Erasmus and Employability

  • David Cairns
  • Ewa Krzaklewska
  • Valentina Cuzzocrea
  • Airi-Alina Allaste


In this chapter we take an in-depth look at one of the main theoretical constructs underpinning the Erasmus programme: the idea of ‘employability’. Taking a sociologically informed view, we define ‘employability’ as a form of reflexivity to be practiced during the transition from tertiary education to the labour market. Understanding employability involves appreciating the need to link potential employees and employers, with educators and trainers providing a crucial meditative role in this relationship. Erasmus provides a pedagogical habitus within which this form of reflexivity is imaginatively conjoined with intra-European mobility. The idea is to make students capable of working across national boundaries, acquiring the capacity to engage in transnational circulation and establish professional relationships that traverse national fields, including the development of pragmatic skills, such as foreign language fluency, and an appreciation of cultural diversity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Cairns
    • 1
  • Ewa Krzaklewska
    • 2
  • Valentina Cuzzocrea
    • 3
  • Airi-Alina Allaste
    • 4
  1. 1.ISCTE-University Institute of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Jagiellonian UniversityKrakowPoland
  3. 3.University of CagliariCagliariItaly
  4. 4.Tallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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