William E Donald

I am retired on health grounds, use a wheelchair, and am predominantly housebound. However, I have a passion for carrying out pragmatic research (when I am physically able to) that contributes to both the academic community and wider-stakeholders.

I completed my PhD (Management, 2014-2017) at Southampton Business School, the University of Southampton, in the UK under the supervision of Professor Yehuda Baruch and Dr Melanie Ashleigh. Part of my PhD findings offered a new model of graduate employability drawing on human capital, careers advice, and protean career orientation. My research sits with the field of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, with a specific focus on graduate employability, graduate employment, and sustainable careers.

I am currently a Visiting Academic (Research) at Southampton Business School where I am carrying out research with Professor Yehuda Baruch and Dr Melanie Ashleigh looking at the meso-level view of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on graduate employment. This is a qualitative study, focused on the Accounting, Banking, and Finance sector in the UK. We are interviewing careers service advisors at universities and in-house graduate recruiters in organisations to understand their views. We hope to publish the findings in 2021 and believe that these will be of use to all stakeholders within the career ecosystem.

As of July 2020, I have published 3 journal papers (Career Development International 2020, 2018, Studies in Higher Education 2019), 1 book chapter in an edited collection (2017), and 1 pre-print (2020). My pre-print titled ‘Viewpoint: COVID-19 and the future of careers’ was the most read pre-print from the University of Southampton in May and June 2020 (according to ResearchGate). I have a further book chapter and journal paper in-review. I have also recently written an article for The Student Employer (a leading practitioner magazine in the field of graduate recruitment), which is due to be published in August 2020.

My work has been cited 72 times and read by 6376 people across 81 countries and 6 continents (according to Google Scholar and ResearchGate). I have also had my work presented at national and international conferences including The Academy of Management (2018), The European Group for Organizational Studies (2017), The European Academy of Management (2016), The British Academy of Management (2016), and Southampton Business School Conference (2016).

My research awards include a Doctoral College School Runner Up for Southampton Business School (2019), a Doctoral College School Highly Commended Faculty Nominee for the Faculty of Business & Law (2018), a Southampton Business School Postgraduate Publication Award (2017), and a Best Paper in Relational Leadership and Change Track at Southampton Business School Conference (2016).

I am a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Non-Practising Member of the National Council of Psychotherapists, and a Lifetime Member of the British Computer Society. I am also a qualified Life Coach.

I previously worked at a Graduate Recruiter in London, UK for an Investment Bank. I have also given guest lectures on graduate employability at universities around the UK.

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