Tristramen
dc.contributor.authorYates, Juliaen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-25T10:28:01Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-25T10:28:01Zen
dc.date.issued2015-08-01en
dc.identifier.citationCutts, B., Hooley, T. and Yates, J. (2015). Graduate dress code: How undergraduates are planning to use hair, clothes and make-up to smooth their transition to the workplace. Industry and Higher Education, 29 (4):271-282.en
dc.identifier.issn9504222en
dc.identifier.doi10.5367/ihe.2015.0261en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/575924en
dc.description.abstractThis article explores the relationship between students’ identities, their ideas about professional appearance and their anticipated transition to the world of work. It is based on a series of semi-structured interviews with 13 students from a vocationally-focused university in England. It was found that participants viewed clothing and appearance as an important aspect of their transition to the workplace. They believed that, if carefully handled, their appearance could help them to fit in and satisfy the expectations of employers, although some participants anticipated that this process of fitting in might compromise their identity and values. The article addresses students’ anticipated means of handling the tension between adapting to a new environment and ‘being themselves’. It is argued that the way this process is handled is intertwined with wider facets of identity – most notably those associated with gender.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe article is based on research funded by the University of Derby. © 2015 IP Publishing Ltd. ((http://www.ippublishing.com). Reproduced by permission.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://openurl.ingenta.com/content/xref?genre=article&issn=0950-4222&volume=29&issue=4&spage=271en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Industry and Higher Educationen
dc.subjectAppearanceen
dc.subjectCareeren
dc.subjectClothingen
dc.subjectGenderen
dc.subjectGraduate transitionsen
dc.subjectIdentityen
dc.titleGraduate dress code: How undergraduates are planning to use hair, clothes and make-up to smooth their transition to the workplaceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of East Londonen
dc.identifier.journalIndustry and Higher Educationen
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